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Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Hands-On

We have a hands-on look at the new Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens.

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The new Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens updates the previous version, by adding Vibration Compensation (VC) optical image stabilisation, an updated DC focusing motor for quicker and quieter focusing, plus it is improved optically and mechanically to offer improved image quality, whilst still remaining extremely good value for money priced at £169 (RRP).

Update: Read our full Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens review.

The Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens has a large rubber zoom grip, as well as rubber focus ring, making the lens controls grip well when in the hand, and this makes it easy to turn the zoom and focus rings. There is an AF / MF switch on the side, as well as VC switch, and a lock switch on one side to keep the lens at the 18mm wide-angle setting when transporting the lens.

With a mostly plastic external construction, the lens weighs 400g, which makes it well suited to compact and entry level Digital SLRs, like the Nikon D3300, and despite the lightweight, the lens feels well-built. When using the lens the new DC motor was quiet and quick when focusing. The lens will be available for Canon and Nikon first, followed by a Sony Alpha version without built-in VC (as Sony Alpha DSLRs feature built-in sensor-based image stabilisation).

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Key Features:

  • 400g – lightest lens in its class
  • VC image stabilizations
  • 7 aperture blades
  • Moisture-resistant construction
  • Rounded aperture blades
  • Zoom lock
  • Fast DC focusing motor

Priced at £169 RRP the costs more than the existing Tamron 18-200mm, and less than Tamron 18-270mm (around £269), but is significantly less expensive than options from other manufacturers with the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OS priced at around £259, the Canon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS priced at around £360, and the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II priced at around £550! The Tamron lens also comes with a 5-year warranty. 

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Read the Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC news for more information.

Update: Read our full Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens review.

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Specifications

ManufacturerTamron
General
Lens Mounts
  • Nikon AF
  • Canon EF
  • Sony Alpha
Lens
Focal Length18mm - 200mm
Angle of View7.59 - 75.33
Max Aperturef/3.5 - f/6.3
Min Aperturef/22 - f/40
Filter Size62mm
StabilisedYes
35mm equivalent28mm - 310mm
Internal focusingYes
Maximum magnificationNo Data
Focusing
Min Focus49cm
Construction
Blades7
Elements16
Groups14
Box Contents
Box ContentsFlower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
Dimensions
Weight400g
Height94.1mm

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