Confirmed: Tamron lenses for Canon EOS R and Nikon Z on the way

Confirmed: Tamron lenses for Canon EOS R and Nikon Z on the way
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Tamron lenses are in the pipeline for both the Canon EOS R and Nikon Z systems, according to a spokesperson for the manufacturer.

Tamron already makes some of the best Canon lenses (opens in new tab) and best Nikon lenses (opens in new tab) for DSLRs, as well as APS-C mirrorless lenses for the Canon EOS M system, but thus far the company has not produced any native lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras like the Canon EOS R (opens in new tab) or Nikon Z6 (opens in new tab).

However, when asked whether Tamron would be releasing Canon RF lenses (opens in new tab) and Nikon Z lenses (opens in new tab),  a company representative confirmed that they are on the way.

"Under development, for both. It’s one of those things where it’s very clear, the mirrorless paradigm is our focus," said Tamron sales representative Mark Morris, in an interview with Englewood Camera (opens in new tab)

"We want to support as many photographers as we possibly can… we don’t like not being an option, so as much as we can we’ll support as many as we can." 

The last time Tamron publicly commented on RF and Z lenses was at CP+ 2019, when its stance seemed more speculative. "Yes, we’re also looking at that area," the company told DP Review (opens in new tab). We have to do a lot of research and development into the reverse engineering, because they don’t disclose the details of their systems, so it’s a really hard job for us."

And recently it was reported (opens in new tab) by Nikon Rumors that, "The company is planning to release its entire line of full-frame mirrorless lenses for Nikon Z mount. The COVID-19 has significantly impacted their release schedule."

Indeed, the continued impact of coronavirus on both R&D and production was touched on by Morris. On the subject of when the new line of RF and Z lenses would materialize, he noted that, "It’s inevitable – when is the question, especially nowadays. Everything is going to be delayed, for everybody, I think".

However, the COVID situation doesn't mean that Tamron has stopped working on its upcoming optics. 

"We’re not done designing just because we’re all sitting around. We’re still very much in the design phase of new lenses, and where we’re able to be in production, we’re in production. So we’re not slowing down – if we don’t have to, we’re not gonna."

Read more: 

Best Canon RF lenses (opens in new tab): the best lens for Canon EOS R, EOS RP and EOS Ra
Best Nikon Z lenses (opens in new tab): best lens for Z6, Z7 and Z50 mirrorless cameras
Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD (opens in new tab) is an "epoch-making all-in-one zoom"

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.