New Fast, Close Focusing Primes from Tamron


Tamron has announced two new lenses for its high-end SP (“Super Performance”) lineup: the SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and the SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD. Both are fast lenses that offer image stabilization and extremely close minimum focusing distances – 7.9 inches for the 35mm and 11.4 inches for the 45mm.

The new lenses are powered by an ultra-sonic silent drive for quiet and fast autofocus and have a moisture-resistant design. The nine-blade diaphragm maintains its circular shape to deliver beautiful background blur.

Available in October in Nikon and Canon mounts for $599. A Sony mount is also in the works.

New Ultra Wide from Tamron

Tamron has announced the world’s first full frame ultra-wide-amble zoom lens with image stabilization. The Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC is a state-of-the-art lens design featuring an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element and eBAND Coating for outstanding detail and performance from the center to the edges of the frame over the entire zoom range.

Key features :

  • USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) for high torque, high precision, and virtually silent autofocus action.
  • Enhanced sharpness with exclusive VC image stabilization when shooting handheld in low light
  • 9 Circular diaphragm blades
  • Minimum aperture : F/22
  • 18 elements in 13 groups
  • Minimum focus distance of 11 in.
  • Maximum magnification Ratio of 1:5
  • Length for Canon 5.7in. / for Nikon 5.6in.
  • Weight : 38.8 oz.

The lens will be available with Canon and Nikon mounts on January 30 and will retail for $1199. The Sony mount version release date will be announced at a later date.

New All-in-One Zoom for Micro Four Thirds

Tamron has announced the 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 DI III, the company’s very first all-in-one zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras.

The Tamron 14-150mm DI III lens offers MFT shooters a 28-300mm full-frame equivalent field of view, a f/3.5-5.8 variable aperture, and a stepping motor for quick and quiet focus – great for video.

The 14-150mm lens ships later this month – cost of $589.

New Super Zoom from Tamron

Tamron has announced the development of an advanced new super-zoom lens for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors : the Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro. With a minimum focal length of 16mm (35mm film equivalent: 24.8mm), and a maximum focal length of 300mm (35mm film equivalent: 465mm), this remarkable new lens provides a zoom ratio of approximately 18.8X.

The lens construction features 16 elements in 12 groups. This includes three molded-glass aspherical elements, one hybrid aspherical element, and two LD (low dispersion) elements. This new zoom also uses the latest coating technology for suppressing reflections on lens element surfaces which minimizes unwanted flare and ghosting and assures sharp, crisp, high-contrast images.

Not quite a true macro, this new lens provides a minimum focus distance of 15.35 inches over the entire zoom range, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9. Image stabilization is also built in for the Canon and Nikon mount lenses. The Sony mount lens will not include it.

Price and availability have not been announced.

New Super Zoom Lens from Tamron

Tamron has announced the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD telephoto zoom. The lens features optical image stabilization and an Ultrasonic Silent Drive autofocus motor, and will be compatible with both full frame and APS-C SLRs. When mounted on APS-C DSLR cameras, it has a stunning equivalent focal length range of 233mm to 930mm.

It will be available first in a Canon mount, with Nikon and Sony versions to follow. Pricing is still to be confirmed.