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TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM (Model TAP-01)

18 August 2016

Sony mount model launched

Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka; Headquarters: Saitama City), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the TAMRON TAP-in Console (Model TAP-01), a lens accessory that enables firmware updating and customized setups for selected Tamron lenses, for Sony DSLR cameras (Sony A-mount model).

Model TAP-01 for Sony (A-mount)

Model TAP-01 for Sony (A-mount)

* Cosmetic appearance of product may change before launch.

Product info

Product Highlights

For the first time, customers can update firmware in selected Tamron lenses and customize various lens functions to meet their needs simply by attaching a TAMRON TAP-in Console and running the TAMRON TAP-in Utility software on their PC or Mac. Previously, firmware updates could be performed only at a TAMRON Customer Service Center. Using the new accessory and an internet connection, customers can access a dedicated website and update firmware themselves anytime, anywhere. In addition, selected lenses can be customized by changing various settings (described below) to match the customer’s preferences based on how they like to use the lens, making it even more versatile and user-friendly.

  1. Custom Options
    With a TAMRON TAP-in Console, customers can do the following things.

    • Update firmware
      -Update the firmware of compatible lenses
      -Update the firmware of the TAP-in Console itself
    • Customize functions of selected lenses
      -Focus adjustment
      -Focus distance limiter customization (only for lenses that have the Focus Limiter feature)
      -Full-time Manual Focus override customization (only for lenses that have the Full-time Manual Focus feature)
      -Save customized data files
      * Because Tamron lenses compatible with Sony A-mount cameras are not equipped with the VC (Vibration Compensation) system, the Customize function for VC adjustment, which is available for the Nikon and Canon mount models, is not available for the new Sony mount model. 
  2. TAMRON TAP-in Utility Software

    TAMRON TAP-in Utility Software Main screen

    TAMRON TAP-in Utility Software
    Main screen

    Customers download the free TAMRON TAP-in Utility and install it on their PC or Mac. Updating firmware and customizing various lens functions is as easy as connecting the TAP-in Console with a USB cable and making selections. An internet connection is required for firmware updates.

  3. Updating Firmware
    Customers can update firmware of selected Tamron lenses using this utility software. Additionally, the firmware in the TAP-in Console unit can be updated as needed. Using an internet connection and the utility software, users can access a dedicated server and easily confirm that the lens attached to the TAP-in Console—and the Console itself—have the most up-to-date firmware. If a newer version is available, updating is quick and secure.
  4. Customization of Selected Tamron Lenses
    Various lens functions can be customized, depending on the lens model and built-in features.

    • Focus adjustment
      Focus can be adjusted in three distance regions: close, intermediate, and far ranges. For zoom lenses with variable focal length ranges, adjustments can be made for up to eight segments, which means that focus adjustment for a combined total of up to 24 regions is possible. Fixed-focal length lenses have only one segment, so customization for the three distance regions is possible. The conditions and range of possible adjustments may differ according to the lens model.
    • Focus distance limiter customization
      For lenses equipped with a Focus Limiter switch, it is possible to adjust the autofocus drive range by setting the near and far limits according to user preferences. If the Focus Limiter switch has three positions, setting the middle position is also possible. Only lens models equipped with the Focus Limiter function can be adjusted. The conditions and range of possible adjustments may differ according to the lens model.
    • Full-time Manual Focus override customization
      For any lens with a Full-time Manual Focus override system, you can set the mode to ON or OFF. In addition, you can optimize the sensitivity of the focus ring to your preference relative to its angular rotation anywhere between High and Low, when setting the manual focus mode menu button to ON.
  5. Compatible Tamron Lenses (As of August 2016)
    • SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016) for Sony: To be launched soon
    • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017) for Sony: To be launched on August 25, 2016
    • SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013) for Sony
    • SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) for Sony
  6. TAP-in Utility Operating Environment

TAP-in Utility Operating Environment

Specifications

Product name
TAMRON TAP-in Console (Model TAP-01)
Interface (Computer side)
USB 2.0
Interface (Lens side)
Nikon, Canon, and Sony
Power Supply
USB bus-powered
Power Source
MAX. 500mA
Dimensions
(W/D) φ72mm (H) 26mm [(W/D) 2.8in (H) 1in]
Weight
70g/ 2.5oz (TAP-in Console)
Operating Temperature
0°C – 40°C (32°F – 104°F)
Operating Humidity
85% or less
Standard Accessories
USB cable, Cap
Dedicated Software Program * Free download from Tamron website
TAMRON TAP-in Utility
Compatible Mounts
For Canon, Nikon, and Sony * Only selected lenses made by Tamron

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

The photographs and figures used in this press release show the product under development, which may be different from the final product. Also, product specifications and functions are subject to change without prior notice.

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About Tamron Co., Ltd.

“New Eyes for Industry” is Tamron’s philosophy. This creed is consistent with the company’s position as a manufacturer of a wide range of original optical products, from interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras to various optical devices for both the general consumer and OEM. Tamron makes optical products that contribute to a range of different industries and will continue to devote its rich creativity and leading-edge technical prowess to various industrial fields. Furthermore, Tamron is fully aware of its responsibility to the environment and aspires to help preserve the natural environment in all of its business activities.

Optical Product Line-up:

Interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras, digital camera lenses, video camera lenses, lenses for automotive applications, IP and CCTV lenses, lenses for long wavelength infrared cameras, ultra-precision optical components and more.

Specifications, design, product name and standard accessories may differ by country or area. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, these matters are subject to change by the manufacturer without notice or obligation.

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