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Tamron creates SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD with ultrasonic focus

By dpreview staff on Sep 13, 2012 at 18:42 GMT
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Photokina 2012: Tamron has announced the SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD, a fast telephoto zoom lens that features optical image stabilization and an ultrasonic-type autofocus motor. Designed for both full frame and APS-C cameras, it's billed as the smallest in its class. It features moisture-resistant construction, and has a circular aperture diaphragm for pleasing rendition of out-of-focus backgrounds. It'll be available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts towards the end of 2012, but pricing is not yet available.

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Press Release:

TAMRON announces development of SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD telephoto zoom lens (model a009)

The most compact[1]full-size, high-speed telephoto zoom lens, delivering leading-edge image quality and featuring Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation)[2] and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)[3]

September 13, 2012, 4PM JST, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President and CEO: Morio Ono / Headquarters: Saitama City), a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced the development of a full-size, high-speed telephoto zoom lens equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation)2 image stabilization, and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)[3] that achieves leading-edge image quality while boasting the most compact design in its class. The SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sony[4] mounts. The lens is expected to ship by the end of 2012. Pricing information will be announced at a later date.

Product 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 full-size, high-speed telephoto zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) in its class delivers superior mobility, enabling photographers to capture the previously unattainable.
  • Features USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) to power a speedy AF drive together with a continuous manual focus mechanism.
  • The VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization mechanism reduces camera shake to deliver sharp images.
  • Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

Image Stabilization and Focusing Systems

■    VC (Vibration Compensation)
VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary image stabilization system. Tamron's VC is a three-coil system, whereby three driving coils activate the shake-compensating VC lens group electromagnetically via three ceramic balls. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the ceramic balls, achieving smooth movement with little friction. This provides a stable viewfinder image with excellent tracking performance. And as the VC lens may be moved in parallel using only the motorized control, the mechanical structure has been simplified, enabling the creation of a more compact lens.
■    New VC System (moving coil method)
Tamron's original VC image stabilization mechanism utilized a moving magnet system whereby a heavy magnet was positioned near the moving VC lens element. In the new VC unit, the positions of the magnet and the coil are reversed, and because of this the VC optical lens element is attached to the coil. The new VC mechanism employs a moving coil mechanism with a lightweight coil, and the lighter coil reduces the load on the drive system. Thus, the lighter, more compact new VC unit contributes to the lens's overall light weight and compact size.
■    The Ultrasonic Motor
In the ultrasonic motor, a piezoelectric element arranged in a ring formation generates ultrasonic vibrations in a metallic ring stator, and the vibration energy is used to rotate a metallic ring rotor that is attached to the stator. The rotation energy is in turn transferred from the metallic ring rotor to operate the focus lens.

Excellent Companion to Tamron's Fast Standard Zoom
Tamron's SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) is a high-speed standard zoom lens that is also equipped with four features: superior image quality, USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), advanced VC (Vibration Compensation), and is designed for full-size SLR cameras. By combining these two lenses, the focal length will be extended from wide 24mm to telephoto 200mm.

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: • 51.2 in (1.3m)
Maximum magnification ratio: • 1:8 (at f=200mm: MFD 51.2")
Filter size: • Ø77mm
Length: [7] • 7.4 in (188.3mm)
Entire length: [8] • 7.7 in (196.7mm)
Diameter: • Ø85.8mm
Weight: [9] • 51.9 oz  (1,470g) (including detachable tripod mount)
No. of diaphragm blades: • 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: • F/32
Standard accessory: • Flower-shaped lens hood
Compatible mounts: • Canon, Nikon, Sony

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. may be changed without prior notice.

Notice of Classification Code Change for Nikon Mounts
Since the introduction by Tamron of the first Nikon mount lens featuring an internal AF motor, the 28-300mm Di VC (Model A20), all Nikon mount lenses with the internal AF motor had used the classification code "N II." Lenses using a coupler system[10] without an internal AF motor were designated as "N." Because future Nikon lenses will have the internal AF motor as a standard feature, Tamron has decided to simplify the designation and consolidate all Nikon mount lenses as "N," eliminating the "N II" designation for future models. This classification code change was made effective with the 18-270mm Di II VC PZD (Model B008).

The "N" classification lenses with coupler systems (no internal AF motor) are: SP 200-500mm Di (Model A08); and SP 180mm F/3.5 Di (Model B01).

