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Tamron develops 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 VC for Micro Four Thirds

Jan 29, 2013 at 19:14 GMT

Tamron has announced that it's developing an image stabilised superzoom lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III VC (Model C001) is poised to become the first third-party zoom for the system, and will offer a 28-300mm equivalent focal length range. It uses the company's Vibration Control (VC) system to counteract hand-shake, and a stepper motor for fast and silent autofocus. The lens will also feature a metal barrel and be available in a black or silver finish. Price and availibility are still to be confirmed.


Press release:

Tamron announces the development of the company's first Micro Four Thirds high-power zoom lens, equivalent to 28-300mm in the 35mm full-frame format

Tamron 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III VC (Model C001) with Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation)* mechanism and sophisticated metal finish in two colors - black and silver

January 29, 2013, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announces the development of a high-power zoom lens designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras.

Product features:

* VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary image stabilization mechanism.
** The lens VC feature should be turned off, when used with cameras that have built-in image stabilization functions (such as those made by Olympus).
*** The circular diaphragm retains a near circular shape even when taken two stops down from a wide open position.

Specifications

 Model   C001 
 Focal length   14-150mm 
 35mm equiv focal length   28-300mm
 Maximum aperture  F/3.5-5.8
 Minimum aperture  F/22
 Lens construction  17 elements in 13 groups
 Minimum focus  0.5m (19.7 in.)
 Max. magnification  1:3.8 (at f=150mm: MFD 0.5m)
 Filter size  52mm
 Length  80.4mm (3.2 in.)
 Diameter  63mm
 Weight  280g (9.9 oz.)
 No. of diaphragm blades  7 (Circular diaphragm)
 Supplied accessory  Flower-shaped lens hood
 Mount  Micro Four Thirds