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Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:30:26 AM »
February 6, 2014, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the development of 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010), an advanced new all-in-one™ zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. The lens sample will be on display at the Tamron booth at the CP+ 2014, which will be held from February 13 to 16 in Yokohama, Japan.

Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom lens – which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design – Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world class optics to benefit consumers.

Having revolutionized the optical design of the previous 28-300mm (Model A20), Tamron is developing a powerful new, high-power zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras that enhances image quality and incorporates the PZD (Piezo Drive)*1—a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system optimized for swift, quiet AF—and the acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation)*2 mechanism in an amazingly compact configuration.

Featuring a new, sophisticated external finish, this lens complements the performance and style of full-frame DSLRs, while delivering the practical advantages of an all-in-one™zoom lens.

Highlights and specifications after the break

Product Highlights

  1. State-of-the-art optical design technology delivers superior image quality The advanced optical construction of this lens includes four elements of LD (Low Dispersion) glass, three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element, one XR (Extra Refractive index) glass element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass, which has greater refractive index than XR. The full use of specialized glass elements in its design contributes to making this outstanding lens as compact and lightweight as possible, while minimizing aberrations, resulting in superior image quality. Particularly impressive is the thorough compensation of chromatic aberrations at the telephoto end, yielding images of enhanced clarity and crispness.
  2. Focus on portability – The lens is now even smaller and lighter In addition to state-of-the-art optical design that facilitates downsizing of the lens body, the mechanical design, which incorporates a highly sophisticated multi-stack-cam layout that takes up far less space, and PZD (Piezo Drive), an autofocus drive system with a simpler, more compact structure, has made it possible to reduce the overall dimensions of this lens compared to the existing Tamron 28-300mm (Model A20). These technologies are the fruit of Tamron’s more than 20 years of research and development in the high-power zoom lens field.
  3. Advanced anti-reflection coating The application of BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings for suppressing reflections on lens element surfaces minimizes unwanted flare and ghosting to deliver sharp, crisp, high-contrast images.
  4. Upgraded cosmetic design – Elegant tungsten silver brand ring Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning full-frame DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings and an elegant tungsten silver name-brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.
  5. PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action The PZD (Piezo Drive)*1, a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system, delivers faster, quieter, more precise action when the autofocus is engaged. The full-time manual focus system is easy and intuitive, enabling quick and convenient manual focus at any time.
  6. VC (Vibration Compensation) Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation)*2mechanism reduces image blur caused by camera shake to deliver significantly sharper images even when shooting handheld.
  7. Circular diaphragm facilitates achieving spectacular blur effects Using a circular diaphragm*4, this lens achieves spectacular background blur effects that enable creative use of depth of field.
  8. Moisture-resistant construction for outdoor shooting Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.
*1 PZD (Piezo Drive) is a standing-wave type ultrasonic motor system developed by Tamron. It delivers outstanding speed and quiet operation in the AF mode. It also provides greater flexibility in design compared with ring-type ultrasonic motors, thus contributing to reduced lens size.
*2 VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron’s proprietary tri-axial image stabilization mechanism.
*3 The Sony mount model does not include VC, since the bodies of Sony DSLR cameras include built-in image stabilization functionality. The name of the Sony mount model is “28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di PZD” without the VC designation.
*4 This circular diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even at two stops down from its maximum aperture.

Specifications

Model A010
Focal Length 28-300mm
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal) 75°23’ – 8°15’ (for full-frame format)
52°58’ – 5°20’ (for APS-C format)
Lens Construction 19 elements in 15 groups
Minimum Focus Distance 0.49m (19.3 in)
Max. Magnification Ratio 1:3.5 (at f=300mm: MFD 0.49m)
Filter Size Φ67mm
Maximum Diameter Φ74.4mm
Length*1 96mm (3.8 in)*
Weight 540g (19 oz)*
Diaphragm Blade Number 7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/22-40
Standard Accessory Flower-shaped lens hood
Compatible Mount Canon/ Nikon/ Sony
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Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
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Re: Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2014, 07:35:58 AM »
Fantastic ... if the lens is a decent performer, it will make for a nice all-in-one tourist travel lens ... if the price is reasonable, I would definitely get one.
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Re: Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2014, 07:44:05 AM »
That was unexpected :O

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Re: Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2014, 07:48:20 AM »
Looks like Tamron and Sigma are now getting their act together, big time.

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Re: Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2014, 07:52:45 AM »
Same range as the 28-300mmL? - interesting
Cheaper than the 28-300L? - not surprising and not difficult
IQ? - nowhere near the 28-300L, BUT if the IQ is similar to the 70-300 IS USM, then this could be a lense that causes a bit of trouble in the market place.

Shame Tamron haven't released anything else recently that puts the cat amongst the pigeons  ;)
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Re: Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2014, 07:55:58 AM »
A 17-40, 50 1.4 or pancake and this lens and I'm set for any vacation.  Looking forward to it.
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Re: Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2014, 08:12:21 AM »
BUT if the IQ is similar to the 70-300 IS USM, then this could be a lense that causes a bit of trouble in the market place.
If you are referring to 70-300 IS, then I am pretty confident that this Tamron lens will be at least similar if not better.
But if you are talking about 70-300 L IS, then I don't think this Tammy be anywhere close ... I would like to end being wrong here but I'm pretty sure it cannot match the 70-300 L IS
Also, looking at the size vs zoom range, it seems like it is aimed at "tourists" who carry their full frame cameras, but would appreciate and be OK with an all-in-one lens that provides decent enough photos without expecting too much from it. I count myself in that category when I go on guided tours. I hope its not like the previous Tamron 28-300 VC lens, I owned it briefly and sold it off real quick due to its poor construction and clunky noise.
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Re: Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
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Re: Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2014, 08:26:38 AM »

IQ? - nowhere near the 28-300L, BUT if the IQ is similar to the 70-300 IS USM, then this could be a lense that causes a bit of trouble in the market place.

