TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM

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Tamron announces the launch of an accessory that enables firmware updates and customized setups for selected lenses

TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM (Model TAP-01)

February22, 2016, Saitama, Japan- Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono; Headquarters: Saitama City), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the TAMRON TAP-in Console (Model TAP-01), a new lens accessory that enables firmware updating and customized setups for selected Tamron lenses.

PRODUCT NAME: TAMRON TAP-in Console (Model TAP-01)
DATE OF LAUNCH: March 24, 2016

The Canon and Nikon mount models will be launched simultaneously.
The Sony mount model will be announced at a later date.

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)
    • VC adjustment (only for any lenses with VC)
    • Save customized data files

2. TAMRON TAP-in Utility Software

Customers download the free TAMRON TAP-in Utility and install it on their Mac or PC. 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.

TAMRON TAP-in Utility Software Main screen
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 website 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. VC adjustment (only for any lenses with VC)
    Users can choose the VC (Vibration Compensation) mode they prefer from the selection below for any TAP-in Console compatible Tamron lens equipped with the VC system.

    • Prioritize viewfinder image stabilization
      This mode places priority on the stability of the viewfinder image
    • Standard (Factory Default)
      This mode is the same as the factory default, and strikes a balance between the stability of the viewfinder image and vibration compensation effects
    • Prioritize stabilization of captured images
      This mode ensures stable vibration compensation effects

    These options apply only to lens models equipped with the VC system. The conditions and range of possible adjustments may differ according to the lens model.

  4. 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.

(As of February 2016: in the order of product launch, starting with the newest)

5. Compatible Tamron Lenses

SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016): To be launched in Japan on March 24, 2016
For Nikon and Canon. Sony compatible model to be released later.

SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017): To be launched in February 25, 2016
For Nikon and Canon. Sony compatible model to be released later.
* By first updating firmware to the most up-to-date version with use of TAP-in Console, it becomes possible to use all the functions of TAP-in Console compatible with this lens.

SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013): Launched in September 2015
For Nikon and Canon. Sony compatible model to be released later.
* Initial firmware update by Tamron service facility is required to enable compatibility with the TAP-in Console.

SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012): Launched in September 2015
For Nikon and Canon. Sony compatible model to be released later.
* Initial firmware update by Tamron service facility is required to enable compatibility with the TAP-in Console.

*About the firmware updating service for SP35mm F/1.8 (Model F012) and SP45mm F/1.8 (Model F013)
The firmware update service will begin soon. Additional information will be provided on the Tamron website and by authorized distributors and/or service facilities by the time of launch.

6. TAP-in Utility Operating Environment

This software program operates on a computer satisfying the following conditions.

Windows:
OS: Windows 10; Windows 8, Windows 8.1; Windows 7
CPU: Core2Duo with 2.0 GHz or faster
RAM: 1 GB or more
Hard Disk Drive Capacity: 1 GB or more of available space
Monitor Display Resolution: 1024 × 768 pixels (XGA) or more; 24-bit color or more
Interface: USB 2.0 as standard feature
* Functionality of this software program is not guaranteed on all Windows computers

Mac:
OS: Mac OS X 10.10 – 10.11
CPU: Intel processor
RAM: 1 GB or more
Hard Disk Drive Capacity: 1 GB or more of available space
Monitor Display Resolution: 1024 × 768 pixels (XGA) or more; 24-bit color or more
Interface: USB 2.0 as standard feature
* Functionality of this software program is not guaranteed on all Windows computers

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 : TAMRON TAP-in Utility (* Free download from Tamron website)
Compatible Mounts : For Canon, Nikon, and Sony (* Only selected lenses made by Tamron)

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

TAP-in Console: External Appearance
  • 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.
  • TAMRON TAP-in Console and TAMRON TAP-in Utility are both registered trademarks of Tamron Co., Ltd. in Japan and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Macintosh, Mac and OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. Other company and product names, etc. are the trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies.

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