Tamron’s new 18-400mm is the world’s first ultra-telephoto all-in-one lens with optical stabilisation

Jul 18, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Tamron’s new 18-400mm is the world’s first ultra-telephoto all-in-one lens with optical stabilisation

Jul 18, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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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.

Model : B028
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)

(For Canon : EOS-80D is used / For Nikon: D7200 is used)

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.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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8 responses to “Tamron’s new 18-400mm is the world’s first ultra-telephoto all-in-one lens with optical stabilisation”

  1. Craig Fouché Avatar
    Craig Fouché

    Dion

  2. Pavlo Kobzar Avatar
    Pavlo Kobzar

    Geo Jose that’s what I’m talking about – a super versatile lens

  3. Mike Wilson Avatar
    Mike Wilson

    Bet it’s a load of toss. Super soft at the extremes no doubt!

  4. Marcus Avatar
    Marcus

    Screw canonikon! Make an E-mount version of this!! Pretty please :)

  5. David Jeu Avatar
    David Jeu

    No E-mount?! Why? It would be so logical..

  6. Jack Harmon Avatar
    Jack Harmon

    Okay, but is the lens sharp? That’s the main question. If it is not, throw it in the trash or send it back. I don’t care what lens it is, if it isn’t sharp forget it. I normally shoot during daylight hours, Normally these lenses are heavyweights, and I don’t need a f1.5 lens. I mostly shoot at f8.

  7. Richard Cartwright Avatar
    Richard Cartwright

    Is this only for DX on Nikon

  8. Terry Beechener Avatar
    Terry Beechener

    Nice,bit pricey mind & i already have a 24-300 zoom by Tamron anyhow.