Tamron developing new 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Lens

Tamron, famous for their third-party lenses, have today announced the development of an all-new telephoto zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras: the 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035).

In their blog, Tamron detail numerous exciting design elements guaranteed to attract the eyes of those looking for a versatile yet affordable telephoto zoom lens. Claiming the lens to be “the lightest weight in its class” at 1,115g (39.3 oz), it features magnesium material in important areas of the lens barrel adding to this weight reduction, whilst improving strength and portability.

The glass itself is said to be constructed of 3 LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements aiding in the reduction of chromatic aberration, coated with Tamron’s exclusive eBAND Coating for “superior anti-reflection performance”.

And good news for us nature photographers: the lens will deliver “fast and precise autofocus performance” due to the high-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system already found in the latest Tamron lenses. This feature further ensures effective VC (Vibration Compensation) for attaining pinsharp quality in tricky situations, be it birds in flight or a galloping herd.

If you are in need of that extra bit of distance, then fear not – the Model A035 is totally compatible with Tamron’s 1.4X teleconverter. In addition to this, compatibility is also available with the Tamron TAP-in Console that allows for precision focus and stabilisation adjustments, amongst others. Tamron will also be making available Arca Swiss tripod mount as an accessory.

Other features include:

  • MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 1.5m (59in)
  • Maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.6
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Fluorine Coating for enhanced weather protection

Tamron’s 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035) should be available by the end of 2017 in Nikon and Canon mounts.

Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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