(FT3) Tamron to make m4/3 lenses?

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DSLRphoto wrote a facebook post which says that Tamron could soon make m4/3 lenses. The only issue I see with that “rumor” is that Sony is the major shareholder of Tamron and I don’t know if they really want to make the m4/3 sys

read the original post written in spanish: http://www.facebook.com/pages/DSLR-Magazine/91408188189

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  • http://www.prevailinglightphotography.com David Bateman

    Sony being the major shareholder of Tamron, I see being more likely that this is true.

    Sony supplies sensors to Nikon, and to Canon compacts. Both compete with their camera and compacts, but Sony still makes money. Buy an S5 or H5 in the day and Sony still sold you the sensor!

    Also seem like Sony may be providing the LCD screens in the Canon SLR’s. So Sony also gets some of those sales (more camera sold, more LCD’s Canon buys from Sony).

    The only markets Sony doesn’t have a cut in is Pentax/Samsung and the Olympus/Panasonic. IF this is true then Sony as a shareholder (maybe future owner) would be making money in these markets as well.

    Remember Companies make money on the lens sales, Not so much the camera sale. Very true for Olympus!

  • fta

    I welcome any and all Lens manufacturers into m43. The more the better. Sigma would be nice as well.

  • Moskva5

    I’d love a stabilized Tamron superzoom for a couple of hundred quid less than the Panasonic 14-140mm. However, I dont have the patience to wait, so will soon be £690 poorer but 100mm richer.

  • zebarnabe

    Well… with the m43 adapter on sony NEX cameras…. i can see some sony buyers buying the adapter just to fit some m43 lens… double win for sony…

  • fta

    @zebranabe: I dont think there will be a m43 adapter for the Sony NEX. They would need to make it 2mm thick, which I don’t think is possible. And there would be vignetting on the image from m43 lenses on the APS-C sensor…

    now, a FourThirds adapter, maybe… I think there would also be vignetting, but I don’t know of many 43 lenses that do manual focus, since I doubt the 43 adapter for NEX will AF.

    If m43 lenses did work on the NEX, I’d grab a NEX5 in a heartbeat… no way am I building up two different lens systems.

    just my 2 cents…

  • Din

    M4/3 adapter for NEX… a little difficult…

    All the mirroless are completely electronic, how do you move the focus and aperture…?? the focus is by wire no mechanic.

  • spam

    It’s much easier to make a digital (electronic) adapter accurate than a mechanical one, but you need to know both protocols and be allowed to use them. However, making a FT or mFT adapter for NEX don’t make any sense at all, who would buy an adapter for a lens with significantly smaller image cricle than the NEX?

    You could however make an Eos adapter as all Canon EF lenses have big enough imace circle for NEX.

  • Miroslav

    Cross fingers for Tamron m4/3 lenses …

  • Din

    Photorumors say this:

    http://photorumors.com/2010/06/16/tamron-update-2/comment-page-1/#comment-8189

    Logical for me, but a little strange lenses.

  • don

    I am surprised it is taking this long for Tamron and I would expect Sigma also to soon be producing m4/3 lenses given the formats sales. While there are a lot more APS-C DSLR cameras for now most of them already have lenses covering most ranges so not many new niches to fill. While with m4/3rds every new buyer is looking for new lenses that will work with full functionality ie AF etc and want more affordable alternatives to the choices however good they now have. Seems also likely that Tamron will also produce lenses to fit the new NEX Emount as well I would expect as only 2mm difference in register distance so would not involve a lot of change to lenses that work for both m4/3 and NEX E.with the appropriate adapter?

  • don

    I think Tamron will be producing some lenses of similar design to fit both NEX and m4/3s. The sizes which have been projected on Sonyrumors are a 24-50/f3.5-5.6 zoom, 75-200/4-6.3 zoom, and a 90mm macro f3.5 I think. So in m4/3 we would be looking at effective focal length lenses of 48-100mm, 150-400mm, and 180mm small macro tele.

  • beomagi

    from din’s link,

    24-50mm F3.5-5.6 = 36-75mm equiv (2X)
    75-200mm F4.5-6.3 = 105-300mm equiv (2.6X)

    hopelessly dark :(

  • Erik

    Sony only have 11% of Tamron.

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