Tamron Lenses for Nikon

Note: Tamron continually updates many of their lenses (e.g., same name, different specs). The following table applies to the current Tamron line as of 3/10/2010. When buying used Tamron lenses, be sure to check which version of the lens you're getting (their famous 28-200mm has now had six major revisions, and the earlier versions have poorer focusing abilities than the latest and greatest). Tamron Web site is here.

Di = Designed for digital, works on both 35mm and digital bodies
Di-II = Designed for digital, works with APS sensor sizes (Nikon DSLRs)

Announced March 2010:

Focal Length
D?
Max F/stop
Filter Size
Close Focus
Comments
SP AF 70-300mm Di VC USD (A005) Yes 4-5.6 62mm 59" (1.5m) normal
17 elements in 12 groups. LD element, XLD element for reduced refractive qualities. BBAR multi-layer coating. 1:4 maximum magnification ratio. Internal focusing. Image Stabilization. New high-speed internal focus motor, with manual focus override. 9-blade aperture diaphragm. Hood included. 27 ounces (765g).

Announced September 2009:

Focal Length
D?
Max F/stop
Filter Size
Close Focus
Comments
SP AF 17-50mm XR Di-II VC (A16NII) Yes 2.8 72mm 11.4" (29cm) Di = digital imaging. 19 elements in 14 groups. Two LD and three compound aspherical elements, XR glass for reduced refractive qualities. 1:4.8 maximum magnification ratio. Internal focusing. Vibration reduction. Internal focus motor (AF-S like). 7-blade aperture diaphragm. Hood included. 20.15 ounces (570g).

Announced March 2009:

Focal Length
D?
Max F/stop
Filter Size
Close Focus
Comments
AF 60mm SP Di-II Macro (G005) Yes f/2 55mm 9" (.23m) Di = digital imaging. 14 elements in 10 groups, anomolus dispersion element. 1:1 maximum magnification ratio. 100mm working distance. Internal focusing. 7-blade aperture diaphragm. Hood included. 14 ounces (400g).

Announced July 2008:

Focal Length
D?
Max F/stop
Filter Size
Close Focus
Comments
AF 18-270mm Di-II VC LD Macro (B003) Yes F/3.5-6.3 72mm 19.3" (.49m) Di = digital imaging. 18 elements in 13 groups, anomolus dispersion element. 1:3.5 maximum magnification ratio. Zoom lock mechanism. Internal focusing. Vibration compensation. 7-blade aperture diaphragm. Hood included. 19.4 ounces (550g).

Announced at PMA 2008 (Jan):

Focal Length
D?
Max F/stop
Filter Size
Close Focus
Comments
AF 70-300mm Di LD Macro (A17NII) Yes 4-5.6 62mm 59" (1.5m) normal
37.4" (0.95m) macro
Di = digital imaging. 13 elements in 9 groups. LD element, XR glass for reduced refractive qualities. 1:2 maximum magnification ratio in macro mode. Internal focusing. New internal focus motor. 9-blade aperture diaphragm. Hood included. 16.2 ounces (458g).
AF 10-24mm SP Di II LD IF (AB001) Yes f/3.5-4.5 77mm 9" (0.24m) Di = digital imaging. 12 elements in 9 groups. 2 LD glass elements, 1 HID element. 1:5.1 maximum magnification ratio. Internal focusing. 7-blade aperture diaphragm. Hood included. 13.1 ounces (370).
AF 18-200mm XR Di-II (A14NII)
Yes
3.5-6.3
62mm
17.7" ( 0.45m)
Di = digital imaging. 15 elements in 13 groups. 7-blade aperture diaphragm. Macro mode (1:3.7 magnification at 200mm), internal focusing. New internal focus motor. Hood included. 14.9 ounces (423g).
SP AF 17-50mm XR Di-II LD (A16NII) Yes 2.8 67mm 10.6" (27cm) Di = digital imaging. 16 elements in 13 groups. LD and two hybrid aspherical elements, XR glass for reduced refractive qualities. 1:4.5 maximum magnification ratio. Internal focusing. New internal focus motor. 7-blade aperture diaphragm. Hood included. 15.3 ounces (434g).

Announced at PMA 2007 (Mar):

Focal Length
D?
Max F/stop
Filter Size
Close Focus
Comments
AF 70-200mm Di LD IF Macro Yes f/2.8 77mm 37.4" (.95m) Di = digital imaging. 18 elements in 13 groups. 3 LD glass elements. 1:3.1 maximum magnification ratio. Detachable tripod mount. Internal focusing. 9-blade aperture diaphragm. Hood included. 39 ounces (1113g). Updated to include internal focus motor on 5/19/2008.
AF 28-300mm XR Di VC LD IF Macro Yes F/3.5-6.3 67mm 19.3" (.49m) Di = digital imaging. XR = high refraction index glass. 18 elements in 13 groups. Hybrid and glass-moded aspherical elements; LD glass elements, and an anomalous dispersion glass element. 1:3 maximum magnification ratio. Vibration reduction (called Vibration Compensation). Zoom lock mechanism. Internal focusing. 9-blade aperture diaphragm. Hood included. 19.4 ounces (550g). Added internal lens motor 5/15/08.

