In a recent interview with DPReview, Tamron execs confirmed the company will release lenses for Canon’s and Nikon’s full frame mirrorless systems.
Question: Do you have plans to create lenses for Canon RF and Nikon Z?
Answer: Yes, we’re also looking at that area. 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.
One size fits all?
Question: There are now four main full-frame mirrorless systems with different mount dimensions. Will you make completely different designs for the different mounts?
Answer: Each system has a different flange back distance and diameter. We need to do more research to see if we can use the same optical designs for the different mounts. But basically our approach will be the same as it is for DSLR. When we launch DSLR lenses we have the same optical design, and we customize for the different mounts. Even if the systems are totally different we’ll try to make a unified optical design.
If we design optics for a long flange back, we can adapt them for short flange back systems. It doesn’t work the other way around.
What about APS-C vs full frame sensors?
APS-C is still important to us, but when we think about the [industry], the full-frame market is expanding, so we’re looking at that market first – that’s the first priority. So gradually we’ll create a [full-frame] line and then at another time we can launch more APS-C lenses. The APS-C market is shrinking quite fast.