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Tamron Launches Two New Lenses- 85mm f/1.8 VC and 90mm f/2.8 VC Macro

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[UPDATE1- Tamron India is still filling us in on the exact pricing and availability of these lenses. We’ll update as soon as more is known to us. Please keep checking in.]

[UPDATE2- Nikon and Canon mount lenses will be released first and simultaneously. Sony A Mount lenses will follow later ]

 

After a couple of weeks of teasing photographers regarding these two upcoming lenses, Tamron today finally put them out in the open-

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Back in September, Tamron started this new line of fast, stabilizied and affordable prime lenses with the launch of the 35mm f/1.8 and the 45mm f/1.8 Pro lenses. With these two new lenses, Tamron now brings the total number to 4 lenses in this line up. The interesting thing is that instead of these 4 lenses covering a wide range of focal lengths, these lenses are very near to each other in focal lengths with the 35mm and 45mm at one end and the new 85mm and 90mm at the other end. We hope Tamron releases more lenses to evenly cover a larger range of focal lengths soon.

[Also read- Our Indepth Review of the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Lens ]

Both these lenses carry forward the new, modern, robust and weather proof style and construction that Tamron has implemented before in this line up. The lens barrel is solid with an aluminium alloy construction.

Lets talk about the 85mm F/1.8 first.

SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD

This is the world’s first 35mm DSLR lens to feature image stabilization. The quality of Tamron’s VC stabilization technology is well known and appreciated. On a mid-telephoto lens such as this one, this is a feature that not only portrait and fashion photographers will welcome, but also video shooters as it would provide an edge while framing a tight shot.

tamron 85mm f1.8

On this lens the VC offers 3.5 stops of stabilization according to according to Tamron. I’m sure this will especially be appreciated by candid wedding photographers who often work in some of the worst lighting conditions.

As a close up portrait lens, good colour and contrast rendition as well as absence of colour fringing and distortion is key to the success of this lens. From the sample pictures that Tamron provided, all these aspects seem very well controlled.

tamron 85mm f1.8 fringing
EXIF- Shot at f/1.8 at 1/60th secs

 

According to Tamron, these results are achieved by using eBAND and BBAR coatings a well as Anti Reflection technologies along with LD and XLD (Low Dispersion Glass)

It is not only the colour rendition but the smooth bokeh (out of focus area) results that astonishing-

tamron 85mm f1.8 bokeh
EXIF- Shot at f/1.8 at 1/60th secs

Close up of bokeh-

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The lens features a 13 elements in 9 groups lens design and a 9 blade aperture along with weather sealing. No word of pricing or availability from Tamron yet, but considering Tamron’s earlier pricing strategy it should be very affordable for a quality product like this.

Press kit pictures-

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Spec sheet-

Model F016
Focal Length 85mm
Maximum Aperture F/1.8
Angle of View (diagonal) 28°33′ (for full-frame format)
18°39′ (for APS-C format)
Optical Construction 13 elements in 9 groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.8m (31.5 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:7.2
Filter Size Φ67mm
Maximum Diameter Φ84.8mm
Length* for Canon 91.3mm (3.6 in)
for Nikon 88.8mm (3.5 in)
Weight for Canon 700g (24.7 oz)
for Nikon 660g (23.3 oz)
Aperture Blades 9 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/16
Image Stabilization Performance 3.5 stops
(For Canon : EOS-5D MarkIII is used / For Nikon : D810 is used)
Standard Accessories Lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon, Sony (Sony mount does not include VC)

 

Now lets talk of the 90mm-

SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC Macro USD

The new 90mm macro has been enhanced with advanced features and builds upon a legacy of superior optical performance of its previous model. XY-Shift compensation has been newly added to VC functionality.

Tamron 90mm

 

The AF algorithm and protocols have been further improved to enhance focusing speed. In addition, Tamron has also added a high standard of Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction to prevent dust or moisture getting into the lens body.

It feature similar construction and weather sealing as the other 3 lenses in the line up. In terms of size and shape, it remains similar to the previous 90mm macro from Tamron (below) –

tamron 90 old

At 90mm millimetre it sits perfectly in the middle as the two most popular portrait making focal lengths, it can easily be used as a head and shoulder portrait lens or as a close up headshot lens.

Also, being a macro lens, it adds far superior detail reproduction and sharpness.

Another thing to be noted is that Tamron rates this lens as a 1:1 macro, which makes it ideal for product photography as well as close ups, as seen in the sample pictures released by Tamron-

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EXIF- f/2.8 at 1/125th secs

 

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EXIF- f/2.8 at 1/80th secs

 

The lens features a 14 elements in 10 groups lens design and a 9 blade aperture along with weather sealing. No word of pricing or availability from Tamron yet.

Press pictures-

tamron 85mm back tamron 90 front tamron 90 main tamron 90 top

 

Specifications-

Model F017
Focal Length 90mm
Maximum Aperture F/2.8
Angle of View (diagonal) 27°2′ (for full-frame format)
17°37′ (for APS-C format)
Optical Construction 14 elements in 11 groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.3m (11.8 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:1
Filter Size Φ62mm
Maximum Diameter Φ79mm
Length* for Canon 117.1mm (4.6 in)
for Nikon 114.6mm (4.5 in)
Weight for Canon 610g (21.5 oz)
for Nikon 600g (21.2 oz)
Aperture Blades 9 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/32
Image Stabilization Performance 3.5 stops
(For Canon : EOS-5D MarkIII is used / For Nikon : D810 is used)
Standard Accessories Lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon, Sony (Sony mount lens will not have VC)

 

Do check back in for more info regarding pricing and availability.


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