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 Tuesday, February 9, 2016
In a notice to its shareholders, Tamron has announced that it is replacing its President and CEO Morio Ono with the current Corporate Vice President, Shiro Ajisaka. Tamron listed "...to rejuvenate the company’s management structure" as the reason for the top level replacement.
 
We really liked where Tamron was headed with their 35mm and 45mm f/1.8 VC primes released late last year. It will be interesting to see how this change in management impacts the already evolving product line.
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Post Date: 2/9/2016 6:35:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 8, 2015
From Tamron:
 
Lens Case A011 (Model LA011)
 
A new lens case compatible with SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011)
 
October 8, 2015, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of optics for a wide range of applications, announces the launch of a lens case compatible with SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011). The new lens case will be sold as a separate accessory.
 
Tripod mount ring (long type), an optional accessory for A011 (Model A011TL)
 
A newly-designed optional tripod mount ring for SP 150-600mm VC USD extends the base surface of the tripod mount to improve stability and versatility
 
In addition to the Model LA011 lens case, Tamron also announces the launch of a tripod mount ring (long type) for SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011).
 
Tamron has designed a new long-type tripod mount ring for its well-received SP 150-600mm VC USD. By comparison with the supplied tripod mount, the new long-type design provides an extended base surface. This extra space not only makes it possible to add a second screw hole for secure mounting, thereby enhancing stability and versatility, but also makes it easier for users to hold the base surface and carry it around. The new mount ring will be sold as a separate accessory.
 
Date of Launch: October 15, 2015*
* Both products will be launched first in the Japanese market, with overseas launches to follow.
 
Note: The long tripod mount ring was originally announced in February but is now finally set to launch next month. [Sean]
 
B&H carries the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC which currently qualifies for a $70.00 mail-in rebate.
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Post Date: 10/8/2015 7:35:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 2, 2015
From Tamron:
 
First to debut: two fast, fixed focal standard lenses packed with exceptional features that deliver ultimate performance
 
  • SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012)
  • SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013)
September 2, 2015, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces launch of a new series of SP lenses that are optimized to make the most of the superior imaging performance delivered by the latest advancements in digital photography. Sporting a totally revamped external appearance, the new lenses provide the ultimate in functionality and operation. The first two lenses in the series are compatible with full-frame DSLR cameras and offer fast apertures and versatile, fixed focal lengths. The pair consists of the SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) and SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013), and both can be used with APS-C format cameras as well.
 
Features of fast-aperture fixed focal lenses: 35mm and 45mm, the first of new SP Series
 
To develop these two standard fixed focal lenses, goals were established to provide exquisite characteristics certain to set them distinctively apart from ordinary, conventional models. This required a new approach. All of the key performance criteria were redefined to achieve the ultimate in optical performance. VC (Vibration Compensation) was incorporated as an integral part of the opto-electronics design to expand shooting freedom. Priority was set to allow dramatically closer focusing capability to remove what would otherwise be a barrier to the subject. Yet with all this innovation, the overall mechanical package had to be kept within practical size limits with an elegantly sophisticated external design as a human interface.
 

 
Having optimized every prerequisite, remarkably versatile lenses have been developed that boast amazing performance from F/1.8 wide open aperture. These lenses can be enjoyed by users of APS-C cameras as well as full-frame.
 
  1. F/1.8 fast-aperture, fixed focal lenses aimed at ultimate performance
    Optimal use of the latest glass materials, coupled with Tamron's world renowned optical design technology, thoroughly compensated for aberrations of all types to achieve higher resolving power, while fine textures of materials and details are reproduced with subtle tonal gradations. The F/1.8 aperture delivers more light to the viewfinder—making it brighter for easier focusing – and more light to the sensor, allowing use even in very dim lighting conditions. In addition, the bokeh (background blur) effect obtained using the F/1.8 fast aperture delivers impressively smooth and soft transition from the main subject to the background.
  2. Dynamic close-focusing capability, unprecedented among standard lenses
    Both models deliver astonishingly short MOD (Minimum Object Distance) not available from other 35mm or 45mm standard lenses. Photographers can get closer to the subject with ease, unleashing new photo opportunities with an expanded scope of freedom. Superb image capture is ensured throughout the entire range from the closest to normal shooting distances, thanks to Tamron's proprietary Floating System built into both lenses.
  3. VC (Vibration Compensation) system, a feature crucial for high-pixel-density cameras
    Beneficial under all lighting conditions and especially useful in low light levels, the VC function provides noticeable advantages for handheld shooting by minimizing the adverse effects of camera shake. Cameras with high pixel densities, in particular, are sensitive to minute vibrations which cause unsharpness and degradation of image quality. VC works to ensure the maximum imaging performance even in dim lighting to allow photographers to enjoy the fast F/1.8 maximum aperture to the fullest extent.
  4. User-friendly product design with close attention to all details
    Opening a new chapter in the SP legend, product design, opto-mechanical construction and engineering processes are totally integrated. Every single detail and operating function has been thoroughly reexamined, explored and matured to a form that has a friendly, human touch.
External Design
 
