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Tamron developing lightweight, compact 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 lens

18 Sep

Third-party lens maker Tamron has officially announced that it is working on a new tele-zoom lens for full-frame cameras: the 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035).

Thanks to the use of magnesium in key areas of the barrel, Tamron claims the lens is both durable and, weighing in at just 1.12kg, the lightest in its class. The optical design incorporates three low dispersion elements to control chromatic aberration and Tamron’s eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) coating to minimize reflections and flare.

Tamron also included a high-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system, which works in conjunction with Tamron’s Ultrasonic Silent Drive focusing motor to deliver AF speed and precision.

The lens will be compatible with Tamron’s 1.4X teleconverter and the Tamron TAP-in Console that lets you fine-tune and adjust focus and stabilization, among other parameters. An Arca Swiss compatible tripod mount will be available as an optional accessory.

If everything goes to plan, the 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD will be available by the end of 2017 in Canon and Nikon mount versions.

Press Release

Tamron announces the development of a new ultra-telephoto
zoom lens with superior image quality, advanced features
and lightweight, compact design

100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035)

September 15, 2017 – Commack, New York – Tamron USA, Inc. announces the development of a new ultra-telephoto 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD zoom lens (Model A035) for full-frame DSLR cameras. The advanced optical design of Model A035 includes 3 LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements for greater aberration reduction and Tamron’s original eBAND Coating for superior anti-reflection performance.

At 39.3 oz., the new lens is the lightest weight in its class[1] and features magnesium material in key areas of the lens barrel to improve weight reduction, strength and portability.

The Model A035 delivers fast and precise autofocus performance and consistently powerful VC (Vibration Compensation) benefits thanks to the high-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system that is found in the latest Tamron lens models.

Model A035 is fully compatible with Tamron’s 1.4X teleconverter and the Tamron TAP-in ConsoleTM that enables lens customizations for focus adjustments, VC mechanism adjustments and more. Additionally, an Arca Swiss compatible tripod mount is available as an optional accessory.

This combination of features and optional accessories join to create a lens that photographers everywhere will enjoy using in various shooting situations, including low-light conditions that require handheld operation as well as those where convenient attachment to a tripod is preferred.

[1] Among 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 lenses for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras (As of September 15, 2017; Tamron)

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  1. 3 LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements effectively compensate for axial chromatic aberrations, a potential issue for ultra-telephoto lenses, and other various aberrations.
  2. eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, with superior anti-reflection performance to eliminate flare and ghosting, provides flawless, crystal clear images.
  3. High-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system delivers quick and highly responsive autofocus performance and outstanding vibration compensation.
  4. Lightest weight (39.3 oz.) lens in the ultra-telephoto zoom lens category.
  5. Optional accessory tripod mount is Arca Swiss-compatible.
  6. MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 59″ and maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.6
  7. Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating for weather protection
  8. Fully compatible with 1.4X teleconverter and TAP-in ConsoleTM

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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Sample gallery: Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD

01 Aug

The Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is an ultra wide angle lens for crop sensor DSLRs. It offers a 15-36mm equivalent field of view on Nikon DX and a 16-38.4mm equivalent field of view on Canon’s APS-C format DSLRs.

We’ve been out and about with the 10-24mm recently in and around Seattle, shooting on the Canon EOS 80D.

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Sample gallery and impressions: Tamron 18-400 F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

28 Jul

The Tamron 18-400 F3.5-6.3 wants to be the only lens you’ll ever need. In my experience, lenses of this nature tend to offer zoom versatility at the cost of sharpness, especially at the telephoto end of the zoom range. But I was pleasantly surprised by how solid this ‘ultra-telephoto’ performs at all focal lengths in bright, direct light.

More specifically, I found it produced adequately sharp images throughout the zoom range with acceptable levels of CA, distortion and vignetting. It’s also a fun lens to use, given its focal length range and reasonable size. As a bonus, it also offers a surprisingly close focus distance at the long end (see image at the bottom of this page).

See our Tamron 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 sample gallery

Available for both Canon and Nikon APS-C camera bodies (it offers an equivalent zoom range of 27-600mm on Nikon’s DX format, and 29-600mm on a Canon) I used the 18-400mm with the Canon EOS 80D, and and in terms of size and balance, it proved a good pairing. Despite having a plastic housing, the 18-400mm is reassuringly solid, and unlike some cheaper zooms the mount is made of metal. A small rubber ring around the mount is a reminder that the lens is also moisture-resistant.

Vibration Control is a useful feature given the insane zoom range – I definitely noticed it kicking in while shooting.

The wide, 27mm equivalent. And the tele, 600mm equivalent.

The lens also offers a nifty locking mechanism when zoomed to 18mm. This is a great way to avoid the dreaded ‘lens creep,’ though I found even without using the lock, the lens never crept when left at or near 18mm. The body also offers an AF/MF toggle, in addition to a VC on/off switch.

Overall, the Tamron 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 strikes me as a great and versatile lens for most daylight shooting scenarios. Travelers in particular will find it useful. And though it is heftier than your average kit lens, at 24.9oz / 705g, it shouldn’t weigh you down too much.

I was impressed by the close focus distance when shooting at the tele end.
400 mm | 1/1600 sec | F6.3 | ISO 800

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Latest Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 lens improves AF speeds, image stabilization

02 Jul

Tamron has announced the latest generation of its 24-70mm F2.8 lens, officially known as the ‘SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032).’

