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Tamron will soon be announcing an 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD superzoom for APS-C cameras alongside the new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC G2 this week.






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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2017, 07:54:49 AM »
Can't wait to see the test charts to see how well they did.

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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2017, 07:56:21 AM »
wow...largest zoom range...ever? for dslr that is..
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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2017, 09:55:54 AM »
I wonder if it is compatible with the dock?

Definitely  something to think about for those times when you only the one lens with you....
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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2017, 10:02:28 AM »
Tamron will soon be announcing an 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD superzoom for APS-C cameras

I really think 'superzoom' doesn't go far enough.  Megazoom?  Ultrazoom?  Überzoom?  Something...
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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2017, 10:29:19 AM »
Do wonder how the f-stop breakdown goes throughout the zoom range.  If 300mm at better than 5.6 it could be a great replacement for those using 70-300's along with another lens. 

Would love to see a full frame version of this released down the line.  A 24-400 or 28-400 would be a killer compact super/ultra/uber-zoom to be able to travel with. 

Also would love to see a full frame equivalent of the 18-135 STM.  This is such a nice lens with very nice focal coverage without too much trade-off at the far end (still at f/5.6).  A 28-200 or 28-300 f/3.5-5.6 (or better) with VC would be nice.  The current 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 is a little too slow at the far end and does not really warrant using over a 70-300. 

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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2017, 11:41:22 AM »
As soon as things stop being "Super" they usually turn into "Monsters".
That said, in the sports car world the tier above "Supercar" is "Hypercar", or at least that's the way Clarkson usually puts it.

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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2017, 12:09:26 PM »
I do get this question from my 12 y.o. from time to time: Dad, why do you have to swap your lenses and cameras all the time, Are you OCD?? Can you not just use your best lens instead? I guess, this Tamron mega (Anti-OCD) zoom is the ultimate answer :) I would hazard the guess, that it would not be my best lens though? :)
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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2017, 12:43:07 PM »
I don't see the point of ultrazoom lenses. Okay, it's only one lens to carry and even this will be lighter than the 10-18mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm (or 100-400mm) but the image quality will surely be somewhat lower than the ones above. And we use interchangeable lens cameras to use the specific lens for the specific situation, don't we? By the way, a 10-400 lens could be better. :)

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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2017, 12:48:03 PM »

I really think 'superzoom' doesn't go far enough.  Megazoom?  Ultrazoom?  Überzoom?  Something...

Überzoom?  8)

could be an interesting lens on a eos M camera
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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2017, 01:05:02 PM »
Next up are complaints that people upgraded from a P&S superzoom to a DSLR with this lens and don't see much difference in their pictures yet they paid 3 times as much for the package.

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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2017, 01:15:47 PM »
I doubt IQ will even match 18-300mm lens at best. But then there are a lot of travel photographers willing to make compromise on convenience vs IQ. Still no word on whether remaining two macro lenses in Tamron lineup will be updated or not. Almost forgot about ageing 17-50mm f2.8 lens which could also use a upgrade at this point.

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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2017, 02:48:49 PM »
I got an early copy of this one and man, did it deliver.

Here's a stunning keeper from my recent shoot.

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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2017, 03:34:16 PM »
Tamron will soon be announcing an 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD superzoom for APS-C cameras

I really think 'superzoom' doesn't go far enough.  Megazoom?  Ultrazoom?  Überzoom?  Something...

checking online grammatical meanings, the roots of the words:

Hyper -> excessive or exageration
Super -> above or beyond.
Ultra -> above or beyond.
mega -> large
giga -> from greek "gigas" meaning giant.

On that count it's not clear, except to say a Hyper-zoom does sound pretty good.
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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2017, 11:40:31 PM »
It'll likely only be f/3.5 for the first <5mm. That said, even f/6.3 is pretty good for 400mm, especially given that for the kinds of things 400mm is typically used for you're also most often going to be using f/7.1-11 anyway.

The big sticking factor of a lens like this will be the AF. Third-party AF can never be perfect, and AF is really important for a jack-of-all-trades lens. Everybody will accept lower image quality because that's just what you expect out of larger zoom ranges, but if the AF isn't up to scratch then that immediately wipes out a lot of the grab-and-go appeal of a lens like this.

I don't see the point of ultrazoom lenses. Okay, it's only one lens to carry and even this will be lighter than the 10-18mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm (or 100-400mm) but the image quality will surely be somewhat lower than the ones above. And we use interchangeable lens cameras to use the specific lens for the specific situation, don't we? By the way, a 10-400 lens could be better. :)
Just because there are times you want to choose a specific focal length does not mean that there will never be a point when you'd rather just have one big zoom. Just as we still have both zooms and primes of all kinds made, even though zooms as sharp as primes (and in the case of Sigma, as fast) have existed for a couple of decades now.

You may as well say you don't see the point in SLR existing now that we have mirrorless, or that there's no point in focus rings now that autofocus is very reliable.

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Re: Tamron to Announce New Superzoom, 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2017, 11:40:31 PM »