  1. Product design with maximum emphasis on the human interface in order to achieve the ultimate in functional beauty
    While the lens is constructed with the absolutely most modern technologies inside, the exterior is articulated to offer the best possible comfort and confidence under a product design philosophy of "Human Touch." Organically composed lines and patterns on the barrel produce subtle changes in its appearance by reflecting ambient light on the surface. Metal-based barrel materials provide a pleasant feeling of comfort, high quality and durability, fitting firmly in the hands of the photographer. Design of the front face of the lens is also taken into consideration so that it is not intimidating.
  2. Brand ring and SP emblem
    A brand ring that's tinted "Luminous Gold" adorns the lens just above the lens mount. On one side of the lens barrel there is an SP emblem in the same luxurious color.
  3. Design of distance and aperture scales
    The window over the distance scale has been enlarged by 20% to maximize visibility and legibility. Font style of the characters and numbers has been newly developed to enhance the legibility as a critical element of the overall product design.
  4. Switches with optimized geometric shape and tactile feedback
    The geometric shape and sliding torque of the AF/MF change-over and VC On/Off switches have been configured and engineered to deliver the utmost comfort with secured operational feedback.
  5. Lens hood and caps
    To complete the lens product design, accessories such as the lens hood and caps for front and rear have been totally redesigned as well. Attaching and removing the lens hood has been fine-tuned by optimizing the connection interface to render both secure seating and durability.
Preorders:
Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD
Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD
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Post Date: 9/2/2015 5:35:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 17, 2015
From Tamron:
 
August 17, 2015 – Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced that the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) has presented its "European DSLR Zoom Lens 2015-2016" award to the world's first* F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom to offer image stabilization, Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012).
 
Excerpt from the Award Citation of the EISA Jury
"The Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD is quite simply a revolutionary design, being the first wideangle zoom to combine a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture with optical stabilisation. It covers a focal length range suitable for landscape photography, interiors and architecture thanks to the low optical distortion, but can also be used for street photography and atmospheric portraits. The optical performance is exceptional and provides a high level of contrast and detail. The autofocus and image stabilisation systems are highly effective, too. Build quality is high, with moisture resistant construction. It's a large and heavy lens, but great value for money."
Tamron Lenses that have received the EISA Award
 
The receipt of this prestigious award marks the 17th year Tamron has won an EISA Award, and the 10th consecutive year since 2006.
 
Year AwardedProduct Name
1992-1993SP AF35-105mm F/2.8 Aspherical (Model 65D)
1993-1994AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D)
1997-1998SP AF90mm F/2.8 MACRO [1:1] (Model 72E)
1999-2000AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model 185D)
2000-2001AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical -IF Super? (Model 371D)
2002-2003AF28-300mm Ultra Zoom XR F/3.5-6.3LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A06)
2003-2004SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A09)
2006-2007SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] (Model A16 )
2007-2008AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A18)
2008-2009AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A20)
2009-2010AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model B003)
2010-2011SP70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005)
2011-201218-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008)
2012-2013SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007)
2013-2014SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004)
SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009)
2014-201516-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016)
SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011)
2015-2016SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012)

B&H carries the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD.
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Post Date: 8/17/2015 5:29:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 6, 2015
From Tamron:
 
August 6, 2015, Saitama City, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, today announces the introduction of a new high-performance lens that zooms from 18 to 200mm for APS-C DSLR cameras.
 
