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
** 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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