After a few pictures leaked out yesterday and today’s earlier announcement of the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens for Sony, Tamron now give us the 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD lens for Nikon and Canon DSLRs. A slightly slower, lighter weight alternative to the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2.
Aimed at the budget conscious shooter who doesn’t need that extra stop of aperture, the new 70-210mm f/4 boasts some great performance and features to help those hoping to keep their rig fairly light.
So, let’s take a look at the specs…
- Model: A034
- Focal length: 70-210mm
- Maximum aperture: f/4
- Angle of view: 34°-11° (full frame)
- Optics: 20 elements in 14 groups
- Minimum focus distance: 37.4″ (95cm)
- Filter size: 67mm
- Aperture blades: 9 (circular)
- Image Stabilisation: 4 stops (5D Mark III & D810 used in tests)
- Included accessories: Lens hood, lens caps
- Mounts: Nikon, Canon
- Dimensions: Nikon 3 x 6.8″ (76 x 173mm), Canon 3 x 6.9″ (76 x 175mm)
- Weight: Nikon 1.87lb (850.5g), Canon 1.89lb (859g)
The weight does not include the weight of the tripod collar, because it seems that a tripod collar for this lens is an optional extra, not included. That always felt a little strange to not include something like that, but it seems to be the way these days on non-f/2.8 zooms.
The weight advantages of the f/4 for those who don’t need the f/2.8 aperture are a big deal, too. Especially if you decide to not spend more money on that optional tripod collar. Weighing in at a little over half that of Tamron’s 70-200mm f/2.8 offerings, it should be a little more comfortable for lengthy handheld sessions.