[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.
[7] Length, entire length and weight values given are for the Nikon mount.
[8] Entire length is the distance between the tip of the lens and the tip of the protrusion.
[9] Length, entire length and weight values given are for the Nikon mount.
[10] Coupler system refers to a system that uses a shaft to harness the AF motor built into the camera body to operate the lens.

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Total comments: 119
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Mark the Canon Guy
By Mark the Canon Guy (3 weeks ago)

I just picked up this lens for my Canon gear. I also shot with this lens a couple weeks ago on Nikon D700 while shooting with some Nikon guys. Really nice. I am used to shooting with a few L glass lenses and a Sigma 50mm f/1.4, I am picky about my image quality, my work needs to be pro level. I have to say I am impressed with this lens so far. This lens is a pleasure to work with. I have not missed a shot yet. The images I am getting are great. Detail, sharpness, nice bokeh and most importantly the AF simply works. Point the lens, compose your shot, lock focus and shoot, on the money every time. It's going to spoil me having never been a big fan of AF and would manual focus a lot. If any thing changes, I'll keep you posted, but for now I am giving this lens a thumbs up .I think Tamron really produced a great lens with this one.

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miniscus
By miniscus (10 months ago)

Purchased the Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 VC (Nikon mouint) about two weeks ago. It has exceeded my expectations and I found it to be very good shooting handheld. The VC does a bang up job and the images are very sharp.

Build quality is good and all in all a great lens. No regrets!

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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voloder
By voloder (Dec 28, 2012)

I have new Tamron SP 70-200 f2.8 Di VC USD for more than two weeks on my Canon 60D. It is very sharp and with very quiet, accurate and fast focus. 9 of 10 photos are in focus. Very good manual focus. I have a bit of hunting in very low light but Canon EF 70-200 f2.8 IS II that I borrowed from my friend for a few hours did the same so problem is probably related to the limitation of my camera.
Only difference I noticed between two lenses on 60D body are:
- Canon is a bit sharper at 200mm f2.8 and has a bit sharper extreme corners, but Tamron is a bit sharper at 70mm.Everything between looks the same.
- Tamron has more pleasing back ground “bokeh” on other side canon has better build quality.

1 upvote
ibra801
By ibra801 (Apr 19, 2013)

Yes... at center this tamron not as sharp as you would want it to be.
Does yours one jiggle when mounted on?

0 upvotes
Marksphoto
By Marksphoto (Dec 14, 2012)

can't justify paying $500 less and get an inferior product. Sorry Tamron, I cannot afford you that's why I chose Canon

2 upvotes
tinzi1
By tinzi1 (Dec 10, 2012)

Can't justify 15 hundred while sigma is available for 1200. May DPReview evaluates this lens and have it compared to sigma 70-200 OS. Tell us if this lens is worthwhile after all. Much appreciated in advance.

1 upvote
SwarleyAUS
By SwarleyAUS (Dec 2, 2012)

review sometime soon?

0 upvotes
beach bouy
By beach bouy (Nov 11, 2012)

I'll definitely be checking this one out. I got the Tamron 24-70mm and its great! I used it for a photoshoot the weekend before last, and it works a charm, and its tack sharp! I hope the 70-200 will combine the image quality of the previous tamron macro version, with the upgrades of VC and USD.

2 upvotes
tinzi1
By tinzi1 (Oct 1, 2012)

I wonder how much would this cost, the sigma is 1300 and i've been hearing people getting the new sigma 70*200 for under 1000 on holiday. Looking forward

Comment edited 36 seconds after posting
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astigmate
By astigmate (Sep 29, 2012)

The old tamron 70-200 was 1:3,1 (f=200mm, MFD 0,95m), this one is 1:8 (at f=200mm: MFD 51.2") WTF ? What do we gain here tamron ? The USD was very needed, but changing theses specs + adding breathing will doesn't do any good. Add this to an expected bump in price and that's a deal killer. It better be an awesome optical performer...
And why no pentax version ? I own nikon gear, but forgetting pentax is just plain stupid IMHO.

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luka3rd
By luka3rd (Oct 1, 2012)

If Nikon and Canon would make 0.95m close focus telephoto, than we would have same quality as with Sigma and Tamron! Right?
So, that minimum of 1.3m is one thing more that promises good picture quality!

