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Jul 13, 2017 17:05 |  #1

Tamron has announced a new 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD APS-C lens billed as the world’s first to cover the extended range. Having reviewed the Sigma and Tamron 18-300’s in a previous video this might be the one for those that prioritize convenience. For $649 you get 22.2x zoom ratio covering wide angle shots from 28mm to ultra-telephoto 640mm (Canon crop ratio). The lens also features a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9 so you can enjoy tele-macro photography. With the new design comes their new LD (Low Dispersion Glass) with an ashperical lens to control the chromatic aberration (color fringing) all-in-one lenses are known for typically. For it’s size, Tamron managed to make it quite small at 4.8 inches long and 24.9 ounces, in comparison Sigma’s 18-300 Contemporary Lens clocks in at 4 inches and 20.6 ounces with 100mm less in focal length. The 18-400mm lens also incorporates 2.5 stops of stabilization with a zoom lock to get the sharpest shots possible from the 640mm focal range. If you are interested the 18-400mm gets you that all-in-one convenience for a decent price. As with our 18-300mm comparison, there is a cost for the benefit, we’ll have a review out soon on this new lens.

I have never owned a Tamron lens but I thinking about this one when it comes out at the end of the month. What are your thoughts ??


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Jul 13, 2017 17:24 |  #2

Not really interested.

I get the idea of wanting convenience. But it also sort of defeats the point of having interchangeable lenses. And so this then competes with just getting a camera that has a good sensor and a built in lens system with a lot of zoom for a heck of a lot cheaper, and smaller. But again, not really looking for something that convenient that I'd put other features behind it in priority. I'd rather have a good wide angle zoom, and a good tele-zoom, rather than something that does both, but more poorly. You give up a lot in the optics to get something this convenient.

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Jul 14, 2017 13:43 |  #3

You don't get ought for nought.

Likely to be some significant optical/image quality compromises for a lens like this.


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Jul 14, 2017 16:59 |  #4

I'm curious to see exactly what the IQ is, but I can't imagine it being worth it.


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Jul 15, 2017 01:26 |  #5

A few from the 18-400 here.
https://www.facebook.c​om …UK/posts/173303​4200070214 (external link)


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Jul 16, 2017 00:00 |  #6

Yeah from the pictures on Facebook it looks nice... I just pre-ordered mine should be here the end of next week..


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Jul 16, 2017 00:20 |  #7

I'll, likely, pick one up when it's been out a few months. I've owned one flavor or another of the Tamron super zoom since the first 18-270; they're great travel lenses, but the AF is slow (especially if you're spoiled by the speed of higher end lenses) and the image quality just isn't quite "there". They work well enough to be decent in closer to ideal conditions, but when you get dark or low contrast conditions, you'll find it hunts around quite a bit.


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Jul 16, 2017 18:26 |  #8

Snydremark wrote in post #18403068 (external link)
I'll, likely, pick one up when it's been out a few months. I've owned one flavor or another of the Tamron super zoom since the first 18-270; they're great travel lenses, but the AF is slow (especially if you're spoiled by the speed of higher end lenses) and the image quality just isn't quite "there". They work well enough to be decent in closer to ideal conditions, but when you get dark or low contrast conditions, you'll find it hunts around quite a bit.


I think you are mistaking that lens DOES NOT come out until July 20, 2017...


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Jul 16, 2017 20:56 |  #9

N2bnfunn wrote in post #18403585 (external link)
I think you are mistaking that lens DOES NOT come out until July 20, 2017...

18 to 270mm; their *current* superzoom...I didn't say anything about a date :|


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Jul 25, 2017 03:11 |  #10

Some more shots here from Dustin Abbott,there's also a video review,pretty much as expected really,
https://dustinabbott.n​et …6-3-vc-hld-image-gallery/ (external link)


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Jul 25, 2017 11:34 |  #11

Well, the photozone.de review of the 18-270mm probably gives us an idea of the issues to be considered in the 18-400mm


  • Tamron 18-270mm exhibits a fairly hefty amount of barrel distortion at 18mm (~3.9%). However, beyond the wide end the problem is actually very well controlled with only slight to moderate barrel (24mm) and pincushion (50mm+) distortion.
  • In the 18-270mm, vignetting is comparatively well controlled except at 18mm @ f/3.5 (~1EV) and the very long end @ f/5.6 & f/6.3 (~0.8EV).
  • The lens resolution situation (@ 15mp, the 18-270mm VC struggled somewhat to impress here. At 18mm the lens is able to deliver a generally decent quality with an extremely sharp center and acceptable borders. At 24mm you should avoid the max. aperture setting because of very soft borders (sharp center) but the quality catches up at medium apertures. This pattern repeats at 50mm (best setting) and 100mm. At 200mm and 270mm we still have a fairly decent center performance but the border quality deteriorates further, especially at 270mm where it takes f/11 to reach acceptable resolution figures here.

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Jul 25, 2017 22:36 |  #12

The images in the link above are pretty standard results from this line of lenses; certainly not outstanding but utilitarian enough to be functional for a lot of people. And getting out to 400 w/ an "all in one" lens isn't a small feat, so good on 'em, I say.


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Jul 26, 2017 18:11 |  #13

Hello today I received the Tamron 18-400 what a big disappointment and I can't blame Tamron. Both of my camera's are full frame, and the lens is a crop lens..


Yikes .... I still took a few pictures using it nice nothing special but seen to be a good lens for the price.


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Jul 26, 2017 18:26 |  #14

N2bnfunn wrote in post #18412043 (external link)
Hello today I received the Tamron 18-400 what a big disappointment and I can't blame Tamron. Both of my camera's are full frame, and the lens is a crop lens..


Yikes .... I still took a few pictures using it nice nothing special but seen to be a good lens for the price.

Thanks for the warning, I was considering it for my wife who does not like switching lenses. The "18" mm as the short end should have been a dead giveaway, but it did not click for me.


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Jul 26, 2017 18:32 |  #15

N2bnfunn wrote in post #18412043 (external link)
Hello today I received the Tamron 18-400 what a big disappointment and I can't blame Tamron. Both of my camera's are full frame, and the lens is a crop lens..


Yikes .... I still took a few pictures using it nice nothing special but seen to be a good lens for the price.

Unfortunately each company has its own product code designation for the 'for crop' image circle size...for Tamron it is 'Di-II'

TAMRON 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD


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