Tamron Announce 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3, 28-75mm G2 and 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Lenses Tamron is zooming all the way

Tamron announced 3 new zoom lenses today that have been in development for a while. These are the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD, the 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD, and the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2. All use Tamron’s newest generation VXD focus motors.

Let’s take a closer look at all three lenses one by one:

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2

This lens is the second generation of the very popular (announced back in 2018). It includes several changes and improvements including the VXD motor, improved optical design with 17 elements, shorter focus distance and better macro magnification.

Main specs of the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2

  • 28-75mm F/2.8  full-frame lens.
  • The lens has 17 elements in 15 groups (2 LD elements and 2 aspherical elements).
  • VXD AF motor.
  • Dust and water-resistant.
  • Min focus distance – 18cm (1:2.7 max magnification).
  • 67 mm filter.
  • Fluorine and BBAR-G2 coatings.
  • Weight – around 540g.
  • Mounts – Sony E.

The Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2

Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD

This might be the most interesting and unique out of the 3. In fact, there is no such fast zoom lens in existence for Sony E-mount cameras. Mind you this is a pretty large and heavy lens (and it isn’t exactly inexpensive) but what you get certainly looks impressive – at least on paper (until we shall get our hands on one).

The biggest feature here is the combination of the focal length – 35-150mm with the very fast aperture of f/2-f/2.8 (we know of any other f/2 zoom AF lens for E-mount at the moment).

Next, we have a few small but still interesting stuff like firmware updates via USB cable, A-to-B focus change with a press of a button and the ability to change the focus ring to aperture control, and a few other nice features which are not really that common on most lenses.

Main specs of the Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD

  • 35-150mm F/2-F/2.8  full-frame lens.
  • The lens has 21 elements in 15 groups (4 LD elements and 3 aspherical elements).
  • VXD AF motor.
  • Dust and water-resistant.
  • Min focus distance – 33cm (1:5.7 max magnification).
  • 82 mm filter.
  • Fluorine coating.
  • Weight – around 1165g.
  • Mounts – Sony E.

The Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD

Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD

The final lens announced today is an all-around APS-C lens for both Sony E-mount and Fujifilm X-mount.

The main highlight of this lens is probably the close-up capabilities. This lens can shoot as close as 18cm (at 18mm) with a maximum macro magnification of 1:2 (at 300mm you can go up to 1:4).

Main specs of the Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD

  • 18-300mm F/3.5-F/6.3 APS-C lens.
  • The lens has 19 elements in 15 groups (4 LD elements and 3 aspherical elements).
  • VXD AF motor.
  • Dust and water-resistant.
  • Min focus distance – 18cm (1:2 max magnification) @18mm.
  • 67 mm filter.
  • Zoom lock.
  • Fluorine coating.
  • Weight – around 620g.
  • Mounts – Sony E and Fujifilm X-mount.

The two versions of the Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD

Pricing and availability

All three lenses should be available in the next few weeks (global situation permitting) with the following prices:

  • 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 – $900.
  • 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD – $1900.
  • 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD – $700.

Videos from around the web

Besides the video above released by Tamron there are a handful of videos of the new lenses that can be found online. Here are a few of them.

Tamron 2’nd video with the 18-300mm: shooting with Philip Ruopp





Adam Queen playing with the 18-300mm in Maimi





A first video review of the 35-150mm lens (in Japanese)





Official video of the 28-75mm F2.8 G2 (in Japanese)





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