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Not to be confused with the USA-based manufacturer of photographic equipment bags, Tamrac.
Tamron Co., Ltd.
Public K.K. (TYO: 7740)
Industry Imaging
Founded Saitama, Japan (November 1, 1950)
Headquarters Saitama, Japan
Key people
Morio Ono, President & CEO
Products Photographic lenses, Optical and other products
Revenue Decrease 56,650 million Yen (FY2010)
Number of employees
Increase 7,198 (as of December 31, 2010) [1]
Website www.tamron.co.jp
Tamron head office in Minuma-ku, Saitama, Japan.

Tamron Co., Ltd. (株式会社タムロン Kabushiki-gaisha Tamuron?) is a Japanese company manufacturing photographic lenses, optical components and commercial/industrial-use optics. Tamron Headquarters is located in Saitama City in the Saitama Prefecture of Japan.

Sony Corporation maintains an 11% share hold in Tamron, making it the second-largest shareholder below New Well Co., Ltd. with 17.34%.[2]


  • 1950 November – Taisei Optical Manufacturing Company founded.
  • 1952 October – Taisei Optical Industries established with a capital of 2.5 million yen.
  • 1958 – ‘Tamron’ trademark registered.
  • 1970 April – Trade name changed to Tamron Co., Ltd.
  • 1979 April – Tamron Industries, Inc. (presently Tamron USA, Inc.) established in New York City.
  • 1982 September – Tamron Vertriebs GmbH established in Germany.
  • 1984 February – Optech Tamron Co., Ltd. is established in Namioka, Aomori Prefecture.
  • 1984 August – Shares listed with Japan Securities Dealers Association (currently JASDAQ) in Tokyo for over-the-counter transactions.
  • 1985 December – Tamron Fine Giken Co., Ltd., a plant for making precision metal molds is established.
  • 1986 January – Injection molding plant is established in Owani, Aomori.
  • 1991 June – Optech Tamron Co., Ltd., is absorbed by Tamron Co., Ltd.
  • 1995 February – Tamron acquires 75% capitcal of Bronica Co., Ltd., entering into the medium-format camera business
  • 1995 April – Tamron (UK) Ltd. is established in the U.K.
  • 1997 May – Tamron Industries (Hong Kong) is established in Hong Kong.
  • 1997 July – Tamron Optical (Foshan) Co., Ltd. is established in Foshan, Guangdong, People’s Republic of China.
  • 1998 July – Bronica Co., Ltd. is merged into Tamron Co., Ltd.
  • 2000 June – Tamron Fine Giken is merged into Tamron Co., Ltd.
  • 2000 June – Tamron France EURL is established in France.
  • 2005 October – Tamron Optical (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is established in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China.
  • 2006 November – Tamron listed on the 1st Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • 2009 July – Tamron Co., Ltd. India Liaison Office opened in Haryana, India.
  • 2009 November – Tamron Europe GmbH. Moscow Representative Office opened in Moscow, Russia.
  • 2013 June – Tamron India Pvt Ltd.opened in Haryana, India.


Photographic lenses[edit]

The Tamron 18-270 mm lens
The Tamron 28–75 mm f/2.8, a full frame f/2.8 constant aperture lens mounted on a film camera.

Tamron has sold more than 5 million lenses as of September 2014.[3]

  • Interchangeable lenses for digital and conventional SLR cameras, including compact high-ratio zoom lenses of which Tamron was the pioneer in 1992 when it released the 28–200 mm.[3] The most-current lens of this type is the AF 16–300 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO. Tamron was the maker of the manual-focus Adaptall series which have interchangeable mounts for multiple camera brands. These replaced an older series of interchangeable mount lens, the Adaptamatic lenses, which offered less functionality. Tamron was also responsible for the development of the t2 or T-mount adapter system.
  • Fixed-focal wideangle, telephoto and macro lenses;
  • Zoom lenses of various focal length ranges;
  • Teleconverters.

Optical components[edit]

  • Camcorder lenses
  • Digital still camera lenses
  • Cellular phone camera lenses

Commercial and industrial-use optics[edit]

  • CCTV camera lenses for
    1. Surveillance
    2. Industrial vision
    3. Image-processing
  • Projection lenses, test plates, high precision molds, injection-molded parts & components, optical device units, etc.

