Tamron has patented a new lens and it features an 85mm focal length along with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 and built-in image stabilization technology.
Several lenses have been patented by Tamron since the beginning of 2015, including zoom units and a prime model for mirrorless or DSLR cameras. Another one joins the party and it is a prime optic.
The Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC lens patent has been spotted in Japan and it is describing a product that is very similar to one that was unveiled by a different company earlier this year. The optic consists of the Zeiss Batis Sonnar T* 85mm f/1.8 for Sony FE-mount mirrorless cameras.
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC lens patent describes a telephoto prime with high image quality
Tamron filed for the 85mm f/1.8 VC lens patent on November 15, 2013. The patent application was published on May 21, 2015. It is describing a short-telephoto prime lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8.
Additionally, the internal configuration includes 11 elements arranged in eight groups. Out of the 11 elements, one of them is a Low Dispersion element that is aimed at keeping optical defects under control in order to increase the image quality.
Furthermore, the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC lens patent confirms that the product features Vibration Compensation, which represents the company’s built-in optical image stabilization system.
The filing reveals that the optic comes with an inner focus mechanism. This means that the front lens elements remain in place when focusing, a useful thing for photographers who mount accessories onto their lenses.
This lens could be the recently-announced Zeiss Batis Sonnar T* 85mm f/1.8
One of the reasons why the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC lens patent is interesting is because its description resembles an actual product: the Zeiss Batis Sonnar T* 85mm f/1.8, which is available for pre-order at B&H PhotoVideo.
The Batis series was introduced in late April 2015 for Sony FE-mount mirrorless cameras. The Zeiss version of the 85mm f/1.8 lens also has 11 elements in eight groups with inner focusing and image stabilization technology.
It is possible that Tamron is the one which has designed the lens for Zeiss. If this is true, then the Japanese company will probably not launch such product on the market as the German maker has some sort of exclusivity at least for a few years.
Nevertheless, it could be just a coincidence and we may well see a Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC lens being released in the not-so-distant future. Either way, stay tuned to Camyx for more camera and lens news and rumors!