This new lens (Model A18N II)  is described as “a lightweight, compact and ultra high power (13.9X !) zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized image sensors with a built-in motor for Nikon”. It will be available in Japan starting December 13, 2007.

This is an especially good news for Nikon D40 and D40X users who have been limited by lens choices because Nikon has removed the AF motor from these cameras. As a result, only AF-S lens can be used on D40/40X.  With the release of this lens, Tamron apparently is trying to grab a piece of the market even though Nikon has extensive offerings in the low-end AF-S zooms.

For people who hates frequent lens switching and wants a all-around travel/walk-around lens, this Tamron super zoom lens seems to be a good candidate. It is available in many mount formats. Overall, reviews of the lens are quite positive. Many were amazed by how good the lens is with such a high zoom ratio, lightweight design. That said, this lens does have some limitations that need to be considered when making a purchase decision. Here are a few reviews that can help you make a decision.

Canon EOS Nikon Konica Minolta & Sony Alpha Pentax & Samsung

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