Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens (model A035) to be officially released on October 26th

The new Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens (model A035) is rumored to be officially released on October 26th.

Here are some of the lens features and specifications:

3 LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements effectively compensate for axial chromatic aberrations, a potential issue for ultra-telephoto lenses, and other various aberrations.

  • eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, with superior anti-reflection performance to eliminate flare and ghosting, provides flawless, crystal clear images.
  • High-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system delivers quick and highly responsive autofocus performance and outstanding vibration compensation.
  • Lightest weight (39.3 oz.) lens in the ultra-telephoto zoom lens category.
  • Optional accessory tripod mount is Arca Swiss-compatible.
  • MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 59" and maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.6
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating for weather protection
  • Fully compatible with 1.4X teleconverter and TAP-in ConsoleTM
Focal Length 100 - 400mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 6.3
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Angle of View Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Focus Distance 4.9' (1.49 m)
Magnification 0.2777777777777x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.6
Elements/Groups Not specified by manufacturer
Diaphragm Blades Not specified by manufacturer
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Optional Removable - rotating
Filter Thread Not specified by manufacturer
Dimensions (DxL) Not specified by manufacturer
Weight 2.45 lb (1.11 kg)

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  • Narek Avetisyan

    Just kill me right now.
    Why can’t Tamrom, Sigma, Sony etc release a goddamn super telephoto zoom with a fixed aperture like the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6?
    Enough with this variable aperture trash. It’s the worst thing in photography. I hate it!

    • James R Mercer

      Yes, the 200-500 has a fixed F/5.6, but the IQ on the variable Nikon 80-400 is actually better – according to Lenscore and other technical reviewers. Sure, the 80-400 costs twice as much as the 200-500.

      However, the focal range on the 80-400 is incredible, and adds a huge amount of usability. The 80-400, for example, not only provides a great length at the long end, but the short end falls well within portrait range.

      When you’re shooting wildlife (among other things), you can’t always use 200mm. Sometimes you need something a bit shorter, no? 🙂

      If the Tamron 100-400 has similar or better IQ than the 80-400, it might be a good investment – especially if the price point is lower than the Nikon… AND if the IQ is decent.

      Just sayin’.

    • MB

      Why do you have such a strong negative feelings about variable aperture, what are the drawbacks that are so important to you?

  • James R Mercer

    The real question for me will be – how will this lens stack up against the Nikon 80-400? It’s already got a better variable F-stop range (Nikon 4.5-5.6 versus Tamron 4.5-6.4.

    • MB

      It will compete against Sigma 100-400 not Nikon, that means price way below 1k …

      • James R Mercer

        Then the key question will be IQ…

    • monocolor

      The Nikon is a 2300 USD lens. This Tamron should be closer to the Sigma 100-400mm price of 800 USD.

      • James R Mercer

        Then the key question, I guess, will be IQ…

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