Tamron has filed a new patent in Japan. The patent describes a 500mm f/5.6 lens for mirrorless cameras with Micro Four Thirds image sensors.
If we see this in mass production than it would be Tamron’s second optic for Micro 4/3rds. First one released back in mid-2014 as the Tamron 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III ($399). Tamron 500mm f/5.6 Micro Four Thirds lens will offer a 1000mm equivalent range in 35mm format and probably use a stepper motor for silent autofocus. At the moment no price details known but patent details are as follows.
Tamron 500mm f/5.6 MFT Lens Patent
A newly published Tamron patent discloses the design of Tamron 500mm f/5.6 Micro Four Thirds lens. Check it out!
Focal length: 485 mm
F number: 5.8
Angle of view: 1.31
Image height: 11.15 mm
Lens length: 275 mm
This lens will be compatible with the Micro Four Thirds standard. So it has to be in compact and lightweight design. On the other hand this should provide a cheap option for a long range telephoto lens. Overall, if Tamron sells this lens for a price between $1,500-2,000 than it will sell like pancakes.