April 16, 2012, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co. Ltd. (President and CEO: Morio Ono / Headquarters: Saitama) a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced that the 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC (Model B011) high-power zoom lens for the E-mount of Sony mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera series has been awarded the TIPA AWARD / BEST CSC*1 ENTRY LEVEL LENS Award.
The lens was acclaimed by the chief editors and technical editors of camera and imaging magazines who comprise TIPA as a compact, light, and easy to use high-power zoom lens. This year marks the second consecutive year that a Tamron lens has been awarded by TIPA, following on from the SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005) last year.
* "Mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras" are also known as "Compact System Cameras."
*1 CSC: Compact System Camera
Designed exclusively for the E-mount Sony CSC camera line-up (it can also be used on the Sony NEX-VG10 HD video camcorder), this light and compact lens delivers the (35mm format) equivalent of 27-300mm yet weighs a mere 16.2 oz. At the telephoto end the lens can focus as close as 19.6 inches; to aid in close-up and long-range telephoto shooting it incorporates a specifically designed moving coil Vibration Compensation feature. The AF drive has a stepping motor that is optimized for use with Sony's contrast-detection AF system.
These awards are presented each year by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) to top photo and imaging products.
TIPA is made up of the chief editors and technical editors of 29 camera and imaging magazines from 14 countries including European countries, USA, Canada, China, South Africa, and Australia.