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Kissel
By Kissel (Oct 9, 2012)

luka3rd, the currently available Tamron 70-200/2.8 is pretty much on par with the corresponding Nikon and Canon lenses in terms of IQ at a fraction of price, and Sigma 70-200os even puts them to shame. So it doesn't have to do with this. Rather, I suppose, the longer MDF is the result of implementation of IS.

1 upvote
Mikec087
By Mikec087 (Sep 16, 2012)

I had a Tamron 70-200 that had the old AF motor inside. It was so slow, and no VC. But, the image quality was very very good. This looks like a great lens for people like me who can not afford the Nikon 70-200.

0 upvotes
mohamadyounes
By mohamadyounes (Sep 16, 2012)

This is for sure the most sophisticated upcoming piece of art in the lenses industry. Am Tamron fan and had a lot of. Now got the 24-70 last week and to be honest, it is just a wow. The 70-200 will never be less than wow and will buy it on the first day I put my hand on it when launches in the market. Tamron is doing great job. That is we were waiting for.

1 upvote
George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (Sep 17, 2012)

Let's see the reviews however! The words of the manufacturers has to be confirmed first ... so hope they are right. The price also has to be competitive as well

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catalinx
By catalinx (Sep 16, 2012)

anybody know how much will cost new tamron and about it's price?

0 upvotes
Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Sep 16, 2012)

Pricing information will be announced at a later date.

0 upvotes
catalinx
By catalinx (Sep 16, 2012)

ok, thanks, hope will be an ok price, better than sigma's os price.

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voloder
By voloder (Dec 28, 2012)

In Australia $1400

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Nmphoto
By Nmphoto (Sep 16, 2012)

The Tamron 70-200 Di ( non VC ) was the first 70-200 2.8 I ever bought. As a sports photographer I was concerned that only about 4 out of every 10 shots were in focus. I have since read that this was a major issue with the lens. Lets hope Tamron have fixed this issue. I have since upgraded to the Canon 70-200L (non IS) and every shot is now in focus. You get what you pay for.

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Darrelll
By Darrelll (Sep 15, 2012)

I wish after market lens makers would think a little outside the box. I have a Nikkor 80-200 AF-D lens that I used to use on my D200 and now my D800. Why not one up Nikkor and give us a focal length range of say... 70-240mm. Those used to the longer effective focal length on APC sensor camerjust might appreciate the longer reach on the FX cameras just released such as the D600 and D800.

Give us a compelling reason to buy and guess what??? We will buy!!!

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George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (Sep 15, 2012)

I hope to see shortly a new updated version of the old and not so good 200-500 zoom from Tamron! It is about time ...

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Sep 15, 2012)

Dpreview has forgot to cover announcement of Tamron 90mm VC macro lens. here is a link http://www.tamron.com/en/news/2012/0913_02.html

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inasir1971
By inasir1971 (Sep 15, 2012)

I bought their 24-70 2.8 VC (Nikon mount). The initial unit had issues with the VC (I think it was the first batch of Nikon mount ones) but they quickly replaced it and it's great. Which is more than I can say for my Nikon 24-70 2.8 (new) which is with Nikon service because it is defective and they are "investigating".

My Tamron had a problem and they fixed (replaced it) without me even having to ask or send it in multiple times.

Nikon on the other hand just seem intent on frustrating me to the point of giving up.

I certainly hope that Tamron continue this move away from budget lenses and produce quality product concentrating on features (eg. FF 24-70 2.8 with VC).

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NorCalAl
By NorCalAl (Sep 14, 2012)

I always considered Tamron below the other 3rd party suppliers. Sigma, then Tokina (though dependent on the lens, Tokina might be first), then Tamron. I've never really had a Tamron I considered quality. I had the fantastic plastic, 19-35 for Canon mount and it was decent. But nothing else.

It's true they are cheaper, but with cameras sporting ever increasing megapixels, cheaper looks worse all the time.

Maybe that test proposed would prove me wrong.

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luka3rd
By luka3rd (Oct 1, 2012)

They do have cheaper plastics and outside finish... That does not make the picture!
They actually give you exactly best you need for the money! I am proud owner of 17-50 2.8 and as a pro I have abused it for over 4 years and it is great in all situations. Tack sharp and all from f/3.2... yes Nikon is from 2.8 - so?

