Pricing for new Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8, 90mm f/2.8 and Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lenses announced

Tamron announced the prices for their new 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD and 90mm f/2.8 Macro VC USD lenses that were announced at the 2012 Photokina show:

Sigma also released the price of their new 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens - $899.00 (expected availability: November 30, 2012).

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009) features:

  • One special XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) 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 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.

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004) features:

  • Tamron has updated their legendary 90mm Macro lens with a new, state-of-the-art optical design. The lens, reborn for the age of digital photography, offers VC (Vibration Compensation) and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive).
  • Adopting a state-of-the-art optical design and a rounded diaphragm, this lens carries on the long tradition of Tamron's 90mm Macro lens in delivering spectacular blur effects. Two XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glasses and one LD (Low Dispersion) element reduce chromatic aberrations, yielding sharp images and outstanding resolution.
  • Tamron's newly developed eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating delivers a dramatic improvement in antireflection performance—significantly reducing flare and ghosting for clearer, crisper images.
  • The VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization mechanism reduces camera shake to deliver sharp images.
  • Features USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) to power a speedy AF drive together with a continuous manual focus mechanism.
  • Incorporates IF (Internal Focus) system, which focuses by moving only the internal lens group, rather than the front lens elements. The overall length of the lens therefore does not change when focusing, thus ensuring a broad working distance.
  • Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

Some of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM features:

  • One “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass lens and four Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass lenses to ensure exceptional correction of lateral and axial chromatic aberration, the latter of which cannot be corrected in post production
  • A floating inner focus system to provide extremely high optical performance for close-up photos
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting and provide sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions
  • A HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) that ensures high speed, accurate and quiet AF
  • Rubber incorporated into the attachment part of the lens hood, and an improved redesign of the lens cap and AF / MF changeover switch have been improved
  • Thermally Stable Composite (TSC), which has high affinity to metal parts, that are housed internally, increases overall functionality, lifespan, and quality of the lens
  • A rounded 9 blade diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image
  • A newly developed USB dock, which will be sold separately and exclusively for new product lines, can be paired with new Sigma Optimization Pro software to update the lens firmware and adjust parameters, such as micro focus adjustment
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  • alvise

    nice new comments system ! 😀

    • Alex

      If I could give an upvote to the new comments system, I would 😛

  • to nik

    849 for 90vc – can get the 105 Nikon Marco for 50$ less here

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      That macro had better be good then

      • D5100 owner

        It will. I tried the old version and it was incredible. If they can make it better than there 60mm (which I bought, as it was FAR superior to the nikon macros I tried) it will be well worth the price, and maybe even better than the nikon 105mm

  • 899$ for the 35/1.4? that´s like.. 650-700€ in Sigmaworld when a few months go by – the sigma 50/1.4 is better than the Nikon 1.4G,.. here´s hoping!

  • Dunno… Seems expensive. (In my best Nick the Greek voice)

    I can get the old 90mm for about 450… Will the VC work at all for macros? Yes I understand the limitations and that manual focusing is better, but in a pinch, I’d like to have that option (like on the Canon 100mm Macro).

  • FMJ

    the sigma 50 F1.4 is a beautiful lens, it beats the equivalent in other mounts too, the Canon 50mm F1.4, and the Sony as well……. have high hopes on this sigma!

    • Jaap

      Unfortunately the border & corner performance is rather disappointing. It’s downright soft at large apertures and never really better than good even at the very best setting (f/8). (

  • RonsterWVU

    I’ll just continue to save and get the Nikon versions….

    Esp the price for the 70-200…

    • I’m waiting to see a side-by-side with the Nikon.

    • apollo

      Good choice! That Tamron costs more than refurbished VR1 version from Nikon.

  • BernhardAS

    first I was astonished at the low number of comments. Then I remembered the change.

    Thanks Admin!!!!

    (Previously known as the original Anonymus Maximus)

    • I just published the last 3 posts, comments will come. Let’s see how this will work, as I said already I can always remove it.

      • BernhardAS

        There have been many good remarks, however also a lot of fluff that I do not miss. As long as the quality stays I would not be worried about the absolute number

      • bparkin

        Am I alone in not being able to read the microscopically thin and light gray text that comes with this change. Even with my glasses on I can barely read the text now. I’ve seen this on other sites that I used to visit until they became unreadable. This is awful. 🙁

        • Alex

          I can read it just fine

        • KnightPhoto

          Expand the zoom on your browser window, it helps…

      • I’m sure more and more people will comment as the quality of posts will increase (obviously, since all the dumb retarded spams should be gone).

