September brought the announcement that Tamron would no longer be able to repair some 15 of its lenses there were originally engineered for Canon, Nikon and Pentax DSLRs, plus Sony A mount for translucent lens cameras. So while the company is giving new lenses for mirrorless cameras with one hand, it’s taking away a few golden oldies with the other. To be fair though, some of the lenses on the hit list are up to 20 years old. We ran a full list of affected Tamron lenses in our news piece.
In better news, Tamron announced the advent of the Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VC VXD G2, the ‘Generation 2’ of its relatively compact and affordable ‘trinity’ telephoto news for Sony cameras, with added VC (Vibration Compensation). It followed up with the spangly new Tamron 17-50mm F4 Di III VXD, also for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. A date was also set for the launch of the Nikon Z-mount version of the Tamron 35-150mm F2-2.8 Di III VXD, previously made in E-mount.
A YouTube teaser brought our attention to an upcoming Laowa 24mm T8 2X Macro Pro2be cine lens. Adding to the existing line-up, it shares the Periprobe’s feature of interchangeable tubes to enable different shooting perspectives. The company also announced new Laowa 65mm and 80mm T2.4 lenses for the Nanomorph anamorphic series. And for stills, a new APS-C format Laowa CF 8-16mm f/3.5-5.0 C-Dreamer popped up at a Chinese trade show, to be made in a variety of mount options. The same goes for the newly announced Laowa FFII 15mm F5.0 Cookie full-frame lens.
The review schedule for August kicked off with the sporty Canon RF 100-300mm F2.8L IS USM. It’s a real powerhouse of a lens but you’ll need deep pockets to buy it, and a strong pair of hands to wield it, as it weighs in at more than 2.5kg.
Next up was the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II, a ‘trinity’ wide-angle zoom with a difference, having a comparatively compact and lightweight build. The same goes for the Nikon Z 70-180mm f/2.8 telephoto lens that we also reviewed.
The August tests rounded off with reviews of the Samyang AF 75mm F1.8 X for Fujifilm X system cameras, delivering high performance at an attractive price, and the particularly small and budget-friendly TTArtisan AF 27mm f/2.8 for APS-C format Sony E, Fujifilm X and Nikon Z cameras.