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hiro_pro
By hiro_pro (Sep 14, 2012)

this would be a great chance for dpreview to do a roundup of the sigma, nikon, canon and now tamron 70-20 vr-vc-is-os lenses

hint-hint.

ps. i hope you guys sent tamron a nasty letter for not including a price in their press release

4 upvotes
LukeLT63
By LukeLT63 (Sep 14, 2012)

Great idea! An article by dpreview on 70-200 lens Canon - Nikon - Sigma - Tamron ....... I hope that in dpreview take note of this idea before anyone else does...... maybe with photographs comparing.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (Sep 14, 2012)

Probably will be selling my Sigma 70-200 OS. My girlfriend got the Tamron 70-300 VC, really excellent lens. VC is amazing.

Just not impressed with Sigma build quality.

Tamron now make a 50 1.4 and 85. 1.4 and I will sell my Sigmas ;)

1 upvote
stan_pustylnik
By stan_pustylnik (Sep 14, 2012)

Fantastic news about SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD lens. I already have Tamron 70-300mm USD lens and can confirm that AF speed and accuracy is astonishing on Sony FF cameras, on pair with sharpness and corner performance. If Tamron will manage to keep low price on new gen 70-200mm f/2.8 lens - it will sell these like hot bagles, and I'll buy it. Have it priced under 1K and you will outsell Sigma, and all other brand 70-200mm makers.

Thank you, people working in Tamron Company for listening us!

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mohamadyounes
By mohamadyounes (Sep 18, 2012)

I doubt that it will be under 1k. come on, the 24-70 is 1,3k. this will be same price like nikor or probably few bucks less, around 1,5 will be reasonable price for such jewel.

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MrPetkus
By MrPetkus (Sep 14, 2012)

No Pentax K mount? Either Pentax intends to rebrand this at a significant price hike (like the recent 18-270) or they'll fade into oblivion.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Sep 14, 2012)

Well, it's your fault if you're still using pentax :))

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rtogog
By rtogog (Sep 14, 2012)

Pentax should follow re-badge it .The previous Tamron is very good alternatives and Pentax still not upgrade their eq.model.
Pentax still leading if you like compact DSLR, where others camera manufactures now copies their limited style of lenses.

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garyknrd
By garyknrd (Sep 15, 2012)

I hope Pentax get's it but let's face facts. Pentax is avoided like the plague by most now.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Sep 15, 2012)

pentax hehe

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Kfrog
By Kfrog (Sep 17, 2012)

How hard would it have been to include a Pentax mount? They provide the Sony mount without VC, why not Pentax?

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ZeevK
By ZeevK (Sep 14, 2012)

Taking into cosideration the close cooperation in lens design with Sony (Tamron is partially owned by Sony), I can only expect the rumored upgrade SONY 70-200/2.8 mark II will basically share same optical design with Tamron, adding Sony styling and price.

Waiting to see how this lens really performs.

3 upvotes
George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (Sep 14, 2012)

There is no doubt that currently Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM II has received the highest possible rating between all competitors in that class, and when Tamron is claiming that the their new lens has ..."achieve leading-edge image quality" then we should really expect a phenomenal peace of glass indeed ... Hope they are right!

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Klaus dk
By Klaus dk (Sep 15, 2012)

Will we ever have peace of glass? I mean - it must be like peace of mind, but with lenses ;-)

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Sep 14, 2012)

I've been using the latest Sigma variant and aside from some Manual Focus adjustment the lens is fantastic. I prefer the bokeh and warm colors of that lens compared to the Canon variant. And, got a deal under 1k

But this is very tempting still, anyone experience/know how Tamron's "moisture and dust resistance" hold up to the OEM variants? That's what pretty much sets this apart from Sigma, if it does

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marike6
By marike6 (Sep 14, 2012)

Tamron has also made the 90 2.8 Macro in a USD VC version. I haven't seen this announcement here on DPR, but I've did see it here:

http://www.photographyblog.com/news/tamron_sp_90mm_f_2.8_di_macro_11_vc_usd/

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ageha
By ageha (Sep 14, 2012)

Very interesting!

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techmine
By techmine (Sep 14, 2012)

I just need 3 things now:
Newly announced D600
Newly announced Tamron 24-70
Newly announced Tamron 70-200

Oh boy, I wish I was building my first camera system first :-(

4 upvotes
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Sep 14, 2012)

well good selection.. was thinking on similar lines.. but later felt more nead of an ultra wide .. so maybe one of the nikon ultra wide and tamron 70-200 with the d600 plus a portrait lens around 50mm f1.4!

