Tamron TAP-in Console for Canon EF Lenses

Tamron TAP-in Console for Canon EF Lenses

Tamron TAP-in Console for Canon EF Lenses

Tamron TAP-in Console for Canon EF Lenses

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Product Highlights

  • Update Lens Firmware and Adjust Settings
  • Used via TAP-in Utility App for Mac/PC
  • For Select Canon EF-Mount Tamron Lenses

Mount: Canon EF

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Tamron TIC-CAN Overview

  • 1Description

Allowing users to fine-tune the performance and update the firmware of select Canon EF-mount Tamron lenses, the TAP-in Console is a simple attachment that gives more control over how SP-series lenses respond during operation. Used in conjunction with the TAP-in Utility software for Mac and Windows, this console connects to Canon EF lenses at the bayonet mount and permits customization over focus adjustment, focus distance limiter, VC adjustment, and full-time manual focus override settings. Additionally, lens firmware can also be updated by accessing a dedicated website while the lens is attached to the console. Offering enhanced and personalized control over a range of lens settings, the TAP-in Console ensures lens' firmware is kept up-to-date and permits configuring settings to suit specific shooting tasks.

Lens Compatibility
This console is compatible with Canon EF-mount versions of the following lenses:
  • 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD
  • 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD
  • SP 24-70mm f/2.89 Di VC USD G2
  • SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD*
  • SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD*
  • SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2
  • SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
  • SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD
  • 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD
  • SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2

* An initial firmware update performed by a Tamron service facility on these lenses is required to enable compatibility with Tamron's TAP-in Console.

Customization Options
  • Focus Adjustment: Focus can be adjusted in three distance ranges-close, intermediate, and far-and for zoom lenses, an additional eight segments are available for a combined total of 24 adjustable regions. This lets you make micro adjustments to how a lens focuses, as well as compensate for any unwanted front- or back-focusing issues.
  • Focus Distance Limiter Customization: For lenses featuring a Focus Limiter switch, this setting lets you configure the specific distance ranges, using near and far distances, the lens-based switch will constrain focus to.
  • VC Adjustment: For lenses featuring Vibration Compensation, a choice of three different VC modes can be selected for use, including an option to prioritize the viewfinder image stabilization, an option to prioritize stabilization during shooting, and an option to balance stabilization between the viewfinder and captured images.
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override Customization: For lenses with full-time MF override, this setting lets you set the mode to ON or OFF as well as fine-tune the sensitivity of the focusing ring between High and Low ranges.
Firmware Updating
In addition to customizing lens attributes, the console can also be used for updating lens firmware, and the console's firmware can also be updated using an Internet connection and by accessing a dedicated website.
TAP-in Utility Software
Used to control the customization options, this free software is an intuitive means for adjusting the range of customizable options available for each lens. The software is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10-11 or Windows 10/8.1/8/7 operating systems with an Intel or Core2 Duo or faster processor, respectively. Additionally, 1GB of RAM and disk space is required for the free application, as well as a USB 2.0 port for connecting the console to the computer.
UPC: 725211997016
In the Box
Tamron TAP-in Console for Canon EF Lenses
  • USB Cable
  • Cap
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
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    Tamron TIC-CAN Specs

    Lens Mount Canon EF
    Computer Interface USB 2.0
    Power Supply USB bus-powered
    Power Source 500 mA (maximum)
    Operating Environment 32-104°F / 0-40°C
    85% or less humidity
    Dimensions 2.8 x 1" / 72 x 26 mm
    Weight 2.5 oz / 70 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.433 x 3.78 x 2.913"

