TAMRON announces development of sp 70-200mm f/2.8 di vc usd telephoto zoom lens (model a009)
TAMRON sp 70-200mm vc usd telephoto zoom lens (model a009)
September 13, 2012
The most compact full-size, high-speed telephoto zoom lens, delivering leading-edge image quality
and featuring Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)
September 13, 2012, 4PM JST, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd.
(President and CEO: Morio Ono / Headquarters: Saitama City), a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced the development
of a full-size, high-speed telephoto zoom lens equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization, and USD
(Ultrasonic Silent Drive) that achieves leading-edge image quality while boasting the most compact design in its class.
The SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts. The lens is expected to ship by the
end of 2012. Pricing information will be announced at a later date.
• 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
• 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.
Image Stabilization and Focusing Systems
■ VC (Vibration Compensation)
VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary image stabilization system. Tamron's VC is a three-coil system, whereby three
driving coils activate the shake-compensating VC lens group electromagnetically via three ceramic balls. The VC lens elements are
held in place only by contact with the ceramic balls, achieving smooth movement with little friction. This provides a stable
viewfinder image with excellent tracking performance. And as the VC lens may be moved in parallel using only the motorized control,
the mechanical structure has been simplified, enabling the creation of a more compact lens.
■ New VC System (moving coil method)
Tamron's original VC image stabilization mechanism utilized a moving magnet system whereby a heavy magnet
was positioned near the moving VC lens element. In the new VC unit, the positions of the magnet and the
coil are reversed, and because of this the VC optical lens element is attached to the coil. The new VC mechanism employs
a moving coil mechanism with a lightweight coil, and the lighter coil reduces the load on the drive system.
Thus, the lighter, more compact new VC unit contributes to the lens's overall light weight and compact size.
■ The Ultrasonic Motor
In the ultrasonic motor, a piezoelectric element arranged in a ring formation generates ultrasonic vibrations in a metallic
ring stator, and the vibration energy is used to rotate a metallic ring rotor that is attached to the stator. The rotation
energy is in turn transferred from the metallic ring rotor to operate the focus lens.
Excellent Companion to Tamron's Fast Standard Zoom
Tamron's SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) is a high-speed standard zoom lens that is also equipped with four features:
superior image quality, USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), advanced VC (Vibration Compensation), and is designed for full-size SLR
cameras. By combining these two lenses, the focal length will be extended from wide 24mm to telephoto 200mm.
Notice of Classification Code Change for Nikon Mounts
Since the introduction by Tamron of the first Nikon mount lens featuring an internal AF motor, the 28-300mm Di VC (Model A20),
all Nikon mount lenses with the internal AF motor had used the classification code “N II.” Lenses using a coupler system
without an internal AF motor were designated as “N.” Because future Nikon lenses will have the internal AF motor as a standard
feature, Tamron has decided to simplify the designation and consolidate all Nikon mount lenses as “N,” eliminating the “N II”
designation for future models. This classification code change was made effective with the 18-270mm Di II VC PZD (Model B008).
The “N” classification lenses with coupler systems (no internal AF motor) are: SP 200-500mm Di (Model A08); and SP 180mm F/3.5 Di
Tamron is a recognized leader in the manufacture of precision optics offering a broad selection of meticulously engineered
interchangeable lenses for professional photographers and photo enthusiasts. Founded in 1950, Tamron's passion for innovation
brought forth the ground-breaking development of mass-produced hybrid Aspherical elements, giving way to enormously
popular compact, wide-range zoom lenses. Dynamic research and development , committed to advanced optical engineering,
has produced a stream of award-winning Tamron lenses and defined the All-in-One zoom lens category, exemplified by
2010's 18-270mm Di II VC PZD. Astonishingly compact and lightweight, this 15X zoom features proprietary VC
(Vibration Compensation) technology, effectively counteracting image-degrading blur caused by camera shake
along with a fast, quiet PZD (Piezo Drive) autofocus mechanism. Tamron lenses deliver a superb fusion of performance
and value, enabling today's high-resolution digital SLR cameras to perform at their peak. Tamron's lenses have received
numerous prestigious awards from around the world, including 14 EISA (European Imaging & Sound Association) awards,
7 of which were awarded consecutively since 2006.