For the first time, a dedicated portrait lens that allows you to zoom through various composition options as the creative ideas zoom through your head. The 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043) zoom lens is based on the new concept of allowing you to concentrate on a wide range of portrait compositions without the interruption of pausing to change lenses. The fast F-stop offers F/2.8 at the wide end while maintaining a bright F/4 at the telephoto end. The compact Model A043 is designed for easy carrying, measuring only 124.3mm (4.9 in) long and weighing just 790g (27.9 oz). For fast and steady operation, this exciting zoom incorporates Tamron’s Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) system, which strikes the perfect balance between AF performance and effective vibration compensation. Additionally, optical performance tuned to accentuate the finest qualities of the subject combines clear image quality and soft bokeh defocus blur at the highest level. For greater flexibility when used outdoors, Moisture-Resistant Construction and a Fluorine Coating deliver extra measures of protection. Also, the BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating effectively reduces ghosting and flare as well. High quality, flexibility and broad creative expression—you can have them all with Tamron’s new portrait zoom lens.
Circular Aperture to Produce a Smooth-Edged Bokeh
Image of mechanism that narrowed down two steps
A 9-blade diaphragm is configured to retain a smooth, circular-shaped aperture opening even when stopped down by two stops from the wide-open aperture. This produces a smooth-edged bokeh in background light spots and avoids rugged aperture geometry.
Fluorine Coating for protection and safe cleaning
The front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellant. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints.
An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is employed in Nikon-mount lenses. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.
Moisture-Resistant Construction protects your lens
For greater protection when shooting outdoors, leak-resistant seals throughout the lens barrel help protect your equipment.
Compatible with the TAMRON TAP-in Console™
Optional compatibility with the Tamron's TAP-in Console (Model TAP-01) lets you easily update firmware and customize the lens by making fine adjustments to AF focusing positions, VC control, and more.
The 35-150mm F/2.8-4 extends photographic expression in unprecedented fashion
Express your creativity as a portrait photographer by pursuing every dimension from dramatic close-up expressions to delicate movements. We want you to enjoy portrait shooting as you intend, and that is the sentiment we poured into this lens. The Model A043 offers a zoom ratio of nearly 4.3x, with focal lengths ranging from 35mm at the wide end to 150mm at the telephoto end. And if a more structured approach better suits you, you’ll find scale markers that indicate the popular focal length settings for portrait photography (ref. focal length scale animation). The versatile zoom range incorporates the 85mm focal length (often regarded as optimum for portrait shooting) and covers everything from full-body shots that include the surrounding area to sharp head-and-shoulders shots. With this single lens you can make the most of every moment you spend with any subject.
The balance between high resolution and brilliant bokeh accentuates any subject
The Model A043 features a specialized optical formula that employs three LD (Low Dispersion) and three hybrid aspherical lens elements to thoroughly control optical aberrations. Tamron’s proprietary anti-reflecting BBAR Coating significantly reduces ghosting and flare that might otherwise occur under backlight conditions, where portraits are often shot. The result provides the advanced levels of sharpness and contrast that today’s high resolution DSLRs require. Because the Model A043 was created with the concept “Portrait Zoom,” MTF performance is optimized to deliver the highest optical achievement at 85mm as illustrated in the image below. Furthermore, Tamron has combined its many years of expertise in producing soft, beautiful bokeh defocus blur with the latest simulation technologies. As a result, the contrast between in-focus areas rendered accurately down to the fine details and backgrounds that gently blend into the scene produces a single high quality image. Enjoy this excellent, inspired performance for portraits, landscapes, travel, family snapshots and more across a wide range of photography subjects.
Outstanding AF performance and vibration compensation for crisp, sharp images
The Model A043 includes Tamron’s exclusive Dual MPU system: a dedicated micro-processing unit for vibration compensation, and separate microprocessor for lens system control, including AF. Each MPU has a DSP (Digital Signal Processing) block for high speed signal processing that combines reliable vibration compensation with exceptional AF performance. The result effectively reduces focus deviations and camera shake and is especially valuable in low-light conditions.
AF with Optimized Silent Drive quietly tracks constantly moving subjects with ease
The AF drive employs a newly developed OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) to ensure silent operation. Operating noise has been appreciably reduced thanks to a revamped and optimized AF unit.
Photographers and subjects can converse and enjoy the mood of the moment while devoting their efforts to portrait shooting without noisy intermittent distractions. Also, the precision and speed of autofocusing are increased to ensure accurate focus even when tracking constantly moving subjects.
VC (Vibration Compensation) counteracts camera shake and expands opportunities
The Model A043 is equipped with Tamron’s legendary VC that achieves compensation equivalent to 5 stops* (CIPA standards) to effectively reduce the effects of camera shake. This is particularly beneficial when shooting at the shake-prone telephoto end and when shooting at slower shutter speeds. VC ensures that subjects will be faithfully captured down to the fine details even when shooting in low-light environments, such as twilight or indoors, without flash.
MOD of 0.45m (17.7 in) adds close-up composition to your zoom repertoire
Focal length: 150mm Exposure: F/4 1/40sec ISO 100
In addition to a wide range of focal lengths, the Model A043 provides an MOD of 0.45m (17.7 in) across the entire zoom range. This allows you to approach the subject close-up even when shooting at the telephoto end, which adds new possibilities to portrait composition. By varying the distance between you and the subject, you can intensify close communication with the subject, a crucial aspect of portrait photography. Even when shooting indoors where movement is restricted, you will be able to find just the right shooting position and angle. Experience the rich variation in the world of close-up photography of eyes, skin texture and other points of focus that becomes possible as you move nearer to the subject.
Cover from 17mm wide to 150mm telephoto with two high performance F/2.8-4 lenses
Using the Model A043 as a set with Tamron’s 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) ultrawide-angle zoom supports an amazingly broad range of shooting styles from landscape and street photography to architecture and portrait photography—and everything in between! What’s more, the lenses have a combined weight of just 1,250g (44.1 oz)*, making them the perfect combo when you want to travel light.