Announced: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 and 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD lenses

The previously rumored Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 and 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses for Nikon F-mount are now officially announced:

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (model A025) lens:

Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (model B023) lens:

Additional information on both lenses:

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025)

Press release:

Tamron redefines the fast telephoto zoom category with the introduction of the next-generation 70-200mm F/2.8 zoom
All-new optical design delivers a dramatically faster autofocus speed and image stabilization performance of 5 stops*1

February 7, 2017, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025), a new telephoto zoom lens product for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A025 was developed by substantially enhancing the features of its predecessor.
These included a thorough review of the optical, mechanical and electronic designs to enhance increase autofocus speed and precision, reinforce VC (Vibration Compensation) functions and to shorten MOD. New features include eBAND Coating, Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating and compatibility with tele converters. The lens design features a metal-based barrel for improved handling and ease-of-use. The result of this dramatic evolution is Model A025, a high-speed telephoto lens that widens the scope of expression for photography in a broad range of genres, such as portraits, landscapes, sports and photojournalism.

Product Highlights:

Outstanding resolution and contrast reproduction performance, beautiful bokeh and full compatibility with Tamron tele converters

Based on the current model (A009), the optical design has been revised and improved. Both the resolution and contrast reproduction performance far exceed the present levels.
Bokeh has been enhanced and expanded to deliver outstanding background effects across the entire zoom range. Use of a circular diaphragm with nine blades further improves bokeh. The optical design of the new A025 consists of 23 elements in 17 groups. Optimum deployment of XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements thoroughly eliminate chromatic aberrations, which tend to become particularly prominent in high-speed telephoto lenses, across the entire zoom range, while ensuring uniform, high-level image quality even on the periphery of the image plane.

The new lens is also fully compatible with the TELE CONVERTER 1.4x (Model TC-X14)*2 and TELE CONVERTER 2.0x (Model TC-X20)*2, which increase the focal length of the lens to 1.4 times and 2 times the original, respectively. Both tele converters are carefully designed and constructed to provide outstanding high quality.

Changes in zoom range when used with SP 70-200 mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025)

Mounted on 35 mm full-frame DSLR camera Mounted on APS-C format DSLR camera
Without tele converter 70-200mm Approx. 109-310mm
With 1.4x tele converter*2 98-280mm Approx. 152-434mm
With 2.0x tele converter*2 140-400mm Approx. 217-620mm

Changes in magnification ratio when used with SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025)

Maximum Magnification Ratio
Without tele converter 1:6.1
With 1.4x tele converter*2 1:4
With 2.0x tele converter*2 1:3

Available focusing mode when used with SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025)

When using viewfinder When using live view mode
With 1.4x tele converter*2 AF Possible AF*3Possible
With 2.0x tele converter*2 AF Possible AF*3Possible

Improved VC system provides highest Vibration Compensation ability in its class*1 (5 stops using CIPA standard compliant) and offers three situation-specific VC modes

Utilizing Tamron’s original VC (Vibration Compensation) system, which uses a moving coil mechanism, further reinforcement of the drive system power and control performance has now achieved the highest VC level in its class,*4 with an image stabilization performance of 5 stops according to the CIPA standard (when using VC Mode 3).

Also, the VC system of Model A025 offers three VC modes, including one mode exclusively for panning. Photographers can freely choose between the different VC modes according to the shooting conditions. Even for telephoto shooting in low light, which tends to be severely affected by camera shaking, photographers can now enjoy jitter-free handheld shooting with much greater flexibility.

VC MODE 1 is the standard mode that strikes a great balance between the stability of the viewfinder image and the stabilization effects.
VC MODE 2 is exclusively used for panning.
VC MODE 3 prioritizes the stabilization of the captured images and forgoes the stabilization of the viewfinder image.

With the optional accessory TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, you can customize the configuration of
VC MODE 1. Choose the viewfinder view of either standard or image priority.

Demonstratively improved autofocus speed and responsiveness

Model A025 is equipped with a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ring-type ultrasonic motor, whose outstanding responsiveness and control ensures accurate high-speed focusing. Incorporating two advanced, high-performance microcomputers and optimizing the algorithm has improved both the focusing speed and accuracy compared with SP 70-200mm (Model A009). Additionally, thanks to the Full-time Manual Focus override mechanism, photographers shooting with AF can instantaneously make fine focusing adjustments using MF without wasting time by switching the AF-MF mode back and forth.

