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Tamron  SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
Tamron  SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
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  • One special XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) element
  • Four LD (Low Dispersion) elements
  • Tamron’s advanced multi-layer coating technology
  • VC (Vibration Compensation)
  • Moisture-resistant construction
Tamron  SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens construction
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Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD mtf chart

Overview

Description by Tamron:

Tamron Di lenses are performance optimized for digital SLR cameras and usable with DSLRs featuring sensors commonly referred to as APS-C, measuring approximately 24mm x 16mm, as well as larger full frame (36mm x 24mm) sensors and 35mm film SLRs.

Super Performance for Discriminating Shooters
Tamron SP (Super Performance) series is a line of ultra-high-performance lenses designed and manufactured to the exacting specifications demanded by professionals and others who require the highest possible image quality. In creating SP lenses Tamron’s optical designers put their foremost priority on achieving superior performance parameters—they are all designed to a higher standard with little regard for cost constraints. As a result, Tamron lenses bearing the SP designation feature impressive and innovative designs that have established an enviable reputation for excellence among those knowledgeable photographers that demand the very best.

 Ad 4 stops for shake-free shooting: VC (Vibration Compensation)
Tamron’s Unique State-of-the-Art In-Lens Image Stabilization System: Handheld camera shake is the leading cause of blurry and unsharp pictures. Several leading companies now make lenses with built-in optical image-stabilization systems that sense the amplitude and direction of the shake and compensate by moving optical groups within the lens. Tamron’s exclusive new Vibration Compensation (VC) system that’s built into the Tamron AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro and the Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro lenses performs a similar function, but it executes it much more effectively due to its innovative breakthrough design.

While other image-stabilization systems can only correct the effects of camera shake in horizontal or vertical planes, Tamron’s VC system uses a tri-axial configuration that employs three pairs of driving coils and low-friction ball bearings placed around the shake-compensating optical group to produce, in effect, a free-floating shake compensator. This simple, elegant system is able to compensate for camera shake that occurs in diagonal direction as well as for up-and-down and side-to-side movements. Furthermore, due to its simple, low-friction design it is more responsive and durable than previous systems. The Tamron 28-300mm VC and 18-270mm VC lenses incorporate a highly sensitive and accurate gyro sensor for detecting even the slightest hand shake, and that,combined with a 32-bit RISC CPU and Tamron’s proprietary Algorithms and actuator, provides unequalled real-world performance. The bottom line: Tamron VC provides up to a 4-stop advantage in shooting sharp handheld pictures at slower shutter speeds along with a smooth, stable viewfinder image that is the envy of other shake-control systems. You can expect to see the VC feature built into more Tamron lenses in the future.

Ultrasonic Silent Drive
Tamron’s USD works with the high-frequency ultrasonic vibrations that are produced by a ring called a ‘stator’. Energy from the vibrations is used to rotate an attached metallic ring known as the ‘rotor’. Piezoelectric ceramic, an element that produces ultrasonic vibrations when voltage of a specific frequency is applied is arranged in a ring formation on the stator. This electrode configuration of piezoelectric ceramic causes two ultrasonic vibrations to occur in the stator.

By effectively combining these two ultrasonic vibrations, it is possible to convert the energy from the vibrations that produced simple motion into energy known as ‘deflective traveling waves’, which then moves around the circumference (rotation direction) of the ring.

With the USD, the friction between these deflective traveling waves created on the metallic surface of the stator and the surface of the rotor produce force, causing the rotor to rotate. The focusing ring lens, which is linked to the rotor, is thus moved, creating a fast and smooth auto-focus drive.

Low Dispersion (LD) Glass for Greater Lens Sharpness
Low dispersion (LD) glass elements in a lens help reduce chromatic aberration; the tendency of light of different colors to come to different points of focus at the image plane. Chromatic aberration reduces the sharpness of an image, but glass with an extremely lowdispersion index, has less of a tendency to separate (defract) a ray of light into a rainbow of colors. This characteristic allows the lens designer to effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the center of the field (on axis), a particular problem at long focal lengths (the telephoto end of the zoom range), and for lateral chromatic aberration (towards the edges of the field) that often occurs at short focal lengths (the wide-angle end of the zoom range.)

