Tamron has patented the 14-300mm f/3.5-6.3 VC lens in Japan. The patent describes a high-zoom lens designed for cameras with APS-C image sensors and it could be announced sometime in the future.
When it comes to high-zoom lenses, Tamron is the “go-to” company for many photographers who want an all-round lens for photo shoots during traveling or vacationing.
During the first half of 2014, the manufacturer has introduced the 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens for DSLRs with APS-C sensors. Its major advantage is the price, as usual, but the focal range is not too shabby either.
Tamron’s lens begins at 16mm, while both Canon and Nikon are offering a starting focal length of 18mm. While Nikon’s version reaches 300mm, Canon’s model ends at 200mm, albeit the EOS maker will make amends in the near future.
Either way, it appears that the third-party manufacturer is aiming to go even wider, as the Tamron 14-300mm f/3.5-6.3 VC lens has just been patented in Japan.
Tamron 14-300mm f/3.5-6.3 VC lens patent shows up in Japan
The patent is describing a Tamron-made lens designed for cameras with APS-C sensors. Moreover, the high-zoom optic comes with built-in Vibration Compensation technology, which is useful at telephoto focal lengths and which is found in lots of the company’s products.
When mounted on APS-C cameras, the optic will offer a 35mm focal length equivalent of roughly 21-450mm, meaning that it will be suitable for landscape, portrait, wildlife, and sports photography types.
There are multiple designs for the same lens. The number of elements sits between 16 and 18, which will be divided into 11 to 13 groups.
Some designs come with inner focusing, which means that the front lens element does not rotate. This would be quite handy, so it remains to be seen whether or not the final design will incorporate this ability.
Is this lens aimed at mirrorless cameras or DSLRs?
The patent was filed on May 2, 2013 and it was published on November 20, 2014. Even though it has been a while since its filing, it does not mean that Tamron will release this product soon. However, it is an indication of things to come in the distant future.
One strange thing about this patent is that the lens bears the “Di III” designation, which means that it has been created for mirrorless cameras. However, the description is hinting that the lens will actually be used in combination with a DSLR.
This may just be a result of poor translation, so you can assume that the Tamron 14-300mm f/3.5-6.3 VC lens will become available for photographers using mirrorless cameras instead of DSLRs.