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Leading the way in quality optics since 1950

Tamron has been one of the leading Japanese manufacturers of high-quality optics for many industries for 60 years. Tamron is a global manufacturer of optical equipment that offers premium-quality products for many different industries. Tamron’s high-power zoom lenses come out of a factory that is well known for delivering on its world-class capabilities, and is widely respected for its unwavering policy of delivering products of excellent quality that meet with total customer satisfaction.

International standards in both environmental and social obligations

Tamron leverages its expertise in optics to make far-reaching environmental and social contributions. ISO (International Organization for Standardisation) standards include the ISO 9000 family of standards relating to quality system management, and the ISO 14000 series for certification of environmental management systems.

ISO 9001 Quality Control Policy: Provide customer satisfaction by delivering high-quality products. Tamron’s manufacturing processes are certified to demanding ISO 9001 standards, an internationally recognised proof of the most thorough quality control.

ISO 14001 Environmental Management Philosophy: Tamron has been assertively addressing concerns about the earth’s environment through the reduction of environmental load in business operations based on the ISO 14001. Specifically, Tamron has promoted the “Green Procurement” policy for abrogating harmful substances from the beginning and reinforcing positive environmental programs. We have addressed such issues as energy savings and waste reduction and recycling for reducing environmental loads generated from the manufacture of our products. Since 2004 Tamron has issued Environmental Reports to introduce its socially responsible philosophy and practices for environmental preservation. Furthermore, each Tamron employee is fully committed to the preservation of the global environment at every level and for each facet of company activities. Tamron seeks to act in accordance with ISO 14001 fundamentals:

  1. Compliance with legislation relevant to environmental conservation
  2. Conservation and protection of natural resources
  3. Prevention of environmental contamination
  4. Continued promotion of an environmental conservation program
  5. Promotion of design philosophy and development of environmentally friendly products to contribute to environmental protection
  6. Promotion of environmental education
  7. Disclosure of environment-related information to the public

60 years of milestones


  • Tamron celebrates its 60th anniversary with the release of two lens models.
  • SP 70-300mm VC USD (Model A005) receives the European Zoom Lens 2010-2011.


  • TAMRON CO., LTD. India Liaison Office opened in Haryana, India.
  • TAMRON Europe GmbH. Moscow Representative Office opened in Moscow, Russia.
  • Acquires certification of ISO/TS16949, a quality management system for the automotive industry.
  • AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B003) receives the European Travel Lens of the Year 2009-2010, the American Photo Editor’s Choice Awards 2009 Lens of the Year and the Gold Prize in the Interchangeable Lens Segment, Digital Camera Grand Prix, Visual Grand Prix 2009.


  • AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC (Model A20) receives the European Consumer Lens of the Year ’08-’09.


  • Third phase of construction plan completed at Tamron Optical (Foshan) Co., Ltd. (Foshan, China).
  • AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II (Model A18) receives the European Consumer Lens of the Year ’07-’08 and Good Design Award 2007 in Japan.


  • Stock listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II (Model A16) receives the European Consumer Lens of the Year ’07-’08 and Good Design Award 2006 in Japan.


  • Head Office transferred to Hasunuma, Miuma-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture.
  • Construction completed on a new metal mold factory at the Omiya Head Office.
  • Tamron Optical (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established in Shanghai, China.
  • AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 (Model A061) receives ’04 Nikkei Excellent Product Service Award Nikkei Industrial Newspaper Award in Japan.
  • AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 (Model A14) ultra high-power zoom lens receives TIPA Award / Best Consumer Lens of the Year 2005 in Europe.


  • Namioka Plant and Owani Plant obtain ISO 9001 certification.


  • Namioka Plant and Owani Plant obtain ISO 14001 certification.
  • SP AF28-75mm (Model A09) receives the European Lens of the Year ’03-’04 ,Good Design Award 2003 and CAPA Lens Award 2003-2004 in Japan.


  • AF28-200mm F/3.5-6.3 (Model A06) receives the European Lens of the Year ’02-’03, Good Design Award 2002 and CAPA Lens Award 2002 -2003 in Japan.


