Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 macro, 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lenses, TAP-01 announced

Tamron SP 85mm F:1.8 Di VC USD Model F016 lensTamron SP 90mm F:2.8 Di MACRO 1x1 VC USD model F017 lens
Tamron announced two full frame lenses for Nikon F mount and a new accessory TAP-01 for firmware updates and customized lens setups of selected Tamron lenses (similar to the Sigma USB dock):

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (model F017) lens

Tamron SP 90mm F:2.8 Di MACRO 1x1 VC USD model F017 lens views
Tamron SP 90mm F:2.8 Di MACRO 1x1 VC USD model F017 lens MTF chart

  • Shipping will start on February 25th, 2016
  • Price: $649
  • Sample photos
  • Press release
  • Specifications:
    • Nikon F Mount/FX Format
    • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
    • One LD and Two XLD Glass Elements
    • eBAND, BBAR, and Fluorine Coatings
    • USD AF Motor, Full-Time Manual Focus
    • VC Image Stabilization
    • 1:1 Max. Magnification, 11.8" Min. Focus
    • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
    • Moisture-Resistant Construction
    • Compatible with TAP-in Console
MODEL F017
FOCAL LENGTH 90mm
MAXIMUM APERTURE F/2.8
ANGLE OF VIEW (DIAGONAL) 27°2' (for full-frame format)
17°37' (for APS-C format)
OPTICAL CONSTRUCTION 14 elements in 11 groups
MINIMUM OBJECT DISTANCE 11.8 in
MAXIMUM MAGNIFICATION RATIO 1:1
FILTER SIZE Ø 62mm
MAXIMUM DIAMETER Ø 79mm
LENGTH 4.5 in
WEIGHT 21.2 oz
APERTURE BLADES 9 (circular diaphragm)
MINIMUM APERTURE F/32
IMAGE STABILIZATION PERFORMANCE 3.5 stops (For Canon : EOS-5D Mark III used / For Nikon : D810 used)
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Lens hood, Lens caps
COMPATIBLE MOUNTS Canon, Nikon, Sony

Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD (model F016) lens

Tamron SP 85mm F:1.8 Di VC USD Model F016 lens 2
Tamron SP 85mm F:1.8 Di VC USD Model F016 lens MTF chart

  • Shipping starts on March 24, 2016
  • Pricing is not yet announced (check for updates)
  • Sample photos
  • Press release
  • Specifications:
    • Nikon F Mount/FX Format
    • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
    • One LD Element and One XLD Element
    • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
    • Fluorine Coating on Front Element
    • USD AF Motor, Full-Time Manual Focus
    • VC Image Stabilization
    • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
    • Moisture-Resistant Construction
    • Compatible with TAP-in Console
MODEL F016
FOCAL LENGTH 85mm
MAXIMUM APERTURE F/1.8
ANGLE OF VIEW (DIAGONAL) 28°33' (for full-frame format)
18°39' (for APS-C format)
OPTICAL CONSTRUCTION 13 elements in 9 groups
MINIMUM OBJECT DISTANCE 31.5 in
MAXIMUM MAGNIFICATION RATIO 1:7.2
FILTER SIZE Ø 67mm
MAXIMUM DIAMETER Ø 84.8mm
LENGTH 3.5 in
WEIGHT 23.3 oz
APERTURE BLADES 9 (circular diaphragm)
MINIMUM APERTURE F/16
IMAGE STABILIZATION PERFORMANCE 3.5 stops (For Canon : EOS-5D Mark III used / For Nikon : D810 used)
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Lens hood, Lens caps
COMPATIBLE MOUNTS Canon, Nikon, Sony

Tamron model TAP-01

Tamron TAP-in console TAP-01 lens accessory for firmware updates and customized lens setup

 

  • Tamron Model TAP-01 is a new lens accessory that enables firmware updating and customized setups for selected Tamron lenses.
  • Expected to start shipping in March
  • Pricing was not announced (check here for updates)
  • Press release
  • Specifications:
PRODUCT NAME Tamron TAP-in Console™ (Model TAP-01)
Interface (Computer side) USB 2.0
Interface (Lens side) Nikon, Canon, and Sony
Power Supply USB bus-powered
Power Source MAX. 500mA
Dimensions (W/D) φ72mm (H) 26mm  [(W/D) 2.8in (H) 1in]
Weight 70g/ 2.5oz (TAP-in Console™)
Operating Temperature 0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Operating Humidity 85% or less
Standard Accessories USB cable, Cap
Dedicated Software Program TAMRON TAP-in Utility (free download from Tamron website)
Compatible Mounts For Canon, Nikon, and Sony (only selected lenses made by Tamron)

Screenshot of the new Tamron TAP-in utility software:

Screenshot of the new Tamron TAP-in utility software

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  • outkasted

    First! Yippee!!! I am loving these new Tamrons! They look Sexy too!