    Tamron TIC-CAN Reviews

    TAP-in Console for Canon EF Lenses is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something you need to have around I use the TAP-in Console for my Tamron 150-600mm G2 zoom lens. I quickly discovered there are as yet no software updates for that lens by using the TAP-In, but there might be one day. I'll want to have those. It is very easy to use and I hate to read manuals. That means that when I pick it up again in a month I'll have no trouble using it. I intend to test my new 150-600mm G2 to see if it focuses slightly in front of or slightly behind the point where I set my focus. Then I will use the G2 to eliminate that error from my lens. So far I haven't had problems with focus but it's nice to know I can tune my lens to make perfectly sharp shots. That's important when the subject, like a bird, is 60 feet to hundreds of feet away.
    Date published: 2017-04-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Useful accessory for Tamron 18-400 lens I purchased this accessory with the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens. With associated app on your Mac or Windows computer you can verify that the firmware of you lens is up to date. The key use of this device is to be able to adjust the lens response according to your shooting needs as well as to zero in the focus across focal lengths as well as distance. This can be quite a procedure for the 18-400 but provides you with the ability to make sure your lens/camera combination is at peak performance. An interesting accessory for the perfectionist but probably not needed for general photographer.
    Date published: 2018-07-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tap-in works but supporting documentation is weak..... This is a tricky review, not because the physical product doesn't work as advertised but because the supporting documentation on how to actually go about using it, is non-existent. Bear with me and hopefully I can explain. If I am rating the physical product alone, then I would give it 4. The build quality is good and in keeping with the new design direction of Tamron's SP line. It attaches easily to the lens mount and is has a small footprint so as not to be obtrusive on your desktop. From a hardware standpoint, it's good. However, the product consists of both the hardware component and associated software required to make the changes to the lens firmware and here is where the overall product experience comes up a bit short. While Tamron's website does a good job of explaining what the Tap-in Console can do and how to make attachment, it does not provide any information on the procedure required to make adjustment. No how-to video (yet) or examples of possible corrections and the steps required to achieve your desired results. If you've never used a similar product, this can prove a barrier to use. It took a call to Tamron Customer Service (which was excellent) and several minutes for an explanation and procedural walk through in order to be up and running with it. The adjustment procedure itself is tedious: there's a lot of back and forth between the camera, lens, computer, and software, and on/off of the lens and Tap-in. If you've ever made micro focus adjustments to your lens through your camera back, you'll have the basic idea of what needs to happen albeit with many more steps required to get there. For me, a product's overall impression encompasses the total experience of use. While the Tap-in Console does work as advertised and can make improvements to your Tamron lens, without supporting how-to documentation and the rather clunky procedure make it an overall 3. Leaving the Tap-in attached to the lens while mounted to the camera, would make it a 5.
    Date published: 2016-07-22
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from only need one Tried to get it to work on my newest laptop but it would only keep failing after coming up. Called Tamron and got a person that did not know anything about it. She kept going to an expert on the device with no good answers and concluded it was a bad TAP-in and had to get it exchanged with B&H. The new computer has the three generation usb port and is 64 bit. I have an older PC that is 32 bit has the older generation usb. Works fine on it but the columns heading has something in red that cannot be read. The program needs a lot of updating.
    Date published: 2017-09-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Try Again Hopefully my case is rare but the software used with this device has to be downloaded which is fine. But when I plugged in the TAP-in Console the first time, I had partial English and partial Japanese. Only problem the Japanese was in the most critical part of the software window. I've returned to exchange but as I found out today - even after the long return trip, it will take 3-5 business days to process and ship out a replacement - so it'll be awhile before I can calibrate Tamron lenses. I'll try to update this review after I get the replacement.
    Date published: 2018-07-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does what advertised The Tamron TAP-in is easy to use and does what it says it will do. I updated the firmware on my new Canon mount Tamron 18-400mm lens and found the instructions and download of the software to be straight forward and easy to use. I did not try to change the focus points on my lens, but the feature is there if I should need it. I think if you have a Tamron lens that can use this product, it is worth having.
    Date published: 2018-06-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does what it is intended for Used it in conjunction with FoCal to determine the AFMA for my Tamron lenses. Enter the calculated values for the lens in with the Tap-in. There was one question I could not find an answer to on the website.
    Date published: 2018-04-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worked pretty well until it feel apart I like having this capability. the 150-600 G2 I was using it with has 18 potential points of focus adjustment and this seems to do a better job than the microadjustment on my camera. the Tap in Console, however, is not very rugged and fell apart as I was in the middle of some focus testing. I can't return my lens to good focus until I get a replacement one in.
    Date published: 2018-05-02
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