About Us

In line with our brand message of “Tamron makes contributions to society by creating New Eyes for Industry,” the Tamron group has created and offered various “New Eyes for Industry” products distinctive of Tamron, based on which we have conducted business in wide-ranging fields to make contributions to the general public.

In the market for interchangeable lenses for cameras, our company is widely known as Tamron of high-power zoom lenses and macro lenses. Based on our thorough commitment in unique ways to visual images and original technologies, Tamron has consistently kept up offering truly innovative products. 
Tamron has drawn on its superior technological capabilities centering around optics to develop and offer excellent-quality products of outstanding performance in newer areas as well, such as the lens units of surveillance cameras and vehicle-mounted cameras, among other applications. In this way, Tamron makes contributions to progress in wide-ranging industries.

The Tamron group will continue to focus on further improving our technical capabilities as a manufacturer of precision optical products, and on tackling fresh challenges towards advanced “New Eyes for Industry” that assure a sense of excitement, trust and security to our customers. While working towards expanding our business areas, we will practice CSR-focused management without fail, towards the goal of becoming a corporate group that makes a wide variety of contributions to society at large.
We at Tamron group will be united in our efforts to continue meeting in good faith the expectations of all of our stakeholders. We would like to cordially ask you for your continued invaluable support.

Over 66 years of milestones

2016

Several new lenses are released:

  • Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
  • Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD
  • Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro

2015

  • Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD
  • Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD
  • Tamron 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC

2014

Several new lenses are released:

  • 14-150mm F/3.5–5.8 Di III (Model C001)
  • 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010)
  • 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016)

2013

  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) released.

2012

  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD (Model F004) and Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009) released.

2011

  • 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008), the world's lightest, smallest 15x zoom lens, with Tamron's first PZD autofocus, is released. The lens is awarded Lens of The Year at Camera GP 2011 in Japan.
  • SP 70-300mm VC USD (Model A005) awarded Best Entry Level Lens at the TIPA Awards 2011.

2010

  • Tamron celebrates its 60th anniversary.
  • SP 70-300mm VC USD (Model A005) receives the award for European Zoom Lens 2010-2011.

2009

  • TAMRON CO., LTD. India Liaison Office opened in Haryana, India.
  • TAMRON Europe GmbH. Moscow Representative Office opened in Moscow, Russia.
  • Acquires certification of ISO/TS16949, a quality management system for the automotive industry.
  • AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B003) receives the European Travel Lens of the Year 2009-2010, the American Photo Editor's Choice Awards 2009 Lens of the Year and the Gold Prize in the Interchangeable Lens Segment, Digital Camera Grand Prix, Visual Grand Prix 2009.

2008

  • AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC (Model A20) receives the European Consumer Lens of the Year '08-'09.

2007

  • Third phase of construction plan completed at Tamron Optical (Foshan) Co., Ltd. (Foshan, China).
  • AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II (Model A18) receives the European Consumer Lens of the Year '07-'08 and Good Design Award 2007 in Japan.

2006

  • Stock listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II (Model A16) receives the European Consumer Lens of the Year '07-'08 and Good Design Award 2006 in Japan.

2005

  • Head Office transferred to Hasunuma, Miuma-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture.
  • Construction completed on a new metal mold factory at the Omiya Head Office.
  • Tamron Optical (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established in Shanghai, China.
  • AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 (Model A061) receives '04 Nikkei Excellent Product Service Award Nikkei Industrial Newspaper Award in Japan.
  • AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 (Model A14) ultra high-power zoom lens receives TIPA Award / Best Consumer Lens of the Year 2005 in Europe.

2004

  • Namioka Plant and Owani Plant obtain ISO 9001 certification.

2003

  • Namioka Plant and Owani Plant obtain ISO 14001 certification.
  • SP AF28-75mm (Model A09) receives the European Lens of the Year '03-'04 ,Good Design Award 2003 and CAPA Lens Award 2003-2004 in Japan.

2002

  • AF28-200mm F/3.5-6.3 (Model A06) receives the European Lens of the Year '02-'03, Good Design Award 2002 and CAPA Lens Award 2002 -2003 in Japan.

2001

  • Foshan Plant obtains ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications.
  • Head Office obtains ISO 14001 certification.
  • AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 (Model A03) receives the Best Lens in Europe '01-'02.
  • Bronica RF645 receives Camera Press Club's Grand Prix Special Award, '01-'02 Best Professional Photo Product Award, and the European Professional Camera of the Year '01-'02.