  • purenupe1

    I was literally moments away from using the $200 Amazon Credit I got from the 200-500 f 5.6 deal, to purchase the Sigma 105mm macro on sale for $669 when I decided to check Nikon Rumors. this may be a better deal since the firmware can be updated on this model. NR has been instrumental in finding deals as i gather equipment for my photo start up

    • Shutterbug

      Please note, that, as far as we know, the New SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD ist NOT compatible with the the TAP-in USB-Dock.

      • purenupe1

        The following is taken from the product announcement:

        10. Compatibility with TAMRON TAP-in Console™

        Always as new as tomorrow: You can update firmware, customize autofocus positions and adjust the mechanical setup and preferences of the 90mm lens by simply attaching it to the TAMRON TAP-in Console™ and connecting it via USB to a personal computer. (The TAP-in Console™ is an optional accessory that will be released in March.)

        • Shutterbug

          Sorry, I missed that. Thanks!

  • rensuchan

    I just bought the previous version of the Tamron 90mm last year. I wonder if the new one will be significantly better or anything. The VC version I got is pretty good as it is.

    • purenupe1

      The VC supposedly added a “tilt shift” capability for better control of XY movements. I just wish it also was an “E” lens like the 85mm

    • Christopher Neumann

      I have had the Tamron 90mm 272E and I have the F004 now. Looks like the F017 is optically identical to the F004 apart from possible the inclusion of the BBAR-coating from the 15-30 and fluoride front element. Uses the same USD – motor also.

      • purenupe1

        The following has been taken from the product announcement:

        6. USD actuator maximized for fast and accurate focusing

        Fast, quiet AF is achieved by employing a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ring-type ultrasonic motor which enables remarkably precise focusing drive with high torque and responsiveness. Thanks to the absence of reduction gears in USD, there is no backlash and no unnecessary back-and-forth movement. The control software program for the USD actuator has been revised to provide substantially improved focusing speed and accuracy when using AF. In addition, Full-time Manual Focus override is available at any point during the autofocus operation for deliberately shifting focus without switching the AF-MF. Whether overriding the autofocus or focusing completely manually, the focusing ring turns smoothly and evenly.

        • Christopher Neumann

          So, according to the release announement, the AF has been improved somewhat, the VC has been improved somewhat (accelerometer), some additional coatings on the front and internal elements (fluorine, BBAR), but optically it should be identical to the F004. Sounds OK, then I won’t feel too sad about “only” owning the F004, because it’s still spectacular 🙂

          • Ned Gerblansky

            I have the 272E Nikon version. How much better is the F004 than the 272E in your opinion?

            • Christopher Neumann

              Optically, i have a hard time telling the one from the other, but the AF on the f004 is a totally different species than the 272 and makes a real difference. The VC is welcome but not critical in macro work but good for general shooting. Both are stunningly sharp.

            • Ned Gerblansky

              I picked up the 272E version because I got a great deal on ebay but kind of wish I’d held off and got the F004 instead. I’ve noticed that even on my D4 the AF isn’t the best. The other thing I don’t really care for is how much the length of the lens changes as it focuses.

              Does the F004 maintain constant f/2.8 througout the focus range? I didn’t know that the aperture changed depending on the focus on mine when I bought it and then did some internet searching to figure out why.

            • Christopher Neumann

              Well, all tamron 90mm’s maintain a fixed 2.8 aperture, but a “quirk” with macro lenses is that when they are focused close, it loses light. Something to do with how the lens actually focuses makes the light have to take a longer path, so even though the aperture is constant, the amount of light is not. This is a quirk with every 1:1 macro lens out there. Nikon cameras, however, communicate that loss of light as “effective” f-stops, so when you focus right down ti 1:1, you are effectively losing 2 stops of light, and this loss is what the camera communicates to you as smaller max apertures (from 2.8 to 5.6 on the tamron) It can be compared to using a ND filter – although the aperture is the same, you are seing less light.

              I remember reading an article on nikon support explaining this phenomenon for the nikkor 105mm but can’t find it.