Focuses closer (shorter Minimum Object Distance, or MOD) for greater versatility

Improvements made to the focus cam and zoom cam inside the lens barrel have reduced the MOD from 1.3m (50.7 in) in the older Model A009 to 0.95m (37.4 in) for Model A025, which has a maximum magnification ratio of 1:6.1. The shorter MOD, coupled with the excellent optical performance of the SP 70-200mm (Model A025), allows photographers to further broaden their range of expression.

Optimized and exclusively designed eBAND Coating

The new A025 features Tamron’s original eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, a technology that combines a nano-structured layer with an extremely low refractive index with the conventional multiple-layer coatings. Optimized and exclusively designed for this new zoom, the eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection performance, effectively reducing any flare and ghosting. Even when taking backlit portraits, the new lens delivers flawless, crystal clear images.

Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction

Ideal for use in outdoor photography, the new 70-200mm telephoto zoom has moisture-resistant construction because special sealants that are dust-resistant and moisture-resistant are used at every joint and seam. The sealant material helps to prevent the intrusion of any dirt, dust or water droplets, compared to conventional Moisture-Resistant Construction.

Fluorine Coating for greater protection

The front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellant. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints.

Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses

An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now available for in Nikon-mount lenses*5. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by the motor through electronic pulse signals.

Lightweight and easy-to-hold tripod mount is compatible with Arca-Swiss style quick release plates

A new textured grip and Arca-Swiss style tripod interface enhances both speed and utility. Because the tripod mount is made of lightweight magnesium, it is much easier to carry.

Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product

The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update the lens firmware as well as customize features, including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

Based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series, this new lens is manufactured with a thorough attention to details

For the SP series products in particular, Tamron has established rigorous design and quality standards. These standards apply to the optical design, mechanical design and the cosmetic appearance, as well as to such wide-ranging areas as the product’s robustness and improvements in the various individual functions. Tamron thoroughly reviews of all of the design and manufacturing processes in order to offer products to customers with even-higher levels of precision and quality.
For the SP 70-200mm G2 (Model A025), the optical design was refreshed, mechanical parts were improved and a new exterior design was adopted. To maximize the optical performance intrinsic to this product, Tamron improved the accuracy of the component parts and increased the precision of the overall zooming mechanism.

*1 Among ultra-wide-angle zoom lenses for APS-C DSLR cameras (As of January, 2017; Tamron)
*2. For more detailed information about tele converters, please refer to the Tamron website.
*3. Subjects with low contrast and/or luminosity values can sometimes result in out-of-focus images.
*4. Among 70-200mm F/2.8 interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras (as of January :Tamron)

*5 Available only with cameras compatible with the electromagnetic diaphragm (D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D300, D300s, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D3x, D3s, D4, D4s, Df, D500, D5). (As of January; Tamron)


Model A025
Focal Length 70-200mm
Maximum Aperture F/2.8
Angle of View (diagonal) 34°21' - 12°21' (for full-frame format)
22°33' - 7°59' (for APS-C format)
Optical Construction 23 elements in 17 groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.95m (37.4 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:6.1
Filter Size Φ77mm
Maximum Diameter Φ88mm
Length* for Canon 193.8mm (7.6 in)
for Nikon 191.3mm (7.5 in)
Weight** for Canon 1,500g (52.9 oz)
for Nikon 1,485g (52.4 oz)
Aperture Blades 9 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/22
Image Stabilization Performance 5 stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
Using in VC MODE 3
(For Canon : EOS-5D MKIII is used / For Nikon : D810 is used)
Standard Accessories Lens hood, Lens caps, Lens case, Detachable tripod mount
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon

* Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
**Weight includes the weight of detachable tripod mount.

Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Model B023)

Press release:

Tamron introduces ultra-wide-angle zoom with Vibration Compensation
Compact, high-performance lens boasts the largest focal length range in its class*1

February 7, 2017, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Model B023), a new ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras.

Model B023 is a wide-angle zoom lens that covers an exceptionally large range—the largest focal length range in its class*1 (35mm equivalent is 16mm to 37mm). The lens is ideal for street photography, landscapes, group photos and casual everyday scenes. In 2008, Tamron launched the SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] (Model B001) that provided an unprecedented focal length range in its class. Building on that lens’s popularity, the successor Model B023 has improved optical performance and new features. It embodies Tamron’s most advanced technologies, including the VC (Vibration Compensation) system, Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating, and the first implementation of Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive). Additionally, the Model B023 has a refreshing new design derived from the design of the new product lineup in the SP series.

