Tamron Announces the TAP-in Console Accessory, a Device Providing Firmware Updates, Lens Calibration, and Feature Customization

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Tamron has announced the TAP-in Console (Model TAP-01), a new Accessory that allows users to calibrate their lenses, customize some lens feature behavior, and update lens firmware, without any need to return a lens to Tamron for those types of services.

This new device is designed so that a lens connects to it in the same way you would attach a lens to a camera lens mount, then connects to a computer via a USB port for communication with Tamron's Utility Software.

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This accessory is designed to work with the Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016),  SP 90mm f/2.8 USD Macro (Model F017),  SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013), and SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012).  Note that the 45mm and 35mm lenses may require a trip to Tamron for an update before they will be compatible with this new accessory. 

The new Tamron TAP-in Console is expected to be available in March 2016.  Pricing has yet to be determined.

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See the press release below for more information:

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TAMRON ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF ACCESSORY

THAT ENABLES FIRMWARE UPDATES AND CUSTOMIZED SETUPS

FOR SELECTED LENSES


Tamron TAP-in Console™TM (Model TAP-01)


February 22, 2016, Commack, New York - announces the launch of the Tamron TAP-in Console™ (Model TAP-01), a new lens accessory that enables firmware updating and customized setups for selected Tamron lenses. The TAP-in Console™ is expected to be available in March. The price will be announced shortly.


PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS


For the first time, customers can update firmware in selected Tamron lenses and customize various lens functions to meet their needs simply by attaching a Tamron TAP-in Console™ and running the Tamron TAP-in Utility software on their PC or Mac. Previously, firmware updates could be performed only at a Tamron Customer Service Center. Using the new accessory and an internet connection, customers can access a dedicated website and update firmware themselves anytime, anywhere. In addition, selected lenses can be customized by changing various settings (described below) to match the customer's preferences based on how they like to use the lens, making it even more versatile and user-friendly.


1. Custom Options

With a Tamron TAP-in Console™, customers can do the following things.

  • Update firmware

- Update the firmware of compatible lenses

- Update the firmware of the TAP-in Console™ itself

  • Customize functions of selected lenses

- Focus adjustment

- Focus distance limiter customization (only for lenses that have the Focus Limiter feature)

- Full-time Manual Focus override customization (only for lenses that have the Full-time Manual Focus feature)

- VC adjustment (only for any lenses with VC)

- Save customized data files


2. Tamron TAP-in Utility Software

Customers download the free Tamron TAP-in Utility and install it on their Mac or PC. Updating firmware and customizing various lens functions is as easy as connecting the TAP-in Console™ with a USB cable and making selections. An internet connection is required for firmware updates.


3. Updating Firmware

Customers can update firmware of selected Tamron lenses using this utility software. Additionally, the firmware in the TAP-in Console™ unit can be updated as needed. Using an internet connection and the utility software, users can access a dedicated website and easily confirm that the lens attached to the TAP-in Console™--and the Console™ itself--have the most up-to-date firmware. If a newer version is available, updating is quick and secure.


4. Customization of Selected Tamron Lenses

Various lens functions can be customized, depending on the lens model and built-in features.

(1) Focus adjustment

Focus can be adjusted in three distance regions: close, intermediate, and far ranges. For zoom lenses with variable focal length ranges, adjustments can be made for up to eight segments, which means that focus adjustment for a combined total of up to 24 regions is possible. Fixed-focal length lenses have only one segment, so customization for the three distance regions is possible. The conditions and range of possible adjustments may differ according to the lens model.


(2) Focus distance limiter customization

For lenses equipped with a Focus Limiter switch, it is possible to adjust the autofocus drive range by setting the near and far limits according to user preferences. If the Focus Limiter switch has three positions, setting the middle position is also possible. Only lens models equipped with the Focus Limiter function can be adjusted. The conditions and range of possible adjustments may differ according to the lens model.


(3) VC adjustment (only for any lenses with VC)

Users can choose the VC (Vibration Compensation) mode they prefer from the selection below for any TAP-in Console™ compatible Tamron lens equipped with the VC system.

  • Prioritize viewfinder image stabilization: This mode places priority on the stability of the viewfinder image

  • Standard (Factory Default): This mode is the same as the factory default, and strikes a balance between the stability of the viewfinder image and vibration compensation effects

  • Prioritize stabilization of captured images: This mode ensures stable vibration compensation effects


These options apply only to lens models equipped with the VC system. The conditions and range of possible adjustments may differ according to the lens model.


(4) Full-time Manual Focus override customization

For any lens with a Full-time Manual Focus override system, you can set the mode to ON or OFF. In addition, you can optimize the sensitivity of the focus ring to your preference relative to its angular rotation anywhere between High and Low, when setting the manual focus mode menu button to ON.


5. Compatible Tamron Lenses (As of February 2016: in the order of product launch, starting with the newest)

SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016): Launch date TBA

For Nikon and Canon. Sony-compatible model to be released later.

SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017): To be launched February 25, 2016

For Nikon and Canon. Sony-compatible model will be released later.

* By first updating firmware to the most up-to-date version with use of TAP-in Console™, it becomes possible to use all the functions of TAP-in Console™ compatible with this lens.


SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013): Launched in September 2015

For Nikon and Canon. Sony-compatible model will be released later.

*Initial firmware update by Tamron service facility is required to enable compatibility with the TAP-in Console™.


SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012): Launched in September 2015

For Nikon and Canon. Sony-compatible model will be released later.

*Initial firmware update by Tamron service facility is required to enable compatibility with the TAP-in Console™.



About the firmware updating service for SP35mm F/1.8 (Model F012) and SP45mm F/1.8 (Model F013)

The firmware update service will begin soon. Additional information will be provided on the Tamron website and by authorized distributors and/or service facilities by the time of launch.



6. TAP-in Utility Operating Environment



Windows

Mac

OS

Windows 10

Windows 8, Windows 8.1

Windows 7

Mac OS X 10.10 - 10.11

CPU

Core2Duo with 2.0 GHz or faster

Intel processor

RAM

1 GB or more

1 GB or more

Hard Disk Drive Capacity

1 GB or more of available space

1 GB or more of available space

Monitor Display Resolution

1024 × 768 pixels (XGA) or more

24-bit color or more

1024 × 768 pixels (XGA) or more

24-bit color or more

Interface

USB 2.0 as standard feature

USB 2.0 as standard feature


* Functionality of this software program is not guaranteed on all Windows computers

* Functionality of this software program is not guaranteed on all Mac computers.

This software program operates on a computer satisfying the following conditions.
















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


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


TAP-IN CONSOLE™: EXTERNAL APPEARANCE


  • The photographs and figures used in this press release show the product under development, which may be different from the final product. Also, product specifications and functions are subject to change without prior notice.

  • Tamron TAP-in Console™ and Tamron TAP-in Utility are both registered trademarks of Tamron Co., Ltd. in Japan and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Macintosh, Mac and OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. Other company and product names, etc. are the trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies.


ABOUT TAMRON CO., LTD.


"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 products, from interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras to various optical devices for both the general consumer and OEM. Tamron makes optical products 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 of 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.