        • KnightPhoto

          Just keep up the humour guys (not the personal attacks)

      • lorenzo

        Hi Peter, it is great, just had some troubles with Discus to make it accept my new account, for the rest it worked fine. Thanks!

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  • i hamsa

    The new comment style is too cluttered. I have made a user style to clean it up a little bit. If you know what are user styles, go to An add-on called Stylish for Firefox or Chrome is needed. Note this is a quick and dirty version. Hover over a comment with your mouse to see the clutter.

  • You can also upload images to the comments (this is 100% crop from the Zeis 50mm f/2 + D800E combo)

    • lorenzo

      Wow, excellent! I will get my D800E one of these days (B&H) 🙁

      Was the Zeiss at full aperture f/2?

      • I got a notification today that B&H has the D800E in stock:

        • lorenzo

          I will call them tomorrow, then! I am in list since 6/5, Thanks!

    • but it opens in new tab. pop up would be better

    • and one more thing: I can no longer see the email addresses in the comment section

  • Faker

    Just test new comments system.
    Where to find weight and dimencions of new lenses?

  • Mark

    I am very, very excited about the Sigma. $900 will translate to something like $650ish. Their 50/1.4 is incredibile. If this matches the quality, or surpasses it (which it looks like it will), it will be incredible. It even looks great on the outside, too! Very excited here. Here’s to hoping it goes toe-to-toe with Nikon’s $1600 version.

    • Bret M

      Definitely tempting. The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 is so good I’d rather have that than the Nikkor versions… they definitely have a lot of potential. I am a little surprised by the Tamron 70-200’s price, I’m afraid of the Sigma 70-200 because of softness @ 200mm, we’ll have to see how the tamron performs. Otherwise the Nikon VR1 is fantastic and goes for only a little over that, though those are getting difficult to locate.

  • Neil

    I’m really intrigued by the Sigma dock mentioned for adjustments. Anyone have any firsthand knowledge of it?

  • Spy Black

    Hmmm, $1500 for the f/2.8 Tamron, or $1400 for f/4 Nikkor…

    • Alex

      Nikkor is sharper

      • Spy Black

        Well, considering both lenses just came out and haven’t been compared side by side, I can’t see how anyone can reach such conclusions. Just because it’s Nikkor doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be a better optic. As for resale value, I buy lenses to use, not to resell at an optimum price down the road..

        • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

          Tammy make budget lenses, and as a general rule, a pro grade Tammy is not as good the equivalent pro grade nikon. Nobody seriously thinks the Tammy is going to be in the same IQ bracket as the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8. And the 70-200 f/4 nikon looks as if it is as good, or even better than the f/2.8

          • Spy Black

            I prefer to wait and see than to draw unquantifiable conclusions.

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      The Nikkor also has the word NIKKOR on it, which for some people automatically increases the value . . . .
      I wonder what the price of the 70-200 Tammy will be.

    • rensuchan

      I would hands down go with the Nikkor based on my experience with Tamron lenses wide open…

  • Michael Doerman

    Yes! Super excited about the 35mm 1.4! I am absolutely in love with my 50mm 1.4 Sigma. I’m going to wait a bit for these to hit the review phases before I purchase, though.

  • AlphaTed

    $1500 for the Tamron 70-200?
    You’ll be better off getting a used Nikon VR1, or even the new f/4.

    • If 70-200mm produce the (in)famous onion ring boket, I don’t really care how cheap it is, not getting it.

  • You can now also edit your comment, no need to repost the entire text again.

    • Admin, please make sure once someone has replied on a message, someone isn’t able to edit the message (or not by more than a certain percentage).

      • This is impossible – only you can edit your own comments.

        • I mean, to prevent people from editing their messages (too much) after being replied to. Of course other people shouldn’t be able to edit other people’s messages.

  • I’m kind of excited about the Sigma prime. Nikon 35 1.4 is kind of outside what I would consider ‘enthusiast’ pricing.

  • Nikon Shooter

    Is it just me or the new Sigma looks like a Zeiss knock-off?

    • Had the same impression.

      • AlphaTed

        And they call it “Art”. Whatever that means to them. 🙂

  • DeathK

    This new Sigma lens may be a future purchase for me. Hopefully it’s a real performer. The ability for the end-user to update and tweak the lens is quite intriguing indeed.

    • Hopefully it’s now weather sealed/focuses properly/with good QA. I’d want a 35/1.4 that doesn’t cost an arm/leg as well.

      • Nicolas Meier

        Yeah me too! The Nikkor 35/1.4 would set me back a fortune, but the new sigma looks promising. Looking forward to product reviews in the near future!