List of photographic lenses[edit]

Most current Tamron lenses are available for Nikon F, Canon EF, Minolta/Sony α, and Pentax K lens mounts.


  • Di — ‘Digitally Integrated’, featuring coating optimized for digital SLRs, but still usable on 24×36 mm sensors (35 mm, ‘full’ or double frame)[4]
  • Di II — Lenses for APS-C sized sensors only[4]
  • Di III — Lenses for compact system cameras
  • SP — ‘Super Performance’, professional lenses
  • IF — ‘Internal Focusing’
  • VC — ‘Vibration Compensation’ – in-lens image stabilization
  • USD — ‘Ultrasonic Silent Drive’
  • PZD — ‘Piezo Drive’
  • ZL — ‘Zoom Lock’

Optical design

  • LD — ‘Low Dispersion’ elements
  • XLD — ‘Extra Low Dispersion’ elements
  • XR — ‘Extra Refractive Index’ glass
  • AD — ‘Anomalous Dispersion’
  • LAH — ‘LD + ASL’ hybrid lens element
  • ADH — ‘AD + ASL’ hybrid lens element
  • HID — ‘High Index, High Dispersion’ glass

Di lenses[edit]

Tamron SP AF180 mm f/3.5 Di LD (IF) 1:1 Macro
  • SP AF 17–35 mm f/2.8–4 Di LD Aspherical (IF)
  • SP AF 24–70 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
  • SP AF 28–75 mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)
  • AF 28–200 mm f/3.8–5.6 XR Di Aspherical (IF) Macro
  • AF 28–300 mm f/3.5–6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF)
  • SP AF 70–200 mm f/2.8 Di LD MACRO (IF)
  • SP AF 70–200 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
  • AF 70–300 mm f/4–5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
  • SP AF 70–300 mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD
  • SP AF 150–600 mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
  • SP AF 200–500 mm f/5–6.3 Di LD (IF)
  • SP AF 90 mm f/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro
  • SP AF 90 mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD
  • SP AF 180 mm f/3.5 Di LD (IF) 1:1 Macro

SP lenses[edit]

  • SP AF 14 mm f/2.8 Aspherical (IF) Rectilinear
  • SP AF 17–35 mm f/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF)
  • SP AF 20–40 mm f/2.7-3.5 (IF)
  • SP AF 24–135 mm f/3.5–5.6 AD Aspherical (IF)
  • SP AF 70–200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro
  • SP AF 70–200 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
  • SP AF 90 mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1
  • SP AF 300 mm f/2.8 LD (IF)

Conventional lenses[edit]

  • AF 28–80 mm f/3.5–5.6 Aspherical
  • AF 75–300mm f/4–5.6 LD Macro
  • AF 200–400 mm f/5.6 LD

Di II lenses for APS-C[edit]

The Tamron AF17–50 mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical f/2.8 constant aperture lens mounted on a Sony a200 dSLR camera.
  • SP AF 10–24 mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF)
  • SP AF 11–18 mm f/4.5–5.6 Di II LD Aspherical (IF)
  • SP AF 17–50 mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) a.k.a. Tamron A16
  • SP AF 17–50 mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF)
  • SP AF 60 mm f/2.0 Di II MACRO 1:1
  • AF 18–200 mm f/3.5–6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF)
  • AF 18–200 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC – for Sony E-mount MILCs
  • AF 18–250 mm f/3.5–6.3 AF Di II LD Aspherical (IF)
  • AF 18–270 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro
  • AF 55–200 mm f/4–5.6 Di II LD
  • AF 18–270 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
  • AF 16–300 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO

Di III lenses for compact system cameras[edit]

  • 14–150 mm (28-300mm in 35mm format) f/3.5-5.8 Di III
  • 28–200 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC[5]

Discontinued lenses and mounts[edit]

Tamron Adaptall-2 80–210 mm on an Olympus body

Adaptall 2 mount lenses (Adaptall 2 series discontinued 2005/2006)

