Tamron has patented a 90mm f/2.8 macro lens for mirrorless cameras with full-frame image sensors, becoming the company’s first prime lens to be patented in 2015.
Patent applications are an indicator for what we can expect from a company. Tamron has been the most active company on this front, as six zoom lenses have already been patented since the beginning of 2015.
The patents are describing optics for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras with sensors from full-frame to 1-inch-type models. The latest unit to be patented consists of a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens, which covers full-frame sensors and which has been designed for mirrorless cameras as opposed to DSLRs.
Tamron patents 90mm f/2.8 macro lens for mirrorless cameras with full-frame sensors
The digital imaging world is in no shortage of macro lenses, but this does not mean that new and better products will not be introduced. There are many ways to improve a lens and you can choose anything between image quality, price tag, size, weight, or functionality.
It appears that Tamron has its own plans regarding a macro optic. Its lens consists of a telephoto prime, which has been created for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras with full-frame image sensors.
The Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens patent was filed on October 7, 2013 and it was approved on April 20, 2015. As usual, this does not mean that the product will become available in the near future, but it is best not to rule out any possibility.
Four other macro lenses mentioned in the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens patent filing
In the same Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens patent application, a few other optics are mentioned as well. The list includes four other models and all of them are prime units with a maximum aperture of f/2.8.
The filing may be focused on the 90mm version, but it is also mentioning the 60mm, 120mm, 180mm, and 300mm lenses. All of them have been developed for macro photography and could end up in the bags of photographers using MILCs.
Although the internal configurations are different between all units, they all feature an inner focusing system. As usual, this means that the front lens element remains still when focusing, which is useful for photographers who attach filters to their lenses.
Tamron is already selling a 90mm f/2.8 macro lens for Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Pentax DSLRs for a price of $499 at Amazon. It would be nice to see it become available for mirrorless cameras as well.