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Tamron’s first high-power zoom for Sony’s mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera series is an innovative lens that is lightweight, compact, and features a striking new form factor with two color options.

APSC 18mm APSC 90mm APSC 200mm

18mm (28mm full frame)

90mm (140m full frame)

200mm (310mm full frame)

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  • B011
  • 3.8 in.
  • 16.2 oz
  • ø62 filter
  • Sony NEX Series
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Product Overview

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC is the first All-in-One Zoom For Sony NEX cameras by Tamron the Pioneer in High-Power Zoom Lens Design. This striking new 11X zoom provides greatly enhanced shooting flexibility with Sony NEX APS-C-format mirrorless compact interchangeable-lens cameras, including the NEX-3, NEX-C3, NEX-5, and NEX-5N, providing equivalent focal lengths from 27mm wide-angle to 300mm super telephoto plus macro focusing in an ultra-compact form factor, Incorporating the latest version of Tamron’s acclaimed VC (vibration compensation) system, its advanced optical design and stepping-motor autofocus (AF) drive deliver extraordinary image quality plus seamless AF performance.

Tamron Di III lenses are engineered specifically for mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras with no internal mirror box or pentaprism, adopting an optical design that matches the characteristics of the digital camera. (Note: These lenses cannot be used with digital SLR cameras with built-in mirror box or conventional 35mm film SLR cameras).

Recommended for APS-C photographers who…

- Demand state-of-the-art-one zoom versatility and image quality.
- Need even more subject magnification—expanding sports, nature and wildlife picture opportunities.
- Appreciate the mobility of handheld shooting, but reject the image blur that it often introduces.
- Want fewer lens changes, reducing instances of exposing the sensor to image-degrading dust, or missing the shot.
- Want image quality far exceeding typical kit lens capabilities.

APSC 18mm APSC 90mm APSC 200mm

18mm (28mm full frame)

90mm (140m full frame)

200mm (310mm full frame)

Tamron Di-III lenses are engineered specifically for mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras with no internal mirror box or pentaprism, adopting an optical design that matches the characteristics of the digital camera. (Note: These lenses cannot be used with digital SLR cameras with built-in mirror box or conventional 35mm film SLR cameras).


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Specifications

Model B011
Lens Construction (Groups/Elements) 13/17
Angle of View Diagonal 76°10' - 8°03'
  Horizontal 66°16' - 6°43'
  Vertical 46°51' - 4°27'
Diaphragm Blade Number 7
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-6.3
Minimum Aperture F/22-40
Minimum Focus Distance 19.7in.(0.5m)
Macro Magnification Ratio 1:3.7 (at f=200mm MFD 0.5m)
Filter Diameter ø62
Weight 460g (16.2oz)
Length2 96.7mm (3.8 in)
Entire Length3 102.0mm (4.0 in)
Diameter ø68 (2.7 in.)
Accessory Flower-shaped Lens hood
Mount Sony E-mount

MTF CHARTS

18-270mm MTF Chart

How to read the MTF charts

1. The angle of view is calculated based on the latest image sensor size of Sony's NEX series.
2. Length is the distance between the mount face and the tip of the lens.
3. Entire length is the distance between the tip of the lens and the tip of the protrusion.

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Technology

Di III Tamron Di III Tamron Di III lenses are engineered specifically for mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras with no internal mirror box or pentaprism, adopting an optical design that matches the characteristics of the digital camera. (Note: These lenses cannot be used with digital SLR cameras with built-in mirror box or conventional 35mm film SLR cameras).
VC (Vibration Compensation)

VC (Vibration Compensation)
Tamron’s conventional VC (Vibration Compensation) unit has a moving magnet system with heavy magnets in the vibration-compensating lens. However, the new VC mechanism adopts a lightweight moving coil system that reduces the load on the drive system. This allows the drive to be operated with smaller coils and magnets, reducing the weight and size for the entire VC unit. In addition, improvements to software and other elements of the VC mechanism used in the 18-200mm Di III VC have made the mechanism even quieter.