Highlights of this new full-frame zoom include Dual Micro-Processing Units (MPU) which provides ‘faster and more precise autofocus’ and improves the Vibration Correction system to the point where it can reduce shake by up to five stops. The lens has 17 elements, of which 2 are extra-refractive, 3 are low-dispersion, 3 are glass-molded aspherical and 1 is a ‘hybrid’ aspherical element. The aperture is made up of nine circular blades.

There’s also Tamron’s nano-scale ‘eBAND Coating’ to reduce ghosting and flare. The front element has a fluorine coating to keep oil and fingerprints away, and the lens as a whole is weather-sealed. The lens supports electronic aperture control on compatible Nikon cameras and can be used with Tamron’s TAP-in Console dock for updating firmware and fine-tuning AF and Vibration Correction.

The Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 G2 will ship in August for Nikon F-mount and September for Canon EF. It will be priced at $ 1199 for both mounts.

Press Release

Tamron introduces next-generation high-speed 24-70mm F/2.8 zoom lens with advanced features

Versatile new lens delivers ultra-high image quality, image stabilization of 5 stops1 and superb performance even in backlit scenes

SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032)

June 30, 2017, Commack, New York— Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of a new high-speed zoom lens, SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032), for full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A032 is a fast F/2.8 zoom that achieves top-level image quality. The new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units) provides rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and the highest vibration compensation performance of any lens in its class2 (CIPA level of 5 stops). The use of specialized, high quality glass materials (offering greater optical transmittance) for the lens elements assures superior color reproduction and greater sharpness, while the application of Tamron’s exclusive nanotechnology-based eBAND Coating substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that are prone to occur in backlit photography, successfully improving the overall optical performance of the lens. Additionally, model A032 provides the added conveniences of protective Fluorine Coating, Moisture-Resistant Construction and a locking lens hood. Photographers can use this new high-speed zoom lens for wide-ranging purposes, including landscape, portrait, news, travel and many others. The Tamron SP 24-70mm G2 in Nikon mount will be available in August and the Canon mount in September at $ 1199.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. Sophisticated design delivers superb performance and ultra-high image quality

The use of specialized, high quality glass materials assures accurate color reproduction and superior sharpness, perfect for today’s high-pixel-density cameras. The optical construction (17 elements in 12 groups) uses 2 XR (Extra Refractive Index) elements, 3 LD (Low Dispersion) elements, 3 GM (Glass-Molded aspherical) and one hybrid aspherical lens element. Together they minimize axial chromatic aberrations, transverse chromatic aberrations, spherical aberrations and distortion, and allow a compact design that achieves superior image quality.

2. eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection properties and reduces ghosting and flare

The new A032 features Tamron’s original eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, a technology combining a nano-structured layer that has an extremely low refractive index with conventional multiple-layer coatings to provide superior anti-reflection performance. The optimal application of this eBAND Coating in combination with Tamron’s BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating successfully and substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that can occur when photographing backlit subjects.

3. New Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system3 provides faster and more precise autofocus and improved Vibration Compensation

This innovative control system uses a Dual MPU design with enhanced computing capacity. The MPUs have powerful, built-in DSP (Digital Signal Processor) blocks that achieve quicker and more precise AF performance, and more consistently powerful Vibration Compensation. The features combine to provide outstanding performance at night and in low light.

High performance MPU for AF dramatically improves autofocusing accuracy and speed
The A032 is equipped with its own MPU (micro-processor unit), with embedded DSP (Digital Signal Processor) blocks that enable high-speed digital signal processing, achieving both excellent responsiveness to signals from the camera and high-precision AF performance.

Dedicated MPU delivers the highest vibration compensation ability in class (CIPA level of 5 stops).

The new A032 is equipped with Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system. Adding an MPU dedicated to VC processing unleashes a new-generation algorithm, ensuring the highest vibration compensation ability?in the class (CIPA level of 5 stops). Even in low light or with slow shutter speeds, photographers can enjoy shake-free handheld shooting with ease and comfort.

4.
Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction

The Fluorine Coating applied on the front element surface is water-and oil-repellant and allows safe and easy removal of fingerprints, dirt and smudges. The coating also provides an enhanced level of durability, and will sustain its effectiveness for years. In addition, seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.

5. Lens hood equipped with a new, convenient locking mechanism

The lens hood is equipped with a locking mechanism that prevents detachment due to unintentional contact during use.

6. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory

The new A032 is compatible with the optional TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update the lens firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

7. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses

An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses4. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a built-in motor through electronic pulse signals.

8. Manufacturing innovation with thorough attention to details based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series

Tamron has enhanced the SP series lenses to fulfill high-level photographic requirements and provide the pleasure of ownership. While introducing a new exterior design, Tamron reviewed the SP series standards. The new SP series has been developed by setting rigorous standards for design, manufacturing and quality that apply to the optical design and mechanical design as well as such wide-ranging areas as the product’s robustness and improvements in a variety of individual functions. For this model, Tamron has introduced a unique MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) tester, which was developed exclusively for Model A032, and reviewed the management method. This has helped to achieve a more consistently superb optical performance, making it a lens that fulfills the demand for higher image quality that is compatible with the latest high-pixel cameras. To maximize the optical performance of the SP series, Tamron will continue to enhance the accuracy of the component parts of each lens element unit and improve the mechanical precision of the entire lens, thereby achieving a high overall performance.

[1] CIPA Standard Compliant. For Canon: EOS-5DMKIII is used. For Nikon: D810 is used.

