De lange geschiedenis van Tamron: Meer dan zeven decennia van optische technologie en nog jong.

1950 - 1959


Tamron is founded by Takeyuki Arai.


  • The company is listed as Taisei Kogaku Kgyo Co., Ltd. starting capital: 2,5 Mio. Yen.


  • The company presents the world’s first interchangeable lens system for SLR cameras (T-mount).

  • The high performance 135mm F/4.5 lens is introduced.


  • The Tamron name is registered as a trademark.
  • The headquarters and the main production facilities in Hasunuma, Omiya-City are established.
1960 - 1969


  • The world’s first mass produced zoom lens, the 95-205mm F6.3 is introduced. Zoom lenses become affordable and the market begins to boom.


  • Production of lens testing platforms and high-precision lenses and prisms begins.
  • Successful development of the Tamron “Adapt-A-Matic” interchangeable lens system, with automatic aperture control.


  • The production facilities in Hirosaki in prefecture Aomori are completed.
1970 - 1979


  • The company’s name is changed to Tamron Co. Ltd. The name comes from 1959. It is derived from Uhyoue Tamura, a great designer of optical components, who laid the foundations of the company’s technical expertise.


  • The Adaptall system with “quick focus” mechanism and macro options is introduced.


  • The SP (Super Performance) line of products is introduced. The series is a line of high performance lenses featuring high design specifications.
  • Tamron Industries, Inc. USA  in New York is established.
1980 - 1989


  • The second production hall in the Hirosaki facility is completed.
  • Production of the 6x  Video-lens commences.


  • Tamron Vertriebs GmbH, Germany is established.


  • An integrated video lens is developed.


  • Tamron is listed on the TSE (Tokyo Stock Exchange) and the capital is increased to 3,835,000,000 Yen.
  • Optech Tamron Co. Ltd. is established in Namioka-cho prefecture Aomori.


  • Introduction of the Fotovix.
  • Tamron Fine-Giken Co. Ltd. is established and produces high precision molding components.


  • The molding technology production facilities in Owani-machi, prefecture Aomori are completed. Here key high-precision plastic and metal components are manufactured. 
1990 - 1999



  • Tamron celebrates 40th anniversary


  • Tamron Mexico S.A.DE C.V is established in Mexico
  • Launched AF28-200mm F / 3.8-5.6 (model 71D), the world's smallest and lightest zoom lens for high magnification SLR cameras


  • Tamron enters the medium-format camera business after acquiring shares in the long-established Bronica Co., Ltd.
  • Hirosaki Plant achieve ISO9001 certification


  • Tamron Industries (Hong Kong) Limited is established in Hong Kong
  • Tamron Optical (Foshan) Co. Ltd. is established in Foshan, Quang Dong, Peoples Republic of China


  • Bronica Co., Ltd. is merged into Tamron Co., Ltd.'
2000 - 2009


  • Tamron France EURL is founded.
  • The AF 28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 LD Super II Macro (Model 371D) receives EISA Photo Award "Lens of the Year" 2000-2001.
  • Tamron celebrates its 50 th birthday.
  • Headquarters achieves ISO9001 certification.
  • The Hirosaki production facilities achieves ISO14001 certification.


  • The AF 28-200 XR Super Zoom (Model A03) receives the “TIPA/Best Lens in Europe 2001-2002” award.
  • The RF645 receives the Camera Grand Prize 2001 Journalists Club Special Prize, TIPA „Best Professional Photo Product in Europe" 2001/2002 and EISA „European Professional Camera of the Year“ 2001/2002  awards.
  • Tamron Optical (Foshan) Co., Ltd. achieves the ISO9001 and ISO14001 certification.
  • Headquarters achieves ISO14001 certification.


  • The AF 28-300mm Ultra Zoom XR (Model A06) receives EISA Photo Award "Lens of the Year" 2002-2003 award.


  • The Di-lens generation (lenses for use with digital SLRs ) is introduced. 
  • The SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical ( IF) Macro receives EISA Photo Award "Lens of the Year" 2003/2004 and the CAPA 2003/2004 Lens „Grand Prix" in Japan awards.
  • The production facilities of Namioka and Owani achieve ISO14001 through their integration in the Hirosaki plant.


  • The production facilities of Namioka and Owani achieve ISO9001 through their integration in the Hirosaki plant.


  • The 18-200mm F/3,5-6,3 XR Di II LD Aspherical ( IF) Macro (Model A14) receives TIPA „Best Lens in Europe" 2005/2006 award.
  • The 28-300mm F/3,5-6,3 XR Di LD [ IF] Macro receives 2004 “Nikkei Superior Products and Services Business Daily Awards for Superiority" award.
  • The new production facilities for injected molding are completed near headquarters in Omiya.
  • Tamron Optical (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. is founded.


  • TAMRON receives EISA Photo Award "Lens of the Year" 2006-2007 for its SP AF 17-50mm F/2,8 XR Di II LD ASPHERICAL [ IF] 2006-2007
  • Tamron introduces the world’s first 13,9x zoom at the Photokina (18-250mm - Model A18) for digital SLRs.


  • TAMRON receives EISA Photo Award "Lens of the Year" 2007-2008 for its 18-250mmF/3,5-6,3 Di-II. 


  • TAMRON receives EISA Photo Award "Lens of the Year" 2008-2009 for its VC 28-300mm -  the 10th time! 


  • TAMRON receives EISA Photo Award "Travel Lens of the Year" 2009-2010 for its VC 18-270mm -  the 11th time! 
2010 - 2019


  • Tamron celebrates its 60 th birthday.
  • SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005) receives EISA Photo Award "Lens of the Year" 2010-2011 - the 12th time! 

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