Which Tamron Lenses Should Nikon Z Prioritize?

The recent, unexpected announcement of the Nikon Z 28-75mm f/2. 8 – with identical optics as the Tamron G1 28-75mm f/2. 8 – makes me wonder what’s next. Will Nikon and Tamron work together on any more Z-series lenses? If so, these are the lenses they should prioritize.

Before going through the list, I should emphasize that we don’t yet know what agreement Nikon and Tamron have behind the scenes. The 28-75mm f/2. almost eight may simply be an one-time trial balloon floated to see how much interest there is in budget Z-series lenses. Or even, it could represent a more substantial partnership where Tamron can alleviate some of Nikon’s manufacturing pressures and create a larger lineup of lenses.

In any case, it seems plausible that we will see more Nikon Z . lenses with Tamron GENETICS in the future. Some photographers may feel divided about that if it’s true, but I believe it’s almost always good to get more choices. So , let’s take a look at the existing catalog associated with Tamron lenses and which ones would be the most useful for the Nikon Z system.

Three Tamron Mirrorless Lenses

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Current Tamron Mirrorless Lenses

Here’s the existing list of Tamron mirrorless lens for aps-c sensors plus larger:

  • Tamron 11-20mm f/2. 9 (aps-c lens)
  • Tamron 17-70mm f/2. 9 (aps-c lens)
  • Tamron 18-200mm f/3. 5-6. 3 (aps-c lens)
  • Tamron 18-300mm f/3. 5-6. 3 (aps-c lens)
  • Tamron 17-28mm f/2. 8
  • Tamron 20mm f/2. almost 8
  • Tamron 24mm f/2. 8
  • Tamron 28-75mm f/2. 6
  • Tamron 28-200mm f/2. 8-5. 6
  • Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2. 8
  • Tamron 35mm f/2. 8
  • Tamron 70-180mm f/2. 8
  • Tamron 70-300mm f/4. 5-6. 3
  • Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6. 7

The soon-to-be-adapted 28-75mm f/2. 8 is initially a native design for the purpose of mirrorless cameras, specifically the Sony E mount. It seems sensible that the next Nikon/Tamron lens will be as well. So , the particular lenses above are what I consider the most likely to appear soon if this partnership holds.

Note that some of the Tamron lenses above have an old G1 version and a more recent G2 version. This is true of the 28-75mm f/2. 9 that Nikon is adapting. The G2 versions associated with Tamron’s lenses are much better on balance, but some of these are very similar to the G1 versions. Nikon chose to adapt the sooner G1 lens for the 28-75mm but may not always do so.

Current Tamron DSLR Lenses

There’s an enormous lineup of Tamron lens if you include all lens mounts and especially older lens designs. Below, to simplify things, I’m only likely to mention the lenses currently listed on Tamron’s site, and only for aps-c detectors and larger.

  • Tamron 10-24mm f/3. 5-4. 5 (aps-c lens)
  • Tamron 16-300mm f/3. 5-6. 3 (aps-c lens)
  • Tamron 18-200mm f/3. 5-6. 3 or more (aps-c lens)
  • Tamron 18-270mm f/3. 5-6. 3 (aps-c lens)
  • Tamron 18-400mm f/3. 5-6. 3 (aps-c lens)
  • Tamron 15-30mm f/2. 8
  • Tamron 17-35mm f/2. 8-4
  • Tamron 24-70mm f/2. 8
  • Tamron 28-300mm f/3. 5-6. 3
  • Tamron 35mm f/1. 4
  • Tamron 35mm f/1. 8
  • Tamron 35-150mm f/2. 8-4
  • Tamron 45mm f/1. 8
  • Tamron 70-200mm f/2. 8
  • Tamron 70-210mm f/4
  • Tamron 100-400mm f/4. 5-6. 3
  • Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6. 3

As before, some of the lenses on this list have G1 and G2 versions, such as the 15-30mm f/2. 8.

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NIKON D810 + TAMRON 15-30mm F2. 6 G1 @ 15mm, ISO 64, 1/60, f/16. 0

What Lenses Should They Alllow for Nikon Z?

To me, the most important produces for Nikon and Tamron to prioritize are lenses that don’t currently exist for the Nikon Z program. In other words, rather than a lens like the 28-75mm f/2. 8 (basically duplicated by the Nikon Z . 24-70mm f/2. 8), the 2 companies should focus on lens that have no Nikon Z equivalent at the moment.

