29 Jul 2011
The M118 lens series from Tamron is a well-established, high resolution lens family suitable for sensors up to 1/1.8. All the focal length models 8, 16, 25 and 50mm, not only have excellent resolving power but also have significantly lower mass than their predecessors. This coupled with their robust construction make these lenses ideal for high vibration installations or applications where the camera is required to move repeatedly such as in robot vision type applications.
One feature of these lenses that is often overlooked is their short minimum working distance. This has been reduced from 300 or 500mm in the previous generation, to 100mm for some of the family. This is exceptionally useful when retrofitting camera systems to machines with headroom constraint.