Product Highlights:

Inheriting the broadest focal length range in its class*1 of ultra-wide-angle zoom lenses

The new Model B023 achieves a broad focal length range of 10-24mm, the largest range among ultra-wide-angle zoom lenses for APS-C DSLR cameras. This is the 35mm equivalent of covering a very wide angle of view, from 16mm ultra-wide angle to 37mm semi-wide angle. A photographer can enjoy diverse wide-angle expressions with just this one lens, from dynamic landscapes far beyond the normal human field of vision to simple, casual snapshots.

Improved optical performance across the entire zoom range

The optical design of the new Model B023 consists of 16 lens elements in 11 groups. Special lens elements are utilized in an optimum configuration of one LD (Low Dispersion) lens element, one XLD glass element, one molded glass aspherical element, and one hybrid aspherical lens. While curbing an increase in the size of the optical system, the new lens very effectively compensates for a wide variety of aberrations in the entire zoom range, including transverse chromatic aberration, comatic aberration and distortions that tend to become more prominent with a wide-angle lens.
Tamron’s highly regarded BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating and the optical design paying close attention to internal reflections in the lens barrel also curb the effects of harmful light rays that tend to occur with a wide-angle lens, achieving excellent resistance against ghosting and flare seen in backlighting situations.

Vibration Compensation that is especially useful in low light conditions

In response to the requests of many customers who have asked the company to equip a wide-angle lens with image stabilization, we have now installed Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) on the new Model B023. Optimizing the actuator and the control algorithm has made it possible to incorporate the VC, while maintaining the compact design of the previous Model B001. The VC especially enhances the photographer’s freedom in handheld shooting at dusk or in a dimly lit room, and under other relatively low light conditions, as the mechanism proves particularly effective in the shooting conditions with slower shutter speeds.

Equipped for the first time with the new HLD with outstanding driving power and stability

Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) has been developed for use as the AF drive system for Model B023. With its outstanding driving power and stability, the HLD is capable of smoothly controlling the AF mechanism of the new Model B023 that is actually equipped with large focusing lens elements. When shooting in AF mode, the Full-time Manual Focus override allows you to instantly make fine focusing adjustments manually, without having to switch between modes.

Compressed into a compact body with structural ingenuity

While enhancing image quality, adding new functions and substantially improving the basic performance, Model B023’s space-saving design has ensured an optimum configuration for components such as the VC and AF unit, thus successfully reducing overall length compared to the previous Model B001. The lightweight and compact body with outstanding ease of use will prove to be very well-balanced when attached to an APS-C DSLR camera.

An even more user-friendly lens with Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction

The front surface of the foremost lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellant. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance. For greater protection when shooting outdoors, leak-proof seals throughout the lens barrel help protect your equipment.

Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses

An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses*2. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.
*2 Available only with cameras compatible with the electromagnetic diaphragm (D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D300, D300S) (As of January, 2017; Tamron)

Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product

The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to your personal computer, enabling you to easily update your lens’s firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

External design placing importance on functionality and ease of use

While inheriting the design that makes use of a lot of organic curves and the delicately polished form down to fine details that characterize the SP lens series, the new Model B023 comes with a highly sophisticated design that also places much importance on the lens’s functionality and ease of use, featuring an overall form that faithfully encompasses the internal structures within, a slim Luminous Gold brand ring, the switch shape and the distance-scale window design.


Model B023
Focal Length 10-24mm
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-4.5
Angle of View (diagonal) 108°44'- 60°2' (for APS-C format)
Optical Construction 16 elements in 11groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.24m (9.4 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:5.3
Filter Size Φ77mm
Maximum Diameter Φ83.6mm
Length* for Canon 84.6mm (3.3 in)
for Nikon 82.1mm (3.2 in)
Weight for Canon 440g (15.5 oz)
for Nikon 440g (15.5 oz)
Aperture Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/22-29
Image Stabilization Performance 4 Stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
For Canon: EOS-80D is used / For Nikon: D7200 is used
Standard Accessories Lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon

* Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.

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  • Jim Huang

    “Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction”

    I hope more camera companies can finally gives us an IP rating for their products.

  • Joseph

    Wow, the 70-200 is cheaper than I was expecting!

    • fanboy fagz

      Bravo Tamron!

      • Captain Insane-O

        And $200 cheaper than the G1’s intro price. I like!

        • fanboy fagz

          Wow this one will sell like crazy. Where the hell is sigmas revamped version. The current selling one is garbage

          • Captain Insane-O

            Yeah, I might just sell my g1 and get this guy. It is easily my favorite lens, fix the mfd limit and focus breathing and it’ll be perfect.