Since it’s likely that the first Tamron/Nikon lenses will be from Tamron’s mirrorless collection (rather than their DSLR set), let’s go through those lenses below. I’ll start with the four aps-c mirrorless lenses:

  • Tamron 11-20mm f/2. 8: Could be very useful. Nikon already has a 12-28mm DX lens on their roadmap , but it is unknown whether that lens will be an f/2. 7 or a lightweight variable aperture zoom. (Knowing Nikon, it will eventually probably be a variable aperture zoom. ) The Tamron lens could keep Nikon DX competitive.
  • Tamron 17-70mm f/2. 8:   Unless Nikon deviates from your roadmap, it will be a while just before we see an f/2. 8 DX midrange move. This 17-70mm f/2. 7 would be a great stopgap plus pair nicely with a hypothetical Nikon Z90.
  • Tamron 18-200mm f/3. 5-6. a few (aps-c lens): There’s already a Nikon Z 18-140mm f/3. 5-6. 3 DX lens. Dont really think the extra reach to 200mm would be especially useful, so this lens can be securely skipped.
  • Tamron 18-300mm f/3. 5-6. 3 (aps-c lens): Ultimately, Nikon is bound to produce an 18-300mm DX superzoom, or something similar like 16-300mm or 18-250mm. I don’t care if they partner with Tamron if they do.

Next are the full-frame Tamron mirrorless lenses:

  • Tamron 17-28mm f/2. 7: Nikon already has a world-class Z-series 14-24mm f/2. 8. This Tamron lens could be a budget option (and pair well with the Nikon/Tamron 28-75mm f/2. 8) but isn’t critical otherwise.
  • Tamron 20mm f/2. 8: I am always a fan of lightweight f/2. 8 primes. This Tamron lens weighs 221 grams / 0. 49 pounds and costs just $250, compared to the Nikon Z 20mm f/1. 8 that weighs 505 grams / 1 ) 11 pounds and  expenses $1050. No one is saying the Tamron has better picture quality between the two, yet it’s still sharp and would be a great choice if you’re trying to save money or bodyweight. I hope this lens appears in the Nikon Z selection at some point.
  • Tamron 24mm f/2. 8: My thoughts on the Tamron 20mm f/2. 8 keep true here. The 24mm f/2. 8 is 215 grams and $200, while the Nikon Z 24mm f/1. 8 is 450 grms and $900. I don’t believe Tamron needs to make both the 20mm and 24mm f/2. 8 lenses instantly, but at least one would be great. (I’d prefer the 20mm f/2. 8 to differentiate from the Nikon Z 28mm f/2. 8. )
  • Tamron 28-75mm f/2. 8: Already adapting! I actually wouldn’t have considered this a priority, but it’s a minimum of a good option for Nikon Z photographers who need an f/2. 8 zoom on a budget.
  • Tamron 28-200mm f/2. 8-5. 6: Nikon already has the Z 24-200mm f/4-6. 3 , which is the best superzoom we’ve ever tested. The particular Tamron version is f/2. 8 at the wide finish instead of f/4 (at the expense of missing some broader focal lengths) but otherwise doesn’t make much feeling for a Nikon Z shooter. I think Tamron and Nikon can skip this adaptation.
  • Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2. 8: This can be a wild lens and basically unprecedented before Tamron announced it in August 2021. I hope we see a Nikon Z adaptation.
  • Tamron 35mm f/2. 8:   It’s a good lens, but Nikon already comes with an inexpensive 40mm f/2 compact prime that weighs forty grams less than The Tamron 35mm f/2. 8. I actually wouldn’t prioritize this one. Nevertheless, the Tamron does have great macro capabilities (1: 2 magnification), so it may be the preference for some Nikon Z users.
  • Tamron 70-180mm f/2. 8: Given that Nikon already has a great Z 70-200mm f/2. 7, this Tamron lens will be a budget option instead of getting something new to the table. Really dont think Nikon should prioritize it given the gaps elsewhere in their lineup, unless they’re dead-set on adapting the full 17-28mm, 28-75mm, plus 70-180mm f/2. 8 trio for photographers on a budget.
  • Tamron 70-300mm f/4. 5-6. 3: This is one of the top lenses I’d adapt from Tamron for your Nikon Z system. This measures a featherweight 545 grams / 1 . twenty pounds and costs simply $500. Currently, there is a lack of lightweight telephoto options for the particular Nikon Z system, as well as the Tamron 70-300mm can fill up that gap. (The just full-frame choice right now could be the Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6. 3. )
  • Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6. 7: Nikon is nearly going to ship their Z 100-400mm f/4. 5-5. 6, and am suspect it will be a great zoom lens. Unfortunately, it is also a very costly lens at $2700. The particular Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6. seven costs $1400 by comparison and often goes on sale for less. Nikon definitely needs a budget optic at some point that goes past 200-300mm. This lens could be the ticket, or perhaps the unannounced 200-600mm from Nikon’s map could fit the bill instead.