The new 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018) is the successor to AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A14), which has been one of Tamron's best-selling lenses since its introduction 10 years ago. The new 18-200mm VC uses the most modern optical and mechanical design to achieve compactness and high performance. Incorporating image stabilization, the 18-200mm VC delivers superior image quality and is the lightest zoom in its class. Tamron made full use of its long experience and expertise as a pioneering force in high-power zoom lenses to create an optimal all-in-one lens that opens up new photographic possibilities to all DSLR camera users.
 
Product Highlights
 
  1. No need to change lenses—shoot in a wide variety of settings, from true wideangle to telephoto, with a single lens
    A zoom range of 18 to 200mm (35mm equivalent: 28-310mm) means there is no need to change lenses even when switching from wideangle shots in tight places to long telephoto shots of distant objects. Ideal for everything from large groups photos, family pictures, portraits, scenery, animals and school events—even for close-up shots (less than 0.5m / 19.7 in.) of food.
     
  2. Greater portability at a weight of just 400g (14.1 oz.)—the lightest lens in its class
    Covers the focal length range of 18 to 200mm and features Tamron's VC (Vibration Compensation), but weighs a mere 400g (14.1 oz.). Tamron designed the 18-200mm VC to be as user-friendly as possible by emphasizing portability and convenience. Users will appreciate the incredible balance and comfortable feel of this lens—even when used with the newest APS-C DSLR cameras.
     
  3. Features VC and AF, providing valuable support for DSLR camera novices
    Camera vibration is magnified in telephoto shots and when a slow shutter speed is used because of dim lighting. Even beginners can take great photos at long distances, at night, and indoors—and avoid camera shake—thanks to Tamron's acclaimed VC mechanism. By incorporating a newly designed autofocus drive module with optimal DC motor-gear train integration, the 18-200mm VC also focuses much more quickly and quietly than models with conventional DC motors.
     
  4. Delivers enhanced imaging performance in a lightweight package
    Featuring 16 elements in 14 groups, the 18-200mm VC uses an LD (Low Dispersion) lens element to minimize chromatic aberrations. Although light and compact with VC, Tamron's new offering also delivers amazing overall optical performance for an all-purpose lens. A circular, seven-blade aperture diaphragm maintains an almost perfectly round shape even at two stops down from its maximum aperture, providing desirable and beautiful bokeh with point light sources blurring into naturally rounded shapes.
     
  5. Works great as an easy-to-use lens for day-to-day use
    For added dependability and longer life, Tamron's new lens features moisture-resistant construction that helps prevent damage caused by accidental exposure to wetness. The lens also comes with a Zoom Lock feature to prevent unwanted barrel extension when users carry their lens and camera body combinations with the lens pointed toward the ground.
Specifications
 
ModelB018
Focal Length18-200mm
Maximum Aperturef/3.5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal)75°33'~ 7°59'
Optical Construction16 elements in 14 groups
Minimum Object Distance0.49m/19.3 in. (at 180mm)~0.77m/30.3 in. (at 35mm)
[at f=18, 200mm: 0.5m /19.7 in.]
Maximum Magnification Ratio1:4 (at f=200mm: MOD 0.5m)
Filter Size62mm
Maximum Diameter75mm
Lengthfor Canon 96.6mm (3.8 in.)
for Nikon 94.1mm (3.7 in.)
Weight400g (14.1 oz.)
Aperture Blades7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperturef/22-40
Standard AccessoriesFlower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible MountsCanon, Nikon, SonyCanon, Nikon, Sony

The Canon and Nikon mount models will be simultaneously launched August 20, 2015. The launch date of the Sony mount model will be announced at a later date.
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Post Date: 8/6/2015 7:16:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 15, 2015
Tamron has created a site dedicated to its implementation of Japanese-style manufacturing – "monozukuri."
 
The site offers two virtual tours (seen above) which provide details on Tamron's lens manufacturing and assembly processes.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses. For more information on Tamron lenses, check out Bryan's Tamron Lens Reviews.
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Post Date: 6/15/2015 8:13:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 19, 2015
From Tamron USA:
 
Tamron lens users can post and share photos with dedicated hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to earn a spot on the Tamron USA website
 
May 19, 2015, Commack, N.Y - Tamron USA announces its #WithMyTamron social media initiative, exclusively offered to all Tamron USA lens users. Participants simply capture photos with their favorite Tamron lenses, tag them with the #WithMyTamron, and upload them to their public Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Photographers may also directly upload from their device, computer or Facebook photos for consideration in the #WithMyTamron gallery at www.tamron-usa.com by using the "Submit a Photo" button.
 
