In the words of a colleague here at Wex Photographic, "Tamron have announced some very sexy lenses". The first of which is the Tamron AF SP 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) lens, in Canon and Nikon fits. The high-performance, ultra wide-angle zoom lens with an unprecedented focal length range has been designed for exclusive use with Canon and Nikon (with Built-in AF Motor) Small Sensor DSLR Cameras - Pentax and Sony fit lenses are expected to be released shortly.
The SP AF10-24mm Di II Lens is the first ever ultra wide-angle lens for digital cameras, offering the aforementioned unprecedented zoom ratio of 2.4x, which along with the 35mm equivalent of 16mm ultra wide-angle to 37mm semi-wide-angle focal length makes for beautifully composed vistas and perfect precision in close-ups.
The lens is lightweight and compact and works well in shooting situations that other lenses baulk at. It features large aperture, glass molded aspherical elements, hybrid aspherical lenses, as well as elements made of special low-dispersion glass and high-refractive index glass - the combination of which produces fantastically high-grade images.
The second lens in the new line-up is the Canon and Nikon-fit Tamron AF 18-270 f3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro lens. This is an ultra high power zoom lens with built-in Vibration Compensation and has been designed exclusively for use with digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized image sensors. This lens is great throughout the zoom range which combined with the VC anti-shake system gives sharp images even when handheld and at the longest telephoto lengths.
The Tamron AF 18-270mm Di II VC LD lens covers angles of view from 28mm to 419mm when converted to 35mm format, and delivers a strong, sharp image in numerous shooting scenarios from sporting or journalistic photography to off-the-cuff, candid photos.
The lens includes Tamron's exclusive, proprietary tri-axial Vibration Compensation (VC) mechanism which works hard to reduce and eliminate the effects of handheld camera shake, meaning in simple terms, that your images won't suffer from blurring, even if you are wobbling all over the place.
Both lenses have created a stir in the WEX office and we wait with bated breath to see them in the flesh when the first of the new ranges are available later this month.