Announced at Photokina 2006 (Sept):

Focal Length
D?
Max F/stop
Filter Size
Close Focus
Comments
AF 18-250mm Di-II LD Yes F/3.5-6.3 62mm 1.48' (.45m) Di = digital imaging. 16 elements in 13 groups. anomolus dispersion element. 1:3.5 maximum magnification ratio. Zoom lock mechanism. Internal focusing. 7-blade aperture diaphragm. Hood included. 15.2 ounces (430g).

Announced at PMA 2006 (Feb):

Focal Length
D?
Max F/stop
Filter Size
Close Focus
Comments
SP AF 17-50mm XR Di-II LD Yes 2.8 67mm 10.6" (27cm) Di = digital imaging. 16 elements in 13 groups. LD and two hybrid aspherical elements, XR glass for reduced refractive qualities. 1:4.5 maximum magnification ratio. Internal focusing. 7-blade aperture diaphragm. Hood included. 15.3 ounces (434g).
AF 28-200mm XR Di
Yes
3.8-5.6
62mm
19.3" ( 0.49m)
Di = digital imaging. 15 elements in 14 groups. 7-blade aperture diaphragm. 1:4 maximum magnification ratio, internal focusing. Hood included. 12.5 ounces (354g).
AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Yes 4-5.6 62mm 59" (1.5m) normal
37.4" (0.95m) macro
Di = digital imaging. 13 elements in 9 groups. LD element, XR glass for reduced refractive qualities. 1:2 maximum magnification ratio in macro mode. Internal focusing. 9-blade aperture diaphragm. Hood included. 15.3 ounces (435g).

Announced at Photokina 2004 (Sept):

Focal Length
D?
Max F/stop
Filter Size
Close Focus
Comments
AF 11-18mm XR Di-II Yes 4.5-5.6 77mm 9.8" (0.25m) Di = digital imaging. 15 elements in 12 groups. Internal focusing. 7-blade aperture diaphragm. Hood included. 375g.
AF 18-200mm XR Di-II
Yes
3.5-6.3
62mm
17.7" ( 0.45m)
Di = digital imaging. 15 elements in 13 groups. 7-blade aperture diaphragm. Macro mode (1:2.7 magnification at 200mm), internal focusing. Hood included. 14.9 ounces (423g).

Announced at Photokina 2002 (Sept):

Focal Length
D?
Max F/stop
Filter Size
Close Focus
Comments
AF SP 17-35mm Di LD Yes 2.8-4 ? ? Di = digital imaging.
AF SP 28-75mm XR Di
Yes
2.8
67mm
1' (33cm)
Di = digital imaging. 4 aspherical, 3 LD elements. Macro mode, internal focusing. 19.4 ounces. Street price target US$300. Added internal lens motor 5/15/2008.
AF SP 70-200mm Di LD Yes 2.8 ? ? Di = digital imaging. 2 LD elements. Internal focusing. 41.9 ounces. Street price target US$750.
AF SP 180mm Di Macro Yes 3.5 ? 18" Di = digital imaging. 2 LD elements. 1:1 Macro, internal focusing. 31.2 ounces. Street price target US$750.
AF SP 200-500mm Di LD Yes 5.6-6.3 ? ? Di = digital imaging. Rotary zoom (not push pull like the 200-400mm it replaces). 1 LD element. Internal focusing. Street price target US$750.

Introduced in 2002:

Focal Length
D?
Max F/stop
Filter Size
Close Focus
Comments
AF 28-300mm Macro Ultra Zoom XR Yes 3.5-6.3 62mm 19.3" (49cm) 1:2.9 magnification maximum (at 300mm). Internal focus. Aspherical, extra refractive, and low dispersion glass elements. 14.8 ounces.
AF SP 24-135mm AD
Yes
3.5-5.6
72mm
16 in (0.4m)
1:3.3 macro at 135mm. 19 ounces.
AF 19-35mm Yes 3.5-4.5 77mm 19 in (50cm) 13 elements in 11 groups. 9.64 ounces. Includes lens hood.

Available:

