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Tamron 14-150mm Lens Available for Pre-Order

Discussion in 'Hot Deals - Find a Great Deal? Share It Here.' started by Amin Sabet, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    B&H black: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/918951-REG/tamron_14_150mm_f_3_5_5_8_di_iii.html

    B&H silver: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/918952-REG/tamron_14_150mm_f_3_5_5_8_di_iii.html

    Adorama black: http://www.adorama.com/TM14150MFTB.html

    Adorama silver: http://www.adorama.com/TM14150MFTS.html

    I know some are wondering what the point of this lens is when we already have similarly priced or less expensive options from Olympus and Panasonic. Having used Tamron superzooms for APS-C and full frame, one potential advantage I can see is that Tamron VC (vibration compensation) is one of the most effective image stabilization systems I have used, and I've used them all. I'll be very surprised if it isn't markedly more effective than the OIS on the Panasonic 14-140, and I'm guessing it will also be more effective than Olympus IBIS.

    Regardless, it's good to see Tamron fulfilling their long ago promise to make this lens. Hopefully it means they'll do more for our system. Their other specialty has been value priced, compact, fast zooms. We could use one of those!
  2. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    :confused:  I thought Tamron pulled the stabilzation out of the lens and that is why it was delayed.



    It is listed on the Tamron USA site!

    I want to buy one directly from Japan since it is only 26,00 yen, which would be $255! I hope the image quality is better than the Olympus! The Oly lens is usable but just barely. I will watch for the reviews and see. If it is better then I will switch to this.

    I do hope that Tamron will release some more lenses. A wide zoom and a long tele zoom would be at the top of my wish list from them. However a few of their recent primes have proven to be spectacular and priced very reasonably.
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  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I assumed it had VC because of the image from the B&H page:

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    If they pulled the VC, then it will face strong competition from the Olympus lens which has essentially the same size and weight.
  4. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    Yes. The pricing discussions are pretty chaotic right now, too, because the major vendors appear to be still listing the price for the never-shipped VC version.

    The quoted weight for this lens is much less than my original 14-140mm which I was thinking about replacing with the new, lighter Panny update. Now I'll be waiting to see if the USA price comes in closer to that $255 number, how the IQ looks, and how the Tamron works with the GX7 IBIS. Good excuse to not spend money right now and I have so few of those!
  5. davidzvi

    davidzvi Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    B&H has the old picture.

  6. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    $255 would be a very attractive price! Bummer about the VC.
  7. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I personally prefer the in body stabilization but Tamron's VC does work pretty good, at least on the few I have used. From the way Tamron handled this it sounds like Panasonic is going to go all in with in-body stabilization. Personally stabilization should have been one of the specs set down for m4/3.

    $255 would make it a good seller even if the performance is only on par with the Oly. I bet it will be a little higher, probably $299.95 or so. Still a bargain price for an all-in-one zoom.
  8. hookgrip

    hookgrip Mu-43 Regular

    May 21, 2013
    They certainly aren't going to sell many at the current $589 pre-order price, so I hope for their sake that it's a price mistake.
  9. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    I was very interested in this lens from when i first read about it and even signed up with B&H for the product availability notification.
    However If they are not offering VC anymore, then I am no longer interested. Such a Shame.
  10. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I am interested, even at $600 BUT only if it is significantly better than the Olympus, optically speaking. I did a little looking around on some Japanese sites and the price in Japan is 62,000 yen{just over $600 US dollars}. So the rumor of it being cheap in Japan was just that a rumor!

    Here is a little more info on the lens -
  11. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    I dunno. It's about the same size as the Panny and the Oly, about the same weight, about the same price. What's the point? It's hard to believe that they have some secret sauce that will make it optically superior to a large enough degree that it will significantly differentiate the lens.

    Maybe they just couldn't get the VR to work and management decided to push the product out anyway just to take whatever tiny share they could get. The development money is spent, the tooling is purchased, the manufacturing processes developed, ... so they may just be scraping for a little return before they deep-six it and write off the investment. A photographic Hail Mary pass.
  12. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    BETTER OPTICAL QUALITY! I like my Olympus 14-150 overall but it isn't very sharp. Now for the Tamron to be worth it, it will need to be markedly sharper. If it is only marginally better then I will pass.
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