Tamron Announced Plans For 3 Additional Lenses For X-Mount in Fujifilm X Talk

Fujifilm recently included Tamron in a round table X Talk and it was a very cordial talk. I wish they would include official subtitles because translation is a bit of a mess, but it was an interesting talk all around. Below is a summary of the talk.

  • Tamron was invited to talk about the 18-300mm development
  • The 18-300mm has surprisingly good optical performance
  • Equipment diversity is an advantage
  • You used to buy a lens for life but that has changed with digital
  • Lenses development during the digital age can benefit from a lot of design tweaks
  • It’s getting harder to sell lenses that do not stand out
  • You used to spend 10 years designing a lens
  • The 18mm 15cm focus distance could have been 5cm but you end up hitting the lens a lot which would require a lens filter to protect the lens
  • The 18-300mm is the first time Tamron designed for multiple mirrorless mounts
  • If you do not modify your lens design for digital mirrorless then you cannot achieve 100% performance
  • Tamron plans to develop 3 lenses for mirrorless cameras, standard, telephoto zoom, and wide-angle zoom
  • There is a lot of hope from users
  • When you change your lens colors change, and bokeh changes
  • It’s often said Fujifilm X mount is a closed mount and it kind of was in the beginning, but that is not the case today X mount is wide open
  • Since Fujifilm opened its mount they are enjoying the collaboration in a neighborly way

Currently, Tamron makes 2 APS-C lenses for E-mount in addition to the Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD super zoom so we can speculate that this might be 2 of the lenses Tamron is talking about and both are solid from my experience with them. Both lenses are around $800 USD.

Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD:
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