Preview: Tamron 14-150mm for M43

Mark is testing Tamron’s 14-150mm Di III and is writing a hands-on post about shooting with the lens that will appear Thursday. To get you started here’s the specifications for this interesting lens…

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Tamron’s 14-150mm Di III is the company’s first lens that was designed specifically for the Micro Four-thirds system. When this lens was originally announced it was slated to feature built-in VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization but over the course of the development process—lots of in body stabilization available in this format—this feature was removed.

The lens is the equivalent of a 28-300mm lens, as least as far as angle-of-view is concerned. It uses one LD (Low Dispersion) glass element, two AD (Anomalous Dispersion) glass elements, two Molded-Glass Aspherical elements and one Hybrid Aspherical element so results should be appropriately crispy.

Best of all Tamron’s 14-150mm Di III is wrapped in your choice of black or silver compact housing with a filter diameter of 52mm. The lens has a stepping motor that’s optimized to match this specific model providing silent (good for video) and fast, accurate auto focusing. Bokeh fans will be glad to know it has a circular diaphragm, which should produce attractive background blur effects. Right now, the lens is listed at $589.

Specifications:

Focal Length 14 – 150mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 28 – 300 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 – 5.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 75.4° – 8.2°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.64′ (50 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
Elements/Groups 17/13
Diaphragm Blades 7