These are abbreviations that tell you the features you’ll get from your lenses. Some have special coatings and others reduce camera shake, for example.
Read on to learn more about Tamron Lens Abbreviations.
What Are Lens Abbreviations?
Lens abbreviations are necessary. As so many recent lenses have multiple features, it would be impossible to write them all down.
Also, having the abbreviations means you don’t need to go through an entire camera manual to find out what the lens can offer you.
Let’s look at an example.
On top of that, it has a supersonic drive, making it fast and quiet for auto-focusing.
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Tamron Lens Abbreviations
ADH – This is a combination of Anomalous Dispersion + Aspherical Lens. The hybrid nature of this special lens shape and element helps reduce and remove chromatic and asperical aberrations.
AF – The lens can Auto-Focus.
AF/MF – This lens has a manual override, allowing you to focus without physically switching.
ASL – Aspherical lens element that removes aspherical aberrations.
BIM – Built-In Motor. This lens has a motor within it, allowing auto-focus to work, even if your camera doesn’t have the capacity.
Di – Digitally Integrated. These lenses are specifically designed for Full-Frame cameras. They will also work with APS-C sensor cameras.
Di-II – Digitally Integrated II. These lenses are specifically designed for use with APS-C/crop sensor cameras.
Di-III – Digitally Integrated III. These lenses are specifically designed for use with other crop sensor cameras, such as micro-four-thirds cameras.
eBAND – Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency Coating. This special coating on your lens reduces ghosting and flaring. Overall, improving image quality.
FTM – Full-time Manual Focus. This lens has both manual and auto-focus, allowing you to switch between them quickly by using the focus ring.
HID – High Index/High Dispersion Glass. This is Tamron’s way to say better lenses.
IF – Internal Focusing System. This is a feature that stops you from turning the focus ring while in auto-focus mode.
LAH – Low Dispersion + Aspherical Lens. This hybrid lens element reduces aspherical and chromatic aberrations.
LD – Low Dispersion. This lens is built to remove chromatic aberrations.
Moisture Resistant – These lenses are weather sealed.
PZD – PieZo Drive. This is a very efficient AF motor.
RD – Rounded Diaphragm. A rounded diaphragm gives bokeh a circular shape rather than hexagonal.
SP – Super Performance. These are very expensive and professional lenses.
USD – Ultrasonic Silent Drive. This is a silent motor for auto-focusing.
VC – Vibration Compensation. This is the stabilization, allowing you to handhold the camera while reducing camera shake. It will allow you to use slower shutter speeds.
XLD – Extra Low Dispersion. this is the improved version of Low Dispersion.
XR – Extra Refractive Index glass (smaller and lighter lenses).
ZL – Zoom Lock. This lens has a lock on the zoom, to stop it from creeping, or accidentally moving.
1:1 Macro – This lens allows for 1:1 Magnification, a true macro ratio.
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