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Tamron have announced that the 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC (Model B011) high-power zoom lens for the E-mount of Sony mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera series has been awarded the Best CSC Entry-Level Lens title at this year's TIPA Awards.
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 on from the SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005) last year.
The reason for Tamron winning the TIPA award can be found in a statement on the TIPA website which says: "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 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."
For more information, visit Tamron's website and read ePHOTOzine's review of the lens: Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens Review
You can see the full list of TIPA award winners here: TIPA Awards 2012
(Article updated 20 April 2012)