Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 lens patent

Tamron filed a patent in Japan for a new 70-200mm f/2.8 lens that will probably be an update of their current version. Tokina recently announced a new AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO IF FX lens and this is probably Tamron's response.

The details:

  • Patent applications: 201258619, 201258620
  • Patent release date: March 22, 2012
  • Patent filling date: September 10, 2010
  • Focal length: 71.5336 - 194.0928mm
  • Aperture: 2.9
  • Angle of view: 12.48 - 34.66°
  • Magnification ratio: 2.713
  • Lens design: 18 elements in 13 group
  • 3 aspherical elements
  • 3 ED elements
  • Internal Focus
  • Vibration Compensation
  • Compact, lightweight design
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  • Toli

    Tamron paten is filling 2 years ago are showing up nowadays, the indication of products will be official announcement and available soon for upcoming photo show event as well as become more choice for the popular focus length of 70-200 mm 2.8 or 4.0 for budget shooters to start unload the older version saving $ for a new toy guys… 🙂

    • lorenzino

      huh, comma?

  • Matt Taylor

    I have the current version, and it is a fantastic lens, let down only by a shocking autofocus system. As long as thats rectified it should be a beauty.

    As for some sort of image stabilisation? I can live without it

  • Toli

    Tamron current version with ≥IQ are comparison within OEM lenses however, the AF speed and noise are deprived to hope the version ii equip with USD and price tag ≤ $1000 USD assume to be lower price compare to Tokina 70-200 4.0 will get the Tamron 2.8 as soon as available to purchase.

    • How does the current Tamron compare to the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II?

      • Cobby

        The Canon is SHARP!!!

      • Sien

        The Tamron is as sharp as the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II — according to some test charts it is even sharper at the short and the long end of the zoom range (the “weak” spot of Tamron’s current contender is around 130 mm, which is a smart solution considering that most shots are taken at the far ends of the zoom range and not in the middle. Hey, in terms of sharpness it even compares to the superb Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VRII!).
        Its minimum focus distance is also shorter compared to most of its competition which is a nice addition. I wouldn’t go as far and call it a true “macro lens”, but it’s quite handy if you want to take some nice pictures of (not too) small things.

        The biggest shortcoming of Tamron’s SP 70-200mm 2.8 is it’s damn slow autofocus as it doesn’t use an ultrasonic drive. It’s quite loud, too. It’s not that one isn’t able to take a properly focused picture but it’s often necessary to do some pre-focusing and to take its slowness into consideration when composing an action shot.
        It’s also missing some kind of stabilization mechanism, which I don’t mind that much since most of the time blur is caused by the movement of the subject and not by the movement of the photographer. Other people might think differently.

        I use the Tamron mostly for wildlife / animal photography and beauty / portrait shots. So it’s slow autofocus doesn’t bother me too much. If I was an action photographer I would have probably chosen a different lens (and would have had to pay at least twice as much)…

        • Twaddler Belafonte

          A Tamron 70-200 stabilized and fast-focus, if keeps the killer optical formula, would be a beast of a lens. I’d buy it.

  • Matt

    Sounds good. The Tamron 70-300 is really good. And some advanced competition for 2.8 zooms can only be good 🙂

  • Enough with the light weight compact design. We want big heavy and well-made! Key words heavy big well-made….

  • Seb

    Anyone knows how the current Tamron 2.8 70-200 compares to similar lenses available by Nikkor? Price is about a third of the Nikon lens.

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