SP SymbolTamron SP Series Lenses
for the Professional and Serious Amateur

Tamron's SP lens line was targeted towards serious amateur and professional photographers. Shown at left (click on image for a high resolution photo) is Tamron's SP lens line circa 1980. All lenses shown, with the single exception of the SP 24-48, were introduced in 1979. The SP 24-48 was introduced the following year. Although the SP 35-80 was introduced in late 1979, this lens was not shown in a similar photo for the 1979 catalog.

Tamron really made quite a splash in 1979 with the introduction of their entirely new SP lens line. All of these SP lenses were in development at approximately the same time and at considerable expense. Each SP lens was designed to fulfill specific applications and needs. For example, the SP 70-150 SOFT lens was specifically designed for portrait photography and featured a continuously variable "SOFT" ring which introduced varying amounts of spherical aberration. Many professional portrait photographers still use this very sharp and fast zoom lens today. Another good example is the SP 300 F/5.6 telephoto. This lens was designed to be both an excellent and lightweight hand-holdable long telephoto lens and an extremely good long distance macro lens. One of our favorite lenses is the SP 24-48 wide angle zoom. This lens is very compact yet provides superior optical performance compared to many similar OEM lenses of the era.

SP Adaptall-2 Lens Index

Lenses are sorted by focal length. Fixed focal length lenses are listed first, followed by zoom lenses and tele-converters.

Lens Description Model Introduction Discontinued Photo
SP 17mm F/3.5 51B 1979 1984 SP Adaptall-2 17 F/3.5 #51B
SP 90mm F/2.5 52B 1979 1988 SP Adaptall-2 90 F/2.5 #52B
SP 180mm F/2.5 LD-IF 63B 1988 1992 SP Adaptall-2 180 F/2.5 LD IF #63B
SP 300mm F/2.8 LD 107B 1983 1984 SP Adaptall-2 300 F/2.8 LD #107B
SP 300mm F/2.8 LD-IF 60B 1984 1992 SP Adaptall-2 300 F/2.8 LD IF #60B
SP 300mm F/2.8 LD-IF 360B 1993 2006 SP Adaptall-2 300 F/2.8 LD IF #360B
SP 300mm F/5.6 54B 1979 1984 SP Adaptall-2 300 F/5.6 #54B
SP 350mm F/5.6 06B 1981 1985 SP Adaptall-2 350 F/5.6 #06B
SP 400mm F/4 LD-IF 65B 1988 1995 SP Adaptall-2 400 F/4 LD IF #65B
SP 500mm F/8 55B 1979 1983 SP Adaptall-2 500 F/8 #55B
SP 500mm F/8 55BB 1983 2006 SP Adaptall-2 500 F/8 #55BB
SP 24-48mm F/3.5-3.8 13A 1980 1987 SP Adaptall-2 24-48 F/3.5-3.8 #13A
SP 28-80mm F/3.5-4.2 27A 1983 1987 SP Adaptall-2 28-80 F/3.5-4.2 #27A
SP 28-135mm F/4-4.5 28A 1983 1988 SP Adaptall-2 28-135 F/4-4.5 #28A
SP 35-80mm F/2.8-3.8 01A 1979 1985 SP Adaptall-2 35-80 F/2.8-3.8 #01A
SP 35-210mm F/3.5-4.2 26A 1983 1987 SP Adaptall-2 35-210 F/3.5-4.2 #26A
SP 60-300mm F/3.8-5.4 23A 1983 2000 SP Adaptall-2 60-300 F/3.8-5.4 #23A
SP 70-150mm F/2.8 SOFT 51A 1979 1983 SP Adaptall-2 70-150 F/2.8 SOFT #51A
SP 70-210mm F/3.5-4 52A 1979 1984 SP Adaptall-2 70-210 F/3.5-4 #52A
SP 70-210mm F/3.5 19AH 1984 1999** SP Adaptall-2 70-210 F/3.5 #19AH
SP 80-200mm F/2.8 30A 1985 1992 SP Adaptall-2 80-200 F/2.8 #30A
SP 200-500mm F/5.6 31A 1984 1992 SP Adaptall-2 200-500mm F/5.6 #31A
SP 1.4X Tele-Converter 140F 1984? 1994
SP 2X Tele-Converter 01F 1979 1999*
SP 2X Tele-Converter 200F 1984? 1985

** Information indicates that the lens was discontinued in the given year. Nevertheless, all Adaptall-2 lenses were discontinued in July 2006.

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