About Us

“New Eyes for Industry”

Tamron is a global manufacturer of optical equipment that offers premium-quality products for many different industries. Tamron leverages its expertise in optics to make far-reaching environmental and social contributions.

The present corporate name is derived from the name of Mr. Uhyoue Tamura, who was a prominently recognized optical designer and laid the technological foundations of the company.


Founder: The late Mr.Takeyuki Ara

November, 1950
  • Taisei Optical Equipment Manufacturing is established in Urawa-city
  • Manufacture of cameras and binocular lenses starts
October, 1952
  • Taisei Optical Equipment Manufacturing Inc.is established with capital of 2.5 million yen
  • 135mm F/4.5 is developed for 35mm single-lens reflex cameras
  • The 'T' mount, the world's first interchangeable lenses for 35mm single-lens reflex cameras, is developed
August, 1958
  • Tamron Brand is registered as trademark
September, 1959
  • Head office and main plant are established in Hasunuma, Omiya-city
  • Mass production of 95-205mm F/6.3 the first affordable telephoto zoom lens for single-lens reflex cameras, starts a zoom lenses
  • Production of test plates, ultra-precision lenses and prisms begins
  • Production of 'Tamron Adapt-A-Matic' range of interchangeable mount lenses, providing auto-focus capabilities for various single-lens reflex cameras begins
  • Production of television broadcasting lenses for ITV begins
May, 1969
  • Hirosaki Plant is established in Aomori Prefecture
  • Production of interchangeable lenses for single-lens reflex cameras, television lenses and photocopier lenses, etc., begins
April, 1970
  • The Company name is changed to Tamron Co., Ltd.
  • 'The Tamron Adaptall Lens' range with built-in lightweight macro-mechanism and exclusive quick-focus system is introduced
April, 1976
  • Head Office transferred to Takinogawa, Kita-ku, Tokyo
April, 1979
  • U.S. subsidiary, Tamron Industries, Inc., is established in New York
  • 'Super-Performance (SP)' series is introduced