              You will see this on every macro lens out there, the sigma 105, the nikkor 60, I am not sure, however, if Canon bodies take the loss of light into consideration i their readout…

  • T.I.M

    The Tamron 90mm macro lenses have always been a great lens (even back when it was manual focusing).
    But 90mm is a little short if you use it for insects, 105mm give you the extra distance that will keep the fly on the flower and not scare it away.

    • Patrick O’Connor

      Going from 90 to 105 won’t have a significant benefit. For bugs you’d be better served with a 150mm or longer.

      • silmasan

        And for ladies, “somewhere between 180 to 250”, a friend told me. Not sure we were on the same topic though.

        • Patrick O’Connor

          Maybe not. 🙂

        • Aldo

          No for the ladies… a p900 is a must.

      • T.I.M

        No, I’m serious, many bugs have a “safe” distance before they will fly away and I noticed that when using my Nikon AF-s 105mm micro I was often at the limit of that distance, so 90mm can be a little short.

        • Aldo

          Too bad your picture is copyrighted TIM… I’ve been looking for pictures of flies the whole day!

          • T.I.M

            It’s for sale (I have few hundreds other flies species).
            :o)

        • Patrick O’Connor

          I know you are but trust me…it’s not that big a difference. Your approach will have far more affect than that 15mm. I have similar photos taken with the Tamron 90mm but…I don’t post my photos.

          • T.I.M

            Why not ? As long you took your pictures with Nikon lenses or cameras, they are welcome on NR !
            I’m always happy to see other photographers work, after been pro for now 27 years, I can tell you one thing: in photography, you learn everyday !

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I’m not embarrassed or anything like that. I just don’t.

        • Bob Thane

          While 15mm seems trivial, I do agree that it makes a difference. Similar how moving from 150mm to 180mm is a significant change – and 90mm to 105mm is almost as much of a change in the field of view. In macro, the little things do matter.

          • Patrick O’Connor

            “In macro, the little things do matter.” 🙂

        • KnightPhoto

          Nice work on the fly T.I.M

    • Spy Black

      You’re gonna have to go to 200mm or further to get good distance for bugs and birds. I picked up an old Sigma 400mm macro exactly for this reason. No VR, but killer lens.

      • T.I.M

        400-600mm is good for birds (I use my 400mm f/2.8 + x1.4 or x1.7 for birds)
        But for insects, 105mm is fine.
        Here is a bird I took few days ago, Florida beach.
        D800 + AF-I 400mm f/2.8 + x1.4 +SB900

  • Hardcore_Fanboy

    that 85mm MTF chart looks super sharp (vs Nikons 85mm 1.8g wide open MTF). but that price – Tamron is not giving anything for free lately :(. anyhow – 85 1.8 G is also super sharp when stopped down – and Pros in studios shoot almost always stopped down – so pros will “meh” this Tamron 85 lens for this price… but bokhee whores (who almost always shoot wide open) for this price will save some extra and to get their wet dream – 85 1.4g. by the way 90 mm macro is also super sharp – but again – it matters very little – cuz those who shoot macro – stops down even more and Sigma , Nikon got you covered there… and “you will get VC for macro” – please…. I hope Tamron flops with these lenses – cuz prices gone ridiculous and Tamron needs some reality check – do not get me wrong – from last Tamron lenses optics are stellar and did a big step ahead vs old Tamrons, but prices surpassed Nikkor and Canon L in a heart beat and are getting to Zeiss level.

    • Albert

      Funny, cuz to me the words “Pricing is not yet announced” do not usually mean Zeiss level. As to their 35 f/1.8, a fantastic lens and nothing cosi-cosa about it, I paid $599 at B&H. I am pretty sure that is less than the Zeiss, coz.

      • Hardcore_Fanboy

        strange – photorumors did announce pricing – 85mm 1.8 1000$ (that is right a grand for 85 1,8 – Zeiss even do not price like that) and 90mm macro – 850$ (they – photorumors – what is almost the same as nikonrumors got somewhere prices in JPY had no reason to doubt them so far). 35 Tarmron is reasonable price and stellar optics in its class, but 50 1.8 (I did mean 45) is not priced reasonable.

    • Patrick O’Connor

      “bokeh whores”? Are you related to that guy who’s always talking about “DX Queens”?

      • sickheadache

        I would like to thank all the Academy Members for Voting for me. And Special Thanks to the lil people out there…the DX Queens. lol

        • Patrick O’Connor

          🙂

      • Hardcore_Fanboy

        I am both – a DX queen with my Telephots and bokeh whore with my fast primes… so using temr “bokeh whores” – no insults was intended – just quick explanation for everybody to understand 😀

        • Patrick O’Connor

          I appreciate the clarification, not that you have to justify anything to me.

