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Tamron announces the development of a SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens

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Update: some sample images taken with the new lens can be found here.

Today Tamron officially announced the development of the already rumored SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens which will replace the current 200-500mm f/5-6.3 model. Pricing and delivery information were not announced. Here are the technical specifications and product highlights:

Specifications

Model A011
Focal Length 150-600mm
Maximum Aperture F/ 5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal) 16°25’ - 4°8’ (for full frame format)
10°38’ - 2°40’ (for APS-C format)
Lens Construction 20 elements in 13 groups
Minimum Focus Distance 2.7m (106.3 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:5
Filter Size φ95mm
Maximum Diameter φ105.6mm
Length* 257.8mm (10.1 in)
Weight 1951g (68.8 oz)
Diaphragm Blades 9 (circular diaphragm)*5
Minimum Aperture F32-40
Standard Accessories Lens hood, detachable tripod mount
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon, Sony

Product highlights

  • 4x ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm 
    The focal length range of this lens was extended by 50mm on the wide-angle side and 100mm on the telephoto side compared to the existing model A08, making it possible to take even more striking photographs of birds, wildlife, sports, and other distant subjects. Mounted on APS-C DSLR cameras, it has a stunning near1000mm telephoto equivalent focal length range of 233mm to 930mm.
  • World class image quality
    Employing 20 elements in 13 groups and boasting an advanced optical design, the lens delivers a superior balance of resolution and contrast for sharp, clear images. The front group contains three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements (two in the first group, one in the third) for enhanced optical correction effectiveness, enabling the lens to thoroughly compensate for on-axis aberrations at the telephoto end. The lens also adopts eBAND Coating, developed from state-of-the-art coating technologies, and conventional BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating to greatly suppress ghosting and flare even when shooting under adverse lighting conditions.
  • Achieves a 600mm focal length in a compact easy-to-handle package
    Ingenious optical design features minimize the movement of lens groups within the lens when zooming. This reduces the amount of barrel extension needed to cover the complete focusing range, making the entire lens more compact.
  • Beautiful background blur effects 
    Adopting a 9 blade circular diaphragm enables users to create beautiful background blur effects (Bokeh), which provide even greater potential for creative expression. This circular diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even at two stops down from its maximum aperture.
  • VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism creates greater opportunities for sharper handheld photography
    Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization system uses a three-coil system, delivering significantly sharper images and creating greater opportunities for handheld ultra-telephoto photography.
  • Comfortable autofocus
    Tamron’s new SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD features a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ultrasonic motor drive for swift and accurate AF response, it delivers high torque, very fast response times, and very low noise. The full-time manual focus mechanism allows users to make fine manual focus adjustments at any time even when AF is engaged.
  • New elegant, high-class external finish
    Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning full-frame DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings and an attractive and stylish tungsten silver brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.
  • Easy-to-use tripod mount
    The tripod mount has been completely redesigned to provide superior stability, durability, ease of use, and portability.
  • Comes with "SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron", RAW image development processing software for Tamron’s SP lenses
    The SILKYPIX Developer Studio software can develop high-quality images from RAW data, incorporating adjustments that can express the personal style and taste of the photographer. These include white balance, color, sharpness, and the tonal curves recorded by digital cameras. The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions, in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (chromatic aberrations of magnification, distortion, peripheral light fall-off), based on the optical data. Used in tandem with Tamron’s SP series lenses - renowned for their high-depiction capability - this advanced technology efficiently produces images that meet photographers’ most exacting demands.

Press release

TAMRON ANNOUNCES THE DEVELOPMENT OF A REVOLUTIONARY NEW ULTRA-TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS FOR FULL-FRAME AND APS-C FORMAT DSLR CAMERAS: SP 150-600MM F/5-6.3 DI VC USD (MODEL A011)

Cutting-edge eBAND Coating(1) and three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements deliver superior imaging performance, while the latest built-in VC (Vibration Compensation)(2) system broadens users’ horizons in achieving sharper handheld photographs

November 7, 2013, Commack, N.Y. - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the development of an innovative ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm for full-frame and APS-C format DSLR cameras. The lens sample will be on display in the Tamron booth at the Salon de la Photo 2013 that will be held from November 7-11 in Paris, France. Pricing and delivery information are not available at this time.