Shame Tamron haven't released anything else recently that puts the cat amongst the pigeons  ;)

I would not be so sure about your first statement. The 28-300 L is now 10 years old.

As for the second statement... you missed the part in which Tamron released an affordable and performing 150-600mm :)

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Re: Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2014, 08:40:09 AM »
Lets see how this actually stacks up against the 28-300L...  when that information comes out I will give this lens a second look. Until then, I am filling it in the 'could be interesting' pile. Like any new lens, lets see how it performs in the real world, and see what 1st round production problems it has! ;)
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Re: Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2014, 09:24:10 AM »

IQ? - nowhere near the 28-300L, BUT if the IQ is similar to the 70-300 IS USM, then this could be a lense that causes a bit of trouble in the market place.

Shame Tamron haven't released anything else recently that puts the cat amongst the pigeons  ;)

I would not be so sure about your first statement. The 28-300 L is now 10 years old. 150-600mm :)
Given the size & zoom range of this lens, there is  no way in hell  this Tammy can match 28-300 L optics ... if it is better than the 28-300 L, I will give you my Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC for free (excluding the cost of shipping out to you) and I mean it.
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Re: Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2014, 09:27:58 AM »

IQ? - nowhere near the 28-300L, BUT if the IQ is similar to the 70-300 IS USM, then this could be a lense that causes a bit of trouble in the market place.

Shame Tamron haven't released anything else recently that puts the cat amongst the pigeons  ;)

I would not be so sure about your first statement. The 28-300 L is now 10 years old. 150-600mm :)
Given the size & zoom range of this lens, there is  no way in hell  this Tammy can match 28-300 L optics ... if it is better than the 28-300 L, I will give you my Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC for free (excluding the cost of shipping out to you) and I mean it.

Deal :D

You just put yourself in a very dangerous situation, since "optical performance" can be intended in a number of very ambiguous ways - e.g. contrast, sharpness, CA, bokeh, fringing, etc etc :)

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Re: Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2014, 09:31:48 AM »
Lets see how this actually stacks up against the 28-300L...  when that information comes out I will give this lens a second look. Until then, I am filling it in the 'could be interesting' pile. Like any new lens, lets see how it performs in the real world, and see what 1st round production problems it has! ;)

Canon's 28-300 is in a different class.  It weighs 3x as much as this Tamron.  Build quality leads to a weight penalty for Canon, but the max aperture at 300mm also has something to do with the weight difference too (f/5.6 vs. f/6.3).  There have been opinions/experiences posted on the net that Tamron's 150-600 does not servo AF as well at the long end and the max aperture of f/6.3 might have something to do with it.  At 19 oz, the Tamron weighs much less than any Canon telephoto zoom (70-200L f/4, 70-300L f/4-5.6, etc).

The Canon 28-300 is an interesting concept, but it's only strength is being a single lens solution.  It weighs about the same as carrying both a 24-70 f/2.8 II and a 70-300L, which deliver much better IQ.  Perhaps the Canon can be improved quite a bit while reducing weight, but I can't imagine that it is a very big seller.

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Re: Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2014, 09:35:17 AM »

IQ? - nowhere near the 28-300L, BUT if the IQ is similar to the 70-300 IS USM, then this could be a lense that causes a bit of trouble in the market place.

Shame Tamron haven't released anything else recently that puts the cat amongst the pigeons  ;)

I would not be so sure about your first statement. The 28-300 L is now 10 years old. 150-600mm :)
Given the size & zoom range of this lens, there is  no way in hell  this Tammy can match 28-300 L optics ... if it is better than the 28-300 L, I will give you my Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC for free (excluding the cost of shipping out to you) and I mean it.

Deal :D

You just put yourself in a very dangerous situation, since "optical performance" can be intended in a number of very ambiguous ways - e.g. contrast, sharpness, CA, bokeh, fringing, etc etc :)
No problemo sir ... if this Tamron beats the Canon EF 28-300 L IS in any 3 (which must include sharpness) of the 5 parameters you've mentioned here i.e. Contrast, Sharpness, CA, bokeh, fringing, I promise to give you my Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC for free (provided you pay for the shipping costs).
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« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2014, 10:06:49 AM »
IQ? - nowhere near the 28-300L,
I would not be so sure about your first statement. The 28-300 L is now 10 years old.

The 135/2L is even older…and delivers excellent IQ.

A superzoom lens is about compromise.  For every one of them on the market with the exception of the 28-300L, the compromises are optical - distortion, reduced sharpness, increased CA, etc., are all accepted in trade for a smaller, lighter design which is suitable for a 'travel lens' as you'd expect for a one-lens-for-everything superzoom.  The Canon 28-300L lens is big and heavy - more glass means more optical correction, which give it very good IQ (not excellent IQ, though - it's pretty equivalent to the 24-105L through their respective ranges).   
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Re: Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2014, 10:19:55 AM »
IQ? - nowhere near the 28-300L,
I would not be so sure about your first statement. The 28-300 L is now 10 years old.

The 135/2L is even older…and delivers excellent IQ.

A superzoom lens is about compromise.  For every one of them on the market with the exception of the 28-300L, the compromises are optical - distortion, reduced sharpness, increased CA, etc., are all accepted in trade for a smaller, lighter design which is suitable for a 'travel lens' as you'd expect for a one-lens-for-everything superzoom.  The Canon 28-300L lens is big and heavy - more glass means more optical correction, which give it very good IQ (not excellent IQ, though - it's pretty equivalent to the 24-105L through their respective ranges).

I agree, the Sigma 24-105 is better than the 28-300L in term of IQ ;)
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