Tamron’s first X-series lens is a big deal for Fujifilm camera fans
Japanese lens maker Tamron has unveiled its first lens for Fujifilm X-series cameras, a superzoom that will be ideal for photographers who want a versatile camera that covers virtually any shooting situation.
The Tamron 18-300mm f / 3.5-6.3 Di III-A2 VC VXD, which will also be available for Sony E-mount cameras with APS-C sensors, has a huge equivalent zoom range of 37-450mm in terms of full frame. For photographers, that means it can cover just about any angle without needing to change lenses, and makes it ideal for everything from wildlife and sports photography to vacation shots.
The biggest problem, however, is that this is Tamron’s first lens for Fujifilm X-series cameras like the Fujifilm X-T4. And that means we could potentially see more third-party lenses from Tamron and other manufacturers for X-series cameras in the near future.
While the Tamron 18-300mm f / 3.5-6.3 Di III-A2 VC VXD is not the first third-party lens for Fujifilm cameras – we’ve also recently seen lenses equipped with autofocus like Viltrox and Tokina – c ‘is the case. fill a gap in Fujifilm’s lineup. It could also mean that Fujifilm’s lens collection is bolstered by even more third-party options.
The new lens is the first all-in-one zoom for APS-C mirrorless cameras to have a 16.6x zoom range and uses a linear motor autofocus system, which means it should be relatively fast and quiet. It also has weather protection and built-in vibration compensation stabilization, which should help it stay a bit more stable at the longer end of the focal range.
The fact that its minimum focus distance is 15cm, which means it should be able to handle close-up shooting quite well, further enhances the versatility of the lens. Most superzooms have some compromise in terms of picture quality, but Tamron naturally claims that the 18-300mm f / 3.5-6.3 Di III-A2 VC VXD will deliver picture quality that is “among the best in the world. all all-in-one zooms “.
We can’t wait to see whether or not it will live up to this claim, but unfortunately there is going to be a bit of a wait for it. So far, the target is only a “development announcement,” but Tamron says it will be available “at the end of 2021”, with pricing to follow then.
Analysis: Good news for Fuji fans (and APS-C cameras)
Tamron has a long history of producing compelling third-party lenses for Canon and Nikon digital SLRs, especially in the superzoom space. We have often found that its lenses perform similar, if not sometimes better, than the branded lenses of these two manufacturers, at lower prices.
A superzoom like Tamron’s 18-300mm f / 3.5-6.3 Di III-A2 VC VXD may not look perfect for Fujifilm X-series cameras, given that they tend to be smaller bodies that are more comfortable taking street photos. . But like Fujifilm’s new XF70-300 f / 4-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens, Tamron’s new alternative looks quite compact and will hopefully come at an even lower price point.
Perhaps more exciting for Fujifilm fans is the precedent it sets for future lenses. Fujifilm X-Series cameras aren’t exactly lacking in lens options, but there are areas where they lack affordable options. If Tamron starts wearing some of its other popular lenses that it has designed for the Sony E mount – for example, the recent Tamron 17-70mm f / 2.8 Di III-A VC RXD – it could dramatically increase the number of choices on offer. .
Of course, Tamron might just be testing the X-Series waters with that goal and there’s no guarantee that the floodgates will open for others now. But earlier this year, another major lens maker – Sigma – also hinted that it plans to release X-Series lenses in 2021.
This kind of lens news is also good for APS-C cameras in general. The camera industry’s recent focus has been heavily on more expensive full-frame mirrorless cameras, but APS-C cameras like the Sony A6600, Fujifilm X-S10, and the incoming Nikon Zfc are great options for amateur shooters, so it’s great to see them supported cameras with a handful of healthy new lenses.