Published 23/06/17

Introducing the world's first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens with an extended range that covers 18-400mm

18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD


Tamron announces the launch of the new 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Model B028, the worlds first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras, which covers a focal length range of 18-400mm.

Since the 1992 launch of its AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical Model 71D, Tamron has dominated the all-in-one zoom category and has produced many lenses that cover wide-angle to telephoto zoom ranges. Tamron has now developed this ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom that extends to 400mm 35mm equivalent of 620mm and a 22.2x zoom ratio. Packed in a light, compact body 121.4mm/705g2 is Tamrons accumulated knowledge and experience for all-in-one zoom lenses, including the most advanced optical and mechanical designs, an HLD High/Low torque modulated Drive for the AF system and the Vibration Compensation system.

Photographers can now enjoy wide-angle to ultra-telephoto photography using one lens, which is ideal for travel photography and eliminates the need to carry extra lenses. The new Model B028 lens enables a wide variety of ultra-telephoto images including everyday casual scenes.


1. The worlds first1 ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens to achieve 400mm telephoto
The new Model B028 is the worlds first lens for APS-C DSLR cameras that covers a focal length range of 18-400mm and achieves a zoom ratio of 22.2x. The focal length of 400mm on the telephoto end enables the capturing of ultra-telephoto pictures with the 35mm equivalent of 620mm angle of view. Now, with just this one lens, a photographer can readily enjoy the power of the ultra-telephoto to bring distant subjects closer as well as the perspective-flattening effects that only extreme telephoto settings can achieve. This all-in-one zoom lens is ideal for travel and everyday carry. It allows a photographer to switch from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto without changing lenses, making it faster and easier to capture a much wider range of subjects including travel scenes, wildlife, action sports, landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and food.
1&12288;Among interchangeable lenses for DSLR cameras As of May 2017; Tamron

2. Excellent image quality across the entire zoom range, from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto
The optical construction of the B028 consists of 16 lens elements in 11 groups. The use of specialized glass elements such as LD Low Dispersion and aspherical lens elements effectively minimizes wide-ranging aberrations, including chromatic aberrations and distortion, thereby assuring outstanding image quality. Optimum power distribution among the individual lens element groups achieves both the optical performance and the compact size necessary for an ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens that boasts 400mm focal length. Also, it enables tele-macro photography with a maximum magnification ratio of 12.9.

3. Lightweight and compact design exhibits Tamrons basic philosophy for all-in-one zoom lenses
Despite being an all-in-one zoom lens that achieves 400mm ultra-telephoto, Model B028 is light and compact with a total length of 121.4mm and a weight of 705g2. A new lens barrel design utilizing three-step extensions was developed to enable the necessary elongation to produce a 22.2x zoom ratio. Compared to the conventional approach, the division into a larger number of cams ensures comfortable operation and stability while zooming. Tamrons philosophy for all-in-one zoom lenses is to allow each photographer to casually capture everyday images with a lens of a practical size, and Model B028 fulfills this philosophy.
2&12288;Length and weight are based on figures for the Nikon-mount lens.

4. HLD motor provides high-precision AF and enables compact lens construction
The AF drive system for Model B028 uses Tamrons exclusive HLD High/Low torque modulated Drive motor. The power-saving HLD motor produces outstanding driving torque, and adjusts motor rotation from low to high speed to enable accurate and quiet focusing. The HLD motor takes up less space thanks to its small size and circular arc shape that allows the size of the lens to be reduced.

5. Equipped with the Vibration Compensation system necessary for ultra-telephotography at 400mm
It is equipped with Tamrons original VC Vibration Compensation system, which effectively curbs camera shake under low light conditions such as a dimly lit room or at dusk and while taking ultra-telephoto pictures. This greatly expands opportunities for casual handheld shooting. The jitter-free stability of the viewfinder image allows for easier framing and enables the photographer to compose the subject quickly and comfortably.

6. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses
The electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses3. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.
3 Available only with cameras compatible with the electromagnetic diaphragm D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D300S, D500 As of May, 2017; Tamron&12288;

7. User-friendly features for everyday comfortable use
This new lens features Moisture-Resistant Construction to ensure worry-free shooting as well as confidence while shooting under adverse weather conditions. Also, the Zoom Lock mechanism prevents undesired movement of the lens barrel under its own weight when the camera is angled downward while walking.

8. Compatible with TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product
The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling the user to easily update the lenss firmware as well as to customize features, including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

9. External design placing importance on functionality and ease of use
While inheriting the design that makes use of many organic curves and the delicately polished form down to fine details that characterize the SP lens series, the new lens comes with a highly sophisticated design that also places a lot of importance on the lenss functionality and ease of use, featuring an overall form that faithfully encompasses the internal structures within, a slim Luminous Gold brand ring and the switch shape design.


Focal Length 18-400mm
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-6.3
Angle of View diagonal 7533' - 4 for APS-C format
Optical Construction 16 elements in 11 groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.45m
Maximum Magnification Ratio 12.9
Filter Size &966;72mm
Maximum Diameter &966;79mm
Length for Canon 123.9mm
for Nikon 121.4mm
Weight for Canon 710g
for Nikon 705g
Aperture Blades 7 circular diaphragm
Minimum Aperture F/22-40
Standard Accessories Flower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon

The minimum object distance may change if camera is used in live view mode.
Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.
Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.

Suggested Retail Price £649.99
Availability - from July

1st Published 23 June 2017 08:54 Posted by Ben Jones
last update 11/10/2018 11:28:01

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