Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD MACRO Price Is $629, Pre-Order Available at Adorama

Tamron 16-300mm

The price for the TAMRON 16-300mm Di II VC PZD MACRO lens has been revealed, it’s $629. You can pre-order the super-zoom at Adorama (click here). Tamron offers a 6 years USA warranty and has a dedicated page for the 16-300mm.

Other mount types sell for the same price (see here).

Sample pictures, product description and specifications after the break.

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(Updated) And Here It Is: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available For Pre-Order (ships April 29, and it’s just $949!)


Update: more pre-order options at Adorama (click here).

Ladies and gentleman here it is: the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM “Art” lens is waiting for your pre-orders at B&H Photo, and the Sigma has the very killer price we all were hoping it would have: $949! That’s a fourth of the manual-focusing Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4, a $4,000 lens the Sigma can easily hold up to (and the Sigma has auto-focus). Expected shipping date: April 29th.

Let me explain this better. Sigma always claimed their 50mm f/1.4 Art lens would compete with the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4. It was a bold claim then, but now we know the Sigma can absolutely match the optical performance of the Zeiss. And that’s awesome given that the Sigma’s price is below $1,000.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art for other mount types: Nikon, Sigma, Sony.

See also the in-depth article by B&H Explora (with sample pics). B&H ships internationally.

Product description and specifications after the break.

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Release Date Officially Announced (EF mount)


I have anticipated that we would soon have an official Sigma statement about the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens, and her it is. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for Canon mount will ship by the end of the month (April 24th), the price in Japan should be around 127,000 Yen. Price in US$ has not been announced so far, most rumours point to a $1,000 price tag. If this will be the price of a lens that is substantially on pair with the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4, then Sigma will land a bestseller.

Sigma press release:

Sigma Corporation is pleased to release the new SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM, the large aperture, standard prime lens from our “Art” line.In 2008, Sigma released a large diameter standard lens designed for digital SLRs, “SIGMA 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM”. At that time, products for film cameras were prevalent, yet we spent enormous effort to set a new benchmark for the 50mm lens that optimizes the characteristics of digital cameras, such as compensating peripheral brightness, controlling the point images in the corners, and improving the image drawing, not only around the focusing point, but also other areas in the image.
In recent years, as the DSLR evolves, development of image sensors for higher pixel size has created the photographers’ desire for the lenses with superior performance. In 2012, Sigma has announced the “Art” line that achieves unsurpassed expressive performance to fulfill the higher requirement of photographers. The first lens from the “Art” line “SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM [A 012]” sought for uncompromising performance, and it resulted in great reviews as well as a lot of awards from all over the world. Based on the accumulated wisdom and know-how to establish the standard for our “Art” line series, we are proud to announce the development of the new high performance standard lens with a large diameter for this new era of superb image quality.

SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM F/CANON fittings are scheduled to start the shipment towards the end of this month.
Launching date of Sigma, Sony and Nikon mount is not determined yet.
Corresponding AF Mounts: SIGMA, Canon, Sony and Nikon
Accessory: Case, Petal-Type Hood (LH830-02) supplied.
* The Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.


[via DC Watch]

Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Officially Announced

Tamron 16-300mm

Tamron made the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO lens official, shipping in Japan is expected for the end of April.

Tamron has a dedicated page for the 16-300mm. B&H Photo (click here) and Adorama (click here) have product pages for the Tamron 16-300mm but no pre-order is possible so far. B&H allows you to be notified when the item can be pre-ordered.

Tamron press release:

Tamron introduces the ultimate in high-power zoom lenses, with expanded focal lengths at both wide-angle and telephoto ends of the zoom range, providing the world’s first zoom ratio of approximately 18.8X.

A high-performance, high-power zoom lens that delivers focal lengths extending from an unprecedented 16mm at the wide-angle end up to a long-range telephoto 300mm! 

Incorporates PZD (Piezo Drive)*1 and Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation)*2 system to further enhance the real-world performance of this next-generation “all-round lens”, which makes taking photographs more convenient and enjoyable.

April 10, 2014, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the release of an advanced new all-in-one™ zoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that provides an amazing 18.8x zoom ratio.

Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom lens – which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design – Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world-class optics to benefit consumers.

Tamron previously launched an 18-270mm (Model B008) all-in-one™ zoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that features a 15x zoom ratio, superior image quality, swift, quiet AF, and Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, in an ultra-compact package. This ground-breaking lens has been winning plaudits throughout the world.

Responding to consumers’ demand for expanded focal lengths both at the wide-angle end of the zoom range and the telephoto end, Tamron has now developed a completely new all-in-one™ zoom lens design that provides an impressive focal length range extending from 16mm true wide-angle to 300mm super-telephoto.

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Holds Up To The Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4


The Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4

A few days after having published their review about the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens, the folks at SLRGear published their review of the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 lens, a manual focusing, optical gem that sells for $4,000.

The Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 is the lens Sigma claims they want to compete with their 50mm f/1.4 lens. There is still no official announcement about the Sigma’s price, but Photo Rumors says they got a rumor stating that the Sigma 50mm f/1.4’s price will be $1,030. Well, that´s a fourth of the Zeiss!

About sharpness of the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4:

Given the price tag and their history of high quality lenses, we were expecting the Zeiss 55mm ƒ/1.4 Otus to display truly impressive results, and we weren’t disappointed

and compared to the Sigma 50mm f/1.4:

The Sigma 50mm ƒ/1.4 Art is just as sharp right in the center, but the Zeiss shows significantly better sharpness over the rest of the frame, particularly in the corners.

Conclusion and how the Zeiss holds up to the Sigma:

Despite the dramatic difference in price, the Sigma competes handily with the $4,000 Zeiss 55mm Otus lens. […] With extremely sharp images, even wide open, the Sigma also has fantastic vignetting and CA control, and a phenomenally low level of distortion. While the Zeiss does show better performance in the corners at ƒ/1.4 on a full-frame camera, the other optical performance characteristics are pretty evenly matched.

What do you think about the fact that “optical performance characteristics are pretty evenly matched”? So, substantially the  Sigma 50mm f/1.4 matches the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 in as good as all tests SLRGear made. The Zeiss is sharper in the corners at f/1.4, and that’s all the Zeiss has to beat the Sigma. And the Sigma has auto-focus and could possibly cost a fourth of the Zeiss.

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens is an exciting pieces of glass. Can’t wait to see more reviews of this lens.



[via SLRGear]

Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 specifications and description after the break.

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