Tamron staff will select their favorite photos tagged with the #WithMyTamron hashtag to appear on the Tamron USA website, where even more viewers-from budding photo enthusiasts to pros-will be inspired by real images taken by real people with Tamron's unmatched lens lineup.
 
Users will be able to search for and share photos with the #WithMyTamron hashtag on social media, fostering a community of dedicated Tamron aficionados who want to see what others are capturing with their own Tamron lenses.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
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Post Date: 5/19/2015 3:50:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 5, 2015
May 5, 2015, Commack, New York – Tamron USA Inc. announces its 2015 eBook series, with the first installation in the series already available for free download at http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/ebooks.php. Expansive, breathtaking photographs serve as the visual backdrop for each 12-page-plus eBook, accompanied by descriptive commentary and hands-on techniques and tips for each book's specific photographic theme, genre, or location.
 
First in the 2015 series is "Road Trip Across the Southwest," a gorgeous pictorial journey with photographer Ken Hubbard through the mountains, tufa towers, and slot canyons of the American Southwest. In this edition, Hubbard and fellow Tech Team colleague André Costantini take the Tamron Tailgate Tour van on a side trip to test-drive the new Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC lens, the world's first F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with image stabilization. The second eBook, "Sports Photography: A Guide to Camera Setup and Exposure" with Tamron Pro Photographer, Jillian Bell, was also posted last week. Four more eBooks are in the works and will be posted in May, June, July/August and September.
 
Featured eBook authors are members of Tamron's exclusive Tech Team, a highly skilled group of photographers, educators, and experts in Tamron lenses and lens technology. Tamron's eBook authors hone their craft behind the lens every day, then share that photography expertise with beginners, serious amateurs, and professionals across the country through visits to dealers, schools, camera clubs, and photography shows.
 
The 2015 eBooks will be companion pieces to the eBooks already available at http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/ebooks.php, including Close-Up Photography by Jillian Bell; Nighttime Photography by Jeff Allen; Sunrise/Sunset Photography by Rob Moody; Travel & Landscape Photography by Ken Hubbard; and Natural-Light Photography by André Costantini.
 
B&H carries the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens.
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Post Date: 5/5/2015 3:18:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 1, 2015
From Tamron USA:
 
"Tamron Tailgate Tour Unofficial Field Guide" Series Captures Photo "Odd Couple" On a Cross-Country Photo Journey
 
Commack, NY - April , 2015: Tamron USA announced today their first foray into "phototainment" with Season 1 of a video series designed to entertain while teaching valuable photo tips for all levels of photographers. Launched in conjunction with year two of their national Tailgate Tour to promote photography, the six-episode series captures the adventures of two photo road warriors as they make their way across the country, capturing some of the most beautiful photo vistas in the United States. The series features photographer and filmmaker André Costantini, and portrait and landscape photographer Ken Hubbard.
 
In a lesson taken from some current successful binge series, all six episodes of the "Tamron Tailgate Tour Unofficial Field Guide" season will premiere on May 1st on YouTube.com/tamronvids. The episode descriptions are as follows:
 
  • Episode 1: André and Ken explore the Dunes in Death Valley, talk turkey and catch a sunset in Ken's favorite park.
  • Episode 2: André and Ken take the van to the Racetrack on an unpaved road to witness the unexplainable.
  • Episode 3: André and Ken battle the elements and a cactus in search of great images around Zion.
  • Episode 4: André and Ken shoot the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend, discuss proper free fall techniques and harass each other at Antelope Canyon.
  • Episode 5: André and Ken take a trip to "Monkey Lake" and photograph the Milky Way at the Red Toadstools.
  • Episode 6: André and Ken experience a life changing event at the Grand Canyon.
"André and Ken are like Tamron's photo 'odd couple'. They have a long history together as friends, pro photographers and photo educators, and their banter tends to showcase their brotherly love/hate relationship, which adds to the fun of the series," said Stacie Errera, Chief Marketing Officer of Tamron USA. "The Tamron Tailgate Tour covered over 32,000 miles last year, and in addition to all of the camera store stops, they were able to capture amazing images across the country. While showcasing their photographic talents, they passed the time with a lot of laughs and a few insults, and we thought it would be fun to capture their adventures in an educationally-based web series."
 
