Mega Zoom! Tamron Announces A New Compact 70-210mm F4 Lens

tamron 70-210 side with mount.pngTamron just announced their newest compact zoom lens! Model A034 is a 70-210mm F4 Di VC lens that's only 6.8 inches long and 30.3 oz. It's a modern telephoto zoom lens that was specifically made for full-frame or APS-C Nikon or Canon DSLR cameras. It's also not going to break the bank at $799 dollars. Yes, eight hundred bucks is nothing to sneeze at, but when you're talking about lenses of this caliber, they're usually much more.  
tamron 70-210 chart.pngTamron Model A034 has 20 optical elements in 14 different groups and uses three low dispersion lens elements which will make sure your images are in sharp focus no matter what focal length you choose. It also has a maximum aperture of F4 throughout the entire zoom range. This can help you control the depth of field at either end of the spectrum and give you a nice bokeh as well. 

According to Tamron, when comparing its lens to other full-frame 70-210mm zooms, the A034 has the highest maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.1 and the shortest Minimum object distance of 37.4 in. Also, with built-in VC (vibration compensation), you can extend your low-light shooting capabilities by up to 4.0 stops.

One of the coolest features of this compact lens is that it stays compact even when in use as it has an internal zoom mechanism. The actual physical length of the lens never changes no matter what focal length you're on. (#NoTelescoping) This also more easily enables the use of lens filters.

This beauty is packed with so much technology it's crazy. It has two Microprocessor units dedicated to vibration compensation and lens control, which helps the autofocus drive system ensure you're getting the images you want without distortion. Speaking of the autofocus, it has a built-in full-time manual focus override system that allows you to make focus adjustments manually to autofocuses images without having to switch between auto and manual mode.

If you have a full-frame (or APS-C) Nikon or Canon DSLR, this could be a fun lens for you. 

KEY FEATURES
  • Constant F4 Maximum Aperture 
  • Only 6.8 inches long
  • doesn't telescope when zooming
  • 37.4 MOD
  • Internal Zoom Mechanism
  • High-speed Dual MPU
  • USD (ultrasonic silent drive) for quite zooming
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Fluorine Coated Lens helps repel oil and moisture
  • Moisture-resistant Construction
  • Compatible with Tamron Teleconverter
  • Compatible with Tamron Tap
  • Optional Tripod mount
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm now used on Nikon Mounted lenses.

PRICING & AVAILABILITY

Available for either Canon or Nikon DSLRs, the Tamron 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD (Model A034) will go on sale in April (2018) for $799.


For more information please check out their full press release below: 


TAMRON 


PRESS RELEASE


New F/4 telephoto zoom lens featuring superb optical performance and a lightweight and compact body for easy portability

 

70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034)

 


February 22,2018, Commack, New York-- Tamron announces the launch of the 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034), a compact telephoto zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A034 provides superb optical performance throughout the entire zoom range and features a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.1, the highest in its class.* The design includes an internal zoom mechanism that provides solid mechanical construction and stable, reliable operation. Model A034 also employs a Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) design, which enables high-speed and high-accuracy AF performance as well as powerful VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization for flexible and versatile use in various situations. For dependable outdoor use, the new telephoto zoom is equipped with Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction. The lens will be available in Canon and Nikon mounts in April at $799.00.

 

*Among 70-200mm F/4 class interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras (as of January 2018: Tamron)

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1.     High-performance telephoto zoom lens with a constant maximum aperture of F/4

Leveraging Tamron's years of knowhow developing telephoto zoom lenses, Model A034 achieves superb optical performance with high contrast and resolution. The optical construction (20 elements in 14 groups) uses three LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements to effectively compensate for axial and transverse chromatic aberrations, thereby ensuring crisp and crystal-clear image quality across the entire frame. Furthermore, Model A034 features a constant maximum aperture of F/4 throughout the entire zoom range, thus providing superior control over depth-of-field and excellent bokeh. Compared to large aperture telephoto zoom lenses, the new A034 is lighter with a weight of just 30.3 oz. and is more compact with a total length of only 6.8 in. for excellent portability. The lighter weight and smaller size make this new lens easier to carry and instantly spring into action.

 

2.     Class-leading magnification ratio and MOD (Minimum Object Distance)

Model A034 boasts the highest-in-class maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.1 and the shortest-in-class* MOD of 37.4 in. The shorter working distance enables photographers to capture close-up images of small objects like flowers while using a telephoto zoom.

*Among 70-200mm F/4 class interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras (as of January 2018: Tamron)

 

3.     Highly reliable internal zoom mechanism

Thanks to an internal zoom mechanism, the physical length of the A034 does not change during zooming, thereby minimizing changes in the center of gravity and providing more stable use and operation. In addition, it's not necessary for the photographer to move backwards even when shooting space is limited, for instance, when photographing through a wire mesh fence at a zoo. So-called "zoom creep" is impossible because the overall length never extends. Furthermore, the design provides a very robust and sturdy feeling, and the non-rotating front element makes the use of polarizing filters much easier.