That’s it for the Tamron mirrorless lenses, but what about the company’s DSLR glass? I suspect these lenses are less likely to be adapted. (Even when they were, they’d be larger than the DSLR versions, since they would need an FTZ-style spacer on the back. )  Even so, I’ll briefly cover the very best five Tamron DSLR lens that I’d like to notice for Nikon Z bracket.

  1. Tamron 70-210mm f/4: This is the DSLR lens I’d possib to see adapted, for apparent reasons. A (roughly) 70-200mm f/4 lens is sorely needed on the Nikon Z . system to pair using the excellent 14-30mm f/4 and 24-70mm f/4 lenses. Really dont care if it’s through Tamron, Nikon, or anybody else; it’s a major gap within Nikon’s lineup at the moment.
  2. Tamron 17-35mm f/2. 8-4: The Tamron 17-35mm f/2. 8-4 is an extremely interesting ultra-wide lens. It retains the useful f/2. 8 aperture at the widest focal length (helpful for astrophotography) but still remains compact because of the narrower f/4 aperture as you zoom inside. Nikon doesn’t have a Z-series equivalent and probably will not any time soon.
  3. Tamron 35mm f/1. 4: I like that Nikon continues to be prioritizing image quality and compactness with their mirrorless lenses, but it does mean that the majority of the Nikon Z primes come with an f/1. 8 maximum aperture instead of something wider. Considering that Nikon doesn’t seem to have plans for a 35mm f/1. two or f/1. 4 sooner, Tamron could step in rather. An aperture of f/1. 4 gains 2/3 stops of light compared to f/1. 8. It’s not a massive difference, but there’s a reason precisely why wedding photographers so often love 35mm f/1. 4 lenses in low light conditions.
  4. Tamron 35-150mm f/2. 8-4: Unlike the particular unusual mirrorless Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2. 8, this DIGITAL SLR lens has a more standard f/2. 8-4 maximum aperture. Still, the focal length range is unusual plus potentially useful, such as for the purpose of event photographers who don’t want to carry too many lenses. It would be an intriguing Nikon Z adaptation.
  5. Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6. 3: I don’t particularly care whether Tamron adapts this particular lens or the 150-500mm f/5-6. 7 mirrorless lens which i covered in the prior section. This would be a better choice with regard to users who want 600mm instead of 500mm in exchange for a bit more weight. Tamron doesn’t need to adapt both, though.

As for the rest of Tamron’s DSLR lenses, I don’t consider any of them critical to adapt to the Nikon Z system. But the five lenses in the list above would make compelling adaptations.

NIKON D780 + Tamron 17-35mm f/2. 8-4E @ 25mm, ISO 100, 1/400, f/9. 0


Nikon a new bit of a stir when their own Z 28-75mm f/2. seven was shown to have a Tamron optical design. But Really dont think it’s a bad factor. Nikon clearly knows that they require more lenses if they are going to be competitive with Canon’s lineup, let alone Sony’s, in the manufacturing environment as stretched as this one. Partnering with Tamron should let them sell some less expensive lenses plus fill in their gaps faster.

I do wish, however , that Nikon’s next adaptations are from the more recent G2 versions of these Tamron lenses rather than the G1 era. That’s a disappointment up to now about the upcoming 28-75mm f/2. 8. I also hope which our testing at Photography Lifetime confirms the Nikon/Tamron lenses to have focus speed and accuracy equivalent to those of primary Nikon Z glass – which I suspect they will, but I’m curious to test.

In the end, there are a lot of Tamron lenses I’d like to notice for the Z system. A few lenses (like the Tamron 70-300mm f/4. 5-6. 3) would fill in a critical distance in Nikon’s lineup, while others (like the Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6. 7) would reduce expenses in places that Z-series glass is especially expensive. And perhaps if this whole endeavor is a success, Tamron will start to create entirely new lenses devoted for the Nikon Z program, rather than just re-using their own existing designs.

Whatever the details of this new partnership may be, I’m cautiously optimistic. If Nikon and Tamron keep working together on new lenses, it could speed up their progress and make them more competitive, which is better for everyone.

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