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July , 2006
TAMRON Co., Ltd.

Notice of Discontinuation of Production of Manual Focus Lenses
and Interchangeable Lens Mounts

We wish to express our hearty thanks for your on-going support and patronage.

We regret to advise you that we are compelled to discontinue the production of Manual Focus (MF) Lenses for single lens reflex (SLR) cameras and interchangeable lens mounts in the Tamron Adaptall-II mount system. Sales will be continued for as long as inventory exists.

Since the introduction of the mount system in 1979, our manual focus lenses have been highly evaluated by photographers worldwide because of their high quality and unique advantages offered by the Adaptall-II mount system. However, as digital cameras have rapidly gained in popularity, decrepitude of the market for MF film SLR cameras has rapidly accelerated. Under such market environment, sales of our MF lenses have declined sharply in recent years, and we are now compelled to make this decision, much to our regret. Production of accessories such as lens hoods, etc. will also cease.

However, as far as repair services are concerned, we will maintain our warranty/repair service system in accordance with the basic policy of our company.*

Once again, we wish to express our hearty appreciation to all of our customers who have supported Tamron's MF lenses over the last several decades.

Very truly yours,
Morio Ono, President & CEO

* About after-services for MF lenses

We will secure functional parts in order to repair lenses (parts essential for maintaining the performance of lenses) in sufficient quantities to cover estimated requirements for the next seven years. The production of interchangeable mounts and other accessories (e.g. lens hoods) will be discontinued, but sales will continue until all existing stock is sold out. Please contact your appropriate Tamron sales liaison for further details.

Discontinued Products
  Manual Focus Lenses (5 models)
  • 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5 (model 159A)
  • 28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 LD Aspherical [IF]Super (model 171A)
  • SP90mm F/2.8 MACRO 1:1 (model 72B)
  • SP300mm F/2.8LD [IF] (model 360B)
  • SP500mm F/8 (model 55BB)
  Adaptall-2 Interchangeble Mount System (8 models)
  • Nikon AI Series (model 60C)
  • Canon FD Series (model 51C)
  • Minolta MD Series (model 52CB)
  • Olympus OM Series (model 54C)
  • Practica B200 Series (model 14C)
  • Fujica AX Series (model 56C)
  • Pentax ES Series (model 16C)
  • Contax/Yashika Series (model 55C)