Tamron has updated two of its lenses for Nikon and Canon DLSRs

13 February 2017 | Category: Stills

Tamron has updated two of its lenses for Nikon and Canon DLSRs


Independent lens manufacturer, Tamron, announced updates to two of its popular lenses with the 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD as an ultra-wide-angle for APS-C format DSLRs and the SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 for full-frame models. Both will be available in Nikon and Canon mounts.


Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD

With a focal length range equivalent to 16-37mm on a Nikon APS-C (DX) format DSLR, the 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is designed for enthusiast landscape, street and ‘everyday’ photographers. It replaces the SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] launched in 2008.

In addition to improved optical performance, the new lens has Tamron’s respected VC (Vibration Compensation) system to reduce the impact of camera shake and a moisture-resistant construction. It’s also the first lens to feature Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low Torque Modulated Drive Motor) for smoother autofocusing. 

The new lens is constructed from 16 elements in 11 groups with one LD (Low Dispersion) element, one XLD glass element, one moulded glass aspherical element and one hybrid aspherical lens. Tamron has also employed a new space-saving design to keep the size of the lens down despite the inclusion of the VC system.

Tamron’s BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating and the optical design help minimise internal reflections, ghosting and flare. Meanwhile the front element has fluorine coating to help repel water and greasy fingerprints.


Tamron announces SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2

Tamron’s SP 70-200mm f2.8 SP Di VC USD has been a popular choice amongst photographers looking for a versatile large aperture telephoto zoom at a more affordable price than Canon and Nikon’s offerings. According to Tamron, its replacement, the SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2, has much-improved resolution and contrast reproduction. Its Bokeh has also been enhanced throughout the zoom range thanks in part to the use of a circular diaphragm with nine blades.

The new lens is constructed from 23 elements in 17 groups with XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements being employed to eliminate chromatic aberrations and maintain image quality to the edges of the frame.

Other improvements over the previous model include faster autofocusing, a shorter minimum focusing distance of  0.95m and an optimised version of Tamron’s eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating to reduce flare and ghosting.

A fluorine-coated front element and a moisture-resistant construction with special dust- and moisture-resistant sealants also help keep the lens safe in harsh environments. 

The new 70-200mm lens is also fully compatible with Tamron’s Tele-Converter 1.4x (Model TC-X14) and Tele-Converter 2.0x (Model TC-X20), which increase its focal length by 1.4x and 2x respectively.

Like the 10-24mm lens, the 70-200m lens has a full-time Manual Focus override mechanism to enable speedy focus adjustments when focusing automatically. In addition, to ensure more precise aperture control with Nikon DSLRs, Tamron has implemented the electromagnetic diaphragm system that is a standard feature of its Canon-fit lenses in both new optics.

Tamron TAP-in Console

The 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD and SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 are both compatible with Tamron’s optional TAP-in Console. This unit enables a USB connection between the lens and a computer to for firmware updates and to make fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

Tamron is one of few lens brands that we don’t currently stock, but if these lenses live up to the promise could we be missing a trick? Would you hire one of these over a Nikon of Canon lens? Let us know what you think here.