Heavyweight performance in a lightweight lens
Mobility meets precision with the Model A035 ultra-telephoto lens
Get into The Action
Not all telephoto DSLR lenses are built alike, and many 100-400mm lenses are bulky, heavy, and hard to adjust, making them less-than-ideal for capturing action on the racetrack, in nature, or anywhere else you shoot with a telephoto lens.
But with the Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens (Model A035), all of that is about to change. This ultra-telephoto zoom lens provides a focal length of up to 400mm with incredible precision, while remaining lightweight and easy to carry and shoot with. Match it with Tamron’s exclusive 1.4X or 2X teleconverters for even greater tele reach.
While 100-400mm lenses from other manufacturers can weigh up to 4lbs or more, the A035 is the lightest zoom lens in the ultra-telephoto category, with a weight of just 2.45 lbs. Thanks to a compact design that incorporates advanced composites and lightweight magnesium, the A035 is maneuverable enough to take anywhere you need it to go.
Not only that, but the Tamron Model A035 lens offers unparalleled image quality, thanks to Tamron’s eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) coating, which eliminates internal reflections and provides you with improved clarity. With moisture-resistant construction and a fluorine coating, it’s built to last, even when shooting outdoors.
Other advanced features include a built-in DSP (digital signal processor) for unparalleled autofocus responses, and a USD (ultrasonic silent drive) for fast, precise focusing. An enhanced vibration compensation (VC) system helps eliminate shakiness and vibrations to ensure clear images, even in low-light conditions.
The Tamron A035 lens is available to mount on both Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras as well as mirrorless cameras using the manufacturer’s adapter and is available with an optional tripod mount provides you with more flexibility as you shoot. Find an authorized Tamron dealer to shop now!* Among 100-400mm interchangeable lenses for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras (As of October, 2017: Tamron)
Precise AF tracking and VC (Vibration Compensation) are essential for ultra-telephoto lens performance. Thatʼs where Tamronʼs Dual MPU high-speed control system comes in. It features an MPU (micro-processing unit) with a built-in DSP (Digital Signal Processor) for superior signal processing, plus a separate MPU dedicated exclusively to vibration compensation. With enhanced AF response speed and VC, you can accurately shoot fast-moving subjects with stability and ease—even in low-light.
Precise, responsive AF performance
A built-in DSP (Digital Signal Processor) on the MPU delivers highspeed processing of digital signals, while ensuring excellent AF responsiveness. This improvement allows you to track subjects moving at high speeds, even more accurately. The AF drive system also uses a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor for outstanding performance and fast, precise focusing.
Keep it steady with enhanced VC
Weʼve fine-tuned our original VC (Vibration Compensation) system with an enhanced control algorithm and an independent MPU dedicated to VC. Together, they meet a CIPA image stabilization performance level of 4 stops. While most ultra-telephoto lenses are prone to camera shake, the Model A035 delivers excellent stability for reliable, stress-free handheld shooting.
Using a tripod is as easy as shooting handheld with the Model A035. A thoughtfully designed grip makes it easy to handle. Plus Arca-Swiss release compatibility and an easily detachable tripod mount improve speed and flexibility. An optional tripod lets you choose the most suitable way to shoot the subject and help to express your creativity.
With a minimum object distance of 1.5m (59 in) and a maximum image magnification of 1:3.6, the Model A035 can zoom in on a subject smoothly, resulting in close-up shooting with a soft, blurred effect.
|Angle of View (diagonal)||
24°24' - 6°12' (for full-frame format)
15°54' - 4°01' (for APS-C format)
|Lens Construction||17 elements in 11 groups|
|Minimum Focus Distance||1.5m (59 in)|
|Maximum. Magnification Ratio||1:3.6|
|Maximum Diameter||Φ86.2mm (3.4 in)|
|Length*||199mm (7.8 in) Canon
196.5mm (7.7 in) Nikon
|Weight||1,135g (40 oz) Canon
1,115g (39.3 oz) Nikon
|Diaphragm Blade Number||9 (circular diaphragm)**|
|Image Stabilization Performance||4 Stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
For Canon: EOS-5D MKIII is used / For Nikon: D810 is used
|Standard Accessories||Lens hood, Lens caps|
|Compatible Mounts||Canon, Nikon|
|Available Firmware updates|
Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. may be changed without prior notice.
* Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.
November 16, 2017 (Canon, Nikon)
Optical Construction (17 elements in 11 groups)
MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) curves describe to what extent the tested lens can faithfully reproduce contrast of the subject in images it captures.
The closer the 10 lp/mm (line pairs per millimeter) curve (the thick line for low frequency) in an MTF chart to "1" of the vertical axis (the higher up), the higher the contrast reproduction performance of the tested lens will be. The closer the 30 lp/mm curve (the thin line for high frequency) to "1" (the higher up), the higher the resolving power and thus the subjective sharpness of the lens will be.
Lens performance differs depending upon directions. Solid lines show performance in the sagittal (radial) direction while dotted lines indicate performance in the meridional (circumferential) direction. When sharp lenses capable of delivering uniform optical performance over the entire image field are tested, MTF charts show curves plotted in good balance.
Performance characteristics of photographic lenses cannot be expressed with only MTF charts. There are other factors that are expressed in different methods, such as taste of softness and degrees of compensation of various aberrations. But you can use MTF charts as a scale to measure lens performance.
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