Tamron patents 115mm f/1.4 VC lens

Aug 25, 2016

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Tamron patents 115mm f/1.4 VC lens

Aug 25, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It seems that these days, 3rd party lens manufacturers are doing everything they can to try to upstage everybody else. After Nikon’s recent introduction of the 105mm f/1.4E, Tamron have now filed a patent for a 115mm f/1.4 VC lens. If they make it, this would make it the longest f/1.4 autofocus* lens out there, taking Nikon’s recent crown.

What’s even more interesting than the slightly longer focal length is the fact that this lens comes with VC (their version of VR/IS). The Nikon 105mm f/1.4 doesn’t have any kind of built in stabilisation at all. If this becomes more than just a patent, that single feature alone could see it winning out for Nikon shooters. Assuming the optical quality stands up to demands.

The patent was filed filed back in February last year, and finally published a couple of days ago, reports Egami. Here’s some of the (translated) specs.

  • Focal length = 113mm
  • Aperture f/1.456
  • Angle of view 10.632°
  • 13 lens elements in 9 groups with one LD
  • Inner focus
  • Vibration reduction

The specs are interesting, and an even longer f1/4 lens with vibration reduction will be very welcome to a lot of shooters. I’d considered picking up the Nikon 105mm f/1.4 myself, but I’m in no rush. Having seen this filing, I may just wait now, and see what happens.

Tamron are expected to make some kind of announcement about something between now and Photokina. Presumably they’ll want to wait for the buzz around the Canon 5D Mark IV to die down a little first. Whether this lens will be amongst those announcements is unknown. I’d say it’s doubtful, though.

So, what do we think? Is this another patent for the sake of filing a patent and stretching their muscles in public? Or do you think Tamron will bring this one to reality? Now that Nikon’s lens has started to get around and sample images are coming out, it seems many photographers do want this kind of focal length at f/1.4. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

* As was pointed out in the comments (Thanks, David!), there is the Zyoptics Mitakon 135mm f/1.4, but it’s manual focus and has been “available for preorder” for almost two years now. It doesn’t look like it’ll ever actually hit production.

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5 responses to “Tamron patents 115mm f/1.4 VC lens”

  1. David Hovie Avatar
    David Hovie

    What’s about the mitakon 135mm f1.4?

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Good point, but there are a couple of things…

      Perhaps, yes, I should’ve said longest f/1.4 AF lens. The Mitakon is longer, but manual focus (so thanks for reminding me, will edit the post to reflect that). :)

      Also, it seems to have stayed in the pre-production stage for about the last two years. It look slike it’s a one-off showcase piece that’ll never actually become available.

      If it does, they’ve said they’re only going to be making 100 of them, so it’s not going to be a massive commercial hit. Presumably they’re waiting until all 100 have been presold before they make any. The “tentative delivery” date of “early 2016” has already long since passed.

      1. David Hovie Avatar
        David Hovie

        My Bad, I didn’t follow up after mitakon announced it.

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          No bad at all. I’d completely forgotten about the 135 until you mentioned it. :)

          1. TheInconvenientRuth Avatar
            TheInconvenientRuth

            There’s (or was…) also a Vivitar MF 135/1.5 but it’s hard to find these days, even on eBay. .