Tamron Joins Micro Four Thirds With New 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III VC Lens

Tamron 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III VC (Model C001)

Oh hey, look. Tamron, king of the superzoom lenses, finally crashes the Micro Four Thirds party with a… superzoom lens. The new 14-150 f/3.5-5.8 Di III VC (so, Di IV should cover Nikon CX?) looks set to be a nice superzoom, with a quiet stepping motor, Vibration Compensation that will be a bonus for Panasonic users, and a metal lens barrel exterior. I hope it does not mean the internal is made out of cheap plastic though.

More fun anecdotes: I remember using the Panasonic 14-140mm f/4-5.8 back with the GH1 back then, thanks to Panasonic selling the camera with that lens. It was not very small, fairly heavy, and it just was not something that endeared to me. I sold it within a month. I still do have a decent photo taken with it somewhere in the bowels of my hard drive though.

As always, a lens like this lives and dies by its price, and unfortunately, Tamron has no ship date or pricing information at press time. We will have to wait to see before we can determine if it is good value for casual shooters.

(Image credit: Tamron press image)

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