Tamron has been a supplier of lenses for Canon and other camera brands for decades. The company
invented the interchangeable T-mount and Adaptall mount in the 1960s and 1970s, and has been providing
lenses with fixed bayonet mounts since autofocus became widespread. Tamron's offer targets
the casual hobbyist, as well as the enthusiast or professional photographer. However, Tamron's
lens lineup for the EF-mount is not as broad and comprehensive as Sigma's catalog, for example. Instead, Tamron
has traditionally focused on some particular niches, such as superzooms or macro lenses, where it could supply
highly competitive optics at very attractive prices.
So what is in the pipeline from Tamron or rumoured in terms of EF-mount lens releases? Tamron does not provide an
explicit roadmap of upcoming lenses, but it seems fair to expect that the recent broadening of the lens portfolio with
the addition of more high-quality primes and zooms aimed at enthusiasts will continue. Tamron has been additing optical
image stabilization ("vibration correction") to all of its lenses, including wide-angles such as the
has been applying improved lens coatings, and
upgraded its autofocus motors to the fast and quiet Ultrasonic Drive. The timeline below
highlights the most recent lens announcements by Tamron. The overview table further down lists the key specs
of Tamron autofocus lenses – old and new – for ease of comparison. All these listings cover both EF lenses for full frame EOS cameras and
EF-S lenses for APS-C cameras, such as the popular Canon Rebel series.
The table below provides a listing of Tamron lenses that are available in EF and EF-S mount with their main specifications and prices at
the time of their launch. The list covers Tamron's current lens catalog, as well as discontinued optics.
The listed prices are not adjusted for inflation, so that older lenses might appear relatively cheap in nominal terms and
might have been subject to subsequent price increases.
Headline Specifications of Tamron Lenses for Canon