Tamron - No New Pentax Mount Lenses?

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grahamdyke
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Tamron - No New Pentax Mount Lenses?
Jun 9, 2010

Not a rumor, these are the facts as I have discovered them:

1. The below lenses are the last five that Tamron have released, in no particular order:
SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 VC USD.
AF 28-300mm F/3,5-6,3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO.
SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II LD [IF] Macro 1:1.
SP AF 17-50mm F/2,8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF].
AF 18-270mm F/3,5 -6,3 Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] Macro.

None of the above are availible in Pentax mount, nor will they be. All are availible in Nikon and Canon and most in Sony, or will be shortly.

I contacted Tamron directly in the US to ask if the above lenses would be availible in Pentax mount.

Their reply was:
The 18-270 and 28-300 were not released with Pentax mounts because they
are image stabilized lenses, and cannot be compatible with Pentax cameras.
Please let me know if you have any questions!

My reply was:

Well all the lastest Sigma lenses with Optical Stabilization have been released in Pentax mount and are fully compatible. The user then has the choice of using the lens OS, or the camera SR.

Also the 60mm Macro lens is not an OS lens, but this also has not been released in Pentax mount. Are there any plans to do so?

So the question is will Tamron be releasing further lenses in the Pentax mount?

Their reply was:
A big fat nothing, nadder, not a whisper...
Still it's good that they asked me if I had any more questions!

I think the answer is easy to see

No wonder Sigma have been raising the prices of Pentax mount lenses recently, they have absolutly no competition, so can now charge near Pentax prices for new lenses.

Any thoughts?

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Graham Dyke

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