  • Foshan Plant obtains ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications.
  • Head Office obtains ISO 14001 certification.
  • AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 (Model A03) receives the Best Lens in Europe ’01-’02.
  • Bronica RF645 receives Camera Press Club’s Grand Prix Special Award, ’01-’02 Best Professional Photo Product Award, and the European Professional Camera of the Year ’01-’02.


  • All operations of Tamron Fine Giken Co., Ltd. taken over by Tamron.
  • TAMRON France EURL established in France.
  • Head Office obtains ISO 9001 certification.
  • Hirosaki Plant obtains ISO 14001 certification.
  • AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 (Model 371D) receives the European Lens of the Year ’00-’01 for the second consecutive year.
  • RF645 rangefinder camera in 645 medium format introduced.
  • AF24-135mm F/3.5-5.6 (Model 290D) wide-angle, high-power zoom lens introduced as the 50th Anniversary Model.


  • AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 (Model 185D) high-power zoom lens receives four internationally prestigious awards: 
    ’99 Camera Press Club Grand Prix in Japan;
    The European Lens of The Year ’99-’00 in Europe;
    TIPA Best Lens Award in Europe;
    Popular Science Magazine’s Grand Prix Award in USA.


  • Bronica merged into Tamron.


  • Tamron Industries (Hong Kong) Ltd. established in Hong Kong.
  • Tamron Optical (Foshan) Co., Ltd. established in Foshan, China.
  • SP AF90mm F/2.8 (Model 72E) lens selected as the European Lens of the Year ’97-’98.


  • Hirosaki Plant obtains ISO 9001 certification.
  • Medium format camera manufacturing and sales company Bronica Co., Ltd. bought out, becoming a Tamron subsidiary.


  • AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 selected as the European Lens of the Year ’93-’94 and also receives Popular Science magazine’s Grand Prix Award for ’93.


  • SP AF35-105mm F/2.8 (Model 65D), a zoom lens for SLRs, selected as the European Lens of the Year ’92-’93.
  • AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 (Model 71D), the world’s smallest, lightest high-power zoom lens for SLRs, introduced.


  • Optec Tamron merged into Tamron.


  • Injection molding plant established in Owani, Aomori (presently Owani Plant).


  • Tamron Fine Giken Co., Ltd., a plant for making precision metal molds, established.


  • Optech Tamron Co., Ltd. established in Namioka-machi, Aomori Prefecture.
  • Shares listed with Japan Securities Dealers Association in Tokyo for over-the-counter transactions.


  • Series of integrated video camera lenses developed.


  • Tamron Vertriebsges, GmbH. established in Germany.
  • Tamron (Hong Kong) Limited established.


  • Second phase of Hirosaki plant construction completed.
  • 6x zoom video camera lenses developed and released.


  • U.S. subsidiary Tamron Industries, Inc. (now Tamron USA, Inc.) established in New York
  • Tamron Super Performance (SP) series of lenses developed.


  • Head office transferred to Takinogawa, Kita-ku, Tokyo.
  • Series of Tamron “Adaptall” lenses released, equipped with a compact macro mechanism and Tamron’s original quick-focus system.


  • Company name changed to Tamron Co., Ltd.


  • Hirosaki plant established in Aomori Prefecture.
  • Interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras, TV camera lenses and lenses for electronic copy machines go into production.


  • Standard test plates, ultra precision lenses and prisms go into production.
  • Series of interchangeable lenses developed, using the Tamron Adapt-A-Matic interchangeable mount system to enable use of the auto aperture functions of various SLR cameras.
  • Manufacturing lenses for ITV/broadcast cameras go into production.


  • Production starts on 95-205mm F/6.3 (#910P), the world’s first tele-zoom lens for SLR cameras offered at an affordable price.


  • Head Office and main factory built in Hasunuma, Omiya City (today’s Saitama City) , Saitama Prefecture.


  • The “Tamron” brand registered as a trademark.


  • 135mm F/4.5 medium telephoto lens for SLR cameras developed.
  • The world’s first interchangeable mount system for SLR cameras, the Tamron T-mount system, introduced.


  • Taisei Optical Equipment Manufacturing Inc. established with capital of 2.5 million yen.


  • Taisei Optical Mfg Company inaugurated in Urawa (today’s Saitama City), Japan.
  • Lens elements for photographic lenses and binoculars go into production.