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Nikon Z6 FTZ and Tamron lenses issue

markst33 Avatar
markst33 14 78 2 Ireland
11 Jun 2019 2:51PM
I have the original Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro lens which I had been using on my Nikon D7000. About 3 months ago I bought the Nikon Z6 with FTZ adapter. When using the Tamron lens I discovered that it does not work on the Nikon as in it does not AF and it will always shoot at f2.8 regardless whet you set it - which as you can imagine is pretty useless for macro photography.

I had heard that Tamron were going to make the necessary changes to ensure that their lenses would work on the camera with FTZ so I was prepared to wait.

However I recently heard rumours that they will not be fixing all lenses and that my one will be one of these that will be rendered more or less useless. Does anyone have confirmation of this.

I have tried to contact Tamron directly on this subject but they are just ignoring me.
saltireblue Avatar
saltireblue Plus
13 14.8k 90 Norway
11 Jun 2019 3:03PM
You could check the Tamron service site to see if it is mentioned - (a bit of scrolling involved...)
markst33 Avatar
markst33 14 78 2 Ireland
13 Jun 2019 4:21PM
Transcript of my conversation with Tamron yesterday

Tamton : 272E is your model number. You have a much later model. Unfortunately it is discontinued and will not be made compatible with the Z7/Z6. Thank you, Sarah

Me : "so does that mean that Tamron have decided that the 500+ I spent on one of their products they can just decide that I lose out ??

I have never heard of anything like this before. Sigma are not doing this to their customers."

Tamron : Unfortunately the 272E was released in 2008, over ten years ago, and hasnít been in production for around 4 years. The model does not come with VC making it incompatible with many of the newer model DSLRs. It does not have the capability to be updated.

Me :I have nikon lenses older than that, still working perfectly. This is going to be a PR disaster for Tamron. Throw out your 10year old lenses regardless of how much you spent on them.

No response since
LenShepherd Avatar
LenShepherd 15 4.7k United Kingdom
14 Jun 2019 8:26AM

Throw out your 10year old lenses regardless of how much you spent on them.

While the response is disappointing, you can still use your lens on many bodies, or you can sell it.
Canon users went through a similarr crisis when the FD mount was changed to EOS. Nikon AF-D lenses (screwdriver AF) while gaining IBIS using a Z body but loose AF ability.
For anybody switching to Z (or the Canon equivalent) and owning independent brand lenses it would be worthwhile checking if the independent brand lenses work with your proposed new camera body.
keithh Avatar
keithh 19 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
15 Jun 2019 6:17PM
Why would a ten year old lens definitely work on a camera that Tamron had no idea would exist when they made it?

Your lens is not useless, itís just useless on some recent cameras.


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