Nikon Appears To Reinstate Tamron Lenses For Mirrorless Cameras

First-party lens assist for Nikon’s Z-mount mirrorless cameras has grown quickly over the previous few years to round 30 optics. However to assist this fast progress, the corporate appears to be shopping for Tamron designs and re-housing them to appear like Nikon’s originals.

Final night time, Nikon introduced a brand new 17-28mm f/2.8 lens for full-frame Z-mount cameras. Nonetheless, some have observed that this lens bears a putting resemblance to the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 for Sony E-mount cameras initially launched in 2019.

Externally, the lenses look roughly the identical measurement and form, however they’re clearly of various manufacturers. Because the Tamron lens was initially made for the E-mount, its dimensions and weight are totally different from Nikon’s new lens. For instance, the Tamron unique weighs 420 grams, whereas the Nikon model weighs 450 grams.

Nikon and Tamron lenses side by side

Whereas some exterior modifications are anticipated, the inside would not appear to have modified. Evaluating the optical association of the inner association of glass optics, the 2 lenses look the identical. Each have the identical 13 components in the identical 11 teams.

Optical setup of the Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD through Tamron (left), optical setup of the Nikon 17-28mm f/2.8 lens through Nikon Japan (proper).

The similarities are additional illustrated after analyzing the MTF charts, which look very comparable if not equivalent:

Extensive MTF desk for Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD through Tamron (left) and huge MTF desk for Nikon 17-28mm f/2.8 lens through Nikon Japan (proper)
Telephoto MTF chart for Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD through Tamron (left) and telephoto MTF chart for Nikon 17-28mm f/2.8 lens through Nikon Japan (proper)

This is not the primary time Nikon has been accused of refitting what was initially a Tamron lens. Final 12 months Nikon launched the 28-75mm f/2.8 and, like the newest 17-28mm f/2.8, it bears a putting resemblance to the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III, the Tamron lens launched only a few months in the past. RXD.

The 2 lenses have precisely the identical 15 components in the identical 12 teams.

Optical association of the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (left) through Tamron Japan in comparison with the optical association of the Nikon Z 28-75mm f/2.8 through Nikon (proper).

When requested for remark, Nikon offered:

“All Nikon-developed lenses are designed to fulfill the prime quality requirements outlined by Nikon. We chorus from commenting on merchandise launched by different producers.”

This reply will not be all that stunning; Given the delicate nature of this problem, the corporate was unlikely to say something extra publicly. The one factor anybody can do proper now’s to suppose that these lenses from two totally different corporations are literally the identical lens.

It isn’t essentially an issue that Nikon is doing this as these two Tamron lenses aren’t provided in a Z-mount, so Nikon would not appear to cost extra for a lens that may be purchased cheaper (like a name-brand drug) with the generic on the shelf at Goal. in contrast). That stated, it is fairly uncommon to see how lengthy a serious digital camera and lens producer is counting on a competitor to construct a stable first-party lens lineup.

Tamron and Nikon clearly have a reasonably relaxed relationship, not solely with this association the place Nikon will repurpose an optic developed by Tamron, but in addition with Nikon’s willingness to work with Tamron as an official licensee for the Z-mount. is displaying. PetaPixel It was authorized earlier this month.

It is also not the case that makes up most of Nikon’s new Z-mount lenses – fairly the alternative. Nikon nonetheless manufactures the overwhelming majority of first-party lenses in-house, counting on Tamron in just a few instances. Nonetheless, that is unlikely to be the final time this example has arisen.

Up to date 9/20 with a remark from Nikon.

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