Photography News issue 25

Photography News Issue 25 absolutephoto.com

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Format: Full-frame, APS-C Lens fitting: Canon, Nikon, Sony Filter size: 82mm Minimum focus: 38.10cm Dimensions (dxl): 88.9x116.8mm Weight: 825g

Buyers’ guide With more than 25 optics in their range, Tamron has a lens for every genre of photography and every photographer. Here are just a few of the prime choices Tamron lens range

10. 24-70mm

Format: APS-C Lens fitting: Canon M, Nikon F, Sony E Filter size: 50mm Minimum focus: 49cm Dimensions (dxl):

9. 18-200mm

68.6x101.6mm Weight: 459g

Format: Full-frame, APS-C Lens fitting: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A Filter size: 67mm Minimum focus: 20cm Dimensions (dxl): 80.4x81.3mm Weight: 479.12g

4. 70-200mm

Format: Full-frame, APS-C Lens fitting: Canon, Nikon, Sony Filter size: NA Minimum focus: 28cm Dimensions (dxl): 98.4x143mm Weight: 1100g

1. SP 35mm

Format: Full-frame, APS-C Lens fitting: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A Filter size: 67mm Minimum focus: 20cm Dimensions (dxl): 80.4x81.3mm Weight: 479.12g

5. SP 45mm

8. 15-30mm

Format: Full-frame, APS-C Lens fitting: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A Filter size: 67mm Minimum focus: 29cm Dimensions (dxl): 80.4x88.9mm Weight: 498.95g

Format: Full-frame, APS-C Lens fitting: Canon, Nikon, Sony Filter size: 58mm Minimum focus: 30cm Dimensions (dxl): 76.4x114.5mm Weight: 550g

7. 90mm

2. 16-300mm

Format: Full-frame, APS-C Lens fitting: Canon, Nikon, Sony Filter size: 95mm Minimum focus: 30cm Dimensions (dxl): 105.6x257.8mm Weight: 1950g

3. 18-270mm

Format: APS-C Lens fitting: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A Filter size: 67mm Minimum focus: 39cm Dimensions (dxl): 75x99.5mm Weight: 539g

Minimum focus: 49cm Dimensions (dxl):

Format: APS-C Lens fitting: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A Filter size: 62mm

73.7x96.5mm Weight: 450g

6. 150-600mm

Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD £579

Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5- 6.3 Di II VC PZD £269

Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD £579

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di USDVCMacro £349

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5- 6.3 Di III VC £339

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2 The SP 35mm pairs this versatile focal length with a sophisticated optical layout and VC image stabilisation. One low dispersion element, one extra low dispersion element and two aspherical elements help to control a variety of aberrations and distortions for consistent and even illumination, and sharpness,. They also reduce any colour fringing, and the eBAND and BBAR coatings work to suppress flare and ghosting for increased contrast and colour fidelity. Complementing the imaging capabilities, this 35mm f/1.8 lens is also characterised by a ring-type USD motor, which provides quick, quiet autofocus performance with full-time manual focus override. This remarkable 18.8x zoom covers the whole range from wide-angle to telephoto, while also delivering macro focusing. To ensure excellent image quality, there is one hybrid aspherical element, three moulded glass elements, two low dispersion elements, one Extra Refractive Index element, and one Ultra- Extra Refractive Index element. There’s also a Piezo Drive autofocus system, which is powered by a fast and quiet standing-wave ultrasonic motor, and Vibration Compensation. Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5- 6.3 Di II VC PZD £399

4 An ‘all in one’ lens, this impressive 15x superzoomwill meet almost all photographic opportunities without the need to change lenses. The addition of the PZD (Piezo Drive) ultrasonic autofocus motor helps make this lens lighter, shorter and slimmer, and it provides faster, quieter autofocusing. Meanwhile the VC mechanism allows the use of lower shutter speeds, and it automatically detects movement of the camera and compensates for shake when shooting a moving object. This advanced Tamron optic is a standard to telephoto zoom lens with a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range. It offers superior image quality accentuated by advanced Vibration Compensation and an Ultrasonic Silent Drive motor for quiet, smooth and precise autofocus. A new optical design for this popular focal length zoom delivers high contrast and resolution throughout the zoom range and one extra-low dispersion element with four low dispersion elements minimise chromatic aberrations. Meanwhile a circular diaphragm that retains its round shape even when taken down two stops from f/2.8 offers expressive background blurring. Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di USDVC £929

6 The SP 45mm comes with VC image stabilisation and an advanced optical design for enhanced image quality. One low dispersion element helps to minimise chromatic aberrations in order to achieve greater clarity with reduced colour fringing, while two aspherical elements correct for spherical and chromatic aberrations, as well as distortion. Meanwhile eBAND and BBAR coatings on the elements suppress flare and ghosting, for increased contrast and colour accuracy. A ring-type USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor is employed to ensure fast, precise and quiet autofocus performance that benefits both stills and video recording. This telephoto zoom offers a versatile focal range, Vibration Compensation and Ultrasonic Silent Drive. A powerful lens, it enables you to capture wildlife close up in detail or at a distance in its natural habitat, without disturbing its activity. Tamron’s proprietary Vibration Compensation image stabilisation system and Ultrasonic Silent Drive allow you to shoot crisp images of fast- moving, distant subjects handheld and it’s suitable for a wide range of applications, including sports, wildlife, travel and portraits. Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di USDVC £799

8 Adopting a state-of-the-art optical design and a rounded diaphragm, the 90mm f/2.8 carries on the tradition of Tamron’s 90mm Macro lenses in delivering stunning blur effects. The two extra low dispersion and one low dispersion element ensure chromatic aberrations are kept to a minimum and images are crisp and clear. The VC image stabilisation mechanism reduces camera shake to deliver sharp images. The Di in its moniker stands for Digitally Integrated, which means this lens can be used on cameras with full-frame and APS-C sized sensors. This ultra-wide-angle zoom continues Tamron’s development of lenses for serious photographers, adding an ultra- wide-angle solution to its line-up of high-quality optics for pro DSLR users. Suitable for full-frame and smaller sensors, the 15-30mm lens incorporates advanced features, such as a constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range, along with quiet and fast USD focusing and water and dirt repellent fluorine coating on the new XGM front element. This lens is suitable for a wide range of photographic subjects, including landscape, travel, interior, weddings, gigs and night photography. Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di USDVC £849

10 With a minimum focus distance of 45cm, this lightweight zoom lens is great for close-up photography and uses a stepping motor to ensure quiet and quick focusing so your subject is not disturbed. This wide high-power zoom features VC image stabilisation, which provides up to a four-stop anti- shake advantage when you’re shooting handheld, so you can make full use of the lens’s capabilities even in low light. Direct Manual Focus (DMF) allows you to make delicate adjustments to the image and precisely focus the image exactly the way you want it to look. This compact and lightweight high- speed, standard zoom lens incorporates special high-grade glass in three low dispersion elements, three glass moulded aspherical lenses, one hybrid aspherical lens and two Extra Refractive (XR) elements to deliver exceptional images. The Ultrasonic Silent Drive provides quick autofocus that’s quiet, together with full-time manual focus override. Along with its moisture- resistant construction, the SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens is equipped with a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 to ensure natural out-of-focus areas with a shallow depth-of-field. Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di USDVC £679

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