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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.

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

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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.

About Tamron

Disclaimer: Tamron is a paid partner of dPS.

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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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Gear of the Year: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Di VC USD Macro F017

06 Dec

Regular readers of the site have seen more photos from this lens than they might realize.

The new Tamron 90mm arrived on our doorstep at some point in the early spring. I admit at first I wasn’t very excited, it just seemed like a run-of-the-mill ‘check that box’ lens for Tamron to round out their SP lineup. I also wasn’t excited because its EF mount meant getting out a beast: the Canon EOS 5DS R.

I took it along for my first trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip festival. Part of me was excited for this as-close-to-Holland-as-you-can-get-in-the-USA experience, but I wasn’t very happy about the fact that I was going to be doing tripod work.

In public.

With families around.

I’m a bit of a grump.

This isn’t to say I don’t see the value in using a tripod. Believe me, I do. However, most units readily available to me aren’t exactly easy to use when it comes to getting way down low to flower level. Most of them stood slightly taller than a tulip when at their shortest, and the tripods with the ability to turn the center column sideways to get low don’t work well with geared heads (my preference).

So, I was going in to battle with damaged morale, cumbersome equipment and a bit of apathy towards the entire scenario.

My opinions shifted as the day progressed.

Turns out, I really like 1:1 macro lenses, and the latest Tamron 90mm was the first to really help me realize that. Image stabilization, which isn’t new for this type of lens, was a huge assist for handheld shooting, especially with a camera that loves to highlight when you get it wrong.

Autofocus also worked better than I’m used to with macro lenses. The lens’ AF motor is quite quick, even at the closer focal lengths. Moving from minimum focus distance to infinity happens quick enough that it isn’t the end of the world if the lens suddenly decides to do a full hunt – although I rarely encountered that problem with the 5DS R. In fact, I took quite a few shots through the OVF and they came out perfectly sharp, which isn’t always the case when using the 5DS R.

Okay, so I shot tulips with it, who cares?

Sometimes in our articles you’ll see what we call ‘beauty’ shots of cameras headlining pages of our reviews. These images are typically shot outside somewhere pretty around the office, done by various members of the team.

After my positive experience shooting the Tulip Festival with the Tamron 90mm Macro, I started grabbing the lens and the 5DS R any time I went outdoors for product photography. From then on until we had to return the lens, I ended up bringing it with me any time I went to take beauty shots.

The focal length and focus capabilities are great for photographing all cameras, and the VC system means I can stop down for greater depth of field while still shooting handheld. It made the task quick and easy, allowing me to experiment and be creative.

So when I say you’ve seen more images from the Tamron 90mm than you might think, it’s because they’ve been hero images, or ‘beauty’ shots as they’re affectionately called in the office, for our reviews. Professional results, moderate price tag. That is what we’ve seen a few times now in Tamron’s SP series, and the 90 is no exception.

To see our beauty shots without any retouching check out our sample gallery.

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Got Reach? Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 G2 sample gallery

24 Oct

Tamron’s newly updated SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 G2 telephoto lens is weather sealed and sports a number of upgrades, including improved image quality over its previous iteration. The real question is how does it hold up in the real-world? We took the lens to the streets – and to the roof deck – to get a feel for its performance in this sample image gallery.  

See our Tamron 150-600mm F5-6.3 G2
real-world sample gallery

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Tamron 18-270mm travel zoom lens gets slight update with fluorine coating

08 Sep
 Tamron’s new 18-270mm…  …and the previous version.

Tamron has introduced an updated version of its 18-270mm travel zoom lens, the Tamron 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD model B008TS. Unlike the previous version (model B008), the B008TS features a fluorine coating on the front lens element, in addition to the existing Broad-Band Anti Reflection coating. With the fluorine coating, Tamron says the lens element is water and oil-repellant and less likely to be harmed by dirt, fingerprints, moisture, and dust.

While the fluorine coating is the new model’s biggest change, the folks at Imaging Resource have pointed out some minor cosmetic changes, as well. The gold trim ring found on the previous lens model has been replaced with a silver ring; as well, the overall lens design has been simplified, with both the zoom ring’s and focus ring’s styles being altered. According to Tamron, these changes ‘create an external design with a high-grade feel.’

According to Tamron’s website, the new lens will launch tomorrow in Japan with Canon and Nikon mounts for ¥83,000 before tax.

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Tamron announces new 1.4X and 2X teleconverters

03 Sep

Tamron has announced two new teleconverters, designed to be used with select telephoto Tamron lenses, starting with the company’s new SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2. The 1.4X and 2X converters are moisture and dust-resistant, and turn the 150-600mm into a 210-600mm or 300-1200mm equivalent zoom, respectively. Both teleconverters use Tamron’s BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings to reduce ghosting and flare, and the 2X converter uses a low-dispersion element to suppress aberrations.

