Tamron announce SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2, pre-order available

SP 70-200mm

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 at a glance:

  • Canon EF-Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One XLD Element, Five LD Elements
  • eBAND, BBAR, and Fluorine Coatings
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive Autofocus Motor
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Removable Arca-Compatible Tripod Mount
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm

Tamron announced the SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2. You can pre-order the SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 at $1,299 at Adorama and B&H Photo.

Press release:

February 7, 2017, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025), a new telephoto zoom lens product for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A025 was developed by substantially enhancing the features of its predecessor.
These included a thorough review of the optical, mechanical and electronic designs to enhance increase autofocus speed and precision, reinforce VC (Vibration Compensation) functions and to shorten MOD. New features include eBAND Coating, Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating and compatibility with tele converters. The lens design features a metal-based barrel for improved handling and ease-of-use. The result of this dramatic evolution is Model A025, a high-speed telephoto lens that widens the scope of expression for photography in a broad range of genres, such as portraits, landscapes, sports and photojournalism.

Product name
SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
(Model A025)
Date of Launch (in Japan)
February 23, 2017
The Canon and Nikon mount models will be launched simultaneously.

*1 CIPA Standards Compliant Using in VC MODE 3 (For Canon: EOS-5D MKIII is used / For Nikon: D810 is used)

Product Highlights

  • Outstanding resolution and contrast reproduction performance, beautiful bokeh and full compatibility with Tamron tele converters
  • Based on the current model (A009), the optical design has been revised and improved. Both the resolution and contrast reproduction performance far exceed the present levels.
    Bokeh has been enhanced and expanded to deliver outstanding background effects across the entire zoom range. Use of a circular diaphragm with nine blades further improves bokeh. The optical design of the new A025 consists of 23 elements in 17 groups. Optimum deployment of XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements thoroughly eliminate chromatic aberrations, which tend to become particularly prominent in high-speed telephoto lenses, across the entire zoom range, while ensuring uniform, high-level image quality even on the periphery of the image plane.
  • The new lens is also fully compatible with the TELE CONVERTER 1.4x (Model TC-X14)*2 and TELE CONVERTER 2.0x (Model TC-X20)*2, which increase the focal length of the lens to 1.4 times and 2 times the original, respectively. Both tele converters are carefully designed and constructed to provide outstanding high quality.
  • Changes in zoom range when used with SP 70-200 mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025)

    Mounted on 35 mm full-frame DSLR camera Mounted on APS-C format DSLR camera
    Without tele converter 70-200mm Approx. 109-310mm
    With 1.4x tele converter*2 98-280mm Approx. 152-434mm
    With 2.0x tele converter*2 140-400mm Approx. 217-620mm

    Changes in magnification ratio when used with SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025)

    Maximum Magnification Ratio
    Without tele converter 1:6.1
    With 1.4x tele converter*2 1:4
    With 2.0x tele converter*2 1:3

    Available focusing mode when used with SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025)

    When using viewfinder When using live view mode
    With 1.4x tele converter*2 AF Possible AF*3Possible
    With 2.0x tele converter*2 AF Possible AF*3Possible

    *2. For more detailed information about tele converters, please refer to the Tamron website.
    *3. Subjects with low contrast and/or luminosity values can sometimes result in out-of-focus images.