[2] Among 24-70mm F/2.8 interchangeable lenses for DSLR cameras (as of May, 2017; Tamron)

[3] A new control system using two high-performance MPUs (micro-processor units)

[4] Available only with cameras compatible with the electromagnetic diaphragm: (D5, D4s, D4, D3X, Df, D810, D810A, D800, D800E, D750, D600, D610, D300S, D500, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100). (As of May, 2017; Tamron)

Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2 specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 24–70 mm
Image stabilization Yes (5 stops)
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX)
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Optics
Elements 17
Groups 12
Special elements / coatings 2 XR, 3 LD, 3 GM aspherical, 1 aspherical elements + eBAND and fluorine coatings
Focus
Minimum focus 0.38 m (14.96)
Maximum magnification 0.2×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Physical
Weight 905 g (2.00 lb)
Diameter 88 mm (3.46)
Length 111 mm (4.37)
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 82.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar No

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Tamron introduces ‘ultra-telephoto’ 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 zoom lens

23 Jun

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Tamron has introduced what it is calling the ‘world’s first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens,’ the 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD. The lens, designed for Canon and Nikon crop-sensor bodies, is equivalent to 29-640mm and 27-600mm, respectively.

Built-in Vibration Correction reduces shake by up to 2.5 stops, and the lens’ HLD focus motor promises ‘accurate and quiet’ focusing, according to Tamron. The HLD motor also keeps the overall size of the lens down: It’s 124mm/4.9in long and 79mm/3.1in in diameter. The lens has 7 circular aperture blades, a minimum subject distance of 0.45m/18in and is moisture-resistant. Nikon owners will be pleased to hear the the lens uses an electromagnetic diaphragm system.

The 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 will be available in late July for $ 649.

Press Release

INTRODUCING THE WORLD’S FIRST1 ULTRA-TELEPHOTO ALL-IN-ONE ZOOM LENS WITH AN EXTENDED RANGE THAT COVERS 18-400MM

Dramatic extended range achieved by combining cutting-edge optical design and other new breakthrough technologies including a redesigned cam structure

18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028)

June 23, 2017, Commack, NY – Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the new 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028), the world’s first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras, which covers a focal length range of 18-400mm. Since the 1992 launch of its AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D), Tamron has dominated the all-in-one zoom category and has produced many lenses that cover wide-angle to telephoto zoom ranges. Tamron has now developed an ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom that extends to 400mm (35mm equivalent of 620mm) and a 22.2x zoom ratio. Packed in a light, compact body (4.8in./24.9oz.)2 is Tamron’s accumulated knowledge and experience for all-in-one zoom lenses, including the most advanced optical and mechanical designs, an HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) for the AF system and the Vibration Compensation system. Photographers can now enjoy wide-angle to ultra-telephoto photography using one lens, which is ideal for travel photography and eliminates the need to carry extra lenses. The new Model B028 lens enables photographing a wide variety of ultra-telephoto images including everyday casual scenes. The 18-400mm will be available in the U.S. at the end of July at $ 649.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  1. The world’s first3 ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens to achieve 400mm telephoto

The new Model B028 is the world’s first lens for APS-C DSLR cameras that covers a focal length range of 18-400mm and achieves a zoom ratio of 22.2x. The focal length of 400mm on the telephoto end enables the capturing of ultra-telephoto pictures with the 35mm equivalent of 620mm angle of view. Now, with just this one lens, a photographer can readily enjoy the power of ultra-telephoto to bring distant subjects closer as well as the perspective-flattening effects that only extreme telephoto settings can achieve. This all-in-one zoom lens is ideal for travel and everyday shooting. It allows a photographer to switch from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto without changing lenses, making it faster and easier to capture a much wider range of subjects including travel scenes, wildlife, action sports, landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and food.

  1. Excellent image quality across the entire zoom range, from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto and macro

The optical construction of the B028 consists of 16 lens elements in 11 groups. The use of specialized glass elements such as LD (Low Dispersion) and aspherical lens elements effectively minimizes wide-ranging aberrations, including chromatic aberrations and distortion, thereby assuring outstanding image quality. Optimum power distribution among the individual lens element groups achieves both the optical performance and the compact size necessary for an ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens that boasts 400mm focal length. Also, it enables tele-macro photography with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9.

  1. Lightweight and compact design exhibits Tamron’s basic philosophy for all-in-one zoom lenses

Despite being an all-in-one zoom lens that achieves 400mm ultra-telephoto, Model B028 is light and compact with a total length of 4.8in. and a weight of 24.9oz.4 A new lens barrel design utilizing three-step extensions was developed to enable the necessary elongation to produce a 22.2x zoom ratio. Compared to the conventional approach, the division into a larger number of cams ensures comfortable operation and stability while zooming. Tamron’s philosophy for all-in-one zoom lenses is to allow each photographer to casually capture everyday photos with a lens of a practical size, and Model B028 fulfills this philosophy.

  1. HLD motor provides high-precision AF and enables compact lens construction

The AF drive system for Model B028 uses Tamron’s exclusive HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) motor. The power-saving HLD motor produces outstanding driving torque, and adjusts motor rotation from low to high speed to enable accurate and quiet focusing. The HLD motor takes up less space thanks to its small size and circular arc shape that allows the size of the lens to be reduced.

  1. Equipped with the Vibration Compensation system necessary for ultra-telephotography at 400mm

Despite its compact size, Model B028 is equipped with Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system, which effectively curbs camera shake under low light conditions (such as a dimly lit room or at dusk) and while taking ultra-telephoto pictures. This greatly expands opportunities for casual handheld shooting. The jitter-free stability of the viewfinder image allows for easier framing and enables the photographer to compose the subject quickly and comfortably.

