Tamron celebrates long-zoom lens milestone


posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:14 PM EDT


Third-party lens maker Tamron is celebrating this month, after total shipments of its high-power zoom lenses passed an important milestone. Some 22 years after it shipped its first long-zoom model -- the AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D) -- all the way back in 1992, the company says sales of high-power zooms have passed a total of five million units worldwide.

That might not sound like a huge number, but it's worth noting that unlike Nikon's recent announcement that it had sold 85 million Nikkor lenses, or Canon's celebration of the 100 million lens milestone it passed earlier this year, Tamron is talking just about its long-zoom optics here. And it clearly plans to rack up the next 5 million even more quickly, having released the world's first 18.8x zoom for APS-C cameras, as well as a full-frame 28-300mm optic and a 14-150mm for Micro Four Thirds cameras, all just in the first nine months of the year.

The Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD SP AF lens is among the company's optics that we've reviewed recently at SLRgear.com.

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