I always see new photographers looking for all-in-one super zooms that they can use for everything. And I even see the occasional pro asking about them, too. Sometimes, just having a lightweight lens thgat can “do it all” is useful. When it’s more about getting the moment than it is about low light performance, or ultimate sharpness zoomed to 1600%, in steps the super zoom.
Nikon have their 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 DX VRII and Canon have a 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM for full frame, as well as a lower budget 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 for APS-C. Now, Tamron’s recently announced new 18-400mm f/3.5-5.6 super zoom is now available to pre-order.
|Focal Length||: 18-400mm|
|Maximum Aperture||: F/3.5-6.3|
|Angle of View (diagonal)||: 75°33′ – 4° (for APS-C format)|
|Optical Construction||: 16 elements in 11 groups|
|Minimum Object Distance||: 17.7 in (0.45m)|
|Maximum Magnification Ratio||: 1:2.9|
|Filter Size||: Ø72mm|
|Maximum Diameter||: Ø79mm|
|Length**||: for Canon 4.9 in (123.9mm)|
|: for Nikon 4.8 in (121.4mm)|
|Weight||: for Canon 25 oz (710g)|
|: for Nikon 24.9 oz (705g)|
|Aperture Blades||: 7 (circular diaphragm)|
|Minimum Aperture||: F/22-40|
|Image Stabilization Performance||: 2.5 stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)|
|Standard Accessories||: Flower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps|
|Compatible Mounts||: Canon, Nikon|
The lens is available to pre-order for both Nikon and Canon for $659. Substantially lower than the Nikon 18-300mm & Canon 28-300mm alternatives, although it is a third of a stop slower at the long end.
These sorts of super zoom lenses aren’t typically designed with the highest image quality in mind. But I am still curious to see how it stacks up against the Nikon and Canon lenses once it starts getting into the hands of testers and reviewers.