Tamron announces DIY firmware updates through TAP-in Console

TAP-in Console

After the Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 MACRO and SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lenses, Tamron also announced the TAP-in Console for firmware updates. Tamron press release:

TAMRON ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF ACCESSORY THAT ENABLES FIRMWARE UPDATES AND CUSTOMIZED SETUPS FOR SELECTED LENSES

Tamron TAP-in Console™TM (Model TAP-01)

February 22, 2016, Commack, New York – announces the launch of the Tamron TAP-in Console™ (Model TAP-01), a new lens accessory that enables firmware updating and customized setups for selected Tamron lenses. The TAP-in Console™ is expected to be available in March. The price will be announced shortly.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

For the first time, customers can update firmware in selected Tamron lenses and customize various lens functions to meet their needs simply by attaching a Tamron TAP-in Console™ and running the Tamron TAP-in Utility software on their PC or Mac. Previously, firmware updates could be performed only at a Tamron Customer Service Center. Using the new accessory and an internet connection, customers can access a dedicated website and update firmware themselves anytime, anywhere. In addition, selected lenses can be customized by changing various settings (described below) to match the customer’s preferences based on how they like to use the lens, making it even more versatile and user-friendly.

1. Custom Options

With a Tamron TAP-in Console™, customers can do the following things.

  • Update firmware
  • Update the firmware of compatible lenses
  • Update the firmware of the TAP-in Console™ itself
  • Customize functions of selected lenses
  • Focus adjustment
  • Focus distance limiter customization (only for lenses that have the Focus Limiter feature)
  • Full-time Manual Focus override customization (only for lenses that have the Full-time Manual Focus feature)
  • VC adjustment (only for any lenses with VC)
  • Save customized data files
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Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 MACRO officially announced

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 MACRO

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 MACRO

The other lens Tamron announced today is the Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 MACRO.

Tamron press release:

TAMRON 90MM MACRO LENS: REBIRTH OF A CLASSIC WITH A LEGACY OF SUPERIOR OPTICAL PERFORMANCE

Enhanced VC functionality and advanced features

February 22, 2016, Commack, New York – Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 MACRO (Model F017). The new 90mm macro has been enhanced with advanced features and builds upon a legacy of superior optical performance. XY-Shift compensation has been newly added to reinforce VC functionality, further improving image stabilization from infinity to macro. Advancements in USD control software have also increased AF focusing speed, and optimally fine-tuned for various framing conditions. In addition, a high standard of Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction has been added to prevent intrusion of dust or moisture, and a highly durable Fluorine Coating has been applied to the top element surface to prevent condensation and repel smudge-causing substances.  The lens will be on sale in the U.S. starting in March 2016 in Canon and Nikon mounts (the Sony mount to be launched at a later date). The on-sale date in the USA is February 25, 2016 at an approximate price of $649.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1.  Built upon the outstanding optical performance of the legendary Tamron 90mm Macro

Inheriting the optical design of the previous 90mm Macro lens (Model F004), the new Model F017 delivers the same excellent resolving power and remarkably soft background blur effects (bokeh). The advanced construction includes one LD (Low Dispersion) specialized glass element that maximally limits the dispersion properties of light and two XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) glass elements that correct dispersion properties to an even greater extent. The special elements optimally compensate for on-axis and lateral chromatic aberrations from macro shooting range to infinity. Furthermore, the design ensures the best imaging performance at any range by adopting the Floating System that shifts the location of a group of elements to the best possible position as the focusing group travels relative to shooting distances. From 1:1, life-size close-ups to the most distant horizon, this new 90mm Macro lens achieves outstanding image quality.

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Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD officially announced

SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD

SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD

Tamron made if official and announced the SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens.

Tamron press release:

THE WORLD’S FIRST1 85MM F/1.8 LENS WITH VC FOR FULL-FRAME DSLR CAMERAS

Ultimate correction of aberrations and excellent resolving power with balanced bokeh

February 22, 2016, Commack, New York – Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016), the world’s first fast-aperture telephoto lens with VC (Vibration Compensation). Tamron’s acclaimed VC makes it possible to take handheld photographs in dim light or at night. The 85mm SP lens uses LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements in the optical design to minimize color fringing and to achieve sharp and clear image quality with high-fidelity color. It also achieves attractive bokeh that draws attention to the image foreground subject. In addition, Moisture-Resistant Construction has been added to prevent intrusion of moisture, and a highly durable Fluorine Coating has been applied to the top element surface to prevent condensation and repel smudge-causing substances. This new lens joins the 35mm F/1.8, 45mm F/1.8 and 90mm Macro in a lineup of SP series prime lenses that has been expanding since 2015. The lens will be on sale in the U.S. starting in April 2016 in Canon and Nikon mounts (the Sony2 mount to be launched at a later date). Pricing and delivery will be announced shortly.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. The world’s first 85mm fast-aperture lens with image stabilization

Tamron’s VC image stabilization system enables handheld use in dim light without flash. Camera movement—often too minute to be perceptible to the photographer—is the leading cause of unpleasant photographs. In addition, newer DSLR cameras with higher resolution and higher pixel densities are even more susceptible to subtle camera shake. The VC System, Tamron’s time-proven Vibration Compensation, keeps the sharpness at hand, even in moody, dim light when shutter speeds tend to be longer.

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Tamron to announce two prime lenses (85mm & 90mm) on February 22

Tamron To Announce Two Prime Lenses (85mm & 90mm) On February 22

Tamron is set to announce two new prime lenses next week, on February 22.

The two new Tamron lenses are the SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD and the SP 90mm F2.8 Di Macro VC USD. Both lenses will be available for Canon. Nikon and Sony mounts.

We are also expecting a lens announcement by Sigma next week.

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New Sigma and Tamron lenses mail-in rebates and instant discounts

New Sigma And Tamron Lenses Mail-in Rebates And Instant Discounts

Adorama notified me that they have new rebates on Tamron and Sigma lenses. The Tamron lenses have mail-in rebates (info) and all lenses eligible for rebate are listed here, plus you get 4% in Adorama Rewards.

Sigma lenses have instant rebates up to $300. All eligible Sigma lenses with instant discount are listed here.

Tamron SP 45mm f1.8 VC review (very sharp images, Camera Labs)

Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 VC Review (very Sharp Images, Camera Labs)

Camera Labs reviewed the new, image-stabilised Tamron SP 45mm f1.8 Di VC USD. This is a pretty interesting prime lens that comes with an affordable price tag ($599) and promises to deliver bang for the bucks. From the conclusion (emphasis mine)

The new Tamron 45/1.8 VC is a very versatile and interesting lens: It offers a fast f/1.8 aperture combined with image-stabilization that is good for two stops in my tests. Both allow the lens to hold out longer in dimly lit situations. It produces very sharp images with very little coma right into the corner of a full-frame sensor. And it’s relatively small and light. But it does not produce the same Bokeh as a 50/1.4 or 55/1.4 lens and it has color aberrations which show up although not as prominent as with Tamron’s 35/1.8 VC. But with a sharpness / resolution that it is better than any other lens in this comparison apart from the Zeiss Otus the Tamron 45/1.8 VC clearly earns a Highly Recommended. Regarding this performance the price of the new Tamron seems OK. And I’m really looking forward for Tamron to design a 85mm f1.8 VC lens! Read the review…

Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Amazon Adorama B&H Photo – for sample pics click here. Key features:

  • Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • One LD Element, Two Aspherical Elements
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating on Front Element
  • USD AF Motor, Full-Time Manual Focus
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Includes SILKYPIX Developer Studio