  1. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses

The electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses5. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.

  1. User-friendly features for everyday comfortable use

With an eye toward active outdoor photography, Model B028 features Moisture-Resistant Construction to ensure worry-free shooting as well as confidence while shooting under adverse weather conditions. Also, the Zoom Lock mechanism prevents undesired movement of the lens barrel under its own weight when the camera is angled downward while walking.

  1. Compatible with TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product

The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling the user to easily update the lens’s firmware as well as to customize features, including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

  1. External design placing importance on functionality and ease of use

While inheriting the design that makes use of many organic curves and the delicately polished form down to fine details that characterize the SP lens series, the new Model B028 comes with a highly sophisticated design that also places a lot of importance on the lens’s functionality and ease of use, featuring an overall form that faithfully encompasses the internal structures within, a slim Luminous Gold brand ring and the switch shape design.

[1] Among interchangeable lenses for DSLR cameras (As of May 2017; Tamron)
[2] Length and weight are based on the Nikon-mount lens
[3] Among interchangeable lenses for DSLR cameras (As of May 2017; Tamron)
[4] Length and weight are based on figures for the Nikon-mount lens.
[5] Available only with cameras compatible with the electromagnetic diaphragm (D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D300S, D500) (As of May, 2017; Tamron)?

Tamron 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 18–400 mm
Image stabilization Yes (Up to 2.5 stops)
Lens mount Canon EF-S, Nikon F (DX)
Aperture
Maximum aperture F3.5–6.3
Minimum aperture F22–40
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Optics
Elements 16
Groups 11
Special elements / coatings Low dispersion, aspherical, hybrid aspherical elements
Focus
Minimum focus 0.45 m (17.72)
Maximum magnification 0.34×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Extending front
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Physical
Weight 710 g (1.57 lb)
Diameter 79 mm (3.11)
Length 124 mm (4.88)
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 72.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes

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Lensrentals: Tamron 70-200 F2.8 G2’s resolution is excellent

08 Apr

Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has put Tamron’s new SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens to the test. 

Cicala notes that on its own, the Tamron is impressively sharp all the way to the edges at its wide end, and even better in the middle of its focal range. Sharpness drops a bit at full telephoto, but Cicala still says the 70-200 ‘puts in a very good performance.’

The Tamron SP 70-200 F2.8 G2 impresses at its wide end of 70mm.

The Tamron’s performance is comparable to Canon’s 70-200 F2.8L II, though a bit softer at the wide end. When put up against what Cicala calls ‘the best 70-200 zoom on the planet’ – the Nikon F2.8 FL ED VR – the Tamron struggles to keep up, though the gap narrows at 200mm.

Sample variation from ten Tamron SP 70-200 G2 lenses at 70mm.

In addition to lots of MTF charts, Cicala provides some helpful information about copy variation using ten of the new Tamron 70-200mms.

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Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2 sample gallery

20 Mar

Like its predecessor, the Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 G2 offers moisture-resistance, and we couldn’t be more grateful. We put the updated telezoom to work in one of the rainiest months in recent Seattle history. With improvements to autofocus as well as image stabilization, it’s a substantial upgrade and, thankfully, a lens that’s not afraid of a few showers.

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Announcing Two Tamron Competition Winners

18 Feb

The Winners of our recent Tamron Holiday Competition for a Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD and a Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD lens are…

Thanks!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who entered our recent competition to win an SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD and an SP 70-300mm Di VC USD lens from our friends at Tamron. Yet again, the response was absolutely AMAZING with over 400 entries! But now…onto the winners!

Drum roll. And the winners are:

First Prize

Winner of the Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD lens is – Sandeep

  • Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD – Value $ 599
  • Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount.
  • No substitutions.
  • For canon, Nikon or Sony cameras.

Burk Uzzle has said “Photography is a love affair with life”. My journey with photography has been long, filled with love and labour.

I fumble-started with a twin lens camera borrowed from my uncle about 30 years back, then with a prized EXA (GERMAN film based camera), Olympus C-8080 and since last 4 years a Nikon D5200 (18-105mm VR f3.5). I also own a Yongnuo MK-IV flash, a Sony tripod, a Nikkor 35mm f1.8 prime lens, Hoya ND & CPL filters and a ML-2 remote release given my burgeoning interest to make better photos.

Many years back, I scanned all my family owned b/w photos, to create a treasure trove of memories… I love the life stories that these photos convey – my son’s dimpled smile over gentle glazed skin next to my mother’s weary eyes filled with compassion… my wife’s lingering gracious beauty over the years as she grows older… the children’s audacious poses giving way to awkward conscious stares at the camera… I get mesmerized often, lose myself for hours in these frozen golden moments.

My love for my family takes refuge in the photos I take. I am the de facto family photographer responsible for bringing alive visual expressions of many events. I think, prepare, experiment, analyze and post produce thoughtfully to make them worthy of being seen and relived many times over. “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” – famous words from the great Dorothea Lange that are, for me, a constant source of inspiration.

Of late, I have started getting deeper into photography, studied via online training courses, read about great photographers, pored over user manuals and most importantly made a conscious effort to practice long and hard, to make more photos.