Tamron’s current 200-500mm (Model A08) is a popular, compact, easy-to-use ultra-telephoto zoom lens, but customers have shown great interest in having a lens that provides an even greater focal length range.

This all-new ultra-telephoto zoom lens features VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization, speedy, precise USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)(3), state-of-the-art eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, which significantly reduces the unwanted light reflections that cause flare and ghosting, and a sophisticated and stylish new external finish.

Its 4x ultra-telephoto zoom capabilities, with a focal length range from 150mm to 600mm, enhance the creative potential of telephoto photography, a captivating feature for all photographers, particularly nature, wildlife, and sports shooters.

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  • click

    If the picture, build and vc quality is like the new tamron 70-200 f2.8 and the price is around 1500$ This lens could be my next one.

    • Global

      Tamron also makes the incredibly good value lens, the 24-70/2.8 VC, which employs a new kind of VR that works extremely well for video in particular (Nikons is jumpy, but this is smooth) and has 4 stops of benefit according to DPReview.

      Its not just Sigma that is innovating these days, Tamron is a bit slower, but staying on course. If Tamron adopted a similar “Art, Sport, General” lens strategy, we could really see winners.

      I no longer trust Nikon to produce great products at good prices, they often have the less sharp, more highly distorted lenses these days, and seem to be trying to charge 30% more (on top of normal business margins) than competitors, except at the mid-end. The D5200, D7100, and D610 are Nikons true value products, as well as the (unfortunately sparse) f/1.8 and DX zooms.

      In most other respects, Nikon is milking us, so i would suggest that the more Sigma and Tamron innovate, the more Olympus puts pressure on DX, and the more Sony puts pressure on FX, the better for us all.

      • TheInconvenientRuth

        You must live a very sad, lonely and unhappy life to dedicate this much time and effort to putting down Nikon.
        Here’s a free hug ( )
        Now go and be hapy.

        • Pots&Kettles

          Well, you invested nearly as much t time to read and reply!
          Here’s 2 free hugs ( ) ( ) to lighten your sad and lonely.

          • Mr. Black

            You all come round here and we’ll cook us up some special treats and then get on with some huggin and lovin while my friend takes pictures with the new Tamron…

            • TheInconvenientRuth

              Tweet me an invite pls

            • Pots&Kettles

              I’m up for that!
              Ruthie, you can shoot my long lens.

        • NoMeJodas

          If sadness and loneliness in life were determined by the quality of recent Nikon offerings then I would have committed suicide after a week with the D600. Wished Nikon had gave me at least a hug for the trouble with that camera.

          • Dpablo unfiltered

            Oh golly, what a folly. Your life is more important than that. Don’t chump out. Get a D800.

        • Yoshi Spendiff

          The 24-70/2.8 VC is a great lens though.

    • FerpectShotz

      If this this is as good as the 70-300 or their Macors and resolve properly on the d800 then I am in. It seems like Tamron and Sigma are doing great work coming up with lenses with quality and ranges which customers need..

      • Sports

        Exactly.
        Sigma, Tamron, Sony, Olympus are progressing. They have done their best to improve. From a lower level, agreed, but they’re trying to give good value to customers.
        Nikon on the other hand is releasing yet another D5300, yet another 50 mm, and the Df with old, consumer AF. Dear Nikon, where are the innovation, where’s the progress, where are the products that couldn’t be built yesterday but can be built today?

    • Bane

      $1500…..you think Tamron is a non-profit organisation ? and u r a charity opportunist….

      • umeshrw

        It is not a 15-60. Maybe you didn’t read it correctly.

  • nick

    Tamron must be a serious company.

  • malcolma

    If the price is $1500, its definitely on my priority list.
    Even better if they make the foot Arca-Swiss compatible (very easy to do)

    • Bane

      $1500…..u think Tamron is a non-profit organisation ?…and u r a charity opportunist….

    • daniel

      I think it will be something between 1999.- and 2499.-

  • Marcel Speta

    hm… looking forward to see real samples at the long end… Seems good lens for airshows, but having doubts if for wildlife. Let’s see…
    I would be glad to see 500mm/4 for half Nikon’s price ;-)

  • AnotherView

    Looks interesting, though the emphasis of using 9-circular diaphragm blades to improve bokeh on an f6.3 lens seems kind of redundant.