VC Mechanism

 

Stepping Motor
18-200mm Di III's autofocus mechanism uses a stepping motor that is an ideal match for the Contrast-detection AF system used in Sony’s NEX series cameras. The stepping motor’s actuator allows finely tuned control of angular rotation, and since it drives the focusing mechanism directly without an intermediate reduction gear, it also provides superbly quiet performance. You can count on this to enhance autofocus capability when shooting video. Furthermore, after adjusting with the AF mechanism, you can use the Direct Manual Focus (DMF) function for delicate adjustments to the image. In short, you can capture the scenes you want focused exactly as you want them every time

Stepping Motor.

Low Dispersion

Low Dispersion (LD) Glass for Greater Lens Sharpness
Low dispersion (LD) glass elements in a lens help reduce chromatic aberration; the tendency of light of different colors to come to different points of focus at the image plane. Chromatic aberration reduces the sharpness of an image, but glass with an extremely lowdispersion index, has less of a tendency to separate (defract) a ray of light into a rainbow of colors. This characteristic allows the lens designer to effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the center of the field (on axis), a particular problem at long focal lengths (the telephoto end of the zoom range), and for lateral chromatic aberration (towards the edges of the field) that often occurs at short focal lengths (the wide-angle end of the zoom range.)

Aspherical

Hybrid Aspherical Elements Provide the Ultimate in Image Quality and Compactness
Tamron uses several hybrid aspherical lens elements in many lenses bearing the Aspherical designation. These innovative optics allow us to achieve the ultimate in image quality, and at the same time produce lenses that offer remarkable zoom ranges in extraordinarily compact packages. By perfecting theses cutting-edge advances for series production, Tamron has advanced the state of optical design, and virtually eliminated spherical aberration and image distortion from the high-power-zoom series.Through the effective application of Hybrid Aspherical Technology, one lens elemen tcan take the place of multiple elements without compromising performance. This is what allows us to produce remarkably compact long-range lenses that deliver a uniformly high level of image quality at all focal lengths and apertures.

Internal Focusing

Internal Focusing (IF) System
Internal focusing (IF) provides numerous practical benefits to photographers including a non-rotating front filter ring that facilitates the positioning of polarizing and graduated filters, and more predictable handling because the lens length does not change during focusing. Even more important, Tamron’s Internal Focusing (IF) system provides a much closer minimum focusing distance (MFD) throughout its entire focusing range. In addition, IF improves optical performance by minimizing illumination loss at the corners of the image field, and helps to suppress other aberrations that become more troublesome at different focusing positions.

Zoom Lock Zoom Lock (ZL) Feature
Another original Tamron mechanical engineering concept is the Zoom Lock (ZL), a simple convenience feature that prevents undesired extension of the lens barrel when carrying the camera/lens unit on a neck strap.

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Warranty

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IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Tamron USA, Inc., or its authorized agents, will not repair any product that is not an officially imported product and sold through an authorized Tamron USA dealer. In other words, there will be no authorized repair service under any circumstance for gray market products. In such a case, the user must return the product to the dealer at which it was purchased for unauthorized repair service.

Tamron USA, Inc. Six-Year Limited Warranty
(Six-Year Limited Warranty Valid in USA Only)

Only Tamron lenses imported officially by Tamron USA, Inc. and distributed by authorized Tamron USA, Inc. dealers carry a Six-Year Limited USA warranty.

Check Authenticity of Your Product:
You can check the authenticity of the product you have/plan to purchase by locating the silver hologram Tamron USA Authorized Dealer/Six-Year Warranty logo sticker on top of the lens box and/or by completing the Tamron Online Warranty Registration. You may also call Tamron at 1-800-827-8880 to verify the serial number.

Authorized Dealer Logo  Look for this logo. Dealers not authorized by Tamron USA, Inc. cannot offer any warranty and cannot use this logo. All authorized Tamron USA dealers are requested to place this logo on their website; however, some dealers, even if authorized, may not have the functionality to add this logo to their website. We highly recommend that you check with the dealer or Tamron USA, Inc. to determine whether the dealer is authorized. You can find a list of authorized Tamron USA dealers by clicking here or by calling 1-800-827-8880.


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The limited warranty set forth below is provided by Tamron USA, Inc. and is applicable to new Tamron Photographic Lenses purchased in the USA through an authorized dealer. Open box sales or used equipment do not apply. The Warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the original purchaser of the lens or the person for whom the lens was purchased as a gift. This Warranty is valid only in the Continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii, and is valid only upon presentation of a valid proof of purchase from an authorized Tamron dealer (valid proof of purchase must be a dated bill of sale that includes price, model and serial number of lens and/or when fully completing Tamron’s Online Warranty Registration at www.tamron-usa.com).