"While Ken and I aren't exactly the iconic TV Odd Couple, I guess we bring our own brand of honesty that I think photo enthusiasts will appreciate," said André. "It's a no-holds-barred expose that captures maybe one too many hours together in a van." Planning for continuing the series into 2017 is already underway.
 
Season 1 is being released in conjunction with this year's Tamron Tailgate Tour, which will offer a seminar in camera stores across the country called "The Field Guide to Inspired Photography: See It, Capture It, Work It." The 2-hour evening course will be available for $25 in over 75 cities.
 
The Tamron Tailgate Tour works with local camera retailers to deliver a unique learning experience. The Tamron equipped van will pull into the parking lot and set up for a full day of education. Details and dates for the Tailgate Tour, including dates and times for the seminar, can be found at tamron-usa.com/tailgate/.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
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Post Date: 5/1/2015 6:20:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 14, 2015
2nd Annual Tour for Photo Education Will Turn Camera Store Parking Lots Into A Full Day Photo Experience
 
April 13, 2015, Commack, New York - Tamron USA announced today that the national 2015 Tamron Tailgate Tour will commence April 13th in New York City. The fully equipped Tamron van is back by popular demand with all new free mini-seminars, hands-on experiences with the latest Tamron technology, portfolio review opportunities, excited new evening seminar program, and tons of swag. The tour will visit camera stores throughout the country, bringing the total Tamron experience to you. The Tailgate Tour strives to take the average seminar and turn it into a photographic celebration full of giveaways, prizes, lens specials, and valuable insight from the Tamron tech team of photographers. This casual and fun approach to photography education is designed to offer easy and free access to great information to anyone interested in photography. The schedule is continually updated and can be accesses at www.tamron-usa.com/tailgate.
 
The Tamron Tailgate Tour will work with local photo retailers to deliver this unique learning experience. The Tamron van will pull into the parking lot and set up for a full day of education from 12pm to 4pm to help people with their photography questions. And each day will feature team members offering free mini-sessions under the Tamron Tailgate Learning Tent - "Achieving Perfect Exposure"12:00 - 12:45pm, "Portfolio and Image Review" 1:00 - 2:30pm and "Understanding Your Digital Darkroom" 3:00 - 3:45pm.
 
For those looking for even more tips to creating better photographs, Tamron will offer a two-hour evening seminar entitled "The Field Guide to Inspired Photography: See It, Capture It, Work It" taught by experienced Tamron tech team photographers. The cost of the seminars will be $25 dollars and will include a welcome bag with a reporter notebook and lens cleaning cloth.
 
Visitors will also see the latest in Tamron products, and will be eligible to enter the Tailgate Tour raffle contest, where three lucky winners can win any Tamron lens of his/her choice. One winner will be chosen at the end of each tour leg. Full contest details can be found at the Tamron Tailgate website on April 13th for the kick off of the tour. A Tailgate lunch will be served at most locations from 12pm to 2pm.
 
For more information and to find out when the Tamron Tailgate Tour will be in your area, visit www.tamron-usa.com/tailgate
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
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Post Date: 4/14/2015 6:13:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 6, 2015
Deadline for Tamron lens users residing in the USA to create their exhibit entry on www.myphotoexhibits.com for a chance to win a Tamron lens is August 31, 2015
 
From Tamron USA:
 
Commack, N.Y., April 3, 2015 - Tamron USA announces its fourth “My Travel Exhibit” photo contest, offered exclusively to Tamron USA lens users. Entrants will create a 3D virtual exhibit showcasing 8-14 of their best images in a travel theme on Tamron’s unique photo-sharing exhibit site, myphotoexhibits.com. Tamron judges will select the winning exhibit based on overall image quality and originality of the collection. The winning exhibit will be featured on the Tamron USA website and in the Tamron eNewsletter. The winner will also receive his/her choice of one of three full-frame, image-stabilized Tamron lenses:
 
  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (model A012, $1199 value)
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (model A007, $1299 value)
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (model A009, $1499 value)
The contest officially launched on April 1, 2015. Entrants without a computer or Internet access may send in entries of 8-14 images up to 8.5×11 by mail. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2015; complete contest rules are available at http://tamron.myphotoexhibits.com/contest.
 
