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The Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC all-in-one zoom lens for the E-mount of Sony mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera series has been named the “Best Entry-Level CSC Lens” by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). This light and compact lens delivers the 35mm equivalent of 27-300mm yet weighs a mere 16.2 oz. At the telephoto end, the lens can focus as close as 19.6 inches; to aid in close-up and long-range telephoto shooting it incorporates a specifically designed moving coil Vibration Compensation feature. The AF drive has a stepping motor that is optimized for use with Sony’s contrast-detection AF system.
Tamron Press Release
Tamron 18-200mm Di IIi VC All-in-one zoom lens for sony e-mount mirrorless camera series wins TIPA AWARDS 2012 “BEST CSC ENTRY LEVEL LENS”
April 18, 2012, Commack, NY -Tamron Co. Ltd. (President and CEO: Morio Ono / Headquarters: Saitama) a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced that the 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC (Model B011) all-in-one zoom lens for the E-mount of Sony mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera series has been awarded the TIPA AWARD / BEST CSC ENTRY LEVEL LENS Award.
The lens was acclaimed by the chief editors and technical editors of camera and imaging magazines who comprise TIPA as a compact, light, and easy to use high-power zoom lens.
This year marks the second consecutive year that a Tamron lens has been awarded by TIPA, following the SP 70-300mm Di VC USD (Model A005) last year.
 CSC: Compact System Camera
BEST CSC ENTRY LEVEL LENS Award: Reason for winning TIPA award (from original statement)
Designed exclusively for the E-mount Sony CSC camera line-up (it can also be used on the Sony NEX-VG10 HD video camcorder), this T light and compact lens delivers the (35mm format) equivalent of 27-300mm yet weighs a mere 16.2 oz. At the telephoto end, the lens can focus as close as 19.6 inches; to aid in close-up and long-range telephoto shooting it incorporates a specifically designed moving coil Vibration Compensation feature. The AF drive has a stepping motor that is optimized for use with Sony’s contrast-detection AF system.
About the TIPA Awards
These awards are presented each year by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) to top photo and imaging products.
TIPA is made up of the chief editors and technical editors of 29 camera and imaging magazines from 14 countries including European countries, USA, Canada, China, South Africa, and Australia.
Tamron is a recognized leader in the manufacture of precision optics offering a broad selection of meticulously engineered interchangeable lenses for professional photographers and photo enthusiasts. Founded in 1950, Tamron’s passion for innovation brought forth the groundbreaking development of mass-produced hybrid Aspherical elements, giving way to enormously popular compact, wide-range zoom lenses. Dynamic research and development , committed to advanced optical engineering, has produced a stream of award-winning Tamron lenses and defined theAll-in-One zoom lens category, exemplified by 2010’s 18-270mm Di II VC PZD. Astonishingly compact and lightweight, this 15X zoom features proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) technology, effectively counteracting image-degrading blur caused by camera shake along with a fast, quiet PZD (Piezo Drive) autofocus mechanism. Tamron lenses deliver a superb fusion of performance and value, enabling today’s high-resolution digital SLR cameras to perform at their peak.