Tamron announces new 70-210mm f/4 telephoto zoom lens and development of a standard zoom for Sony FE
posted Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM EDT
Tamron is spreading the wealth today with a pair of announcements. For Canon and Nikon shooters, there's a new telephoto zoom lens designed for full-frame DSLR cameras. The Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD lens is designed to be compact while delivering good optical performance throughout its range and delivering impressive macro performance.
In fact, among 70-200mm f/4 lenses for full-frame DSLRs, the new Tamron focuses the closest, down to 37.4 inches. This results in a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.1 The internal zoom lens is just under 7 inches long (175 millimeters) and has a maximum diameter of around 3 inches (76 millimeters). The lens weighs 1.89 pounds (859 grams), which is a bit heavier than Canon and Nikon's 70-200mm f/4 lenses, but the Tamron does offer slightly more reach than either of them. The Tamron 70-210mm f/4 also has a moisture-resistant construction and vibration compensation which provides up to 4 stops of shake correction. There is an optional tripod collar available, which features an Arca-type compatible foot. Further, the lens is compatible with Tamron's TAP-in Console for fine-tuning focusing adjustments and updating lens firmware.
Optically, the new lens has 20 elements in 14 groups and includes fluorine coating. The focus is driven by an Ultrasonic Silent Drive and has a High-Speed Dual Micro-Processing Unit, which is said to deliver fast and accurate autofocus performance. If you want to manually focus, there is full-time manual focus control available.
The new Tamron 70-200mm f/4 lens will be available for Canon and Nikon mounts starting in April. The lens will cost $800 and can be preordered via the links below.
Fear not, Sony fans, there's Tamron lens news for you too. Tamron has announced the development of a new fast standard zoom for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. The new 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD signals Tamron's continued commitment to full-frame mirrorless cameras and promises to deliver high-quality optical performance throughout the range. While not quite as wide as the typical 24-70mm zoom lens - although it is longer - the Tamron 28-75mm has a minimum focusing distance of only 7.5 inches (19 centimeters) when shooting at 28mm. The lens will be 4.6 inches (117 millimeters) long and weigh in at 19.4 ounces (550 grams).
The new zoom features an all-new high-speed autofocus driving system, the Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive (RXD). It is said to be quiet enough for video use. Further, the lens has a moisture-resistant construction and a hydrophobic fluorine coating. For Sony users using Direct Manual Focus (DMF), the new lens is fully compatible with this feature. There is no word yet on release or pricing information for the new lens.