Focal Length
D?
Max F/stop
Filter Size
Close Focus
Comments
MF SP 17mm
No
3.5
82
9.8 in (0.25m)
10/12 element design, 5-blade diaphragm, comes with hood and case, requires adaptall mount
MF SP 24mm
No
2.5
55
9.8 in (0.25m)
9/10 element design, 5-blade diaphragm, requires adaptall mount
MF SP 90mm
No
2.5
55
11.4 in (0.29m)
macro (1:1), 9/10 element design, 9-blade diaphragm, comes with hood and case, requires adaptall mount
MF SP 300mm
No
2.8
43 drop in?
8 ft 2 in (2.5m)
2 LD elements, 7/10 element design, 9-blade diaphragm, comes with hood and case, requires adaptall mount
MF SP 500mm
No
8
82 (30.5 drop-in)
5 ft 7 in (1.7m)
mirror lens, 4/7 element design, comes with hood and case, requires adaptall mount
MF 28-70mm
No
3.5-4.5
52
2 ft 3 in (0.7m)
8/9 element design, 6-blade diaphragm, requires adaptall mount
MF 28-200mm
No
3.8-5.6
72
31.5 in (0.8m)
aspherical element, 14/16 element design, 6-blade diaphragm, comes with hood, requires adaptall mount
MF SP 28-105mm
No
2.8
82
19.7 in (0.5m)
4 aspherical elements, 3 LD elements, 13/15 element design, 9-blade diaphragm, comes with hood and case, requires adaptall mount
MF SP 60-300mm
No
3.8-5.4
62
7 ft 2 in (1.9m)
macro function gets 1:1.5 at 300mm, 11/15 element design, 8-blade diaphragm, comes with hood and case, requires adaptall mount
MF SP 70-210mm
No
3.5
62
2 ft 9 in (0.85m)
11/15 element design, 7-blade diaphragm, comes with hood and case, requires adaptall mount
MF 70-210mm
No
4-5.6
52
3 ft 7 in (1.1m)
9/13 element design, 8-blade diaphragm, light (10 oz), comes with hood, requires adaptall mount
AF SP 300mm
No
2.8
112
8 ft 2 in (2.5m)
2 LD elements, 7/10 element design, 9-blade diaphagm, comes with hood and case.
AF SP 90mm
Yes
2.8
55
11.4 in (.29m)
macro (1:1), focusing clutch, 9/10 element design, 9-blade diaphragm, comes with hood and case.
AF SP 20-40mm
Yes
2.7-3.5
77
1.7 ft (0.5m)
aspherical elements, 12/15 element design, 6-blade diaphragm, internal focusing, comes with butterfly hood and case.
AF 24-70mm
No
3.3-5.6
62
15.7 in (0.4m)
aspherical element, close focus applies at all distances, 6-blade diaphragm, comes with hood.
AF 28-80mm
Yes
3.5-5.6
58
2.3 ft (0.7m)
aspherical elements, 7/7 element design, 6-blade diagphragm, very light (8 oz), comes with hood.
AF 28-200mm
No
3.8-5.6
72
31.5 in (0.8mm) at 200mm, 37.4 in (0.95m) at 28mm
two aspherical elements, one LD element, internal focusing, 14/16 element design, 6-blad diagphragm, comes with hood, available in both silver and black finishes
AF 200-400mm
Yes
4-5.6
77
8 ft 2 in (2.5m)
2 LD elements, 11/13 element design, internal focusing, 9-blade diaphragm, lens hood.
AF 28-200mm
No
3.5-5.6
58
2.4 ft (0.7m)
AF SP 70-210mm
No
2.8
77
4 ft 11 in (1.5m)
LD element, 13/17 element design, 9-blade diaphragm, comes with hood and case.
AF 80-210mm
Yes
4.5-5.6
52
4 ft 11 in (1.5m)
8/9 element design, 7-blade diaphragm, light (10 oz), comes with hood.
AF 70-300mm
Yes
4-5.6
58
4 ft 11 in (1.5m)
LD element, 9/13 element design, 9-blade diaphragm, comes with hood
AF 28-105mm   4-5.6 62 19.7 in (0.5m) internal focusing, 12/15 element design, 6-blade diagphragm, very light (11 oz), comes with hood.
AF SP 28-105mm   2.8 82 19.7 in (0.5m) internal focusing, four aspherical elements, three LD elements, 13/15 element design, 9-blade diagphragm, comes with hood and case.
AF 28-200mm LD ASL Super II Macro
3.8-5.6
72
19.6 in (0.49m)
two aspherical elements, one LD element, internal focusing, 14/16 element design, 6-blade diaphragm, comes with hood. Recently upgraded to XR (extra refractive) version.
AF 28-300mm LD ASL   3.5-5.6 72 49.6 in (1.26m) at 28mm, 23.6 in (0.6m) at 200mm, 32.3 in (0.82m) at 300mm three aspherical elements, two LD elements, internal focusing, 15/14 element design, 7-blade diaphragm, comes with hood.
AF 100-300mm   5-6.3 55 4 ft 11 in (1.5m) 9/12 element design, 9-blade diaphragm, light (12.5 oz), comes with lens hood
AF SP 14mm   2.8 rear filter slot 7.8 in (0.2m) 2 aspherical elements, 12/14 element design, 5-blade diaphragm, comes with butterfly hood and case.

"MF" = manual focus; "AF" = autofocus.

D? = is the lens D compatible? Only verified lenses are listed as "Yes" in this table.

Max F/stop = widest available f/stop; variable number indicates maximum f/stop changes with focal length.

Filter Size =  number is filter thread size.

Close Focus = first number is in feet; number in parentheses is meters (the convention used throughout Nikon Field Guide)