 

4.     High-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system delivers responsive autofocus performance plus outstanding VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization

The Dual MPU system includes two high-performance MPUs (micro-processor units) dedicated to VC processing and lens system control. Both MPUs have a DSP (Digital Signal Processing) block that provides high-speed digital signal processing, improving the computing power of the entire system. This new control system achieves high-speed and precise AF performance as well as assured VC effects.


Excellent autofocus performance

Model A034's AF drive system uses a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ring-type ultrasonic motor for outstanding responsiveness and to ensure fast, precise focusing. Plus, the new zoom is equipped with a Full-time Manual Focus override mechanism that enables a photographer shooting with AF to instantly make fine manual focusing adjustments without switching the AF-MF mode switch.

 


Outstanding vibration compensation effects

The new A034 is equipped with Tamron's proprietary VC system and achieves the CIPA image stabilization performance level of 4 stops.* Even in low light or with slow shutter speeds, photographers can enjoy shake-free handheld shooting with ease and comfort.

*CIPA Standard Compliant. For Canon: EOS-5D MKIII is used; for Nikon: D810 is used.

 

5.     Fluorine Coating

The surface of the front element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water-and oil-repellant qualities. The front surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance. The coating also provides an enhanced level of durability, and will sustain its effectiveness for years.

 

6.     Moisture-Resistant Construction

Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature affords an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.

 

7.     Compatible with Tamron teleconverter

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

Note: For more detailed information about teleconverters, please refer to the Tamron website.

 

Changes in zoom range when used with 70-210 mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034)

 

Mounted on 35mm full-frame DSLR camera

Mounted on APS-C format DSLR camera

Without teleconverter

70-210mm

Approx. 109-326mm

With 1.4x teleconverter*2

98-294mm

Approx. 152-456mm

With 2.0x teleconverter*2

140-420mm

Approx. 217-651mm

 


Changes in magnification ratio when used with 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034)

 

Maximum Magnification Ratio

Without teleconverter

1:3.1

With 1.4x teleconverter

1:2.2

With 2.0x teleconverter

1:1.6

 

Available focusing mode when used with 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034)

 

When using viewfinder

When using live view mode

F-number

With 1.4x teleconverter

AF Possible

AF** Possible

F/5.6

With 2.0x teleconverter

AF* Possible

AF** Possible

F/8

 

* Autofocus functions normally on any camera that offers F/8 autofocusing (see your camera's instruction manual for your camera's ability).

** Subjects with low contrast and/or luminosity values can sometimes result in out-of-focus images.

 

8.     Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory

The new A034 is compatible with the optional TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update a lens's firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

 

9.     Optional tripod mount compatible with Arca-Swiss style quick release plates

For rapid attachment to a tripod, an Arca-Swiss style tripod mount is available as an optional accessory. Featuring a hinge-type ring section, connection is easy even when the lens is mounted on a camera. To maximize the advantages of the small and lightweight F/4 zoom lens, the tripod mount is made of lightweight, sturdy magnesium alloy.

10.  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.* More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a built-in motor through electronic pulse signals.

*Available only with cameras compatible with the electromagnetic diaphragm

 (D5, D4s, D4, D3X, Df, D850, D810, D810A ,D800, D800E, D750, D600, D610, D300S, D500, D7500, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100).  (As of January 2018; Tamron)


SPECIFICATIONS

 

Model

: A034

Focal Length

: 70210mm

Maximum Aperture

: F/4

Angle of View (diagonal)

: 34°21' -11°46' (for full-frame format)

 

: 23°01' -7°46' (for APS-C format)

Optical Construction

: 20 elements in 14 groups

Minimum Object Distance

: 37.4 in

Maximum Magnification Ratio

: 1:3.1

Filter Size

: Ø67mm

Maximum Diameter

: Ø 76mm

Length*

: for Canon 6.9 in.

 

: for Nikon 6.8 in.

Weight**

: for Canon 30.3 oz.

 

: for Nikon 30 oz.

Aperture Blades

: 9 (circular diaphragm)

Minimum Aperture

: F/4-F/32

Image Stabilization Performance

: 4 stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)

For Canon : EOS-5D MKIII is used / For Nikon : D810 is used

Standard Accessories

: Lens hood, Lens caps

Compatible Mounts

: Canon, Nikon

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

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

**Weight does not include the weight of detachable tripod mount.

 


About Tamron

"New Eyes for Industry" is Tamron's philosophy. This creed is consistent with the company's position as a manufacturer of a wide range of original optical lenses, from interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras to various optical devices for both the general consumer and OEM. Tamron makes optical lenses that contribute to a range of different industries and will continue to devote its rich creativity and leading-edge technical prowess to various industrial fields. Furthermore, Tamron is fully aware of its responsibility to the environment and aspires to help preserve the natural environment in all its business activities.

 

Optical Product Line-up:

Interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras, digital camera lenses, video camera lenses, lenses for automotive applications, IP and CCTV lenses, lenses for long wavelength infrared cameras, ultra-precision optical components and more.