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Post Date: 4/6/2015 8:09:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 13, 2015
From Tamron:
 
A newly designed optional tripod mount ring for SP 150-600mm VC USD extends the base surface of the tripod mount to improve stability and versatility
 
February 13, 2015, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced that the company will display samples of a tripod mount ring (long type) for SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD(Model A011)at CP+ 2015, which will be held from February 12 to 15, 2015, in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
 
Tamron has designed a new tripod mount ring (long type) for its popular SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011). Compared to the supplied tripod mount, the new long-type design provides an extended base surface. This extra space not only makes it possible to add a second screw hole for secure mounting, thereby enhancing stability and versatility, but also makes it easier for users to hold the base surface and carry it around. The new mount ring will be sold as a separate accessory.
 
The samples will be on display at CP+ 2015, which will be held from February 12 to 15, 2015 (CP+ booth G-28).
 
Product NameDate of Launch
Tripod mount ring (long type), an optional accessory for the A011 (Model A011TL)To be determined
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Post Date: 2/13/2015 6:27:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 22, 2015
From Tamron:
 
Tamron's state-of-the-art lens design features an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element and eBAND Coating for outstanding detail and performance from the center to the edges of the frame over the entire zoom range.
 
Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announces the release of a groundbreaking F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.
 
Since 2012, Tamron has been expanding its lineup of interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras. The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) was the world's first F/2.8 high-speed standard zoom lens to include image stabilization, followed by the development of the unique SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009), SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004), and SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) lenses, all of which have been highly acclaimed among the photo enthusiasts around the globe. Now, we have developed SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) to expand the world of imaging possibilities in the wide-angle range.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Superior, class leading imaging performance using an innovative XGM lens element
    With an optical construction consisting of 18 elements in 13 groups, including, for the first time, an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element placed in the front group, and several Molded-Glass Aspherical elements and LD (Low Dispersion) elements used throughout the optical system, aberrations such as geometrical distortion and lateral color are efficiently corrected enabling the zoom lens to deliver outstanding image quality throughout its entire zoom range from corner to corner.
  • Enhanced sharpness with exclusive VC image stabilization when shooting handheld in low light or at night
    In response to popular demand, Tamron has created the world's first F/2.8 ultra-wide- angle zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation). The VC allows shooting at slow shutter speeds and in low light conditions, and effectively compensates for minor camera shake, whilst maintaining class leading optimal performance.
  • eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection properties
    In addition to further optimizing Tamron's acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating, the eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating has also been employed in this lens. This combination offers superior anti-reflection properties especially important in ultra-wide-angle lenses which are particularly susceptible to flare and ghosting due to their wide angle of view, and provides superior quality and crystal-clear images by minimizing unwanted light reaching the sensor.
  • 15-30mm zoom covers both ultra-wide and semi-wide-angle focal lengths
    At its ultra-wide-angle settings this lens can capture, in a single photograph, broad landscapes that cannot be taken in fully by the human eye. At its semi-wide-angle focal lengths, it's ideal for travel and street photography. In short, this unique lens utilizes the zoom function to provide maximum shooting flexibility with a wide range of subjects.
  • Fascinating background "bokeh" throughout the wide-angle range due to its fast constant F/2.8 aperture
    Utilizing its shallow depth of field at F/2.8, it enables users to capture beautiful bokeh effects even at wide coverage angles. Its advanced optical formula and 9-bladed circular diaphragm are designed with defocused photography in mind - perfect for creating images where subjects stand out from their natural, blended backgrounds.
  • Proven fluorine coating utilizing Tamron's industrial lens expertise is used on the front element
    Fluorine coating, with an established track record in Tamron's industrial lenses, such as those used in automotive cameras, has been applied to the front element. It repels water and dirt, and makes it easier to remove smudges.
  • Flexible, high-performance focusing with USD
    USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) delivers high torque, high precision, and virtually silent autofocus action. A full-time manual focus mechanism permits fine focus adjustments instantly without needing to exit AF mode.
  • Lens hood designed to prevent light from striking lens at all focal lengths
    This unique lens hood provides effective shading of the front lens surface over the entire zoom range to minimize flare. It utilizes the unique characteristics of the optical system in which the front lens group recedes as you zoom in from 15 mm to 30 mm.
  • Double-hood structure provides additional strength
    A double-hood structure has been incorporated into the lens design to improve the durability of the zoom mechanism.
  • Comes with "SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron", RAW image processing software customized for Tamron SP lenses
    The SILKYPIX Developer Studio software can develop high-quality images from RAW data, incorporating adjustments that can express the personal style and taste of the photographer. These include white balance, color, sharpness, and the tonal curves recorded by digital cameras. The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (chromatic aberrations, distortion, peripheral light fall-off), based on the optical data. Used in tandem with Tamron's SP series lenses - renowned for their crisp, high-resolution imaging - this advanced technology efficiently produces images that meet photographers' most exacting demands.
Date of Launch: Gradually launching from January 30, 2015
Dedicated Tamron Page: http://www.tamron.co.jp/en/lineup/a012/index.html
 