    • http://Flickr.com/inthemist InTheMist

      At this focal length?

      Very relevant!

    • SteveHood

      DOF at 600mm f6.3 is the same as 400mm f2.8.

      Bokeh is very important and in many cases you may need to stop down due to the shallow DOF.

      • Discontinued

        >>DOF at 600mm f6.3 is the same as 400mm f2.8.<<

        Where did you get this? It is complete BS. Truth is simple. Every 2 stops DOF roughly doubles for any given focal length at a given distance. The extension of just 1.5 simply does not make up for this.

        Now tell me, would a 400mm f2.8 with a 2.0 converter, IN OTHER WORDS, would a 8oo mm f5.6 have more or less DOF than a 600mm f.6.3?

        What?

        How come?

        Well, that's a good explanation. I really thought so. Only thing makes me still wonder is, who the f### voted your comment up?

        There is a reason for fast lenses. Everybody who can't afford them should just get over it.

      • Eric Duminil

        “DOF at 600mm f6.3 is the same as 400mm f2.8.”
        No.
        And it also depends on the minimum focus distance.
        A 105mm 2.5 macro has less DOF than the 200mm f/2.

        • orpickaname

          Factors:

          focal length, aperture/opening, *focusing distance*, sensor size (therefore, the circle of confusion),

          “A 105mm 2.5 macro has less DOF than the 200mm f/2″.

          I know what you mean, but unless you also give specific examples denoting the difference in focusing distance for each setup, that statement is simply not true or at least incomplete.

  • SteveHood

    I wish the limiter had a short range option.

    http://www.kubacichocki.pl/test/newlens/przelaczniki.jpg

    • Global

      And a focus speed adjustment switch. Limiters are nice — but some lenses are just slow, some of them are very fast. I wish we could manually determine that. Sigma has proven that this can be adjusted by firmware, so that means its possible by switch.

      I would love to speed up my Nikon 85/1.4 and.

  • skaarj

    What no video teaser?
    Looks like competition for the Bigma

    • orpickaname

      If you mean the 14kg 200-500/2.8 rocket launcher, then no. That’s clearly a different beast…

  • waterengineer

    Because the world needs another slow super-tele zoom……..

    • Dpablo unfiltered

      Well, your 300 f2.8 on a 2x is a 600 f5.6. So one third of a stop at the long end isn’t too bad considering the considerably smaller front element and lens body. Your lens and converter is much larger than this and this one can zoom in and out without you having to dismount the lens and pull or change a converter. If it can beat the new 100-400 then what could anyone hate about it?

    • Eric Duminil

      f/6.3 at 600mm isn’t that slow.
      6 times cheaper for 1+1/3 stop could be a great deal in comparison to 600mm f/4.

  • Dpablo unfiltered

    This would be perfect to carry this permanently on a crop camera with another couple lenses and a full frame. The old lens isn’t remarkable and the first (200-400) was terrible. The first was a 2x and the second a 2.5x. This lens is going to be a 4x. To gain the quality I want I would have left it a 3x or less. I can’t see them adding that much range and still improving the lens. But the big filter is encouraging… Maybe it will be fairly tight at 500. Maybe it will be a low budget sigmonster…

    • Global

      If its around $1000, it will be a great value. If its $1500, I think they are pressing their luck, if its not sharp at the 600mm… because you can get the excellent 50-500 OS Sigma for $1500.

      • Dpablo unfiltered

        That lens is weak compared to the 150-500. And the latter costs less as well. The bigma will not actually reach 450 mm when fully zoomed and is primarily only center sharp and not very sharp when zoomed. The lenses that this has to compete with are it’s own 200-500, the sigma 150-500, the Canon 100-400 and both versions of the Nikon 80-400. The new Nikon rules for now. A crop from it is sharper than either 500 zoom. The new lens can be a bit softer than that lens in it’s range if the image when fully zoomed is sharper than a crop from the Nikon lens, and especially if the price of the lens is lower, which it should be. It’s hard to guess with the big element and without seeing the quality, but 1500 is probably right because it sounds high for that company and low for something that damn big.
        And I can’t understand people gimping around with that new 80-400. They should just buy the first generation 200-400AF and be done. It’s not like they don’t have a 70/80 – 200 zoom for the short end…

        • Mike

          “That lens is weak compared to the 150-500.”
          You obviously don’t know what you are talking about. All available evidence says the 50-500 is superior to the 150-500 at 500mm. Furthermore, the Nikon 80-400 is not so much sharper than the Sigma 50-500 that cropping and uprezzing a pic taken with the Nikon at 400mm will still be sharper than a pic taken with the Sigma 50-500 at 500mm.

