Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD X-mount lens
September 30, 2021
Update 30/09/2021 – Tamron has now officially announced the Fujifilm X-Mount version of this lens is now available for pre-order, priced at £679 inc VAT. The Sony E-Mount version was announced at the end of August 2021, and we saw it in person at TPS 2021.
The 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD is the first Tamron lens for Fujifilm X-Mount, and gives a useful 27-450mm equivalent range, making it a great all-in-one super zoom lens.
July 21: Tamron has announced that it’s in the process of developing its first lens for Fujifilm X-mount mirrorless cameras. This will come in the shape of the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD, which will also be available in Sony E-mount. It’s an optically stabilised 16.6x superzoom that will offer a massive 27-450mm equivalent range, making it suitable for a host of applications including travel, landscape and wildlife photography. Tamron’s Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive (VXD) linear motor promises rapid and quiet autofocus, while the minimum focus distance of a mere 15cm at wideangle translates to half life-size magnification.
In terms of construction, Tamron is promising a dust and moisture resistant design, complete with an oil and water repellent fluorine coating on the front element. A zoom lock switch has been included to stop the lens extending under its own weight when pointed downwards. The firm hasn’t revealed the lens’s exact dimensions, but claims that it’ll be ‘comfortably compact’. Like many of Tamron’s other designs for mirrorless cameras, it will accept 67mm filters. Full details and pricing are still to be revealed, though, so stay tuned for more details when we get them.
With its extensive zoom range, this lens should provide an interesting option for both Fujifilm and Sony owners. However, enthusiast Fujifilm users may be dismayed to see that there’s no aperture ring, meaning that they’ll need to set use an electronic dial on their camera instead. Hopefully Tamron will include this control when it ports its other recent APS-C mirrorless optics over to X-mount, namely the 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD and the 11-20mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD, as it must surely do sooner rather than later.