Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD

February 6, 2014 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses | 2 Comments |
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Tamron is developing a new 11.zx ultrazoom lens for 35mm full-frame dSLRs. The Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD features a Piezo Drive auto focus motor, Tamron's exclusive Vibration Compensation technology and an optical formula comprising 19 elements in 15 groups. Equipped with a petal-shaped lens hood, the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD has a 67mm filter thread, a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.5, and a minimum focus distance of 0.49m. A prototype of the lens will be on display at the Tamron booth at the CP+ 2014 trade show, taking place from 13-16 February 2014 in Yokohama, Japan.

Tamron Press Release

Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD

Tamron is developing an advanced new all-in-one™ wide-angle to telephoto zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras

Innovative all-in-one™ zoom integrates state-of-the-art optical design, PZD (Piezo Drive)*¹ and Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation)*² system to achieve superb image quality in a remarkably compact, lightweight package.

February 6, 2014, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. 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.

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

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. may change without prior notice.

*Length and weight are based on figures for the Nikon mount model.

*1 Length is the distance between the front tip of the lens and the mount face.

Prices and availability: TBA

State-of-the-art optical design technology delivers superior image quality

Product Highlights

he 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

VC (Vibration Compensation)

Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation)* 2 mechanism reduces image blur caused by camera shake to deliver significantly sharper images even when shooting handheld.

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.

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.



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#1 Stewart Mala

This lens has to be good if it's going to make significant headway in the full frame market. This is particularly true as all superzooms, whilst claiming to be an all in one lens, frequently if not universally, produce disappointing IQ in comparison to more zoom restricted zooms and primes.

The usual acid test is the IQ delivered at the very long end. If it can hold its own against more modest but well respected zooms and give a par performance to an equivalent prime of that range, then it'll be a winner for sure.

No manufacture to date has managed to do that as physics precludes being able to deliver uniformly stellar IQ across the entire zoom range, i.e. it isn't possible. That said, it may just be a question of time (and technology) before some manufacturer pulls a mythical rabbit out of the hat and creates a first in the world of superzooms. Let's hope this is it! (skepticism aside).

11:43 am - Thursday, February 6, 2014

#2 longzoom

It is 100% crop. 28-300 Nikkor at 180mm, D800. So what about "disappointing IQ"? Do not post so categorical things, based on your knowledge only.http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7429/11459084843_14fa3f059f_b.jpg
20121014-20121014-015-8 by longzoom, on Flickr.

2:41 pm - Thursday, February 6, 2014