          • Dpablo unfiltered

            Actually a Nikon 300 on a converter beats this all. And a Sigma 100-300 is about the next closest thing. That bigma only goes to 440 and any sharpness it has at the long end is produced by stopping it down and carefully making sure that the thing you want to view is located in the center of your frame.
            “All available evidence” in what fantasy land says that your 10x (9x) zoom is superior to the 3 1/3 x zoom made by the same people??????????

        • neversink

          The Sigma lens 150- 500 is awful.
          * Soft between 350 and 500
          * hard and ugly bokeh
          * Slow, slow hit and miss, forever searching auto focus
          * AF motor quality is poor. My copy broke down within a month of purchase while on assignment in Africa. (just do a search on the internet of people who have had problems with this (and other) Sigma lenses.
          First and last cheap third-party lens I ever, ever buy.

  • Don

    is is compatible with the Df? :)

    • callibrator

      is that a question?

  • benni

    Why must they built another zoom? Today with current high resolution dslr’s we can crop images with photoshop. I would want an affordable 500, 5,6 that does not cost much and is sharp enough for the current high resolution dslrs. I believe if they would just omit the zoom function, these consumer 500 6,3 lenses would be much sharper for the same prize…..

    • Pablo Ricasso

      So do you want to ability to crop or 500mm prime? Which is it, because what you’re saying is contradictory.

    • Drazen B

      “Why must they built another zoom? Today with current high resolution dslr’s we can crop images with photoshop…”

      The fact that you can do it doesn’t mean you should.

    • count felix

      benni…what are you, like 12?

      • KnightPhoto

        I think Benni is completely correct. A 500 f/5.6 or 600 f/6.3 prime would be very desirable and much sharper as well as lighter.

        • Dpablo unfiltered

          The image cropped from a decent 500 f5.6 should exceed the detail imparted by a 150-600 zoom unless the zoom was absolutely incredible.

        • Benni

          exactly that is my thought. The problem with these consumer zooms like 50-500 or the worse 150-500 from sigma is that they do not have enough resolution for modern dslrs. A bird taken with a 150-500 almost never gets sharp, because one has to stop trough f:11 in order to get a sharp result from this sigma zoom. But then, one comes in a region, where motion blur becomes apparent at 500mm, at least in case one does not work with extremely high iso. So I just want a prime, that has enough resolution that it can be used wide open on a d7200. Or a prime that can be used even with a converter added. A 500, 5,6 prime sharp enough for a converter would be ideal, since most dslrs can do af until f:8 now. If a bird is out of reach of that, just crop the image. A zoom that goes to 600, where no image is sharp, is of no use for animal fotographers. The point is: Why do sigma and tamron invest so much for this unnecessary zoom function? That costs development money, and the many glasses in these zooms cost money.. This money could be instead invested in the fewer but better glasses of a prime. They could, for the same price, make a much better prime. Unfortunately, they just don’t but stuck with some stupid zoom.

    • jefferylewis

      Shoot with your 50mm and crop. Cheaper and lighter.

    • Rudy Mentary

      I am with you Benny! Absolutely. I certainy do not need a 150-600 that will not look decidedly better at 600mm than a crop from Nikon 80-400 at 400mm nd sacrifices a wider opening at the same time. Rather I need a lightweight replacement of my optical top notch 500/4.0. This prime is so good that on a D800 I can use it as 500-900mm Zoom simply by cropping. This is what I ask from a lens today. Few Zooms can do it. And the MTFs of the new 150-600 do not look all that promising…

      • Global

        Uh, the Sigma 50-500 OS has as good as looking images at 400mm as the Nikon, and just as sharp. Nikon could have gone to 500 (and started at 100 or 150), but it chose not to (for whatever reason).

        150-600mm is MUCH more useful for sports, safari & birding than 80-400, and definitely better than 70-200/4.

        That being said, if one has a D800, obviously one can crop. But if you’re using a Nikon D700, D610, D4, Df, you probably won’t crop much at all (especially D700/D4/Df).