Note: B&H doesn't have the lens available for preorder yet and the product pages do not indicate a price. However, Adorama has the lens available for preorder for $1,199.00 with free expedited shipping.
 
Update: Adorama's product page says, "NEW ITEM, NOT RELEASED YET. This Item is currently in Developement and has not been released yet. The price has not been set yet."
 
So either one of two things has happened:
 
  • Adorama has filled in an expected MSRP for the lens, but it isn't the official price (to be updated later) or
  • Adorama has published the actual MSRP but has not updated the status of the item
It seems that you can go through the preorder process at Adorama, so the second possibility may be the answer.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/22/2015 6:46:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 23, 2014
From Tamron:
 
Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono; Head office: Saitama-shi), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announced that it had produced a total of 5 million high-power zoom lenses* for interchangeable-lens cameras as of September 30, 2014.
 
Over 22 years since Tamron released the AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D) in 1992, the company has continued to develop innovative high-power zoom lenses as a "pioneer of high-power zoom lenses" such as further expanding the focal range, realizing astounding lightweight and compact structure, supporting digital SLR cameras, incorporating VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanisms, and implementing the PZD (Piezo Drive) ultrasonic motor.
 
Tamron has announced that it has produced a total of 5 million Tamron high-power zoom lenses as a result of the development of high-power zoom lenses spanning the past 22 years.
 
At present, Tamron has a wide lineup of high-power zoom lenses supporting various camera formats. In particular, during 2014, the company has released the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016) for APS-C sized digital SLR cameras with a world-first 18.8x zoom, the 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010) supporting full-frame digital SLR cameras, and the 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III (Model C001) for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras.
 
*Tamron defines high-power zoom lenses as lenses with a 7x zoom or higher.
 
See Tamron's All-In-One Zoom History and Tamron's Currenty High-power Zoom Lineup (.pdf).
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 10/23/2014 9:27:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 17, 2014
In case you didn't notice, the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens is currently sitting at the top of the "Most Popular Lens" leaderboard (on the home page). Impressive image quality from a very long focal length zoom lens with a very reasonable price has driven the 150-600 VC's popularity.
 
The lens has become so popular that finding one in stock has become a challenge. Amazon states "Usually ships within 1 to 3 months" for this model. The 150-600 VC is available on eBay, but be prepared to pay a premium for it. That this lens has become difficult to find has led to theories that Tamron pulled the lens from shelves or stopped production of the lens to address a deficiency. The other report I'm receiving is that the latest models of this lens are autofocusing more accurately than the early models. (thanks Chris)
 
To clear things up, I contacted my Tamron rep. What I learned is that the firmware installed on this lens has indeed been updated; starting with models produced in May 2014. The firmware update was specific to the Canon-mount version and was designed to improve autofocus performance. Unless a dealer is sitting on old inventory, all lenses currently being shipped should have the updated firmware. Lenses with the original firmware can be sent to Tamron for the update.
 
The other clarification that I received was that unavailability of this lens is entirely due to demand exceeding supply. There have been no halts to production and no recalls issued.
 
If you want to add a Tamron 150-600mm VC Lens to your kit, preorder and be patient.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 9/17/2014 9:13:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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