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luka3rd
By luka3rd (Oct 1, 2012)

My thoughts exactly! I do not believe...
I'll stick to the D300 + Tamron 17-50 for work, but will do the D600 + ultra wide + portrait + 70-200 combo :)

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kiwi2011
By kiwi2011 (Sep 14, 2012)

Another fantastic announcement from Tamron--I can't wait to marry it up with my Tamron 24-70 f2.8VC which I love. Will have to sell some other lenses first, but can't wait to add it to my collection of "keepers". Looks like Tamron are seriously gearing up for the full-frame market which is ever-growing and getting cheaper to afford. What new from Tamron?? Nikon and Canon should be very worried.

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kenyee
By kenyee (Sep 14, 2012)

No more Pentax mount? :-P

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Kfrog
By Kfrog (Sep 14, 2012)

Why would they? All Pentax cameras have in camera shake reduction (SR). I would hope that if some of the other design changes are significant enough, they would make one without stabilization for the K-mount.

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marike6
By marike6 (Sep 14, 2012)

Yeah it's a drag that the nicer, more modern Tamron lenses, the ones with USM motors (or whatever Tamron calls it) aren't available for K mount. In the case of the 17-50, it not a big deal because the VC one is not as sharp as the non-VC zoom. Some of the others, aren't made at all for K mount. Why can't they make VC switchable like Nikon, so Pentax users can turn it off if need be?

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ZeevK
By ZeevK (Sep 14, 2012)

@Kfrog

The Sony version is different fro N/C version by removing the image stabilisation, see note [4]:
[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"

This could probabely work well also with Pentax. It looks like Pentax DSLR market share is just not significant enouph for Tamron to make a K mount version

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SimenO1
By SimenO1 (Sep 14, 2012)

I guess there is a compatibility problem between the USD focus and Pentax cameras. Hope they sort it out and launch a K mount version later.

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Kfrog
By Kfrog (Sep 17, 2012)

I hope they do offer one in K mount at some point, sad to see that they did not with this release.

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YogiGX20
By YogiGX20 (Oct 23, 2012)

Another great lens from Tamron I would like to team up with my Pentax K-5 - but can't :-(
I'm convinced that a lot of Pentax users would love to buy a sealed 70-200 f2.8 for their (let's not forget: sealed!) cameras. Especially as there are no alternatives other than the Sigma or the older version of the Tamron (both of which are not sealed).

But then, there isn't a Leica version either .... Looking at it from that angle makes it more bearable .... LoL

Come on Tamron or/and Pentax!!!!!!!!!!

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JohnLindsey
By JohnLindsey (Sep 14, 2012)

Sad, no macro. I'll keep my old 70-200 without VC and with much better close focus.

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Ruy Penalva
By Ruy Penalva (Sep 13, 2012)

I wonder if they assembled the front element with glue as in the 24-70 f/2.8 VC as reported by Roger Cicala? http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/09/tamron-24-70-f2-8-vc-issue.

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SaltLakeGuy
By SaltLakeGuy (Sep 13, 2012)

Now if they can just price it right (preferably UNDER $1000) they will have a NIkkor killer. I had one of the previous models and about the ONLY thing that didn't equal the $2000 Nikkor was focus speed and silent focus. Now that they will have that it will be no doubt outstanding. The one I had had exceptional bokeh and sharpness let alone color rendition. Good to see there may be an affordable alternative.

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Sep 14, 2012)

You saw how massive of a price jump the 24-70 VC took, so this probably won't go under $1,300. Tamron wants their money now that they've decided to compete full on and not be "that affordable guy". Though, still very affordable compared to the big dogs!

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kewlguy
By kewlguy (Sep 13, 2012)

Hopefully the QC is not Sigma's hit and miss style. I would like to know if the multi-coating does the job taming those 23 elements esp against bright light sources.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Sep 14, 2012)

Tamron QC is better than Sigma. Not much, but it is.

Flaring no idea, but 24-70 is about average in this (flares when lightsource is in photo, doesnt much when its outside). Probably decent with hood. Tho expect some contrast drop and probably not highest contrast at f2.8.

Only real issue with Tamrons is usually bit slower AF. Tho it can be better with ultrasonic motor.

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Tony Hall
By Tony Hall (Sep 13, 2012)

If it's sharp, focuses reasonably fast, and is cheaper than the Sigma, count me in.