        The reach is welcomed. The wide-end does get in the way, however. I think what we could agree on is that sensors are getting so good that the days of need “super-zooms” for the long end are over. Instead of a 80-400, 100-400 would do. Instead of 150-600, 300-600 would do.

        Although there will always be a place for lenses like the 28-300 and 50-500 because, simply, most people don’t want to change lenses more often than they have to, and these lenses work fine.

        • Rudy Mentary

          Agreed on the zoom range. But the Sigma 50-500 definately cannot keep up with the Nikon 80-400, especially not when cropped towards the corners.
          But I wasn’t criticizing the new lens as a zoom but rather as a missed opportunity! With the same weight, one of our beloved manufacturs should come up with a fixed 500/5.6 or a little heavier 600/5.6. That would give us the freedom to crop and use it like a 500-900mm without zooming on location (D800 or D610 both would work). I am oftenly shooting shy desert animals and track them on foot, carry a gallon of water, no tripod, and the 500/4.0 comes in too heavy for that. Sometimes it is not about actio and a short shutter speed but more about reach. There simply is no good combination of light weight, long reach and optical quality to be found on the market. I love Tamron’s VC. They could have done it. What tey offer now is great for hide photography, maybe better than anything else. But it doesn’t fill the niche that I (and likely Benny as well) have wished for to be filled for a long long time.

          • Mike

            “But the Sigma 50-500 definately cannot keep up with the Nikon 80-400″
            Wrong. When stopped down to f8, the Sigma at 500 is just as good as the Nikon at 400.
            If you took a photo at f8 with the Nikon at 400mm and uprezzed it, it would be noticeably worse than if you had just taken a photo with the Sigma at f8 at 500mm.

            • Benni

              “Wrong. When stopped down to f8, the Sigma at 500 is just as good as the Nikon at 400.” The problem is that you don’t want to stop these lenses down too much. Simply because at the long edge, the smallest movements of camera mirror, the disturbances of the air, and even the breath of the birds will result in motion blur. You have to shoot at fast exposure times. Unfortunately, these zooms are so much blurred, that they must be stopped down in order for giving an acceptable result. This implies larger output. Two fotographers sit next to each other, shooting birds. The one with the 500:4 prime will have more acceptable images than the one with the sigma 150-500. Simply because most results from the sigma are blurred. That does not mean, one can not shoot excellent images from these zooms. But the conditions must be excellent enough that you can afford to stop them down, as they cant be used wide open. For birders, the zoom function is almost of no use, since the lens will be used at 600mm for 99% of the time. sometimes even a converter is neccesary then. And for converters, the zooms are absolutely not sharp enough.

            • Mattman

              My experience was quite the contrary when compared to the Nikon 70-200 f2.8, and even the TC 2- III with the same Nikon lens. Zoom fall off of the Sigma 50-500 was so severe, that the teleconverter set up was better, but the best was 70-200 on it’s own cropped. The mid range of the 50-500 was equally as good, but I don’t buy a long zoom for just it’s mid range.

        • Neil

          Not at all. If your subjects are small (birds, animals) then you can never have enough OPTICAL reach. Cropping after the fact is lazy, not to mention a waste of pixels. If you can frame your subject correctly with optics then your quality is always higher than cropping to a lower resolution.

          • Benni

            Unfortunately, the zoom function makes the usage of this lens for birding problematic. For birding, it will be always used at 600. Often you need a converter, since 600 is not enough. Also a birding lens must be usable wide open. Since you need fast exposuretimes. Otherwise, at 600mm, the slightest air disturbance, mirror movements, or even the breath of the bird blur the image. Unfortunately, you just can not put a converter on these zooms, You also can not use them wide open. I do shoot birds. And I sometimes sit together with other photographers. Some use zooms. And those who have the zooms, are having a smaller number of sharp results compared to prime users.

            • spicynujac

              Why can’t you use these lenses wide open? I would only buy a lens from a manufacturer I trust who did not make the maximum aperture to result in poor image quality. Remember, this lens is not out yet.

            • Benni

              Look at the mtf graph of sigmas 150-500 or 50-500. The mtf of the new tamron 150-600 is better than those of these sigmas when considered for fx format (i. e the part of the mtf diagram from 0 to 15mm)- But a value at 0.5 for a tele is, for a high resolution dslr like the d7100 almost intolerable. Most details of the birds will get blurred with such a low sharpness, and you have to stop the lens down in order to get a tolerable sharpness. Unfortunately, this is the case for sigmas existing 500mm tele-zooms, and the tamron has similar optical behavior, according to its mtf.