Extra Low Dispersion

Lens elements are made from specialized high-grade glass and have even more effective dispersive properties than LD elements. The result is a lens that delivers sharp contrast and better resolution.

 

Rounded Diaphragm
Using a rounded diaphragm, this lens achieves spectacular blur effects. By distinctively blurring backgrounds and foregrounds this high-speed lens creates images that bring your subject into focus, thus to life.

Full Time Manual Focus
Enables the user to manually focus without engaging the AF/MF switchover button, even when in auto-focus mode.

Moisture Resistant
Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

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Gordon Laing reviewed the Nikon version of Tamrons latest lens mounted on the D800.

"Testing the Tamron SP 70-200/2.8 VC left me with mixed feelings. It looks like a very good design delivering very good to excellent performance in many cases, but:

Post date: 12/04/2013 - 19:53

Gary tests this lens with a Canon 5D Mark II Full Frame dslr body:

"This telephoto zoom from Tamron certainly delivers. Sharpness is excellent from maximum aperture through much of the zoom range, plus chromatic aberrations and distortion are kept well in check. The suggested retail price may come as a shock for many, who may be expecting this lens to be considerably cheaper than lenses from camera manufacturers. Even so, the performance of this lens is on a par with those lenses, and suggested price at launch is rarely the price a lens will eventually retail for."

Post date: 12/03/2013 - 00:00

It will be interesting to follow Tamron's SP (Superior Performance) venture into the marketplace. While Tamron has seemingly made every effort to match the big two in features, build and optical performance, they lost the one big advantage they had over the years: the usually much lower price.

"Image quality is generally excellent at the 70mm, 100mm and 135mm focal lengths, with fantastic sharpness virtually throughout the aperture range. Chromatic aberrations are very well controlled and flare is only ever an issue when shooting

Post date: 08/12/2012 - 14:53

"Resolution is a bit higher at 70mm than at 200mm, but the difference is pretty minor. It holds sharpness well into the corners with average corner resolution of over 400 LP/IH, which is very good. I’ve compared it in table form below with the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR II, but remember values are wide open, so the f/2.8 is spotting the f/4 a full stop. At f/4, the f/2.8 VR II is clearly a bit sharper than the f/4 VR.It’s probably worth noting the f/2.8 VR II is as sharp at 200mm as it is at 70mm.

Post date: 04/12/2012 - 21:16

"Distortion is very well controlled throughout the zoom range. At 70mm only 0.645% barrel distortion is present, which is replaced with 0.42% pincushion distortion at 200mm. If straight lines are paramount, then you'll be pleased to learn that the distortion pattern is uniform across the frame, making it relatively easy to correct in image editing software afterwards, although this distortion is so mild, very few people will actually need to apply any corrections.

Post date: 27/11/2012 - 00:00

Tamron Press Release

The most compact*1 full-size, high-speed telephoto zoom lens, delivering leading-edge image quality with Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive).

SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009)

Post date: 13/09/2012 - 18:48

Specifications

DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
20.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
3.2 TStop
Distortion: 
0.20%
Vignetting: 
-1.4 EV
Chr. aberration: 
7.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Zoom
Lens Mount: 
Nikon F mount
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
Sony A mount
AF Motor type: 
USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
70 - 200mm
Internal zooming: 
Yes
Angle of view: 
34.33° - 12.33°
Zoom Ratio: 
2.8x
Max Magnification: 
0.1x
Lens construction: 
23 elements in 17 groups (One special XLD, Extra Low Dispersion four LD Low Dispersion elements )
Diaphragm Blades: 
9 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/2.8
Minimum Aperture: 
f/32.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
1.30m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Stabilization system details: 
Up to 4 stops VC (Vibration Compensation)
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
86.0mm
Length: 
196.0mm
Body material: 
Plastic with metal mount
Weather sealing details: 
Moisture-resistant
Filter Diameter: 
77mm
Lens Hood included: 
Yes

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