Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens (Sony E Mount)

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Key Features

  • 18-200mm focal length
  • 27-300mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras
  • F3.5-6.3 maximum aperture; F22-40 minimum
  • Image stabilization, VC (Vibration Compensation)
  • 62mm filters
  • 0.50m/19.69" minimum focus
  • Sony E mount for NEX interchangeable lens cameras

Product Description

Designed for Sony's E-mount NEX-series mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, the optically stabilized Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC provides an equivalent focal length range of 27-350mm, making it an appealing 'go everywhere' zoom when versatility is more important than critical image quality. The lens, which comes in two colors, uses a stepping motor designed specifically for working with contrast-detection AF.


Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 18–200 mm
Image stabilisation Yes (4 stops claimed)
Lens mount Canon EF-M, Sony E (NEX)
Maximum aperture F3.5 - F6.3
Minimum aperture F22.0 - F40.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Elements 17
Groups 13
Special elements / coatings Two LD elements, three Glass Molded Aspherical Lenses, one XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass element, and one Hybrid Aspherical Lens.
Minimum focus 0.50 m (19.69)
Maximum magnification 0.27×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Weight 460 g (1.01 lb)
Diameter 68 mm (2.68)
Length 97 mm (3.82)
Materials Metal barrel, metal mount
Colour Black, Silver
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 62 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code flower shaped hood
Tripod collar No


Vibration Compensation by Tamron

Questions & Answers


Sony nex6 and Tamron di III vc issue with lens

hello I was wondering if anyone who has a nex-6 and the tamron lens mentioned above is having an issue with the lens where you will lose aperture control? the f-stop is blank on the screen and you have to to turn the camera on and off to get it back. it appears to be when I zoom in and out where the lens will have a brain fart based on the range and lose aperture control. its not all the time but it gets annoying have to shut the camera off to "fix" the issue.  I have sent it out for service and while not occurring as much its still annoying.  Is this an issue I'm having or are there settings that are necessary for this lens ?

8 months ago



Fast AF zoom lens for a6000?

Hi, what is the fastest AF zoom e-lens available? I've been doing lots of reading and still not sure which one to buy. It's good to have a versatile all-in-one package but I guess it's too much to ask. I'm looking mainly to use it on street while travelling, capturing quick moments, moving faces, etc. I have the 50/1.8 fast prime but being able to zoom is great advantage My search is narrowed down Sony 18-200, 18-200LE, and Tamron 18-200.. I know that the 'original' 18-200 spec&result wise is the best, BUT I'm a bit concerned about the weight. The LE/Tamron feels more home in terms of weight but I read in couple sites that focus is a bit faster/accurate on the 'orignial'. Also, I already own the 55-210 but I'm willing to switch in favor of more zoom range [fewer lens swap] IF focusing is faster on the other lenses What would you recommend? Is there a better lens you'd recommend? really appreciate your feedback! thanks Moe

dubai911 asked
2 months ago


What do you mean by fastest? Largest aperture? Quickest focus motor speed? close to infinity? Continue Reading

val1 answered
2 months ago

I meant fast focus to capture moving subjects. Excuse my shallow knowledge as I'm new to this Continue Reading

dubai911 answered
2 months ago

Take a look at the Sony 18-105 G lens. It's got decent price/performance, fixed F4 and probably noticablysharper than the super-zooms. There's also the Zeiss 16-70 F4, but it doesn't have the same range and costs a bit more. The Sony 18-200 LE has decent AF performance, but if you get one with the earlier firmware version you'll have to ship it back to Sony to be upgraded for PDAF. I don't think the original 18-200 has that issue.  Don't know about the Tamron. Continue Reading

TommyM7 answered
2 months ago


Any Room for a kit 16-50 PZ when I already own a Tamron 18-200? Is a fast prime a better Idea.

I would love to hear everyone(s) opinions and/or experience on having both the kit 16-50 kit and Tamron 18-200 super zoom: I've been using a 5n for a few years and recently purchased a 6 (integrated flash and EVF was what did it). The Nex 6, which I got off eBay, came with the new 16-50 PZ lens. I've been using the Tamron 18-200 exclusively (~95%) and have 3 high-grade filters for that lens - 62mm. My thoughts are this, "would I benefit more from keeping the oh-so-pocket-able" 16-50 along with my Tamron and get a step-up ring for the filters or from selling the 16-50 PZ and using that money for a fast prime? I take my camera everywhere I go (mostly) and just enjoy taking photos. However I can see the benefits of having a smaller zoom lens as well as a fast prime. It's hard to give up the small form of the kit lens, but it's also very tempting to get a fast prime to improve low-light shots. I live in down town Philly and the Tamron just gives poor Bar / indoor shots (damn flash is ...

1 year ago


Scott: You've answered your own question: "I take my camera everywhere I go (mostly) and just enjoy taking photos. However I can see the benefits of having a smaller zoom lens as well as a fast prime. It's hard to give up the small form of the kit lens, but it's also very tempting to get a fast prime to improve low-light shots. I live in down town Philly and the Tamron just gives poor Bar / indoor shots (damn flash is clipped by tip of lens)." 1. you want a portable camera. virtually pocketable 2. you want to take indoor shots in Philly bars (I always thought bar shots came in glasses, but I'm no expert there) 3. Flash is acceptable Conclusion: Keep the PZ If you buy a fast prime, you will trade the ability to shoot a broad range of shots with a pocketable camera for an inexpensive prime one stop faster than the PZ at 16mm, or a decidedly non-pocketable very expensive prime 3 stops faster just to take bar shots without flash. If you want AF and OSS in a really fast walk-around ... Continue Reading

Mel Snyder answered
1 year ago

A totally unfair post.:-) Your image shows you to be a photographer with a superb eye.:-D You'd make great images with whatever was on your NEX. Not all are as creative as you. They need something to explain their ability to "see clearly" like you. Blaming poor images on the 16-50 is this forum's equivalent to "the dog ate my homework." The difference is, if the dog eats your homework, you can't show anyone your homework. But if their photography problems are PZ related, they could show us the problems. They never do. PS: I love boats too: PPS: Also shot with a "kit" lens - the 18-200 Nikon VR Continue Reading

Mel Snyder answered
1 year ago

I've got the 16mm, 18-55mm, and the 55-210mm, all Sony E mount, and I have to agree with you Mel. Sony produces some good to great consumer lens although the 16mm is a little soft in the corners, but I knew this could be a problem. I prefer not to use a adapter to use a lens, so the only complaint I have is the lack of lenses for my NEX in its E mount, but that is another story. Continue Reading

Kings1 answered
1 year ago


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