          • Bob Thane

            Yeah, Tamron already had Sigma beat here, and now this? If it has half-way decent AF, I’ll definitely be picking it up.

            • fanboy fagz

              The current vc has decent af. Not stellar. This new will be great. For 1300 its a no brainer for person looking at a 70-200. Im considering replacing ny 70-200vr1 with this. Looks nice also. But damn, that silver part looks gay.

            • Yeah not a fan of the silvery bits either, idk what they were thinking.

            • fanboy fagz

     Yes reminds me of the cheap nikon bodies with the silver in them like the f80- some light platinum thread around the front barrel area would be nicer

          • what do you suggest is a revamp

            • fanboy fagz

              EVERY 70-200 2.8 hsm version sigma made is crap. period. all of them suck ass from 2.8-4. they lack sharpness and contrast up to f/4/ I know I had 2.

              from 4.5 onward they are fine and if they need such stopping down to start then thats a bad lens. if they can make such a fantastic lens like the 85mm art lens that bests the zeiss then clearly they can make a better 70-200 as well.

              the exterior also needs work pronto. it looks like one part of the factory makes the front barrel area and the other side makes the back without knowing how the other designed each part then at the end of the production line were joined together. design looks like shit. no unity in design.

    • Kaspars Bilzens

      that is because nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR III (or E or what is its name these days) is no trash as it was before… so tamron must compete with price…. again

  • Spy Black

    Too bad they didn’t put the zoom ring in the rear of the lens on the 70-200.

    • fanboy fagz

      The Tamron 15-30 is a better performer then the legendary 14-24 afs.

      Id never think I see the day when I preferred a 3rd party lens over aftermarket. And not because of price. Because of performance build and price. Screw nikons crazy prices. This will hurt them badly

      If tokina were to wake up and jump in the deep end instead of running their feet at the edge of the pool. Theres a lot of money to be made because people dont have money to pay nikons prices.

      • actually, not really. because that means more people would buy canon nikon bodies. and didnt they say they give a lil share not alot at all, just a lil to nikon canon and pentax aswell?

  • Conrad

    And how much is the Nikon 70-200mm FL???


    The only thing to look out for now is the focus accuracy and speed which was already pretty decent on the G1.

    Tamron does it again!

  • Delmar Mineard Jr

    Oh this is going to hurt the Nikon bottom line. I got the announcements from Adorama and knew Peter would have it. Can’t wait to see the reviews.

    • Yes, Sigma also hurt Nikon’s bottom line.

      • fanboy fagz

        And chinese flash like yongnuo shanny meike pixel godox and batteries from wasabi and dtse and grips as well

  • Isaac Fulford

    Looks like they improved the focus breathing as well. This lens looks like a winner. Especially at such a low price.

    • Captain Insane-O

      I don’t think the focus breathing is fixed, I think you can just focus closer to your subject which will allow you to fill the frame better, but if you’re standing at the same distance against the Nikon E and Canon L then it’ll likely still be a lower focal length.

      • Isaac Fulford

        An improvement will be nice nonetheless. Also the cost will make a little lost compression not seem as bad

  • Jarret O’Shea

    Man, I’ve been seriously impressed with my G1, and this looks to be better AND somehow cheaper? Bravo, Tamron.

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    Guys, you have to compare the MTF charts of Tamron’s 70-200 with Nikon’s new 2.8E, they look INSANE! This G2 is (if Tamron’s literature is correct) sharper, more stable (5 stops vs. 4) and more compact than Nikon’s 2.8E while also weighing not much more, being just as well protected from the environment and those loose Sharpie-wielding athletes, comes with a standard Arca-Swiss tripod mount, and all the while costing less than 1/2 what Nikon is asking for! The only thing Tamron seems to have not corrected completely is the focus breathing, as the stated magnification of 1:6.1 is less than that of the new Nikon’s 0.21x given a shorter minimum focusing distance (0.95m vs 1.1m.), but it still beats the VRII’s 0.12x. Bravo Tamron!

    • Reggie

      Different manufacturers do their MTF charts differently, so you can’t really compare them. I think this will perform brilliantly, just be careful comparing MTF across producers.

  • decentrist

    holy crap that is good pricing…if it’s all that

  • Mitchell P

    Cp+ yokohama in a few days… can’t wait to play with this

  • sickheadache

    WOW Tamron lately has their act together introducing a new line of lenses that DxO Mark truly says are good. Now if we can get Tamron who truly loves Lettering the lenses…Di VC USD G2 SP These Di VC USDA, G2 R2D2, SP LP CD CP30, and BR-549. Yep they love codes.

