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Tamron Launches the World’s First 85mm f/1.8 Lens with Stabilization



Tamron today announced a new 85mm f/1.8 VC lens, the world’s first fast-aperture telephoto lens with Vibration Compensation (VC), and a 90mm f/2.8 macro lens.

Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD


The new 85mm f/1.8 VC lens is designed for full frame Canon, Nikon, and (later) Sony DSLR cameras. While the f/1.8 already makes the lens useful in low-light situations, the added stabilization technology further helps to increase sharpness in handheld shots.

There’s a Fluorine Coating on the front element to prevent condensation and resist smudges, and the body features a Moisture-Resistant Construction to keep wetness out. Other features include an electromagnetic diaphragm system for precise diaphragm and aperture control, Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) technology for fast and quiet autofocusing, full time Manual Focus override in AF mode, and a 9-blade circular aperture for smooth bokeh.

The Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC will be available starting in April 2016. Pricing has yet to be announced.

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 MACRO


Tamron also announced a new 90mm f/2.8 VC macro lens with new XY-Shift compensation, which uses an accelerometer to detect and counteract camera shake, improving stabilization for all focal distances from infinity to macro.

Features include USD for speedy and silent autofocusing, a moisture and dust resistant build, a Fluorine Coating, an internal focusing system so the lens length never changes, a working distance of 139mm (~5.5 in), full-time manual focus override, and a 9-blade circular aperture.

The Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens will be available starting March 2016 for Canon and Nikon mounts, with Sony to follow. It’ll have a price tag of $649.

Update: It has been pointed out that the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 E-mount lens also has optical image stabilization. It looks like Tamron’s claim has the fine print “Among 85mm F/1.8 interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras.” Sony’s lens isn’t for traditional DSLRs, so that explains Tamron’s claim.

Update on 3/21/16: Tamron says the new 85mm f/1.8 will cost $749, and that shipping will begin on March 31st, 2016.