This Tamron lens is warranted against defective materials or workmanship for Six Years from the date of original purchase, and is limited to repair, adjustment and/or replacement of defective parts. This Warranty covers all defects encountered in normal use of the lens. This Limited Warranty does not cover normal wear and tear such as scratches, etc.

This Warranty does not apply to defects due to abuse, mishandling, tampering or removal of serial number, repair by a non-authorized agent, unsuitable storage, transport damage, sand damage, liquid damage, fungus damage, impact damage, or tampering.

This Warranty also does not cover defects due to the use of accessories, attachments, product supplies, parts or devices that do not conform to Tamron specifications. This Warranty does not cover lenses that have been serviced or modified by anyone other than Authorized Tamron Service Agents.

This Warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights that vary from state to state.

ALL WARRANTIES IMPLIED BY LAW, INCLUDING MERCHANTABILITY, SHALL BE OF DURATION OF ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE. NO OTHER EXPRESS WARRANTY OR GUARANTY EXCEPT AS STATED ABOVE, GIVEN BY ANY PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION WITH RESPECT TO THIS LENS SHALL BE BINDING TO TAMRON. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. NEITHER TAMRON NOR ANY OTHER PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION IS OR SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTAL DAMAGES CAUSED BY THIS EQUIPMENT. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

Warranty Claim Instruction:
While the lens is under the term of this warranty, if you have a claim, please return the lens to the dealer where you purchased it. If that is not possible, return it to Tamron USA, Inc., New York. Include with the lens proof of purchase from an authorized Tamron dealer (valid proof of purchase must be a dated bill of sale that includes price, model and serial number of lens and/or warranty registration ID number assigned upon completion of Tamron’s Online Warranty Registration at www.tamron-usa.com) and a description of the defect claimed. If you have an online warranty registration ID number, please include that number in your description. If Tamron determines your lens to be defective, we will repair or replace it at NO CHARGE.

If you would like to send in your lens for repair service, please include the “equipment repair form”, and also include a copy of your sales receipt or your warranty confirmation number. If we determine that the warranty has been voided, we will notify you and give you a cost estimate. Please DO NOT include filters, hoods, or other accessories besides the front cap & rear cap. Please do not send your product box. Instead, we recommend wrapping your lens very well in several layers of bubble wrap so that it fits tightly and securely in your shipping box. You are responsible for the cost of shipping the lens to us for service, and we will cover the cost of returning the lens to you within the United States (we are not responsible for international shipping charges, duties, fees, etc.).


The Risk of Purchasing Gray Market Products:
In looking for our products, you may find that products not supplied through our regular channel are sold in your market. Such products are generally called “gray-market products” and may involve quality problems.

Interchangeable lenses are precision optical and mechanical products. Therefore, if handling during transportation or storage is not adequate, defects or malfunctions may occur. As for our products supplied through our regular distribution channel, meticulous care is taken in transportation and storage in order to ensure quality protection. However, in the case of gray-market products, it is more likely that they are handled inadequately during transportation or storage; are exposed to undesirable conditions such as high temperatures, vibration, shock, high humidity, dust, dirt and so on; or that they have been mixed up with used products since they are not under our strict control. Therefore, we are unable to warrant the quality of gray-market products.

Always look for Tamron products that are supplied through our authorized distribution channel. By purchasing Tamron products from an authorized dealer, you can ensure the quality of the product, which will be also covered by Tamron USA's Six-Year Limited Warranty, the only warranty accepted by Tamron USA, Inc. in the USA as of October 1, 2007. To find an authorized Tamron dealer near you, please click here.

If you have any question as to the authenticity of a dealer or product, please do not hesitate to contact our Service Department at 1-800-827-8880, Option 1, to discuss your impending purchase.


Online Warranty Registration:
Registration provides the following benefits: Instant serial number verification to insure that you have purchased a Tamron USA imported lens with 6-Year Limited USA Warranty and eligibility for any qualifying rebate; Access to product information in the event of loss or theft; Personal support if service is ever required; Priority contact in the rare event we discover an issue with the product; Invitations to local workshops, seminars and sales events; Subscription to the quarterly Tamron Viewfinder PDF newsletter; and Exclusive promotional offers.

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