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Tamron will soon announce MFT lenses…


Watch the video from minute 2.35. The Tamron manager says that they will soon announce lenses for the MFT system.
As you know Tamron already released on lens for the E-mount mirrorless system, the 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 (here on eBay). Let’s see if they will release such a huge zoom lens for the MFT system too!

Thanks Noflux for the link!

  • Hojk

    Admin, where is my FT2-firmware update for the OM-D?? :)

    btw: first :)

    • admin

      Checkng. Being FT2 means there is chance it wasn’t correct. At least not on the release time :(

  • Anonymous

    It would be great to have some Tamron lenses for M43, as long as…
    they are not just APS-C lenses with a M43 mount clamped to the back.
    Really zero point in that, only when lenses are designed for the M43 system do we get the size benefit the smaller sensor drives in lens design.

    • peevee

      Well, if it is a cheap and light lens for APS-C, with greatly compromised corners (bad vignetting, color shift, blur) but still sharp central part, it could be a great lens for m43. As long as it is not an adapter DSLR lens (made for flange distance of 40 mm), but adapted mirrorless lens made for 18-20mm.

  • All i can say is i hope they’re bloody native.

  • JF

    Good news ! We have already a good choice of zooms like pana 14-140 and oly 14-150. I would prefer a m43 aquivelent of 17-55 f2.8 for APSC like 12/13-40 f2.8 less expensive than the pany 12-35 f2.8. I would also like a 35-100 f2.8 to compete with pany at a less expensive price !
    I just hope it is not lenses deisgned for APS-C with m43 mount which make stupid focal lengths…

  • Mr. Reeee

    The thought of Tamron lenses holds zero interest or excitement for me.

    One of my happiest days of photography was the day I swapped 2 Tamron zooms for part of one Nikon 20mm f2.8 AI-S lens… I still use it, too!

    • Michael Devitt

      The only bad thing about the 20mm f2.8 is that becomes forty on 4/3 but still nice FOV, though ;)

      • Mr. Reeee

        True enough.
        I’m dying for a 10mm f2.8 native M4/3 lens!

    • rrr_hhh

      But Tamron has made some very interesting lenses for FF, the 28-75mm F2.8 zoom is the lightest and smallest ever made for FF in this category and it is very sharp, as good if not better than my Canon L 24-105mm F4.
      Of course they are also making these uninteresting transsandard zooms. But if they were offering something with the same philosophy as the 28-75mm F2.8 that would be great for mft.

  • OMD owner

    There’s no point in relasing lenses for micro43 designed for other systems. Sigma created such lenses for micro43, but designed for APS sensor (x1,5). Too big, too dark (primes f/2.8), with strange focal length.

    Micro43 needs lenses dedicated only for micro43.
    Like Voigtlander ultrafast lenses or Saymang fisheye.

    There is still some gaps in u43 system:
    – only one, expensive, and not brillant standard fast zoom (12-35)
    – lack of long tele faster then f/5.6
    – lack primes wider then 12mm
    – lack macro longer then 60mm
    But new lenses have to be small.

    • Mr. Reeee

      You think we’d see quality lenses of the sort you list from Tamron? They’ll just slap a M4/3 bayonet mount on one of their existing lenses and that’ll be it.

      As far as you list goes, I agree, but as far as macros and telephoto go I bought used Nikon AI-S lenses to fill those gaps: 105mm f2.8 macro, 200 f4 macro, 300mm f4.5 EDIF. All 3 I got from KEH for about $300 each.

      As far as ultra-wides go, we’ll still be forced to wait for native lenses. I’m “making do” with a 7-14mm until that day arrives. ;-)

  • fan_guo_lai_xiang_xiang

    That’s good news.
    Hope they take their time to scale it down a to MFT standards.

    My favorite would be something like a 12-60, 2.8-4.0 with weather sealing.

  • joe


    • pete

      I’ll vote for that!2.8 constant please.What’s another $500?

    • joe

      ok,if Tammy don’t made lens likes Sigma.
      please release f2.8 for zoom(all) lens and f < 2 for fix lens ^_^

  • Yun

    M4/3 need more than APSCmos , fast lenses are needed to acheive brilliancy .
    So Tamron have to come out something special in order to compete . A long tele prime lens with fast aperature will do .