Now if I had the choice to pick from the lenses on offer, I would unhesitatingly pick Tamron 45mm (about 68mm with my D5200’s cropped sensor) which suits the family portraiture I so love to indulge in. The various reviews I went through clearly suggests that Tamron 45mm lens is a winner. The Prime lens I own is good but a poor cousin to Tamron by er, a long way. Going by its looks, build quality, the tack sharp photos demonstrated some at low-light (wow!), its colour reproducibility, sharp corners, flexibility of purpose across landscape to macro — I will really look forward and love to have this one in my bag. I suffer from shaky hands so its 3-stop VC should help which my prime lens visibly lacks.

Not sure 2017 will serve surprises for me but I surely will pray. Hope is eternal.”

Congratulations Sandeep! You will also receive a copy of the new Night Photography Course by dPS.

Second Prize

Winner of the Tamron  SP 70-300mm Di VC USD lens is – Br Fla

  • Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD – Value $ 449
  • Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount.
  • No substitutions.

“As a veteran who has seen my fair share of ugliness in the world, Photography takes me to another place where I can cope with PTSD symptoms by exploring the beautiful world surrounding me.

For my first prime I was looking for a fast lens at the same focal length as human vision for street scenes, portraits, landscapes, and close photography. I wanted a fast, solid built, durable lens with high-end contrast and resolution. The Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD fits my current needs and allows me to grow as a photographer finding even more beauty in the world.

When shooting with my full frame Nikon D800, a prime 45 mm lens is the just right (Goldilocks) focal length. Any wider you can have distortion, which can be really unflattering for people’s faces or create curved lines that should be strait. Any narrower you will have to stand farther back when you may not have the space and will lose some connection with the subject. You can confidently walk around with this 45mm, because with the human field of vision focal length, the beauty you see is the beauty you get.

The wide open aperture of F1.8 is very fast which will allow for shooting in low light and the circular diaphragm will create beautifully smooth bokeh that no other lens can match.

More importantly, when I can’t sleep I like to go out and shoot in the predawn hours. I would love not only the wide aperture to bring in lots of light but also 3.5 stop vibration compensation so I can capture beauty that exists in low light conditions.

Beauty also exists up close. With such a minimal distance to get sharp focus (only 11.4 inches) I can get closer into a subject without having to purchase expensive macro lenses. With the Vibration Compensation the beautiful details will remain sharp and beautiful.

Beauty can be seen in the contrasts of light. This lens maintains high contrast throughout the frame so you can get more usable images right out of the camera and not have to shoot large just to crop out the edges.

When shooting in some of the harshest conditions (as much as I enjoy the beach and salt air, it is incredibly harsh on photographic equipment) weather sealing is vital to not only durability but also keeping dust/debris out of your camera body and showing up as annoying spots in your images. The fluorine coating will also help keep spots off the front of the lens.

However, despite all the impressive specifications of this lens the true beauty is in the details. In this case the details are tack sharp. I have seen that DXOMark tested this lens to have superior sharpness to all other lenses in the class, even ones that cost significantly more. So when asked how I would use this lens it is simple – I would find beauty in this world and capture it in as sharp detail as the true-life experience provides.

The Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD would be useful zoom lens allowing me to photograph the beautiful wildlife where I live and the Vibration Compensation would greatly help with such long focal lengths.”

Congratulations Br Fla, you will also receive a copy of the new Night Photography Course by dPS.

We were all thrilled with the entries. You tugged at our heartstrings, made us laugh, made us smile, but most importantly, you made us keep wanting to do more of what we are doing; providing you quality information and guidance to become a better photographer. We were so pleased to see that you came from every part of the world, young adults to grandparents, and everyone in between. Thank you all for your entries!

Now, for those of you that didn’t win, Tamron has invited ALL dPS readers download their 2015-2016 eBook Series! You can find those HERE!

The Winners will be emailed with details of how to collect their prize. Please make sure to look for our email. Thanks you again for all the wonderful submissions and to Tamron for sponsoring this competition.

For winners outside the USA, please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
Winner responsible for any taxes or tariffs.

Tamron Rebates!

For all of you residing in the USA, when you do purchase your next Tamron Lens, make sure to take advantage of the rebates* up to $ 200 through March 4, 2017. Find additional information HERE!

*Current rebate offers end March 4, 2017. US RESIDENTS ONLY.

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Hands on with Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 and 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 ‘G2’ zooms

09 Feb

Hands on with Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 and 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 ‘G2’ zooms

Tamron announced two zoom lens updates at this year’s WPPI show in Las Vegas – the full-frame SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2 and the APS-C format 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD. Technically, both are ‘updates’ to older products, but the improvements are fairly significant. This is the 70-200mm F2.8, mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

Hands on with Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 and 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 ‘G2’ zooms

The ‘G2’ 70-200mm F2.8 now carries the ‘SP’ designation, which Tamron reserves for its highest-end lenses. The lens has been completely redesigned, and the new optical design consists of 23 elements in 17 groups. These include extra low dispersion and low dispersion elements to reduce chromatic aberrations. 

Hands on with Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 and 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 ‘G2’ zooms

Mechanically, there have been some changes too. Like Nikon’s new 70-200mm F2.8E, the Tamron 70-200mm F2.8’s zoom ring can be found near the front of the lens, while the focus ring is positioned closer to the camera. Feel free to argue about whether this is a good idea or not in the comments. Minimum focus distance is unequivocally improved, being reduced to 95cm (37.4″) from the previous model’s 130cm (50.7″).

Hands on with Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 and 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 ‘G2’ zooms

Autofocus performance has also been improved, thanks (according to Tamron) to the inclusion of two microcomputers and a new AF algorithm. Vibration Compensation (VC) is enhanced too, and can now compensate up to a claimed 5 stops.