Focal length Max. aperture Notes Model
SP 17 mm f/3.5 51B
24 mm f/2.5 01B
28 mm f/2.5 02B
SP 90 mm f/2.5 1:2 macro 52B
SP 90 mm f/2.8 1:1 macro 72B
135 mm f/2.5 03B
SP 180 mm f/2.5 LD IF 63B
200 mm f/3.5 04B
SP 300 mm f/2.8 LD non-IF 107B
SP 300 mm f/2.8 LD IF 60B
SP 300 mm f/2.8 LD IF 360B
SP 300 mm f/5.6 54B
SP 350 mm f/5.6 Mirror lens 06B
SP 400 mm f/4 LD IF 65B
SP 500 mm f/8 Mirror lens 55B
SP 500 mm f/8 Mirror lens 55BB
Focal length Max. aperture Notes Model
SP 24–48 mm f/3.5–3.8 13A
28–50 mm f/3.5–4.5 07A
28–70 mm f/3.5-4.5 44A
28–70 mm f/3.5-4.5 59A
SP 28–80 mm f/3.5–4.2 27A
SP 28–105 mm f/2.8 LD Aspherical IF 176A
SP 28–135 mm f/4–4.5 28A
SP 28–200 mm f/3.8–5.6 Aspherical LD IF 171A
35–70 mm f/3.5–4.5 09A
35–70 mm f/3.5 17A
SP 35–80 mm f/2.8–3.8 01A
SP 35–105 mm f/2.8 Aspherical IF 65A
35–135 mm f/3.5-4.2 22A
35–135 mm f/3.5-4.5 40A
SP 35–210 mm f/3.5–4.2 26A
SP 60–300 mm f/3.8–5.4 23A
SP 70–150 mm f/2.8 ‘SOFT-Focus’ capability 51A
70–150 mm f/3.5 02A
70–150 mm f/3.5 Actual aperture f/4 20A
SP 70–210 mm f/3.5–4 52A
SP 70–210 mm f/3.5 19AH
70–210 mm f/3.8–4 46A
70–210 mm f/4–5.6 58A
75–250 mm f/3.8–4.5 04A
75–250 mm f/3.8–4.5 104A
75–350 mm f/4.5 05A
SP 80–200 mm f/2.8 30A
80–210 mm f/3.8–4 03A
80–210 mm f/3.8–4 103A
SP 200–500 mm f/5.6 31A
200–500 mm f/6.9 06A

Adaptall 2 interchangeable mounts produced for:

To fit lens mount Model
‘C’ mount (CCTV/16 mm) ‘C’
Canon EF EOS-M
Canon FD FD2
Contax / Yashica CTX2
Fujica AX FUJ-X
Fujica ST/AZ-1 FUS
Konica (Later type) KE2
Leicaflex (for catadioptric lenses) LF
Leica R4 R4
Mamiya ZE ZE
Minolta Maxxum AF  ???
Minolta MC/MD MD2
‘MS’ mount (CCTV) ‘MS’
Nikon F (original type with "horn" meter coupler) NIK
Nikon F-Ai N-AI
Olympus OM OM4
Olympus OM Marked ‘OL’
Pentax/Praktica universal screw (M42) PCS
Pentax ES/Spotmatic F (M42 mount but includes Pentax ES/ Spotmatic F open aperture metering support) PCE
Pentax K PK
Pentax KA PKA
Praktica Electric (screw) LLC
Praktica B200 B200
Ricoh XR-P XR-P
Rollei SL35 / Voigtländer VSL RF11
Topcon RE-Series Super D TO
Voigtländer VSL / Rollei SL35 RF11
Yashica / Contax CTX2
Tamron Telezoom 85-210 mm F4.5 MACRO BBAR MC, ~1975, Adaptall

Adaptall (first series) mount lenses

Focal length Max. aperture Notes Model
24 mm f/2.5 CW-24
28 mm f/2.8 CW-28
105 mm f/2.5 CT-105
135 mm f/2.8 CT-135
200 mm f/3.5 CT-200
300 mm f/5.6 CT-300
Focal length Max. aperture Notes Model
35–80 mm f/2.8–3.5 OZ-35M
38–100 mm f/3.5 SZ-38
38–100 mm f/3.5 SZ-38M
70–150 mm f/3.5 CZ-150
70–150 mm f/3.5 QZ-150M
70–150 mm f/3.8 CZ-715
70–220 mm f/3.8 Z-220
70–350 mm f/4.5 CZ-735
80–250 mm f/3.8 Z-250
80–250 mm f/3.8–4.5 CZ-825
80–250 mm f/3.8–4.5 QZ-825M
85–210 mm f/4.5 Z-210
85–210 mm f/4.5 CZ-210M
85–210 mm f/4.5 QZ-210M
200–500 mm f/6.9 Z-500
200–500 mm f/6.9 CZ-500