The 1.4X and 2X converters will cost $ 419 and $ 439 respectively. They’ll be available in Canon and Nikon mounts starting September 23rd in Japan, with availability in the US soon after.

TAMRON ANNOUNCES TWO TELECONVERTERS

New models designed exclusively for Tamron lenses

TELECONVERTER 1.4x (Model TC-X14)
TELECONVERTER 2.0x (Model TC-X20)

September 1, 2016, Commack, New York – Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of two teleconverter models exclusively[1] for select Tamron lenses. These accessories make it easy to expand the versatility of the new SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022) ultra-telephoto zoom lens. TELECONVERTER 1.4x (Model TC-X14) increases the focal length by a factor of 1.4x, while TELECONVERTER 2.0x (Model TC-X20) doubles the focal length. Delivery of the new teleconverters, each available in Canon and Nikon mounts, will start on September 23 in the Japanese market and soon thereafter in the U.S. market at a price of $ 419 for the 1.4X and $ 439 for the 2X.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. Increases maximum focal length
Although the maximum focal length is increased, the minimum object distance remains nearly the same, so the magnification ratio during close focusing is enhanced. Both teleconverters are carefully designed and constructed to preserve the original superior image quality of the lens. The 2.0x model uses one LD (Low Dispersion) lens element to suppress aberrations. BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings are deployed on both models to help minimize ghosting and flare.

2. Autofocus and VC features are retained with compatible lenses
Autofocus functions normally with compatible lenses (please refer to Compatible Tamron Lens List below). VC (Vibration Compensation) performance is maintained.

3. Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction
The new teleconverters are ideal for use in outdoor photography when matched with any lens that has a Moisture-Resistant Construction because special seals that are dust-resistant and moisture-proof are used at every joint and seam.

4. Sturdy, durable barrel design
The barrel frame of the teleconverters are made of die cast aluminum, except for some parts of the exterior finish, to maintain extra strength when used with large lenses. The design utilizes a bayonet mount made of brass on the camera side and stainless steel on the lens side to ensure excellent durability even with repeated mountings and detachments.

Design Concept

These accessories embody Tamron’s new design that’s born from the pursuit of functional beauty and achieved by smoothly blending engineering and design enhancements. Meticulous craftsmanship is applied to every detail. The new teleconverters feature a metal lens barrel and share this same design concept. Both teleconverters provide remarkable ease of use-even the release lever offers a comfortable touch to the photographer’s finger.

Compatible Tamron Lens List (As of September, 2016)

SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022)
For Canon and Nikon

Changes in zoom range when used with SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022)

  Mounted on 35mm full-frame DSLR camera Mounted on APS-C format DSLR camera
 Without teleconverter  150-600mm  Approx. 233-930mm
 With 1.4x teleconverter  210-840mm  Approx. 326-1302mm
 With 2.0x teleconverter  300-1200mm  Approx. 465-1860mm

Changes in magnification ratio when used with SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022)

  Maximum Magnification Ratio 
Without teleconverter 1:3.9
With 1.4x teleconverter 1:2.8
With 2.0x teleconverter 1:2

Available focusing mode when used with SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022)

  When using viewfinder When using live view mode
 With 1.4x teleconverter AF*1*2/MF  AF*2/MF
 With 2.0x teleconverter MF   AF*2/MF

*1 Autofocus functions normally on any camera that offers F/8 autofocusing (see your camera’s instruction manual for your camera’s ability).
*2 Subjects with low contrast and/or luminosity values can sometimes result in out-of-focus images.

[1]Compatible model is SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022) (As of September 1; Tamron)

Optical Construction:

SPECIFICATIONS

TELECONVERTER 1.4x

  • Model : TC-X14
  • Magnification : 1.4x
  • Optical Construction : 6 elements in 3 groups
  • Maximum Diameter : for Canon Ø70mm / for Nikon Ø62.6mm
  • Length[1] : for Canon, Nikon 0.8 in
  • Entire Length[2] : for Canon 1.3 in (34.1mm) / for Nikon 1.3 in (32.3mm)
  • Weight : for Canon 7.2 oz / for Nikon 6.3oz
  • Standard Accessories : Mount cap, Rear cap, Lens case
  • Compatible Mounts : Canon, Nikon

*Use of the TC-X14 tele converter reduces the effective aperture by one f/stop.

TELECONVERTER 2x

  • Model : TC-X20
  • Magnification : 2x
  • Optical Construction : 9 elements in 5 groups
  • Maximum Diameter : for Canon Ø69.8mm / for Nikon Ø62.3mm
  • Length[1] : for Canon, Nikon 2.1 in
  • Entire Length[2] : for Canon 2.6 in (66.8mm) / for Nikon 2.6 in (65mm)
  • Weight : for Canon 12.7 oz / for Nikon 10.8oz
  • Standard Accessories : Mount cap, Rear cap, Lens case
  • Compatible Mounts : Canon, Nikon

*Use of the TC-X20 tele converter reduces the effective aperture by two f/stops.

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

[1]Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
[2]Entire Length is the distance between the tip of the lens and the tip of protrusion.

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Tamron announces 2nd generation SP 150-600mm Di VC USD ‘G2’

01 Sep

Tamron has announced a new version of its popular 150-600mm telezoom – the SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2. The ‘G2’ stands for second generation, reflecting several improvements to the design.

These improvements include more effective image stabilization (to a claimed 4.5 stops of benefit), faster AF speed and compatibility with Tamron’s ‘TAP-in’ Console, for lens firmware updates and customization. A ‘Flex Zoom Lock’ mechanism has also been added to keep the lens barrel fixed at any focal length. Flourine coating has been added to the front lens element, and the entire lens barrel offers greater moisture resistance.

The SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 will sell for $ 1399 and will go on sale in Japan starting September 23rd in Nikon and Canon mounts, arriving in the US soon after. A Sony A-mount version will follow later. A pair of new teleconverters designed for use with the 150-600mm have also been announced.

Press release

INTRODUCING THE PINNACLE OF ULTRA-TELEPHOTO ZOOMS WITH ADVANCED FEATURES, ENHANCED PERFORMANCE, AND IMPROVED ERGONOMICS

New generation “G2” lens boasts faster AF speed and enhanced VC

SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 (Model A022)

September 1, 2016, Commack, New York – Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022). This second generation “G2” lens builds upon the success of the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011), which launched in December 2013 and continues to successfully meet photographers’ needs in the ultra-telephoto category. The new G2 version was developed to provide superior optical performance with today’s high resolution DSLRs and to add improvements to several features including speed and accuracy of AF and VC (Vibration Compensation). Also, several new features have been added: FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism, Fluorine Coating and optional teleconverters. The new lens delivers outstanding performance and a luxurious, upscale appearance, including a metal lens barrel.

Delivery of the new lens in Canon and Nikon mounts will start on September 23 in the Japanese market and soon thereafter in the U.S. market (Sony A-mount to be delivered at a later date) at a price of $ 1399.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. Optical design refreshed to achieve even higher performance
Three LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements completely eliminate axial and transverse chromatic aberrations. The design also features an upgraded optical construction (21 elements in 13 groups) and leverages improvements in manufacturing technology. As a result, the lens delivers high resolution, improved sharpness and overall better performance.

2. Tamron’s sophisticated eBAND Coating for eliminating ghosting and flare
eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating is a nano-structured layer deployed on the lens element surface. In addition to regular anti-reflection coatings, eBAND Coating offers higher light transmission and significant improvement in anti-reflection characteristics, especially against angulated incident rays. Combined with BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings, flare and ghosting are reduced to imperceptible levels.

3. MOD reduced to provide optimum tele-macro photography
Tamron’s advanced manufacturing technology has made it possible to reduce the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) to 86.6 in (2.2m), compared to 106.3 in (2.7m) for Model A011, and has allowed for the wonders of tele-macro photography with its 1:3.9 Maximum Magnification Ratio.

4. AF speed is faster and much more responsive with moving subjects
The Model A022 is equipped with a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ring-type motor that delivers excellent responsiveness and control. AF speed is significantly improved from the current model, and it enables accurate high-speed focus even when capturing moving subjects. When shooting with AF, the Full-time Manual Focus override allows you to instantly make fine-focusing adjustments manually, without having to switch between modes.

5. VC performance is now 4.5 stops and offers 3 modes optimized for different situations
The VC (Vibration Compensation) effectiveness is equivalent to 4.5 stops, based on image stabilization performance levels established by CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) when using VC MODE 3. Model A022 now has three types of VC modes, and it is possible to choose the optimum VC mode according to the situation for taking a photograph, such as when panning.

  • 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.

A new VC Mode can be programmed with the optional TAMRON TAP-in Console™. You can overwrite VC Mode 1 with a new VC Mode that allows stabilization to be engaged constantly for videography purposes. In this mode, the LCD screen is used.

6. New FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism enables locking of the zoom ring at any position
The FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism quickly locks or unlocks the zoom at any position simply by sliding the zoom ring. Photographers can shoot from any angle without the zoom extending unintentionally. Additionally, the lens features the conventional Zoom Lock switch to prevent unwanted barrel extension during transportation.

7. Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction for a more user-friendly lens
The front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellent. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints. For greater protection when shooting outdoors, leak-proof seals throughout the lens barrel help protect your equipment.

8. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used for Nikon-mount lenses
An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses[1]. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.

9. Lightweight and easy-to-hold tripod mount is compatible with an Arca-Swiss style quick release plate
A new textured grip and Arca-Swiss style tripod interface enhances both speed and utility. And because the tripod mount is made of lightweight magnesium, it is much easier to carry.

10. 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.

11. Teleconverters exclusively for the Tamron lens now developed
Two exclusive teleconverters[2], which perfectly match the optics of the new SP 150-600mm G2 (Model A022), offer 1.4x and 2x magnification, and provide a maximum zoom range up to 1200mm. These new teleconverters extend focal length of the master lens, making it possible to take pictures in farther ultra-telephoto ranges.

Changes in zoom range when used with SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022)

  Mounted on 35mm full-frame DSLR camera Mounted on APS-C format DSLR camera
 Without teleconverter  150-600mm  Approx. 233-930mm
 With 1.4x teleconverter  210-840mm  Approx. 326-1302mm
 With 2.0x teleconverter  300-1200mm  Approx. 465-1860mm

Changes in magnification ratio when used with SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022)

  Maximum Magnification Ratio 
Without teleconverter 1:3.9
With 1.4x teleconverter 1:2.8
With 2.0x teleconverter 1:2

Available focusing mode when used with SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022)

  When using viewfinder When using live view mode
 With 1.4x teleconverter AF*1*2/MF  AF*2/MF
 With 2.0x teleconverter MF   AF*2/MF

*1 Autofocus functions normally on any camera that offers F/8 autofocusing (see your camera’s instruction manual for your camera’s ability).
*2 Subjects with low contrast and/or luminosity values can sometimes result in out-of-focus images.

12. Based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series, this new lens is manufactured with 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 various individual functions. Tamron thoroughly reviews of all of the design and manufacturing processes in order to offer products to customers with ever-higher precision and quality levels.

For the SP 150-600mm G2 (Model A022), 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 component parts and increased the precision of the overall zooming mechanism.

Design Concept
The new design adopted for the four SP series lenses already on the market is essentially the fusion of engineering and style, the pursuit of functional beauty and craftsmanship achieved by giving meticulous attention to minute details. Using metal as the exterior material creates a high-grade design based on the concept that emphasizes “Human Touch” characteristics, and significantly improves user-friendliness. The SP models feature a novel design for the switches, easy-to-read characters, an enlarged window over the distance scale and the adoption of organic forms easy for the photographer’s fingers to hold onto.

This design philosophy-the pursuit of functional beauty with a “Human Touch”-is applied even to the most minute details of the new SP 150-600mm G2 (Model A022) ultra-telephoto zoom. By using metal for the exterior material and adding new functions such as the FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism, the Model A022 achieves a size and weight that makes comfortable handheld shooting possible, with a slim and stylish appearance design to top it all off.

[1]Available only with cameras compatible with the electromagnetic diaphragm (D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D7000, D7100, D7200, D300, D300s, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D3x, D3s, D4, D4s, Df, D500, D5). (As of September 1; Tamron)
[2] Additional information will be available on Tamron’s website at a later date.

Optical Construction:

MTF:

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Model : A022
  • Focal Length : 150-600mm
  • Maximum Aperture : F/5-6.3
  • Angle of View (diagonal) : 16°25′ – 4°8′ (for full-frame format): 10°38′ – 2°40′ (for APS-C format)
  • Optical Construction: 21 elements in 13 groups
  • Minimum Object Distance : 86.6 in
  • Maximum Magnification Ratio : 1:3.9
  • Filter Size : Ø95mm
  • Maximum Diameter : Ø108.4mm
  • Length[1] : for Canon 10.2 in / for Nikon 10.1 in
  • Weight[2] : for Canon 70.9 oz / for Nikon 70.2 oz
  • Aperture Blades : 9 (circular diaphragm[3])
  • Minimum Aperture : F/32-40
  • Image Stabilization Performance: 4.5 stops (using VC Mode 3) CIPA Standards Compliant (For Canon : EOS-5D Mark III is used / For Nikon : D810 is used)
  • Standard Accessories : Lens hood, Lens caps, Lens case
  • Compatible Mounts : Canon, Nikon, Sony A-mount[4]

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

[1]Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
[2] Weight includes the weight of the detachable tripod mount
[3]The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.
[4]The Sony mount model does not include VC, since the bodies of Sony DSLR cameras include built-in image stabilization functionality.

Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 150–600 mm
Image stabilization Yes (VC – Vibration Compensation)
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sony/Minolta Alpha
Aperture
Maximum aperture F5
Minimum aperture F32
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Optics
Elements 21
Groups 13
Special elements / coatings eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular Dependency) Coating
Fluorine Coating
Focus
Minimum focus 2.70 m (106.3)
Maximum magnification 0.2×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Physical
Weight 2010 g (4.43 lb)
Diameter 106 mm (4.16)
Length 258 mm (10.15)
Filter thread 95.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes

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