Hands on with Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 and 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 ‘G2’ zooms

The removable tripod collar can be loosened and removed over the lens mount (as opposed to clamshell designs which can be attached and detached when the lens is mounted to a camera). The Nikon mount version of this lens now offers electronic aperture actuation, which is becoming standard on all newer Nikon lenses and should improve exposure accuracy, especially during high framerate burst shooting. 

Hands on with Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 and 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 ‘G2’ zooms

Build quality seems excellent, as we’ve come to expect from all of Tamron’s new generation of ‘SP’ lenses. Dust and moisture seals (including a grommet around the lens mount) help to keep the 70-200mm safe when shooting in tough conditions. The front element is fluorine coated, which should make it easy to quickly clean off water or oily fingerprints. 

Hands on with Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 and 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 ‘G2’ zooms

And here’s the 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD. Designed for APS-C format DSLRs, this wide-angle zoom covers an equivalent focal length range of 15-36mm (16-38mm equiv on Canon).

Hands on with Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 and 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 ‘G2’ zooms

The biggest change in this lens compared to its 2008 predecessor is the addition of Vibration Compensation. Tamron claims 4 stops of compensation, which means that in theory, it should be possible to hand-hold exposures of up to ~1 second at 10mm. Don’t quote us on that, though.

Hands on with Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 and 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 ‘G2’ zooms

The 10-24mm zoom features Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) AF motor, for smooth and fast autofocus. We’ve only had a few minutes with a prototype lens, but just anecdotally, focus certainly seems fast. Optically, this new lens differs from its predecessor by offering more elements (16, as opposed to 12) in more groups (11, compared to 9) including one LD (Low Dispersion) lens element, one XLD glass element, one molded glass aspherical element, and one hybrid aspherical lens.

Hands on with Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 and 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 ‘G2’ zooms

Again, the 10-24mm is sealed against dust and moisture, and build quality is excellent. Like the 70-200mm F2.8 G2, versions of this lens for the Nikon mount now feature fully electronic aperture actuation, allowing aperture to be changed during live view.

We’re looking forward to getting our hands on a production sample to see whether the various upgrades have made a significant difference to image quality. 

The Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2 is expected to arrive in March for $ 1299. The Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is slated for availability this spring for $ 499.

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Tamron announces 70-200mm F2.8 and 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 updates

07 Feb

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Tamron has announced updates to two of its zoom lenses. The full-frame Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2 improves on its predecessor with faster autofocus and better stabilization. Tamron claims its boosted Vibration Correction provides 5 stops of stabilization. The lens is moisture and dust-resistant, and has received a thorough overhaul of optical and mechanical designs. The new optical design consists of 23 elements in 17 groups, and includes extra low dispersion and low dispersion elements to reduce chromatic aberrations. Tamron claims the inclusion of two microcomputers and a new AF algorithm has improved focus speed and accuracy. Minimum focus distance is also improved, reduced to 37.4in from the previous model’s 50.7in. The 70-200 also supports Tamron’s 1.4x and 2x teleconverters/

Meanwhile, the Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD adds stabilization and refined optics to the company’s wide-angle zoom for APS-C introduced in 2008. It features LD, XLD, aspherical and hybrid aspherical elements, as well as a Broad-Band Anti-Reflection coating. Tamron was able to add Vibration Correction without increasing the size of the lens, and the company claims up to 4 stops of shake reduction. It also uses a new HLD (high/low torque-modulated drive) motor that allow for smooth control over the lens’ heavy elements. The lens is sealed against moisture and has a fluorine coating to keep oil and water off of the front elements.

Both of the new lenses use electromagnetic diaphragm control on Nikon mounts.

The Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2 is expected to arrive in March for $ 1299. The Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is slated for availability this spring for $ 499.

Press releases:

TAMRON REDEFINES THE FAST TELEPHOTO ZOOM CATEGORY WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEXT GENERATION 70-200MM F/2.8 ZOOM

All-new optical design delivers a dramatically faster autofocus speed and image stabilization performance of 5 stops

SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025) 

February 6, 2017, Commack, NY – Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025), a new telephoto zoom lens product for full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras. Model A025 was developed by substantially enhancing the features of its predecessor.

These include a thorough review of the optical, mechanical and electronic designs to increase autofocus speed and precision, reinforce VC (Vibration Compensation) functions and to shorten the MOD. New features include eBAND Coating, Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating and compatibility with teleconverters. The lens design features a metal-based barrel for improved handling and ease-of-use. The result of this dramatic evolution is Model A025, a high-speed telephoto lens that widens the scope of expression for photography in a broad range of genres, such as portraits, landscapes, sports and photojournalism. The lens is expected to be available in the U.S. in March at $ 1299.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS 

  1. Outstanding resolution and contrast reproduction performance, beautiful bokeh and full compatibility with Tamron teleconverters

Based on the current model (A009), the optical design has been revised and improved. Both the resolution and contrast reproduction performance far exceed the present levels. Bokeh has been enhanced and expanded to deliver outstanding background effects across the entire zoom range. Use of a circular diaphragm with nine blades further improves bokeh. The optical design of the new A025 consists of 23 elements in 17 groups. Optimum deployment of XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements thoroughly eliminate chromatic aberrations, which tend to become particularly prominent in high-speed telephoto lenses, across the entire zoom range, while ensuring uniform, high-level image quality even on the periphery of the image plane.

