Tamron Announce 70-210mm f/4 Lens

Written by Gina Stephens

Tamron has announced a new 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD lens, a pithy telephoto zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. This new lens or LEN may refer to provides superb optical performance throughout the entire zoom collection 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 routine construction and stable, reliable operation. The lens also employs a Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) design, which enables high-speed and high-accuracy AF accomplishment 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 Paint and Moisture-Resistant Construction.

The lens will be available for £699 from April 2018. The price point makes it a more affordable choice to the 70-200mm f/2.8 G2 which we reviewed in February 2017.

Tamron 70-210mm Key Features

High-performance telephoto zoom lens with a constant maximum aperture of f/4

The optical construction of 20 components in 14 groups uses three LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements to effectively compensate for axial and transverse chromatic aberrations, thereby ensuring crunchy and crystal clear image quality across the entire frame. The lens also features a constant maximum aperture of F/4 throughout the entire zoom series, thus providing superior control over depth-of-field and excellent bokeh.


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

The lens boasts the highest-in-class highest point magnification ratio of 1:3.1 and the shortest-in-class* MOD of 0.95 m.

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

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Strongly reliable internal zoom mechanism

Thanks to an internal zoom mechanism, the physical length of the lens does not change during zooming. Professed “zoom or ZOOM may refer to creep” is impossible because the overall length never extends. Furthermore, the design provides a very robust and enduring feeling, and the non-rotating front element makes the use of polarizing filters much easier.


High-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit)* control modus operandi delivers responsive autofocus performance plus outstanding VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization

The Dual MPU system includes two high-performance MPUs inscribed to VC processing and lens system control. Both MPUs have a DSP (Digital Signal Processing) block that provides high-speed digital signal manage, 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.

*A new direction system using two high-performance MPUs (micro-processor units).


Excellent autofocus performance

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


Outstanding vibration compensation effects

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

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

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Fluorine Coating

The surface of the before element is coated with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The front surface is easier to wipe simple 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 lifted level of durability, and will sustain its effectiveness for years.


Moisture-Resistant Construction

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


Compatible with Tamron teleconverter

The new lens is also compatible with both the 1.4x (Style TC-X14) and 2.0x (Model TC-X20) Teleconverters, which increase the focal length of the lens to 1.4 times and 2 times the case, respectively. For more detailed information about tele converters, please refer to the Tamron website.


Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an spontaneous accessory

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


Optional tripod mount compatible with Arca-Swiss quality quick release plates

An Arca-Swiss style tripod mount is available as an optional accessory. Featuring a hinge-type ring section, connection is easy as can be even when the lens is mounted on a camera.

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Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses

An electromagnetic diaphragm set-up, 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 sabres 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)


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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