Tamron has taken the wraps off a new 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC zoom lens, carrying a pricetag of £169.99 and billed as the lightest in its class.

The 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC zoom will initially be available in Canon and Nikon mounts, with a Sony version due out at a date yet to be announced.

Features on the ‘moisture-resistant’ model include VC image stabilisation (except on the Sony version), a seven-blade aperture circular diaphragm and a close focusing distance of 49cm.

The 16-elements-in-14-groups newcomer also boasts a newly designed AF drive module to help boost focusing speed.

The 18-200mm focal length should deliver the 35mm viewing-angle equivalent of a 28-310mm lens, making the ‘all-in-one’ kit suitable for both wideangle and telephoto shots.

Weighing 400g, the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC replaces the 10-year-old 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Macro – one of Tamron’s best-selling lenses.