Tamron and Maxwell International have announced local availability of the Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007), ‘the world’s first full-size fast-aperture standard zoom lens equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilisation and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)’.
Beyond its high-end optical performance, one of the new lens’ selling features is a lighter, more compact, more water-resistant body.
Key features include:
– Tamron’s VC mechanism delivers anti-shake benefits of up to four shutter speed stops. This greatly extends the main advantage of a fast-aperture lens, which provides useable shutter speeds when shooting without a tripod in low light;
– Uses specialised high-grade glass in the three LD elements, three glass-moulded aspherical lenses, one hybrid aspherical lens and two XR (Extra Refractive Index) elements, which contribute to ‘the top-of-class image quality expected of a high-grade Tamron SP lens’;
– Maximum aperture of f2.8 makes for a brighter viewfinder image, aiding composition and selective focus in any light conditions;
– wide-angle 24mm is ideal for travel, environmental portraiture and more;
– The profile of the aperture diaphragm blades creates a more rounded shape, resulting in more natural-looking blur (bokeh) effects. This is particularly important with a wide maximum aperture of f/2.8, where subjects can be isolated in a shallow zone of sharp focus against a blurred background. Blurred highlights appear in a circular shape which is attractive and natural. A near-perfect circular diaphragm shape is retained up to f5.6 – two stops down from fully open – where the blur effects are most visible;
– USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) powers a speedy autofocus drive, complemented by a continuous manual mechanism.
Available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts (with the Sony mount not including VC because the function is built into Sony camera bodies).
The new Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is available now at an RRP ‘under $1400’.
For more information visit http://www.tamron.com.au/