- VC performance is 5 stops (VC mode 3) and offers three modes optimized for different shooting situations
- Demonstratively improved autofocus speed and responsiveness
- MOD reduced to 37.4" (1:6.1 max. mag. Ratio)
- Tamron’s sophisticated eBAND Coating eliminates ghosting and flare
- Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction
- Lightweight and easy-to-hold tripod mount is compatible with an Arca-Swiss style quick release plate
All features overhauled to create an accomplished, top-grade high-speed telephoto zoom lens.
The optical design has been completely overhauled in comparison with the previous model (A009), and superior performance and resolution is now ensured across the entire zoom range. Outstanding optical performance that is uniform and well-balanced is maintained, not only in the 70mm wide-angle range but also in the middle focal ranges and the 200mm telephoto range. Using the Tamron SP 70-200mm in combination with a dedicated tele converter attached makes it possible to fully enjoy ultra-telephoto photography while maintaining excellent optical performance.
- Improved depictive quality in the wide-angle focal range - With transverse chromatic aberrations minimized, improvements have been made in the periphery of the image plane on the wide-angle side. Its deliver the sharpness and high resolution in the periphery.
- Improved depictive quality in the telephoto focal range - Deploying the LD lens element has minimized axial chromatic aberrations occurring on the telephoto side.
The optical design of the new Tamron SP 70-200mm consists of 23 elements in 17 groups. 1 XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and 5 LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements are used. The optimum deployment of both of these elements completely eliminates chromatic aberrations, which tend to become particularly prominent in high-speed telephoto zoom lenses.
The optical design was completely reworked to better accommodate the higher pixel-density digital cameras of the new era. Considering the need to also maintain excellent image quality when using a tele converter, creative ideas have been incorporated to the utmost to consistently ensure high-level performance. As a result, outstanding resolution and contrast reproduction performance is achieved across the entire zoom range.
For the new Tamron SP 70-200mm, the designers placed importance on its spectacular background blur effects, a significant factor comprising the depictive quality of a high-speed telephoto lens. Soft, beautifully-tuned background blur effects (bokeh) worthy of a high-speed lens have been achieved as a result. Both the sharp, clear images in the area in focus and the impressively smooth and soft transition to the background accentuate the main subject in an attractive manner in portrait photography, etc.
In response to the strong requests of customers using the A009, the predecessor model of the new Tamron SP 70-200mm, innovative ideas have been incorporated into the cutting-edge optical design to reduce the Minimum Object Distance (MOD) from 50.7” to 37.4” for the Tamron SP 70-200mm. With a shorter working distance possible, it is easier to determine the composition in a location where there is no more space for the photographer to back up with the camera, enabling close-up photography using a telephoto lens with much greater flexibility. Shooting at and around the minimum focus distance allows for close-up photographic expressions, just like macro photography.
eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating is a nano-structured layer applied to the lens element surface. In addition to regular anti-reflection coatings, eBAND Coating offers higher light transmission and significant improvements in anti-reflection characteristics, particularly against angulated incident rays.
Combined with BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings, flare and ghosting are reduced to imperceptible levels.
The incorporation of two micro computers has reinforced the control performance of Tamron’s unique VC system, which now achieves an image stability performance of 5 stops according to the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standard for the Tamron SP 70-200mm (when using VC Mode 3). Even for telephoto shooting in low light, which often tends to be affected by camera shake, the photographer can now enjoy handheld shooting with a much greater degree of freedom.
Model Tamron SP 70-200mm now has three types of VC modes, and it is possible to choose the optimum VC mode according to the situation for taking a photograph, such as when wishing to pan the camera. VC Mode 1 is the standard mode that strikes an excellent balance between the stability of the viewfinder image and the stabilization effects. VC Mode 2 is used exclusively for panning. VC Mode 3 prioritizes the stabilization of the captured images and forgoes the stabilization of the viewfinder image.
The Model Tamron SP 70-200mm is equipped with an USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ring-type motor that delivers excellent responsiveness and control. AF speed is significantly improved from the current model, and it enables accurate high-speed focus even when capturing moving subjects. When shooting with AF, the Full-time Manual Focus override allows you to instantly make fine focusing adjustments manually, without having to switch between modes.
Ideal for use in outdoor photography, Model Tamron SP 70-200mm offers Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction, thanks to special moisture-proof and dust-resistant sealants used at every joint and seam. The sealant material helps to prevent the intrusion of any dirt, dust or water droplets compared to conventional moisture-resistant construction.
The front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water and oil-repellant. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints.
An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which is a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now utilized in Nikon-mount lenses*. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.
The new design adopted for the five SP series lenses already on the market is essentially the fusion of engineering and style, the pursuit of functional beauty and craftsmanship achieved by giving meticulous attention to minute details. The use of metal as the exterior material creates a high-grade design based on a concept that emphasizes “Human Touch” characteristics and significantly improves user-friendliness. The SP models feature a novel design for the switches, easy-to-read characters, an enlarged window over the distance scale and the adoption of organic forms that are easy for the photographer’s fingers to hold onto. This design philosophy—the pursuit of functional beauty with a “human touch”—is applied even to the most minute details of the new SP 70-200mm G2 (Model Tamron SP 70-200mm) high-speed telephoto zoom lens. By using metal for the exterior material, the Model Tamron SP 70-200mm achieves a size and weight that makes comfortable handheld shooting possible, with a slim and stylish appearance design to top it all off.
For the SP series products in particular, Tamron has established rigorous design and quality standards. These standards apply to the optical design, mechanical design and cosmetic appearance, as well as to such wide-ranging areas as the product’s robustness and improvements of various individual functions. Tamron thoroughly reviews all the design and manufacturing processes in order to offer products to customers with ever-higher precision and quality levels. For the SP 70-200mm G2 (Model Tamron SP 70-200mm), the optical design was refreshed, the mechanical parts were improved and a new exterior design was adopted. To maximize the optical performance intrinsic to this product, Tamron improved the accuracy of the component parts and increased the precision of the overall zooming mechanism.
|Diagonal Angle of View
|34°21' - 12°21' (for full frame format cameras)
|22°33' - 7°59' (for APS-C format cameras)
|23 elements, 17 groups
|Minimum Focus Distance
|Max. Mag. Ratio
|for Canon: 7.6 in / for Nikon: 7.5 in
|for Canon: 52.9 oz / for Nikon: 52.4 oz.
|9 (circular diaphragm)
|Image Stabilization Performance**
|5 stops (in VC Mode 3 / CIPA Compliant)
|Hood, caps, case, detachable tripod mount
- Lens Hood
- Front Lens Cap
- Rear Lens Cap
- Carrying Case
- Detachable Tripod Mount
- Lens Hood
- Front Lens Cap
- Rear Lens Cap
- Carrying Case
- Detachable Tripod Mount