    • They’re trying their best to give you a sick headache.

  • Aldo

    Wow I guess I’ll never own the nikon version. The difference in price is astonishing… Gonna pre order this as soon as the wife approves.

  • Aldo

    What a slap in the face to nikon… as good as the 70-200e is they really need to rethink their pricing.

    • Captain Insane-O

      Yeah, I mean really, the Tamron G1 is exceptionally sharp, so if they deliver on their promises of faster af, better IS, better IQ, and $200 less than the previous version, then that is a huge slap in the face to Nikon. Better and Cheaper with the new electronic aperture control… wow

  • Kaspars Bilzens

    Nice – nikkor goes ballistic and aims 3k$ mark (its new 70-200 2.8E)… but Tamron adds +100$… previously VR II was a trash … so there was no brainer to grab a Tamron… now there is more than double price difference (and even previous Tamron was not a trash)

  • bgbs

    So, once Tamron and Sigma release their own DSLR or Mirrorless system, Nikon and Canon is kaput.

  • Then Nikon and Canon finally decided to cut compatibility with 3rd party lenses…..

    • Chaitanya

      hence the USB dock…

    • nwcs

      I thought that once but as I read about how many designs are cross-licensed, etc. and how things work within Japan for Japanese companies I can say this is very unlikely to ever happen. It’ll stay cat and mouse but won’t be eliminated.

  • Zeneti

    Not sure I understand the benefits of mode 3 VC on the 70-200mm. But I love the original version apart from the fungus I’ve let into it. So a this replacement is timely.

    • Aldo

      It means Michael J Fox can take sharp pictures… Do I need to say more???

      • Spy Black

        C’mon Aldo, don’t pick on ‘Ol Mike.

        • Bob Thane

          Why don’t you make like a tree and leaf?

    • Captain Insane-O

      It changes priority from stabilizing the viewfinder to stabilizing the lens. Adds 1 stop more (4 versus 5).

      I don’t know if I believe it, but if you shoot 1/250th at 200mm; then you should be able to at 1/8th (1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8)

  • MB

    Is it just me but 70-200 seems optically identical to previous version …

    • Luftwalk

      I checked both models on the US site and they do show the same optical configuration as far as I can tell…not really sure if the graph of the new one is incorrect or all that marketing talk about improved optical characteristics is just that….marketing talk

    • Wayne Wynn

      From what I can see it looks like they have 5 LD vs the 4 LD in the prevoius version. Its one of the middle elements. Plus the element between the back 2 LD elements has a differnt shape. Not sure what that is for. I own the current one and I just glad to see the new coatings are being added. I found that the current one did suffer against hard light so the BBAR will help.

      • CaMeRa QuEsT

        So is the 2nd rearmost LD element and the normal one right in front of it, their curvatures are ever so slightly different to the old one. It is not an altogether whole new design, but more of a refinement. At least it is not a wholesale recycling of the whole formula like they did with the 150-600 and the 70-300.

        • Bob Thane

          And to be fair, the 150-600 g2 is noticeably better at 600mm than the A011.

    • Luftwalk

      I also checked the magnification ratio….it says it’s 1:6.1 at MFD
      If MFD is 0.95m and focal length is 200mm the ratio should be somewhere around 1:2.5…so the data is either wrong or the lens focus breathes like no other…meaning it will be 115mm instead of 200mm at MFD

      • vriesk

        Focus breathing here is nearly identical to the older “G” Nikon equivalent (0.12x magnification with 140cm MFD).

        Which means – yeah, quite a lot, but at least you can focus closer.

  • love it. cant wait to get both. 24-70 with a cheaper price tag coming soon aswell?

    • Spy Black

      Tamrom’s 24-70 definitely needs a revamp. Very poor in its present incarnation.

  • TwoStrayCats

    I wonder what Tamron’s actual production cost is on this lens system… and where they cut corners to make it for a retail of $1,300?

    • decentrist

      Think east of Japan

    • Coastalconn

      The bigger question is how much gouging is Canonikon doing?

    • It does make you wonder. Twenty-three lens elements, several of them ground from low dispersion blanks. Coatings, motors, vibration reduction device, weather sealing, assembly, yada yada. All that after the design and tooling costs that also need to get absorbed. My wife’s eyeglasses were $600…for just the lenses. I know they’re custom and multi focal and all that, but…

  • br0xibear
    • Spy Black

      It’d be kinda cool actually if you could get it in many number of colors.

