Thursday, September 13, 2012

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

Tamron Announces Development of SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD
September 2012, Carl Garrard

Woo hoo, another nice 90mm Macro lens. I reviewed Tamrons venerable older model so I'm quite excited to see how the new one performs. The older lens was tack sharp and made gorgeous images so its going to be difficult to improve upon that. Main improvements are the new optical design, addition of vibration control (VC), new sexy look, and USD (Ultra Sonic Drive). So a quieter, faster focusing, better performing optic is coming! Great news! By first impression this lens looks a lot like the very excellent 60mm f/2 macro that I fell in love with when I reviewed that lens at www.alphamountworld.com (both the 90mm and 60mm reviews are there). Can't wait to use this lens, sounds like it handles better and is faster and quieter to use in general. A great lens for portraiture more so than ever with those improvements.




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Full press release below, enjoy!

Carl Garrard



TAMRON announces development of SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004)

Redesign equips the legendary 90mm macro lens with VC (Vibration Compensation)[1] and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)[2]

September 13, 2012, Saitama, Japan — Tamron Co., Ltd. (President and CEO: Morio Ono / Headquarters: Saitama City), a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced the development of a next generation 90mm Macro lens for full-size SLR cameras. The lens features completely redesigned optics, a proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation), and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive). The SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sony[3] mounts. The lens is expected to ship by the end of 2012. Pricing information will be announced at a later date.

Product Features
  Tamron has updated their legendary 90mm Macro lens with a new, state-of-the-art optical design. The lens, reborn for the age of digital photography, offers VC (Vibration Compensation) and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive).
  Adopting a state-of-the-art optical design and a rounded diaphragm[4], this lens carries on the long tradition of Tamron’s 90mm Macro lens in delivering spectacular blur effects. Two XLD[5] (Extra Low Dispersion) glasses and one LD (Low Dispersion) element reduce chromatic aberrations, yielding sharp images and outstanding resolution. 
  Tamron’s newly developed eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating[6] delivers a dramatic improvement in antireflection performance—significantly reducing flare and ghosting for clearer, crisper images.


[1] VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary image stabilization mechanism.
[2] USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) is Tamron's proprietary ultrasonic motor drive.
[3] The Sony mount does not include VC, as Sony digital SLR bodies include image stabilization functionality. The Sony lens is designated as “SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di USD”
[4] This rounded diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even when taken two stops down from its fully open state.
[5] The XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass is made from specialized high-grade glass, which offers greater chromatic aberration correction properties than LD (Low Dispersion) elements.
[6] The eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating is a new nanotechnology-based coating technique developed by Tamron to reduce unwanted reflection.

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