  • Improved VC system provides highest Vibration Compensation ability in its class*1 (5 stops using CIPA standard compliant) and offers three situation-specific VC modes
  • Utilizing Tamron’s original VC (Vibration Compensation) system, which uses a moving coil mechanism, further reinforcement of the drive system power and control performance has now achieved the highest VC level in its class,*4 with an image stabilization performance of 5 stops according to the CIPA standard (when using VC Mode 3).Also, the VC system of Model A025 offers three VC modes, including one mode exclusively for panning. Photographers can freely choose between the different VC modes according to the shooting conditions. Even for telephoto shooting in low light, which tends to be severely affected by camera shaking, photographers can now enjoy jitter-free handheld shooting with much greater flexibility.
    *4. Among 70-200mm F/2.8 interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras (as of January :Tamron)VC MODE 1 is the standard mode that strikes a great balance between the stability of the viewfinder image and the stabilization effects.
    VC MODE 2 is exclusively used for panning.
    VC MODE 3 prioritizes the stabilization of the captured images and forgoes the stabilization of the viewfinder image.With the optional accessory TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, you can customize the configuration of
    VC MODE 1. Choose the viewfinder view of either standard or image priority.
  • Demonstratively improved autofocus speed and responsiveness
  • Model A025 is equipped with a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ring-type ultrasonic motor, whose outstanding responsiveness and control ensures accurate high-speed focusing. Incorporating two advanced, high-performance microcomputers and optimizing the algorithm has improved both the focusing speed and accuracy compared with SP 70-200mm (Model A009). Additionally, thanks to the Full-time Manual Focus override mechanism, photographers shooting with AF can instantaneously make fine focusing adjustments using MF without wasting time by switching the AF-MF mode back and forth.
  • Focuses closer (shorter Minimum Object Distance, or MOD) for greater versatility
  • Improvements made to the focus cam and zoom cam inside the lens barrel have reduced the MOD from 1.3m (50.7 in) in the older Model A009 to 0.95m (37.4 in) for Model A025, which has a maximum magnification ratio of 1:6.1. The shorter MOD, coupled with the excellent optical performance of the SP 70-200mm (Model A025), allows photographers to further broaden their range of expression.
  • Optimized and exclusively designed eBAND Coating
  • The new A025 features Tamron’s original eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, a technology that combines a nano-structured layer with an extremely low refractive index with the conventional multiple-layer coatings. Optimized and exclusively designed for this new zoom, the eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection performance, effectively reducing any flare and ghosting. Even when taking backlit portraits, the new lens delivers flawless, crystal clear images.
  • Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction
  • Ideal for use in outdoor photography, the new 70-200mm telephoto zoom has moisture-resistant construction because special sealants that are dust-resistant and moisture-resistant are 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.
  • Fluorine Coating for greater protection
  • 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.
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses
  • An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now available for in Nikon-mount lenses*5. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by the motor through electronic pulse signals.*5 Available only with cameras compatible with the electromagnetic diaphragm (D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D300, D300s, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D3x, D3s, D4, D4s, Df, D500, D5). (As of January; Tamron)
  • Lightweight and easy-to-hold tripod mount is compatible with Arca-Swiss style quick release plates
  • A new textured grip and Arca-Swiss style tripod interface enhances both speed and utility. Because the tripod mount is made of lightweight magnesium, it is much easier to carry.
  • Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product
  • The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update the lens firmware as well as customize features, including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.
  • Based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series, this new lens is manufactured with a thorough attention to details
  • 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 the cosmetic appearance, as well as to such wide-ranging areas as the product’s robustness and improvements in the various individual functions. Tamron thoroughly reviews of all of the design and manufacturing processes in order to offer products to customers with even-higher levels of precision and quality.
    For the SP 70-200mm G2 (Model A025), the optical design was refreshed, 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.


Model A025
Focal Length 70-200mm
Maximum Aperture F/2.8
Angle of View (diagonal) 34°21′ – 12°21′ (for full-frame format)
22°33′ – 7°59′ (for APS-C format)
Optical Construction 23 elements in 17 groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.95m (37.4 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:6.1
Filter Size Φ77mm
Maximum Diameter Φ88mm
Length* for Canon 193.8mm (7.6 in)
for Nikon 191.3mm (7.5 in)
Weight** for Canon 1,500g (52.9 oz)
for Nikon 1,485g (52.4 oz)
Aperture Blades 9 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/22
Image Stabilization Performance 5 stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
Using in VC MODE 3
(For Canon : EOS-5D MKIII is used / For Nikon : D810 is used)
Standard Accessories Lens hood, Lens caps, Lens case, Detachable tripod mount
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon
  • Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.
  • * Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
  • **Weight includes the weight of detachable tripod mount.

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 specifications leaked [CW5]

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Specifications Leaked [CW5]

More detailed specifications of Tamron’s upcoming  SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens leaked at Nokishita Camera.

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (machine translated specifications)

  • Model A025
  • Image stabilization effect for 5 steps which is best in class. Three correction modes including panning-only mode.
  • Antifouling coat and dustproof and drip-proof construction adopted.
  • Adopt electromagnetic diaphragm method for Nikon.
  • Teleconverter compatible. TAP-in Console compatible.
  • Lens construction: 17 groups 23 pieces
  • Minimum shooting distance: 0.95 m
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 1: 6.1
  • Filter diameter: 77 mm
  • Maximum diameter × length: 88 mm × 191.3 mm
  • Weight: 1,485 g
  • Mount: For Canon · For Nikon
  • Suggested retail price: 175,000 yen + tax
  • Mass retailer price: 159,300 yen (tax included)

Announcement of the Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 and the Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is expected for February 7th.