  • Captain Insane-O

    Looking at the G1 (a009) and G2 (a025)’s schematics and mtf charts, the lenses are nearly identical with the exception of the G2 having one more LD element. The MTF chart for 70mm shows corner improvements, but look nearly identical at 200mm.

    Not to say this won’t be an excellent lens, as I love my G1’s performance; and the dislikes I have are pretty much taken care of with this refresh (focus hunting necessitated a limiter, and weak minimum focus distance).

    • John Matthews

      I was sort of wondering why they were coming out with a G2. The first-gen lens has been a winner to me (have owned it on Nikon and Canon). Oh well, looks exciting and the price is nice.

    • Mark Cort

      I’ve preordered the G2. Your G1 is still an excellent lens.

      • Captain Insane-O

        I’m teetering on whether I should pre-order as well and just sell my G1. It’ll fix most of my dislikes, not to say I don’t love this lens

  • “Lightweight and easy-to-hold tripod mount is compatible with Arca-Swiss style quick release plates”


    Now all we need is a couple-a reviews by guys named Ken and we’re all set.

    • Justus J.

      Well, here you have one already. So far it’s based on his “belief” and not so much on data but I don’t think his opinion will change.

      “Tamron claim 5 stops VR on the 70-200, but I don’t believe in Tamron lenses. I’d rather save my money or get used Canon or Nikon originals, or do without VR with the much better made Nikon 80-200/2.8 or Canon 80-200/2.8. I’d not throw $1,299 at this Tamron for Canon; I’d save for the state-of-the-art 100-400mm.”

  • HD10

    Tamron has done many of us a big favor by integrating an Arca-Swiss rail with its tripod mount. With this feature, Tamron has highlighted the integrated Arca-Swiss rail squarely as to put Nikon, Sigma and Tokina on notice that anyone not doing the same can now be called out for the omission.

    Integrating the Arca-Swiss rail yields some savings in not only having have to spend money to buy an adapter Arca plate/rail but also in weight and help to make the lens lighter.

    I wish camera manufacturers would eventually do the same with pro-level camera bodies.

  • Jeffry De Meyer

    looks like it can keep up with the 5ds

  • CERO

    thx admin.. I hope you can remind us when the new 70-200gets reviewed.

  • According to their MTF charts, this this will out resolve the VRIII O_o

  • Jacek Siminski

    I need a faster DX UWA, dammit. I think that a good 2.8 lens in 10-20 range is still impossible to be created 🙁

    • Bob Thane

      The Tokina 11-20 f2.8 is as good as it gets for the price. Not quite 10mm, but close enough for many uses.

      • Jacek Siminski

        Did not try it myself, but I’ve heard that flaring and ghosting are making this lens unacceptable, when working against bright light.

        • Bob Thane

          I’ve heard mixed reports, but on the whole it seems to be about on par with the Canon 10-22 or the Nikon 10-24. It’s not perfect and you will see flare here and there, but it’s a very rare ultrawide that doesn’t exhibit flare.

  • Marc P.

    I hope the all-new Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 is much better than it’s predecessor, so i would possibly buy it as UWA lens for my now something dated D7000. The 2008 released old lens was just about “so-so” and meh into the Photozone review, and also others. Nowhere as good as the newer 10-18 STM Canon, which also does feature image stablisation, but this lens is a tad slower, and also not being dust & moisture proof…but works fine onto my 30D & 50D.Hope it’s equal with image quality compared to the mentioned Canon, so then i could sell this 10-18 STM.

  • Oberoth

    I realise i will get a lot of stick for asking this but it seems that this lens has only been announced for Canon and Nikon, does anyone with contacts in Tamron know if they are making a Sony A Mount version please?

  • Dino Brusco

    I’m going to replace my 70-200 with the newer one only for the TC factor. Actually Tamron made better and better lenses and I don’t want to go after Nikon and its crazy stellar price policy trend that started one or two years ago. 70-200 + TC will suffice for everything I do.

  • jefffromvirginia

    Wonder if Tamron will let me swap my 2 month old 1st gen for this one?

    • Mark Cort

      It’s quite annoying when you buy something and it’s superseded a short time later. However, be confident in knowing your G1 is still better than the Nikon VRII

  • Why did they put the zoom ring in front of the lens?? I can not understand…

  • ZZ

    Thank you Tamron … I was about to pull the trigger on Nikon VRIII …

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