  • Nikon Shooter

    Admin, why don’t you allow the up/down voting of comments by non-registered users? Otherwise for this system to be truly effective you are going to need at least hundreds and possibly thousands of active registered users which is a hard number to hit considering that this is a niche community. Let the registered users post and everyone else to vote. Where’s harm in that?

    • I don’t think I have this option, I will check again.

      • Nikon Shooter

        Hope you find it. Engadget had it set up this way until they switched from Disqus. Though I don’t know which service plan you have with Disqus and if yours has this option. I guess that’s something that the tech support could answer.

        • Actually Engadget uses Lifefyre – I was wrong when I said that they use Disqus.

          • Nikon Shooter

            No, you were right. They made the switch a week or two ago after having used Dusqus for years.

          • AlphaTed

            They did use Disqus.

            My very first Disqus comments were in Engadget, that was from early last year.

          • Nikon Shooter

            One real problem I’m seeing is the older replies are being pushed down by the newer replies within the same post. This happens even when you sort the comments by “best rated” vs “newest”. You can see an example below (or above since I don’t know where this comment will end up.) This is against the laws of continuity and creates confusion.

            • This is the idea behind “best rated” sorting – you get the most voted comments on top.

            • Nikon Shooter

              I do get the concept, but shouldn’t it only apply to the original posts vs replies to a post? It’s difficult to have a discussion where the newer replies appear before the older replies. I understand that you can sort by “oldest” but then it defeats the purpose of the voting system, which is there to help you get around all the undesirable original posts.

  • At those prices I might as well save a little more and buy the Nikon versions, I’ve been happy with my previous Tamron lenses, but not at those prices

    • KnightPhoto

      Yep, hopefully street prices are a lot lower. For example the Sigma street at, let’s say $699 starts to look compelling.

      But yes, the quality of the new Nikon f/1.8 G’s are pretty compelling too, hard to ignore them.

  • En-imageMultimédia Mikael Coud

    I must say that if Sigma’sqh wide fov and fast aperture. So all in one, I have high hopes for this 35mm lens.

  • I feel 90mm is too expensive for what it offers

  • lorenzo

    Two years ago I had a very bad experience with Tamron lenses, in particular a 10-24mm and a 18-270mm: vignetting, noisy, barrel that moves in your hands, hunting for focus etc..

    Maybe be they improved now but I wouldn’t like to try agan the agony.

    • You complain about the 18-270, yet it is one of the first lenses that would show optical and mechanical “problems”. It is a feature of superzooms. However I did hear more complaints about the 10-24 as well.

      • lorenzo

        You are right about superzooms. I returned both Tamron and got the Nikon 10-24 and 18-200. They are sort of convenient as often I carry only 2 lenses (maybe 3 with a 10,5 fish-eye) but the 18-200 is very soft and absolutely not comparable to the 70-200 f/2.8. As a curiosity I read the review of the 18-300 on DPR: same story. It is a matter of physics and optics: superzooms are a bad compromise. 🙁

  • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

    I can’t upvote my own posts. When I try, the system undoes my upvote after a few minutes :'(

    • Nikon Shooter

      I got your back. +1 on the house.

    • ofcourse you can’t upvote your own post. the whole idea is that other readers vote how usefull your post is, not the other way around.

  • Anoop

    i was eagerly looking forward to the 70-200 VC. (since old 70-200 costs just 750). this is a huge disappointment for me 🙁

  • Jan F. Rasmussen

    Has the new system (that I otherwise like A LOT) removed the portfolio/homepage possibility?

    • You can still add a website to your profile (click on my avatar). Go to, login to your profile and update it.

  • John Richardson

    $900 for that Sigma…I dunno, I have never been a fan of their build quality.

    • AlphaTed

      It’s a new series.
      We’ll see what improvements they’ve done with it. I for one won’t take the risks. Will wait for the reviews.

  • SharpShooter23

    the jpr9ices of these lenses pushes most people to ues either a cheaper lens like the samyang or to the higher priced nikon. the differnece iin dollars is worth the investment to get the nikon glass.

  • Joven

    I’m kind of excited for the new Sigma 35mm. I have the 24-70 and 70-200 by sigma. While I really like the 70-200, I’m not too keen on it’s 24-70 counterpart. It’s REALLY soft at 2.8. and it front focuses to a sick degree. I was thinking of trading both of my Sigma lenses for Nikon equivalents, but I may wait to see how this 35 turns out, and to see what’s on the horizon from Sigma.

  • i will wait 1 year and get the 35 1.4 sigma for 599$ €
    it was the same story with the 50 1.4 HSM
    But still a good news, i hope nikon will do a new 35 1.4G and the old one will have a low price.

  • BaZa

    Sigma lens looks very promising… I’ll wait until the price gets lower 🙂

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