The new lens is also fully compatible with the TELECONVERTER 1.4x (Model TC-X14) and TELECONVERTER 2.0x (Model TC-X20)1, which increase the focal length of the lens to 1.4 times and 2 times the original, respectively. Both teleconverters are carefully designed and constructed to provide outstanding high quality.

Changes in zoom range when used with SP 70-200 mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025)

 

Mounted on full-frame DSLR camera

Mounted on APS-C format DSLR camera

Without tele converter

70-200mm

Approx. 109-310mm

With 1.4x tele converter*2

98-280mm

Approx. 152-434mm

With 2.0x tele converter*2

140-400mm

Approx. 217-620mm 

Changes in magnification ratio when used with SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025)

 

Maximum Magnification Ratio

Without tele converter

1:6.1

With 1.4x tele converter

1:4

With 2.0x tele converter

1:3

Available focusing mode when used with SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025)

 

When using viewfinder

When using live view mode

With 1.4x teleconverter

AF Possible

AF*2 Possible

With 2.0x teleconverter

AF Possible

AF*3 Possible 

  1. Improved VC system provides highest Vibration Compensation ability in its class3 (5 stops using CIPA standard compliant) and offers three situation-specific VC modes

Utilizing Tamron’s original VC (Vibration Compensation) system, which uses a moving coil mechanism, further reinforcement of the drive system power and control performance has now achieved the highest VC level in its class, with an image stabilization performance of 5 stops according to the CIPA standard (using VC Mode 3). 

Also, the VC system of Model A025 offers three VC modes, including one mode exclusively for panning. Photographers can freely choose between the different VC modes according to their shooting conditions. Even when telephoto shooting in low light, which tends to be severely affected by camera shake, photographers can now enjoy jitter-free handheld shooting with much greater flexibility. 

  • VC MODE 1 is the standard mode that strikes a great balance between the stability of the viewfinder image and the stabilization effects.
  • VC MODE 2 is exclusively used for panning.
  • VC MODE 3 prioritizes the stabilization of the captured images and forgoes the stabilization of the viewfinder image.

With the optional accessory TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, you can customize the configuration of VC MODE 1. Choose the viewfinder view of either standard or image priority.

  1. Demonstratively improved autofocus speed and responsiveness

Model A025 is equipped with a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ring-type ultrasonic motor, whose outstanding responsiveness and control ensures accurate high-speed focusing. Incorporating two advanced, high-performance microcomputers and optimizing the algorithm has improved both the focusing speed and accuracy compared with SP 70-200mm (Model A009). Additionally, thanks to the Full-time Manual Focus override mechanism, photographers shooting with AF can instantaneously make fine focusing adjustments using MF without wasting time by switching the AF-MF mode back and forth.

  1. Focuses closer (shorter Minimum Object Distance, or MOD) for greater versatility

Improvements made to the focus cam and zoom cam inside the lens barrel have reduced the MOD from 50.7 inches in the older Model A009 to 37.4 inches for Model A025, which has a maximum magnification ratio of 1:6.1. The shorter MOD, coupled with the excellent optical performance of the SP 70-200mm (Model A025), allows photographers to further broaden their range of expression.

  1. Optimized and exclusively designed eBAND Coating

The new A025 features Tamron’s original eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, a technology that combines a nano-structured layer with an extremely low refractive index with the conventional multiple-layer coatings. Optimized and exclusively designed for this new zoom, the eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection performance, effectively reducing any flare and ghosting. Even when taking backlit portraits, the new lens delivers flawless, crystal clear images. 

  1. Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction

Ideal for use in outdoor photography, the new 70-200mm telephoto zoom has moisture-resistant construction because special sealants that are dust-resistant and moisture-resistant are used at every joint and seam. The sealant material helps to prevent the intrusion of any dirt, dust or water droplets, compared to conventional Moisture-Resistant Construction. 

  1. Fluorine Coating for greater protection

The front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellant. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints.

  1. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses

An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now available for Nikon-mount lenses4. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by the motor through electronic pulse signals.

  1. Lightweight and easy-to-hold tripod mount is compatible with Arca-Swiss style quick release plates

A new textured grip and Arca-Swiss style tripod interface enhances both speed and utility. Because the tripod mount is made of lightweight magnesium, it is much easier to carry.

  1. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product

The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update the lens firmware as well as customize features, including fine adjustments to the AF and VC. 

  1. Based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series, this new lens is manufactured with a thorough attention to details

For the SP series products in particular, Tamron has established rigorous design and quality standards. These standards apply to the optical design, mechanical design and the cosmetic appearance, as well as to such wide-ranging areas as the product’s robustness and improvements in the various individual functions. Tamron thoroughly reviews all of the design and manufacturing processes in order to offer products to customers with even-higher levels of precision and quality.

For the SP 70-200mm G2 (Model A025), the optical design was refreshed, mechanical parts were improved and a new exterior design was adopted. To maximize the optical performance intrinsic to this product, Tamron improved the accuracy of the component parts and increased the precision of the overall zooming mechanism.

1. For more detailed information about teleconverters, please refer to the Tamron website.

2. Subjects with low contrast and/or luminosity values can sometimes result in out-of-focus images.

3. Among 70-200mm F/2.8 interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras (as of January, 2017; Tamron)

4. Available only with cameras compatible with the electromagnetic diaphragm (D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D300, D300s, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D3x, D3s, D4, D4s, Df, D500, D5). (As of January, 2017; Tamron)

TAMRON INTRODUCES ULTRA-WIDEANGLE ZOOM WITH VIBRATION COMPENSATION

Compact, high-performance lens boasts the largest focal length range in its class

10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Model B023) 

February 6, 2017, Commack, NY – Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Model B023), a new ultra-wideangle zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras. The lens is expected to be available in the U.S. this Spring at $ 499.