          • Hardcore_Fanboy

            like I need your clarification about my clarification

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I’m pretty sure I said that.

        • silmasan

          Would make a great song title, “Bokeh Whore”.

    • nwcs

      You can’t really compare MTF across companies and those MTFs are ideal computer simulations. It’ll take real life evaluations and not test charts to see if it’s good or not.

      • Hardcore_Fanboy

        I do not agree…. Because MTF charts are like horsepower data and weight data about car… if one says 400hp at 8000 rpm weights 1300kg and other says 250hp at 6000 rpm and 1500 kg – guy with a basic knowledge about cars can immediately tell what car is faster and even in what class it shout be categorized and what engine characteristics it has… and yet some good old wise man can say: “it is all about driver and real world driving… no one can tell what car is faster by looking at paper sheet”. I have never seen lens with good MTF chart and jet it somehow in real world is softer than lens with mediocre MTF chart (MTF charts is about sharpness – tough – no other lens attributes can be red from there)

    • Michiel953

      Yes, Tamron’s own mtf chart looks really good!

      • MTF comparison to the Nikon version:

        • Eric Calabros

          The lens is sharper at 10 than its center? 🙂

        • Michiel953

          So; can’t really see it well on an iPhone6 screen; what does the manufacturer’s graph say?

          • It’s just a MTF charts comparison, different manufactures measure MTF differently so it doesn’t make much sense to compare them, this is just FYI.

            • Michiel953

              Thanks; what I thought. Manufacturers don’t make a habit of publishing disappointing figures. Wonder why.

  • doge

    I’ve been thinking about wanting an 85 1.8 for a while now. Will wait to see how this one performs vs. the Nikon.

  • doge

    Does anyone know what kind of slug that is in the 6th sample photo posted for the 90mm?

  • PhilK

    Very “Sigma looking”. And the dock, too.

    I’m just glad they finally have an industrial design that is not ugly to look at, or looks ‘cheap’.

  • Ngoc Nguyen

    Does Tammy date Siggy now? Cuz it looks so Sig to me.

    • PhilK

      I think they are just copying a successful formula.. Sigma has done very well in recent years with their new direction. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

      All these Japanese 3rd-party lens makers need to up their game and move upscale, because the Chinese/Koreans are going to eat away like crazy at the entry-level and mid-level market pretty soon, I think.

      The only thing that seems to be lacking for them so far is AF/VR tech.. but that won’t last long.

  • KnightPhoto

    TAP-01 capability is hugely significant. Hopefully backwards compatible with the 35/45mm models too. 150-600? prob not.

    I’d love to be able to specify my own focus limiter ranges on my 500VR and 70-200. As Thom pointed out one time, papa Nikon has limited ideas about ranges we’d actually find useful ;D

    • PhilK

      Some older screw-drive AF lenses had adjustable focus limiters – like the 80-200 2.8 push-pull design. Later AF-D and subsequent models eliminated it. I assume the thinking on a lot of the newer models was “USM AF is so fast/accurate, we don’t need that kluge any more”.

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    So the most expensive SP lens, the 85mm, is “MADE IN CHINA”, while the other 3 that are more down to earth priced are “MADE IN JAPAN”. What gives?

  • Richard Hart

    the focus adjustment is a big thing! when will nikon have one? I would then be able to adjust my expensive lenses that are loosing their sharpness.

  • growlingpwn

    the new 90 vc. cost less … of the old version (regular price) .. i be rly close to buy tamron 90 vc this week but im waiting to get a rabate.. need see how much this one will be in my country,,. sry for bad english im french

  • Aldo

    the 85mm (although I wished it were 1.4) could be good for those who want to upgrade from the nikon 1.8, but don’t wanna go all the way (money wise) to their 1.4. The added VR could be sweet for handheld portraits to avoid motion blurr. I’m also assuming it will be slightly better optically.

  • Ned Gerblansky

    How long until the 24-70 VC gets a makeover to look like these new lenses?

  • 247th

    The Tamron’s 90mm Macro lens is quite legendary for the price/feature. I have no doubt in my mind that their newer lens will only improve on the old.
    What really interests me is the 85mm. It’s priced competitively above the Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 — but the MTF charts, weight, and elements suggest it would be a superior lens. Will people pay for a more expensive non-native alternative lens?

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