another interesting lens for full-frame bodies from Tamron.
- it has a more useful range than the Nikon 14-24/2.8 (see my review of that lens here
- Like the optically excellent Nikkor it does not
sport a filter-thread.
- It is stabilized! Nikon's stabilized short zoom is the AF-S 16-35/4.0G VR (see my review here
- It is quite a monster of a lens at 143 x 98mm / 5.6 x 3.9“ and 1100g / 38.8 ounces weight. The Nikon 14-24/2.8 is 132 x 98mm (5.2 x 3.9 in) at 1,000 g (35.3 oz.)
- construction: 18 lenses in 13 groups
- minimum focus distance / magnification: 0.28m / 1:5. This sounds quite useful but is not extraordinary close/large.
Didn't find anything on price and availability in the official announcements but at the Photokina booth I was informed to expect the lens at the end of this year at something around 1200 EUR.
I must give it to Tamron: the design and the surface looks pretty good.
At Photokina the lens was only presented in a glass display. So no chance to handhold or take some test-shots with it. But I can confirm that this is easily the biggest, largest wide-angle zoom that I've ever seen. It easily outclasses the Nikon 14-24/2.8 in that respect and is about the size of the new Zeiss 85/1.4 Otus!
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