Model B023 is a wideangle zoom lens that covers an exceptionally large range—the largest focal length range in its class1 (35mm equivalent is 16mm to 37mm). The lens is ideal for street photography, landscapes, group photos and casual everyday scenes. In 2008, Tamron launched the SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] (Model B001) that provided an unprecedented focal length range in its class. Building on that lens’s popularity, the successor Model B023 has improved optical performance and new features. It embodies Tamron’s most advanced technologies, including the VC (Vibration Compensation) system, Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating, and the first implementation of Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive). Additionally, the Model B023 has a refreshing new design derived from the design of the new product lineup in the SP series.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS 

  1. Inheriting the broadest focal length range in its class of ultra-wideangle zoom lenses

The new Model B023 achieves a broad focal length range of 10-24mm, the largest range among ultra-wideangle zoom lenses for APS-C DSLR cameras. This is the 35mm equivalent of covering a very wideangle of view, from 16mm ultra-wideangle to 37mm semi-wideangle. A photographer can enjoy diverse wideangle expressions with just this one lens, from dynamic landscapes far beyond the normal human field of vision to simple, casual snapshots. 

  1. Improved optical performance across the entire zoom range

The optical design of the new Model B023 consists of 16 lens elements in 11 groups. Special lens elements are utilized in an optimum configuration of one LD (Low Dispersion) lens element, one XLD glass element, one molded glass aspherical element, and one hybrid aspherical lens. While curbing an increase in the size of the optical system, the new lens very effectively compensates for a wide variety of aberrations in the entire zoom range, including transverse chromatic aberration, comatic aberration and distortions that tend to become more prominent with a wideangle lens.

Tamron’s highly regarded BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating and the optical design paying close attention to internal reflections in the lens barrel also curb the effects of harmful light rays that tend to occur with a wideangle lens, achieving excellent resistance against ghosting and flare seen in backlighting situations.

  1. 4-Stop Vibration Compensation that is especially useful in low light conditions

In response to the requests of many customers who have asked the company to equip a wideangle lens with image stabilization, we have now installed Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) on the new Model B023. Optimizing the actuator and the control algorithm has made it possible to incorporate the VC, while maintaining the compact design of the previous Model B001. The VC especially enhances the photographer’s freedom in handheld shooting at dusk or in a dimly lit room, and under other relatively low light conditions, as the mechanism proves particularly effective in the shooting conditions with slower shutter speeds.

  1. Equipped for the first time with the new HLD with outstanding driving power and stability

Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) has been developed for use as the AF drive system for Model B023. With its outstanding driving power and stability, the HLD is capable of smoothly controlling the AF mechanism of the new Model B023 that is actually equipped with large focusing lens elements. When shooting in AF mode, the Full-time Manual Focus override allows you to instantly make fine focusing adjustments manually, without having to switch between modes.

  1. Compressed into a compact body with structural ingenuity

While enhancing image quality, adding new functions and substantially improving the basic performance, Model B023’s space-saving design has ensured an optimum configuration for components such as the VC and AF unit, thus successfully reducing overall length compared to the previous Model B001. The lightweight and compact body with outstanding ease of use will prove to be very well-balanced when attached to an APS-C DSLR camera.

  1. An even more user-friendly lens with Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction

The front surface of the foremost lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellant. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance. For greater protection when shooting outdoors, leak-proof seals throughout the lens barrel help protect your equipment.

  1. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses

An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses2. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.

  1. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product

The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to your personal computer, enabling you to easily update your lens’s firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

  1. External design placing importance on functionality and ease of use

While inheriting the design that makes use of a lot of organic curves and the delicately polished form down to fine details that characterize the SP lens series, the new Model B023 comes with a highly sophisticated design that also places much importance on the lens’s functionality and ease of use, featuring an overall form that faithfully encompasses the internal structures within, a slim Luminous Gold brand ring, the switch shape and the distance-scale window design.

1. Among ultra-wideangle zoom lenses for APS-C DSLR cameras (As of January, 2017; Tamron)

2. Available only with cameras compatible with the electromagnetic diaphragm (D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D300, D300s) (As of January, 2017; Tamron)

Specifications

  Tamron SP 70-200mm 2.8 Di VC USD G2 Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD
Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF APS-C / DX
Focal length 70–200 mm 10–24 mm
Image stabilization Yes (5 stops) Yes (4 stops)
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX) Canon EF-S, Nikon F (DX)
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8–22 F3.5–22
Minimum aperture F2.8–22 F4.5–29
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9 7
Optics
Elements 23 16
Groups 17 11
Special elements / coatings eBAND and fluorine coatings
XLD, LD elements
Broad-band Anti-reflection & fluorine coatings
LD, XLD, aspherical, and hybrid aspherical elements.
Focus
Minimum focus 0.95 m (37.4) 0.24 m (9.45)
Maximum magnification 0.16× 0.19×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes No
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter Yes
Physical
Weight 1500 g (3.31 lb) 440 g (0.97 lb)
Diameter 88 mm (3.46) 84 mm (3.29)
Length 194 mm (7.63) 85 mm (3.33)
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Yes No
Filter thread 77.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar Yes No

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