2000

  • All operations of Tamron Fine Giken Co., Ltd. taken over by Tamron.
  • TAMRON France EURL established in France.
  • Head Office obtains ISO 9001 certification.
  • Hirosaki Plant obtains ISO 14001 certification.
  • AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 (Model 371D) receives the European Lens of the Year '00-'01 for the second consecutive year.
  • RF645 rangefinder camera in 645 medium format introduced.
  • AF24-135mm F/3.5-5.6 (Model 290D) wide-angle, high-power zoom lens introduced as the 50th Anniversary Model.

1999

  • AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 (Model 185D) high-power zoom lens receives four internationally prestigious awards: 
    '99 Camera Press Club Grand Prix in Japan; 
    The European Lens of The Year '99-'00 in Europe; 
    TIPA Best Lens Award in Europe; 
    Popular Science Magazine's Grand Prix Award in USA.

1998

  • Bronica merged into Tamron.

1997

  • Tamron Industries (Hong Kong) Ltd. established in Hong Kong.
  • Tamron Optical (Foshan) Co., Ltd. established in Foshan, China.
  • SP AF90mm F/2.8 (Model 72E) lens selected as the European Lens of the Year '97-'98.

1995

  • Hirosaki Plant obtains ISO 9001 certification.
  • Medium format camera manufacturing and sales company Bronica Co., Ltd. bought out, becoming a Tamron subsidiary.

1993

  • AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 selected as the European Lens of the Year '93-'94 and also receives Popular Science magazine's Grand Prix Award for '93.

1992

  • SP AF35-105mm F/2.8 (Model 65D), a zoom lens for SLRs, selected as the European Lens of the Year '92-'93.
  • AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 (Model 71D), the world's smallest, lightest high-power zoom lens for SLRs, introduced.

1991

  • Optec Tamron merged into Tamron.

1986

  • Injection molding plant established in Owani, Aomori (presently Owani Plant).

1985

  • Tamron Fine Giken Co., Ltd., a plant for making precision metal molds, established.

1984

  • Optech Tamron Co., Ltd. established in Namioka-machi, Aomori Prefecture.
  • Shares listed with Japan Securities Dealers Association in Tokyo for over-the-counter transactions.

1983

  • Series of integrated video camera lenses developed.

1982

  • Tamron Vertriebsges, GmbH. established in Germany.
  • Tamron (Hong Kong) Limited established.

1981

  • Second phase of Hirosaki plant construction completed.
  • 6x zoom video camera lenses developed and released.

1979

  • U.S. subsidiary Tamron Industries, Inc. (now Tamron USA, Inc.) established in New York
  • Tamron Super Performance (SP) series of lenses developed.

1976

  • Head office transferred to Takinogawa, Kita-ku, Tokyo.
  • Series of Tamron "Adaptall" lenses released, equipped with a compact macro mechanism and Tamron's original quick-focus system.

1970

  • Company name changed to Tamron Co., Ltd.

1969

  • Hirosaki plant established in Aomori Prefecture.
  • Interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras, TV camera lenses and lenses for electronic copy machines go into production.

1966

  • Standard test plates, ultra precision lenses and prisms go into production.
  • Series of interchangeable lenses developed, using the Tamron Adapt-A-Matic interchangeable mount system to enable use of the auto aperture functions of various SLR cameras.
  • Manufacturing lenses for ITV/broadcast cameras go into production.

1961

  • Production starts on 95-205mm F/6.3 (#910P), the world's first tele-zoom lens for SLR cameras offered at an affordable price.

1959

  • Head Office and main factory built in Hasunuma, Omiya City (today's Saitama City) , Saitama Prefecture.

1958

  • The "Tamron" brand registered as a trademark.

1957

  • 135mm F/4.5 medium telephoto lens for SLR cameras developed.
  • The world's first interchangeable mount system for SLR cameras, the Tamron T-mount system, introduced.

1952

  • Taisei Optical Equipment Manufacturing Inc. established with capital of 2.5 million yen.

1950

  • Taisei Optical Mfg Company inaugurated in Urawa (today's Saitama City), Japan.
  • Lens elements for photographic lenses and binoculars go into production.