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Edgar_in_Indy
By Edgar_in_Indy (Sep 13, 2012)

Why does Tamron hate Pentax these days? You could say that Pentax doesn't need this lens since Pentax has in-camera IS, but Sony also has built-in IS. Tamron seems to have made it a policy to not release any of their new designs in Pentax mount.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Sep 14, 2012)

I think Tamron thinks they dead. :) And unless they release FF K-3 pronto, they are..

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Lucas_
By Lucas_ (Sep 14, 2012)

Same as Tokina and Sony ( we know Sony holds part of Tamron ). After Tokina and Pentax went under the same umbrella ( THK ) they quit making new lenses with the Sony mount. Now Pentax is owned by Ricoh but Tokina continues to ignore Sony. Competition gamble!

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marike6
By marike6 (Sep 14, 2012)

I think it has more to do with VC being redundant on K mount because all Pentax bodies have SR. Pentax has a long, impressive legacy in photography, and with great products like the 645D and K5, they aren't dead yet, FF or not.

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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (Sep 14, 2012)

Well Tokina did launch their most popular 11-16mm in Sony mount.

Frankly none of the other Tokina lenses aside from the 12-24mm are really interesting to the Sony user.

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SimenO1
By SimenO1 (Sep 14, 2012)

I dont think SR blocks Tamron from launching a Pentax version. It should be easy to fixate the moving VC lens group. The problem is probably to control the USD motor from the camera.

To bad ignorant people are looking down at Pentax because of market share. The cameras and lenses do not stand back against the competition.

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007peter
By 007peter (Sep 14, 2012)

NO CONSPIRACY. Tamron GAVE UP on "Screw-Drive" design after Nikon introduce a Motor-LESS D40. Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 (the last screw-drive Tamron lens) was available to Pentax and Sony alike.

"MOTOR-IN-LENS" design (made popular by canon) is very expensive. It required heavy REVERSE-ENGINEERING to decipher canon's lens code. Likewise, Nikon force Tamron/Sigma' hand again when it introduce the motor-less D40. It took Tamron 1 year to come out with a D40-compatible Tamron 17-50.

Tarmron received Free Sony Alpha mount code when Konica Minolta licensed tamron to make 3 lens for KM5d/KM7d, before KM sold itself to SONY. It also help that Sony own 11% of Tamron, corp.

Pentax market is too small to justify reversed engineering both Pentax *SDM* (motor-in-lens) and Forth/Third. It would help if Pentax give Tamron its SDM codes, but that isn't likely to happen

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Sep 14, 2012)

Then why do they make the new Pentax 18-270 derived from there own Tamron design? They should have all the info needed to make a working K-mount with sdm/usm/whatever. More likely there is a deal with Pentax not to bring out KAF3 tamron's anymore.

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Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (Sep 13, 2012)

Geez, now that I bought a used Canon 70-200 2.8L IS... can they put out a version in the putty white color with a red band at the top? Nice to see that this once-pro-only lens will show up in the kits of many of us amatures at a resonable price! Ain't capitalism great?

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Sep 14, 2012)

Your Canon is most likely much better than this.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (Sep 14, 2012)

The Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS mk II is amazingly good. Tack sharp wide open at any FL, takes TC's extremely well, lightning fast AF and an excellent reproduction ratio of 1:4.7. Compare that to the woeful 1:8 of the Tamron. Given the Tamron has a 1.3m mfd and the Canon 1.2m, for such a huge discrepancy the FL of the Tamron at mfd must be close to 120-130mm, possibly worse than the Nikon 70-200 VR II.

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Wrathoftheolives
By Wrathoftheolives (Sep 13, 2012)

It's about darn time!

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LukeLT63
By LukeLT63 (Sep 13, 2012)

Tamron today (Sep 13, 2012) announced two new objectives (already exist but in new version): the SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD and 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 SP VC USD. I have the two previous versions (NO VC and USD) ..... I'm sorry for the previous 70-200 that I bought 7 months ago ..... if I had known I would have waited ...... I can only change my old if the difference is not so much money ..... but if the cost for sealing and increased speed of MF is high I keep my old lens ... however confirm that this is an exceptional lens in value considering the price.

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007peter
By 007peter (Sep 13, 2012)

I agree with Kwang. I use the old Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 on my Canon DSLR and the it AF HUNT badly, often missed the target completely. Making it worst is that this AF HUNT can take between 5s - 60s, a full minutes. It simply give up hunting and never did find focus. Luckily MF was easy to engage and I shoot much faster with MF on this lens. My friends Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 HSM is easily 3-4x faster than the tamron. I love Tamron's optic through, I much prefer tamron's output over canon (too blue) or sigma (too yellow).

