Tamron today announced a new 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens that it claims is the world’s lightest 18-200mm stabilized APS-C lens.
The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 28-310mm, and it weighs just 400g (14.1 oz). By comparison, Canon’s 18-200mm IS weighs 595g (1.31 lb), and Nikon’s 18-200mm VR weighs 560g (1.23 lb).
Tamron’s new lens is the successor to the existing, non-stabilized $200 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3, which Tamron says is one of its best-selling lenses over the past 10 years.
Features of the all-in-one lens include a 0.5m (19.7 in) minimum focusing distance, a quick and quiet autofocus system, 16 elements in 14 groups, a circular seven-blade aperture, a Zoom Lock feature, and moisture-resistant construction.
The Canon and Nikon versions of this lens will be available starting on August 20, 2015, for $249. A non-stabilized Sony version is also on the way.