    • Tron


  • Salty

    I’d love to see a scaled down version of their 17-50mm 2.8 and 70-200mm 2.8

    No interest whatsoever in a 18-200mm…

  • hsalonen

    Why make lenses 3x size of your camera (like the one pictured)?

    Huge zooms are not required. Fast primes are what I would buy. Before Panasonic releases rumored 150mm/2.8, Tamron could release their own fast primes. Personally, 90mm/2 or 100mm/2.8 would be what I would be buying. Maybe 250mm/4, too. Small, lightweight and compact.

    If you are buying 18-200mm/awful to use as your only lens, you are better off buying a cheaper camera with integrated lens.

    • Anonymous

      The video is indeed a reminder that native 4/3rd lens are the way to go. The manager had the cheek to call the E-mount zoom a “stealth” lens in comparison to the Sony equivalent. Everything is relative I suppose! Seems insane.

  • I would like

    Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro, but in micro43 version (much smaller). Without IS. Please…

    And 14-35mm f/2.8, as good optically (or better) as 28-75mm f/2.8 for FF. And cheap…

  • Miroslav

    Took them a long time: , but good news nevertheless…

  • ljmac

    Now that’s the hottest tech reporter I’ve ever seen. :)

  • Richard

    Tamron just make sure it’s they same quality as the 24-70 2.8 VC lens. That lens is really good for hand held video. I would rather pay a little more to get VIbration control and constant fast lenses. The Panasonic 20mm 1.7, 25 mm 1.4 and the Olympus 12mm 2.0, 45mm 1.8, 75mm 1.8 are as good as pretty much any out there but for us Panasonic users need them with VC.

  • tomas

    good to have another brand to do MFT lens … I read some good review on sigma …so why not tamron

  • NoCheese

    I don’t care about this lens, I just want her! ;-)

  • Future m43 user

    I would like 12, 17, 25, 43 and 67mm f1.2 primes. Also a 12-60 f3.5 and a 40-160 f3.5 would be great. The smaller image circle of m43 and no need for VC (there’s already Panasonic doing OIS lenses) would make those lenses reasonably sized.

  • Hehe

    Tamron and micro four turds sounds like a perfect match.

  • meeeercat

    Rob is so random ***LOL***

  • snoozer

    Nice that they offer silver and black variants of their lenses…pay attention Olympus!

  • PEN

    admin, you may want to drop the Related Posts section or filter it to, say, the last 6 months. I clicked on a story, “(FT 4) Classic four thirds camera development,” and got excited until I noticed it was from 2009! The section takes up space and is of little value.

    I’m with the omnipresent Mr. Reeee (?) on Tamron: no interest. However, someone might like them so viva la choice.

    • ph


  • It’s obvious..
    everybody wants to join m4/3
    there is profit for all…

  • James

    A good reasonably priced 12-60, 2.8-4.0 with weather sealing and IS would do it for me.

  • Anonymous

    Fast, ultra-wide zoom, please. 8-17.5mm f/2.8.

    • Ted

      Both of the above.
      Just before this years Christmas would be fine.

  • no zooms please,primes..the more the better.

    • Dave

      Unless its a 12-60 F2.8-4.0 or better weather sealed brother of the original.

      • I agree that would be a great addition. My reply was ofcourse purely subjective; i am not into zoom lenses.

  • Jorginho

    1) Needs to be native. Otherwise, we’ll get the remark “m43 lenses are not smaller than APS-c” and tings like that. More importantly: I go m43 to put those small lenses on it and not to put an APS-c one it.

    2) Needs to be something special and has to have IQ a notch better than the 14-45 kitlens has (as a comparsion)

    3) I want fast zooms. I went on a trip and with fast changing conditions all that lensswapping got irritating. Please something like a 12-60 f2.8-f4 or so. If Oly does not do it, they can try. Make it water and dustproof.
    And a 60-125 f2.8-f4.

  • spam

    60mm F2.0 macro and 90mm VC macro would be nice on MFT if they can make AF fast enough. I can’t see that any of the Tamron zooms would give a useful zoom raqge on MFT, possibly with the exception of the 200-500mm and that lens isn’t likely to work well with contrast based AF.

    I’d expect Tamron to design a couple of lenses for MFT, their traditional strong sellers have been fast standard zooms (the 17-50, 24-70 and 28-75) and superzooms so that’s the most likely types of lenses. I’d like to see a mFT-version of 18-270, maybe a 14-200 or even 14-250mm.

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