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Updated Tamron 18-200mm zoom is the lightest; features VC image stabilization and improved AF


Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018)

New Tamron 18-200mm zoom is the lightest* in the world. High-performance lens features VC image stabilization, improved AF and weighs just 400g (14.1 oz.)

Tamron 18-200mm

August 6, 2015, Saitama City, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, today announces the introduction of a new highperformance lens that zooms from 18 to 200mm for APS-C DSLR cameras.

The new 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018) is the successor to AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A14), which has been one of Tamron’s best-selling lenses since its introduction 10 years ago. The new 18-200mm VC uses the most modern optical and mechanical design to achieve compactness and high performance. Incorporating image stabilization, the 18-200mm VC delivers superior image quality and is the lightest zoom in its class. Tamron made full use of its long experience and expertise as a pioneering force in high-power zoom lenses to create an optimal all-in-one™ lens that opens up new photographic possibilities to all DSLR camera users.

* Among 18-200mm interchangeable lenses for APS-C DSLR cameras with O.I.S. (As of June, 2015. Source: Tamron)

Product Name Date of Launch
18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC(Model B018)
for Canon / Nikon / Sony *1
Aug 20, 2015
The Canon and Nikon mount models will be first simultaneously launched. The launch date of the Sony mount model will be announced at a later date.

*1 – The Sony mount version does not include VC because Sony DSLR bodies incorporate built-in image stabilization. The name of the Sony mount model is “18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II” without the VC designation.


  1. No need to change lenses—shoot in a wide variety of settings, from true wideangle to telephoto, with a single lens
    A zoom range of 18 to 200mm (35mm equivalent: 28-310mm) means there is no need to change lenses even when switching from wideangle shots in tight places to long telephoto shots of distant objects. Ideal for everything from large groups photos, family pictures, portraits, scenery, animals and school events—even for close-up shots (less than 0.5m / 19.7 in.) of food.
  2. Greater portability at a weight of just 400g (14.1 oz.)—the lightest lens in its class
    Covers the focal length range of 18 to 200mm and features Tamron’s VC (Vibration Compensation)*2, but weighs a mere 400g (14.1 oz.). Tamron designed the 18-200mm VC to be as user-friendly as possible by emphasizing portability and convenience. Users will appreciate the incredible balance and comfortable feel of this lens—even when used with the newest APS-C DSLR cameras.
  3. Features VC and AF, providing valuable support for DSLR camera novices
    Camera vibration is magnified in telephoto shots and when a slow shutter speed is used because of dim lighting. Even beginners can take great photos at long distances, at night, and indoors—and avoid camera shake—thanks to Tamron’s acclaimed VC mechanism. By incorporating a newly designed autofocus drive module with optimal DC motor-gear train integration, the 18-200mm VC also focuses much more quickly and quietly than models with conventional DC motors.

  4. Delivers enhanced imaging performance in a lightweight package
    Featuring 16 elements in 14 groups, the 18-200mm VC uses an LD (Low Dispersion) lens element to minimize chromatic aberrations. Although light and compact with VC, Tamron’s new offering also delivers amazing overall optical performance for an allpurpose lens. A circular, seven-blade aperture diaphragm maintains an almost perfectly round shape even at two stops down from its maximum aperture, providing desirable and beautiful bokeh with point light sources blurring into naturally rounded shapes.
  5. Works great as an easy-to-use lens for day-to-day use
    For added dependability and longer life, Tamron’s new lens features moisture-resistant construction that helps prevent damage caused by accidental exposure to wetness. The lens also comes with a Zoom Lock feature to prevent unwanted barrel extension when users carry their lens and camera body combinations with the lens pointed toward the ground.

*2 – VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron’s proprietary image stabilization mechanism.

Tamron 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC


Model : B018
Focal Length : 18-200mm
Maximum Aperture: F/3.5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal) : 75°33‘~7°59’
Optical Construction : 16 elements in 14 groups
Minimum Focus Distance : 0.49 ~ 0.77m
Maximum Magnification Ratio : 1:4 (at f=200mm:MFD 0.5m)
Filter Size : F 62mm
Maximum Diameter : F 75mm
Length* : for Canon 96.6mm**
for Nikon 94.1mm**
Weight : 400g**
Diaphragm Blade Number: 7 (circular diaphragm blades)*3
Minimum Aperture: F/22-40
Standard Accessories : Flower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

*Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
**Length and weight are based on figures for the Canon and the Nikon-mount lens.
*3 The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

You can pre-order/buy the above Tamron 18-200mm lens from B&H: