Tamron announced 70-200mm f/2.8 and 90mm f/2.8 Macro lenses

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The two new Tamron lenses are now officially announced. Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009) features:

  • One special XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) *5 glass in concert with four LD (Low Dispersion) elements minimize chromatic aberrations. This combined with a new optical design that delivers high contrast and high resolution throughout the zoom range achieves leading-edge image quality.
  • Tamron’s advanced multi-layer coating technology dramatically improves lens performance by reducing flare and ghosting for crisper, clearer images.
  • The rounded diaphragm*6 affords the photographer spectacular blur effects, delivering the kind of rich expression only achievable with a high-speed telephoto zoom lens.
  • The most compact*1 full-size, high-speed telephoto zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation)*2 image stabilization and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)*3 in its class delivers superior mobility, enabling photographers to capture the previously unattainable.
  • Features USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)*3 to power a speedy AF drive together with a continuous manual focus mechanism.
  • The VC (Vibration Compensation)*2 image stabilization mechanism reduces camera shake to deliver sharp images.
  • Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

*1 For high-speed telephoto zoom lenses for full-size SLR cameras, equipped with VC image stabilization and USD. Current as of September 2012. (Source: Tamron)
*2 VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary image stabilization mechanism.
*3 USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) is Tamron's proprietary ultrasonic motor drive.
*4 The Sony mount does not include VC, as Sony digital SLR bodies include image stabilization functionality. The Sony lens is designated as “SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di USD”.
*5 The XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass is made from specialized high-grade glass, which offers greater chromatic aberration correction properties than LD (Low Dispersion) elements.
*6 This rounded diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even when taken two stops down from its fully open state.

Specifications
Model A009
Focal length 70-200mm
Maximum aperture F/2.8
Angle of view(diagonal) 34°21'-12°21' (with full-size SLR cameras)
22°33'-7°59' (with APS-C sized sensor digital SLR cameras)
Lens construction 23 elements in 17 groups
Minimum focus distance 1.3m (51.2 in)
Maximum magnification ratio 1: 8 (at f=200mm: MFD 1.3m)
Filter size φ77mm
Length*1 188.3mm (7.4 in)*
Entire Length*2 196.7mm (7.7 in)*
Diameter φ85.8mm
Weight 1470g (51.9 oz)*(including detachable tripod mount)
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture F/32
Standard accessories Flower-shaped lens hood
Compatible mounts Canon, Nikon, Sony

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004) features:

  • Tamron has updated their legendary 90mm Macro lens with a new, state-of-the-art optical design. The lens, reborn for the age of digital photography, offers VC (Vibration Compensation)*1 and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)*2.
  • Adopting a state-of-the-art optical design and a rounded diaphragm*4, this lens carries on the long tradition of Tamron's 90mm Macro lens in delivering spectacular blur effects. Two XLD*5 (Extra Low Dispersion) glasses and one LD (Low Dispersion) element reduce chromatic aberrations, yielding sharp images and outstanding resolution.
  • Tamron's newly developed eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating*6 delivers a dramatic improvement in antireflection performance—significantly reducing flare and ghosting for clearer, crisper images.
  • The VC (Vibration Compensation)*1 image stabilization mechanism reduces camera shake to deliver sharp images.*7
  • Features USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)*2 to power a speedy AF drive together with a continuous manual focus mechanism.
  • Incorporates IF (Internal Focus) system, which focuses by moving only the internal lens group, rather than the front lens elements. The overall length of the lens therefore does not change when focusing, thus ensuring a broad working distance.
  • Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

*1 VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary image stabilization mechanism.
*2 USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) is Tamron's proprietary ultrasonic motor drive.
*3 The Sony mount does not include VC, as Sony digital SLR bodies include image stabilization functionality. The Sony lens is designated as “SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 USD”.
*4 This rounded diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even when taken two stops down from its fully open state.
*5 The XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass is made from specialized high-grade glass, which offers greater chromatic aberration correction properties than LD (Low Dispersion) elements.
*6 The eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating is a new nanotechnology-based coating technique developed by Tamron to reduce unwanted reflection.
*7 From 3m, the benefits of VC (Vibration Compensation) gradually decrease as the focus distance becomes closer.

Specifications
Model F004
Focal length 90mm
Maximum aperture F/2.8
Angle of view(diagonal) 27°02' (with full-size SLR cameras)
17°37' (with APS-C sized sensor digital SLR cameras)
Lens construction 14 elements in 11 groups
Minimum focus distance 0.3m (11.8 in)
Maximum magnification ratio 1: 1
Working distance 139mm (5.5 in)
Filter size φ58mm
Length*1 114.5mm (4.5 in)*
Entire Length*2 122.9mm (4.8 in)*
Diameter φ76.4mm
Weight 550g (19.4 oz)*
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture F/32
Standard accessories Lens hood
Compatible mounts Canon, Nikon, Sony
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  • http://www.jsvfoto.com jsvfoto

    That zoom looks interesting. If they’ve improved the AF speed and noise this could be a good contender.

  • Flo

    Great! I hope they will be as good and as cheap as the old versions..
    Price? Availability?

    • Joe

      Unfortunately, a new lens means a new price. It’s kinda like when they change the menu at a restaurant – the real motivation is to change the prices, not to give you pretty pictures (although it may also be because someone wants to show off his new junior college design skills). Usually, the food remains the same. In this case, at least you’re getting an updated product!

  • Andreas

    When is it available and to which price?

    • Andreas

      Alright, mum is going to NYC tomorrow (from Sweden) and I just want to know… Can we expect it within the next week? Reasonable or not?

      • WoutK89

        No, price will be made available at a later date, meaning, we just want you to know what we have planned (don’t forget us please), but you can expect another announcement in a few months with the price and release dates.

  • toli

    This two new lenses just released by Tamron is look attracted as well as specification got to be good as expected have to counts on tammy guys…unless $ are up on skies…. :-d

  • Steve

    No Pentax mount. Pity. The folks in Pentaxland would be very interested in 70-200 2.8 such as this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/PhotoArts Stephen Mule’

    I bet they will be private branding ones for Pentax. I would be a buyer of this lens if it compares favorably to the Nikon 70-200mm VRII F2.8. My guess is, optically it will be very close, the VC will be close if not better than the VR, build quality will go to the Nikon in a landslide, but the big test is if the AF will be in the ball park of the Nikon, if its close enough I will be interested if its like the older non VC version I will have to pass. We will see if its worth the 1500 or are we better off saving for the Nikkor. Of course this is all speculation. We will see soon enough! Lets see that test on a D800 or a D800e.

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