March 18, 2013
Tamron Co., Ltd.

Tamron Announces the Launch of
SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009)
For Nikon mount

March 18, 2013, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President and CEO: Morio Ono / Headquarters: Saitama City), a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced the release of a full-size, high-speed telephoto zoom lens equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation) *1 image stabilization, and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) *2 that achieves leading-edge image quality while boasting the most compact*3 design in its class.

The SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009) for Nikon will be first released in Japan on March 28, 2013 and subsequently elsewhere.

SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009)

SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009)

Product Name Date of Launch (in Japan)
SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
(Model A009)
for Nikon
March 28, 2013 in Japan
and subsequently elsewhere

*1 VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary image stabilization mechanism.
*2 USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) is Tamron's proprietary ultrasonic motor drive.
*3 For high-speed telephoto zoom lenses for full-size SLR cameras, equipped with VC image stabilization and USD. Current as of March 18, 2013. (Source: Tamron)

Compatible Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony

The Nikon mount model will be first released in Japan on March 28, 2013 and subsequently elsewhere. The Canon mount is now on sale, and the sales date of the Sony compatible mount model will be announced later. The Sony mount model does not include VC because the body of Sony digital SLR cameras includes image stabilization functionality. The product name for Sony cameras is " SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di USD " without the VC designation.


Model: A009
Focal length: 70-200mm
Maximum aperture: F/2.8
Angle of view (diagonal): 34゜21'- 12゜21' (with full-size SLR cameras)
22゜33'- 7゜59' (with APS-C sized sensor digital SLR cameras)
Lens construction: 23 elements in 17 groups
Minimum focus distance: 1.3m (51.2 in)
Maximum magnification ratio: 1: 8 (at f=200mm: MFD 1.3m)
Filter size: Φ77mm
Length*1: 188.3mm (7.4 in)*
Entire length*2: 196.7mm (7.7 in)*
Diameter: Φ85.8mm
Weight: 1,470g (51.9 oz)*(including detachable tripod mount)
No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: F/32
Standard accessory: Flower-shaped lens hood
Compatible mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. may be changed without prior notice.
*Length, entire length and weight values given are for the Nikon mount.
*1: Length is the distance between the mount face and the tip of the lens.
*2: Entire length is the distance between the tip of the lens and the tip of the protrusion.

Notice of Classification Code Change for Nikon Mounts

Since the introduction by Tamron of the first Nikon mount lens featuring an internal AF motor, the AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC (Model A20), all Nikon mount lenses with the internal AF motor had used the classification code "N II." Lenses using a coupler system* without an internal AF motor were designated as "N." Because future Nikon mount lenses will have the internal AF motor as a standard feature, Tamron has decided to simplify the designation and consolidate all Nikon mount lenses as "N," eliminating the "N II" designation for future models. This classification code change was made effective from the 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008).

The "N" classification lenses with coupler systems are: SP AF200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di (Model A08); and SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di (Model B01).

* Coupler system refers to a system that uses a shaft to harness the AF motor built into the camera body to operate the lens.