Update: This official announcement is only for Japan. The US price has not been announced. Earlier in the week a potential price leak was reported for Tamron's newest wide-angle zoom, which features vibration compensation and a fast f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range. As it turns out, we were misled — but this is actually good news. Not only will the new Tamron come in several hundred dollars below what we previously thought, but it is also set to release before the year's end.
Up until now, the fast-aperture wide-angle zoom market has been unarguably dominated by Nikon’s fantastic 14-24mm f/2.8. Sure, Canon makes a very nice 16-35mm f/2.8 and Tokina even makes a less expensive 16-28mm f/2.8, but no one has been able to match Nikon’s zoom range or image quality. That is, until Tamron stepped up to the plate. Not only is Tamron offering a wider zoom range (albeit 1mm longer than the Nikon on the widest end) in a new, sleek package, but they’ve packed their vibration compensation technology into the lens as well. The lens seems to be a worthy competitor… for the right price. Luckily for us, Tamron Japan has just released the official price tag for the lens, which will be $1,178. It is set to release just five days from now, on December 25.
This announcement has me very excited to try to get my hands on one of these and give it a whirl myself. Coming in at about $800 cheaper than the Nikon model and benefiting from vibration compensation, which its competitors lack, I don’t know who wouldn’t be at least a little bit excited about this.
As of right now, pricing and pre-order have not yet been updated on B&H, but we will update this article when it changes.
[via Photo Rumors]