Canon announce CN-E 70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S Cinema lens

CN-E 70-200mm

Pre-order available at B&H Photo
Canon press release:

Canon Adds Versatility to Family of High-Quality, Affordable Compact-Servo Lenses with New 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom Lens

New Lens Features 4K Optical Performance, Servo Drive Unit, Image Stabilization, Autofocus and Auto Iris Functions*, Ideal for ENG, Documentary, and Budding Filmmakers

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 20, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce today the new COMPACT-SERVO 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom Lens (model name CN-E 70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S), a compact and lightweight 4K lens constructed for users that demand versatility and portability. A bridge between traditional Canon EF lenses and CN-E cinema lenses, the COMPACT-SERVO 70-200mm can be ideal for filmmakers and documentary shooters who want the control and quality of cinema optics with the lightweight, compact design and features of Canon’s EF lenses.

The second in a new class of Canon lenses, the COMPACT-SERVO 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom Lens is a cinema-style lens that includes a servo drive unit as a standard feature. Additionally, the lens incorporates Image Stabilization, Autofocus, and Auto Iris functionality*, three extremely useful features not commonly found in cinema lenses, but are popular in EF lenses. The lens also provides high image quality that supports 4K image productions and was designed to be utilized in a variety of shooting styles including, hand-held, shoulder mounted, and tripod mounted.

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Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC G2 Review (D. Abbott)

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC G2 :B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

At a glance:

  • 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

Another interesting lens has gone through the reviewing efforts of photographer Dustin Abbott. He reviewed the new Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC G2 (model A025). It appears Tamron hit the mark with this lens.

D. Abbott writes in the conclusion:

There’s a good reason why Tamron has far more buzz over this G2 lens than they did over the previous generation lens. It was a very good lens, but the A025 is basically better in every way than the A009, which, shockingly, includes price (in most markets). In the US, for example, the A009 retailed for $1499 a few months ago, but the A025 (with all of these improvements) actually comes to market at $1299. While that isn’t “cheap” in an absolute sense, when you compare it to the essentially $2000 price tag for the Canon 70-200L II and the nearly $2800 for the Nikon 70-200 FL ED it becomes one of the great bargains of the year. Autofocus accuracy is exceptional, though the slight edge on focus lock speed goes to the Canon. The image quality is improved across the board from the original and is clearly competitive with the first party offerings.

Below you have D. Abbott’s videos with the review. However, a lot of people prefers to go for a written review (I do), so you may want to head over to Dustin Abbott’s review. The videos below are about Image Quality Breakdown, then Focus Breathing, and  finally the full review, which lasts 19 minutes and gives you very good overview but you’ll miss the sample pictures in the written review.

These Canon cameras and lenses reached end of life cycle

canonCanon Professional Network lets members know that a list of Canon gear is no longer serviced (at least in Europe). The listed products have reached the end of their service period. As Canon Europe puts it:

As a product reaches the end of its serviceable lifetime, Canon Europe can no longer guarantee that repairs will be possible due to the supply of spare parts.

These Canon products are no longer serviced:
  • Canon EOS 50D
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • Canon Extender EF1.4x II
  • Canon Extender EF2x II
  • Canon Battery Grip BG-E2

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 review (ephotozine)

tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
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 a very interesting lens with the SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2. ephotozine posted their review, and they appear to be quite fond of the SP 70-200mm F/2.8. Quoting:

The Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens is on the same level playing field as lenses costing up to twice as much, punching far above its weight. It may not have the same silky smoothness in operation as its more expensive competition, but it delivers the goods, making no compromise on image quality.

Add to that the amazing VC system and moisture and dust resistance and Tamron have a definite winner on their hands. Read the review…

The SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is in stock and ready to ship at $1,299:  Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon.

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

SP 70-200mm
Tamron 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.