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 and 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD images and specs leaked

Tamron SP 70-200mm

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2

Images and specifications for the Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 and Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD leaked at Nokishita Camera. Both lenses are expected to be announced February 7.

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2

  • Model A 025
  • Mount: For Canon · For Nikon
  • Suggested retail price: 175,000 yen + tax

Tamron 10-24mm

Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD

Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD

  • Model B023
  • First installed with new motor HLD (High / Low Torque Modulated Drive Motor).
  • Equipped with a camera shake correction mechanism VC. Approximately 4 steps for the camera shake correction effect.
  • Antifouling coat and simple drip-proof construction are adopted.
  • TAP-in Console compatible.
  • Lens construction: 11 groups 16 pieces (LD lens 1, XLD lens 1, glass mold aspheric lens 1, composite aspherical lens 1 sheet)
  • Shortest shooting distance: 0.24 m
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 1: 5.3
  • Filter diameter: 77 mm
  • Maximum diameter × length: 83.6 mm × 84.6 mm
  • Weight: 440 g
  • Mount: For Canon · For Nikon
  • Suggested retail price: 70,000 yen + tax
  • Mass retailer price: 62,100 yen (tax included)
[via Nokishita Camera]

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Canon EF 70-200 f/ 2.8 L IS II

Canon EF 70-200 f/ 2.8 L IS II

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Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II With PIXMA PRO-100, Filter Kit, Cleaning Kit And Photo Paper – $1,649

At a glance:

  • Outstanding optics: The lens is constructed of a combination of fluorite and ultra low dispersion lens elements, which reduce aberrations and result in high-contrast, sharp images.
  • 2 Image Stabilization modes: Mode 1 is a general mode for still photography, and Mode 2 smoothes up and down movements when panning with a moving subject.
  • Fast focus: USM ultrasonic autofocus motor is fast, smooth and quiet; manual focus override is available even in AF mode.
  • Focus range limiter: You can set the range of focus distances, to either 3.9′ to infinity or 8.2′ to infinity; both shorten focus times. These are great tools especially for sports photography.
  • Great bokeh: The curved aperture blades create a perfectly round aperture at all settings, promoting pleasing out-of-focus areas and round specular highlights.
  • Rugged build: The lens is sealed against dust and moisture.

Authorised Canon retailer Adorama has a very good bundle deal with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. The bundle includes:

  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens, USA
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Pro Optic 77mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit
  • Pro Optic Complete Optics Care and Cleaning Kit
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets

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This experimental timelapse was shot using two EOS 5D Mark III side by side to get extra wide angle and no distortion


From time to time I like to feature timelapse videos that in my opinion stand out from the pack. Pano LA is a time-lapse by Joe Capra that has it all: it’s a well working and interesting experimental setup and it’s visually beautiful.

What makes this timelapse of Los Angeles different from others is the setup. By using two Canon EOS 5D Mark III cameras side-by-side on a custom rig, Joe gets a very wide angle of view without the distortion that usually comes as side effect when using wide angle lenses. He used longer lenses to shoot the time-lapse, i.e. two Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, two EF 24-105mm f/4L IS and two EF 70-200mm f/2.8. If you watch the video below, you’ll see how well the compression effect of the longer lenses works for the panoramic rendering.

In joe Capra’s words:

Shooting Pano LA has been the most ambitious, challenging, demanding, and rewarding project I have worked on to date. It was shot over a period of two years entirely in true panoramic form using two synced DSLR cameras side by side. The resulting panoramic timelapse footage comes in at a whopping 10K x 4K resolution when stitched. I did not shoot this film to achieve the extreme resolution. I shot it for the panoramic look, especially the compressed look you get when using long lenses.

Shooting panoramic timelapse was something I had always wanted to do. I love panoramic images and wanted to bring that look to timelapse, and I wanted to do it proper, not by faking it by just cropping the top and bottom of regular timelapse shots. I gave it a try many years ago but was never able to get the images from the two cameras to sync properly and get the images to stitched together correctly.

Along with the custom rig, Joe used RamperPro to control flickering and day to night transitions. For motion control he used a custom motion controller with Kessler Crane TLS with Second Shooter.


[via DIY Photography]