Tamron patents a 10-100mm f3.5-5.6 for 1″ sensor

This is not necessarily a design intended for Nikon 1 cameras and it may very well never materialize, nevertheless it is interesting to know that Tamron is active in regards to developing optics for the 1” format. According to the Egami Blog Tamron has filed the patent for a 10-100mm f/3.5-5.6 lens on June 22, 2012, which is much later than the filing date of the Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-100 f/4.5-5.6 PD (link to the patent). This is what the lens design looks like:

Tamron-10-100-mm-f3.5-5.6-lens-patentBecause lens makers have the tendency to publish patents a short time before the lenses get announced, and Tamron’s patent was published only yesterday, it is still possible that Tamron will bring this puppy to market, despite there already being a competing product from Nikon. It has to be noted, however, that the vast majority of patents are never commercialized. For example, Tamron has announced the 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III VC for mFT back in January 2013. The lens is still not available and may never get produced due to the fact that competing lenses from Panasonic and Olympus are already available. Anyway, more important for us Nikon 1 users are Tamron’s other two patents for macro lenses for the N1 system. You can find them here and here. I would like to see at least one of these five designs hit the market. 🙂

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