This is an exciting concept at about $800. At $1500, I don't think it is going to have many takers.
completelyrandomstuff: Think of 20-40mm like a normal prime with some extra room. I can't understand why people complain over a small zoom range in a lens that is a size of a usual prime (with zoom range of zero!).
Because it's slow and expensive. Normal primes are f1.4 or f1.8.
Hugowolf: It is Lego, not Legos. Like sheep, they are not easily enumerable. Sheeps?
I thought it was like lambs.
justin23: I think the idea of it being a zoom to 600mm. I'd be happy with it starting at 200 or even 300, but i think that doesn't change the lens design much.
All the pentax users crying out for long lenses miss out as do m4/3. Is it that hard to change mounts for Tamron to make it profitable?
It is expensive to have unsold product sitting on shelves.
J.K.T.: As someone shooting with Canon crop bodies I really would have appreciated f/5.6 at tele end - even at the price of somewhat shorter max length. Otherwise...
Most of the Sigma and Tamron superzooms are f6.3 and they work great on Canon cameras. It won't be a problem.
Marty4650: Olympus Four Thirds had some really wonderful 2X zoom lenses, like the 7-14mm, 9-18mm, and 11-22mm.
A 20-40mm lens on an APSC camera results in an equivalent focal length of 30-60mm on full frame 35mm, making this the ideal normal zoom lens.
The advantage of a modest zoom range like 2X, rather then 4X or 5X, is that you can keep size and weight down, and quality way up. This little gem doesn't look any larger than a 35mm or 50mm prime lens.
I Agree with you. However, a 2x zoom doesn't provide much benefit over a 24mm prime, either. Especially when the aperture is so much slower.
One can only hope after all these tradeoffs and attention to detail on the construction that the optical quality is off the charts.
dlkeller: If Tamron leaves the VC off this lens as they have their 18-270 PZD for Sony mounts I am through with their company forever! Otherwise, it is definitely on my wish list.
viewfnder stabilization is sure handy with telephotos, no matter how good in body IS is getting.
240-960mm equiv on Canon 1.6x. Pretty amazing.
Yxa: I hope this isn't a plastic passion like the Panasonic 100-300 (200-600 equivalent) I have.
It probably is.
If you want superb construction then you pay for the $5000+ options from Canon/Nikon. This is filling the lower priced supertele niche.
Giklab: I bet that this doesn't come in Pentax mount because it will be released later as a DA lens.
They don't even have a relationship with Tokina anymore. Ricoh bought Pentax from Hoya, which owns Tokina. So they aren't under the same umbrella anymore.
Jogger: Is this a telescoping zoom?? Looks far too compact for a 600mm.
danny006: If the optics are as good as the tamron 200-500, I'm sold. The extra reach is priceless for wildlife.
The only thing wrong with the 200-500 is that it lacked VC. So adding another 20% reach and VC makes this an almost guaranteed winner.
tinzi1: sigh, Pentax, u gotta put some investment in marketing research before production. look around! lame.
Nobody had made such a lens because they usually go wider and longer with faster aperture for less money.
Zvonimir Tosic: It's 30-60 mm in 135 format terms — it covers both classic 35mm and 50 mm FoV, with extra few mm on both ends. To many this could be the only lens they'd ever need. And it's WR too.It also has a classic touch to it, with a Super Takumar focus ring type.
30-60 might as well just be a 35 or 40mm prime. Then it could actually be fast.
This lens would appear to have"Limited" Appeal?
I don't know. Changing the ISO and EC sure look like a pain in the posterior.
No frame advance lever?
Robert Newman: Modern DSLRs have gone too far with automation. My Canon 5DM3 comes with a 403-page user manual. I often get into the field and need to change the controls of the camera for unusual situations and find myself stumbling through a stupid manual or third-party book or cheat sheet to figure out the settings I need. It is not just cameras that suffer from this excess. The user manual for my Canon 600EX-RT flash is over 100 pages. I for one think Fuji and now Nikon have finally realized that more is not always better. That goes for size and bulk as well. With my 5DM3 and three lenses in a bag I sometime feel like I am lugging around my old Mamiya RZ67 which was a pain for location shooting.
No way. The key exposure and focus settings of even the most advanced DSLR are the really same as they were for film SLRs 15 years ago. a few buttons on top, 1 or two dials and you are set.
joexu: That is pretty big, just a DSLR with retro looks. Would've preferred a mirrorless FF
Mirrorless FF is just as much a niche as creating a retro/classic DSLR. Nikon doesn't feel like chasing the same niche as Sony right now. Nothing wrong with that.