Tamron has announced pricing and availability for its recently released SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD. According to the company, the lens will launch this Thursday, March 24 in Canon and Nikon mounts for $749. Tamron also plans to launch a Sony mount lens later this year, but has not provided a launch date at this time.

The 85mm F1.8 lens features an Ultrasonic Silent Drive and full-time manual focus override, and produces, among other things, a 'balanced bokeh' for emphasizing a photo's foreground subject. The SP 85mm model uses both low dispersion and ultra low dispersion glass elements to produce sharp and clear high-fidelity color photos with minimal color fringing, while eBAND and BBAR lens coating technologies reduce ghosting and lens flares to what Tamron says is 'imperceptible levels.'

Other features include a moisture-resistant body, a water and oil-repellant fluorine coating on the front element and support for the Tamron TAP-in Console. Notably, the Nikon mount version features the electromagnetic diaphragm system that has been a Canon mount standard feature.