Adaptall (first series) interchangeable mounts produced for:

To fit lens mount Model
Canon FD  ???
Contax  ???
Pentax/Praktica universal screw (M42)  ???
Miranda bayonet  ???
Nikon F (original type with ‘horn’ meter coupler)  ???
Olympus OM  ???
Rollei SL35  ???
Topcon RE-Series  ???

Adapt-A-Matic mount lenses

Focal length Max. aperture Notes Model
21 mm f/4.5 PFJ-45Au
24 mm f/3.5 PFY-35Au
28 mm f/2.8 62 mm filter PFH-28Au
28 mm f/2.8 58 mm filter  ???
35 mm f/2.8 PSG-28Au
105 mm f/2.5 JOG-25Au
135 mm f/2.8 JSG-28Au
135 mm f/3.5  ???
200 mm f/3.5 870Au
300 mm f/5.6 670Au
Focal length Max. aperture Notes Model
70–220 mm f/4 PZ-30Au
80–250 mm f/3.8 PZ-20Au
85–205 mm f/3.5 PZ-60Au
200–500 mm f/6.9 PZ-150Au

Adapt-A-Matic interchangeable mounts produced for:

To fit lens mount Model
Canon FD C-AF
Exacta EX
Konica K-A
Pentax/Praktica universal screw (M42) P-CS
Minolta SR1, SR2 & SR7 SR
Minolta SRT SR-T
Miranda bayonet M-A
Nikon F N-IF
Petri P-E
Topcon RE T-O

T2 screw mount lenses

Focal length Max. aperture Notes Model
35 mm f/2.8 460
58 mm f/1.2 380
135/225 mm f/2.8/5.5 680 ‘Twin-Tele’ or ‘Converto’
135 mm f/3.5 860
135/225 mm f/4.5/7.7 Older, smaller thread (37 mm) 280 ‘Twin-Tele’ or ‘Converto’
180 mm f/3.5 JH-35
200 mm f/2.8 360
200 mm f/3.5 870
200 mm f/5.9 F0-59
200 mm f/6.3 F0-63
250 mm f/4.5 FG-45
300 mm f/5.6 670
300 mm f/6.9 S0-69
350 mm f/5.6 750
400 mm f/5.6 340
400 mm f/6.9 F0-69
400 mm f/7.5 490
400 mm f/8 Y0-8
450 mm f/8 880
Focal length Max. aperture Notes Model
55–90 mm f/4 PZ-50
95–205 mm f/5.6 PZ-60P
95–205 mm f/6.3 910P
95–250 mm f/5.6 PZ-10II
200–400 mm f/6.3 PZ-70

T2 interchangeable mounts produced for: (Manufactured by Tamron, as well as third party manufacturers)

To fit lens mount Tamron Model #
Canon EF
Canon R, FL, FD T400-C A
Exacta/Topcon RE T400-K E
Exacta/Topcon RE Older, 37 mm thread
Pentax/Praktica universal screw (M42) T400-C S
Pentax screw Older, 37 mm thread
Minolta Maxxum AF
Minolta MC/MD
Minolta SR T400-SR2
Miranda bayonet T400-MA
Nikon F T400-NIF
Olympus OM
Pentax K
Petri bayonet
Topcon/Exacta RE
Yashica Pentamatic T400-Y A

See also[edit]


  1. ^ TAMRON | IR Tools
  2. ^ Annual Report 2010 p. 25
  3. ^ a b "News Feed". Popular Photography (Bonnier Corporation) 79 (1): 14. January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Q&A". Popular Photography (Bonnier Corporation) 79 (1): 29. January 2015. 
  5. ^ "DIII lens". Tamron Japan. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 

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