I'm very EXCITED by this new _USD (ultra-sonic-drive)_, it'll alleviate the slow AF that plagued the old lens. But I'll wait for full review and user report before I give it a shot again.

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Prognathous
By Prognathous (Sep 13, 2012)

As a Sony user who doesn’t need IS I’m very disappointed with this announcement. Tamron left out the only thing that was missing – a focus limiter. Everything else was just fine, including the screw-drive AF.

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mick232
By mick232 (Sep 13, 2012)

The A99 has a focus limiter built into the camera. And Sony may well integrate that new tech also into upcoming bodies.

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Prognathous
By Prognathous (Sep 13, 2012)

This is very nice. I was asking for a body-based limiter years ago. However, I just bought an A77 a few months ago (after happily using a KM 7D since 2006) and I don't plan to upgrade in the next few years, let alone to a full-frame body.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Sep 14, 2012)

They could do it in FW probably.. if they wanted.

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Kwang M Yi
By Kwang M Yi (Sep 13, 2012)

I gave up my Tamron 70-200mm, after found it to be completely useless on Sony body. It produced mediocre image, probably at par with Tamron 28-75mm or Canon 24-70L lens, but it hunts for focusing for too long, sometimes more than 5 seconds... Hopefully, they have remedy this issue with a motor, and kept old price of $800, not much more.

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kaxi85
By kaxi85 (Sep 13, 2012)

The Tamron 70-300 VC is better than the Nikon 70-300 VR, the 17-50 2.8 is a cheap Kit-Killer, maybe this one get´s close to the 70-200 VRII? That would be awesome. Support your local third party lens companies! ;)

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ashwins
By ashwins (Sep 15, 2012)

Not true, kaxi, Nikon 70-300 VR is much sharper at 200-300mm and at any FL wide open. The Tamron has slightly less distortion and a little less CA at 200-300 but otherwise the Nikon version has more Pro feeling (like faster AF). For Canon shooters Tamron's 70-300 VC in a good alternative even to the expensive 70-300 L lens.

I do agree that the first generation of Tamron's 17-50 f/2.8 is a great bang for the buck, though!

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3a
By 3a (Sep 13, 2012)

tamron... price it competitively and i am getting one.
current tamron 70-200 F2.8 is 770$. i would say around 1K to 1.2K would be a good deal.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Sep 13, 2012)

The 24-70VC and now this! I need to sell some gear now.

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noshea
By noshea (Sep 13, 2012)

Yes and a Pentax mount please like the existing model: Pentax have no equivalent of their own this or last decade.

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noshea
By noshea (Sep 13, 2012)

I've been predicting they'd bring out this lens. I have the non-VC, nonPZ version for my D3. Optically is the equal of the best lenses I've used and, barring Leica, I've used the best. Now: will they get the pricing right? I bought mine for about £550. I'd say a shade under £1,000 would be value for money and enough of a discount to tempt away would-be Canon and Nikon equivalent buyers. At £900 it's going to make a killing.

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The Smudger
By The Smudger (Sep 13, 2012)

It's a heavy breather, like the Nikon 70-200 VRII.

Deal killer.

Pity.

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mehigh
By mehigh (Sep 13, 2012)

Oh boy and I really had my hopes for this one, as Tamron was the last one without a stablised 70-200 F2.8

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matt_nnn
By matt_nnn (Sep 13, 2012)

I am looking forward to that lens! Starting with two Nikon zoom lenses I gradually changed to three 3rd party zoom lenses (and two Nikon primes) - partly because of a better relation between performance and price and one lens Nikon does not offer (Sigma 17-50 VC).
I would love to have a Nikon 70-200 VR but cannot justify the price. So Tamron might be a great alternative :-)

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Sep 13, 2012)

No Pentax mount, No buy :p

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Essai
By Essai (Sep 13, 2012)

really ? You wont buy a lens that dont exist ? Amazing !

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Sep 13, 2012)

Wrong! I won't buy thousands of lenses that do exist. Because they don't fit.
I'd be happy to buy all the lenses that I can make up, but don't exist.

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lost_in_utah
By lost_in_utah (Sep 13, 2012)

When can I give Tamron my money?

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