            • Benni

              sorry, I ment dx format. not fx.

        • Dpablo unfiltered

          The range is perfect if you have it on a crop camera and a 70 -200 on an fx camera and a couple shorter lenses.

      • Dpablo unfiltered

        My question is why you are even looking at the lens. It is going to be about a quarter the price in real stuff. If it even comes close it is a huge winner.

  • Jeff Shapiro

    It weighs the same as the Bigma (50-500mm OS) – I love my Bigma it focuses really fast and the images are really nice even on the long end!

    • Global

      And with Sigma’s innovative new adjustment doo-dad thingy-ma-jigger that is bought separately, you can even ADJUST the speed of your Bigmas in the near future!

      Right now you can set the 120-300/2.8 Sigma OS to “speedy”, “accurate” or “moderate” speeds, or some such labels. Quite innovative!

      I hope Tamron brings out a similar technology, because these innovations are what will make Nikon and Canon think twice about being so lazy and conservative in the vast majority of their lens designs lately.

  • skeptical

    Looks like a great lens. If only Nikon put the same effort into making new products.

  • Delmar Mineard Jr

    Noticed last week that the current lens dropped $20 in price to $949. New lens should fall in that $1350 to 1450 price category. So happy to see the VC (VR) added, improvement in lens glass, and the additional 100mm. The extra shorter 50 mm is okay. Guess my current lens is headed toward eBay in QT 3 2014. Based upon what a Tamron representative told me this lens will be available QTR 4 in 2014.

    • Global

      Would have preferred SHARPER 600mm (invariably, it will be slightly dull, wide open, at 600mm) and longer on the wide end (such as 300-600mm, instead of 150-600mm).

      I think Tamron is “chasing” Sigma right now, which is a bit not good (trying to match the successful 150-500mm OS), because by going to 600mm (“taking it to 11″), Tamron puts itself in the lead. It didn’t need to chase the wide end, when its winning at the tele end.

      With Sigma making “Art” lenses that bring a new “sharp!” label to its brand, Tamron needs to worry about not 50mm here or there, but overall sharpness. Even the Sigma 50-500mm has excellent sharpness compared to Nikon’s 80-400mm. At least on par (considering the extra reach).

      Tamron better make sure that this thing is sharp at 600mm and that the extra 50mm at the 150mm wide end was just an afterthought/extra touch.

      If this is sharp at 600mm, I want this lens. I would want it more, if it was 300-600mm, along with the inherent lighter and sharper and more compact properties that would have gone with that.

      At least the weight is exactly the same as the Sigma 50-500 OS (but slightly more than the Sigma 150-500 OS).

  • Leebee

    Interesting but I hope Tamron puts more effort on quality control. When you get a good copy Tamron lenses can be great but often you must go through several bad to mediocre copies to find a good one.

  • FarQinell

    Well done Tamron for this one.

    Will it be IF design like their excellent 70-200/2.8VC? If so it should have good optical quality at the top end. If it’s the extendible type I’m doubtful.

    Off topic – but what has happened to Nikon’s 300/4VR?

  • JohnMcClane

    I’m intrigued. Proud owner of the Bigma on FF and would love the bit of extra reach and the VC this would offer. Although I just recently got a D600 so I have yet to really test out the cropping capabilities… it may not be worth the upgrade.

    • Dpablo unfiltered

      If you are looking in the center of every frame you will think your bigma is OK. And your bigma is only about 440 or 445 in real life, so depending on the accuracy of Tamron’s claim and testers who handled your bigma, the difference in range could be significant. I see this as being halfway between your lens and the sigmonster that I want.

  • r28

    Is it just me or are the sample photos soft and somewhat disappointing? I have the Sigma 150-500mm and have to shoot at f/8 for sharpness at 500mm. That makes it tough to use in low light, but I manage. Looks like the Tamron will have the same issue at 600mm. Shots were taken in bright light at f/9 and still not all that sharp from what I can see. Maybe they were hand-held. I would really like for this lens to be good, as I’m never going to be able to justify spending the money for the Nikon f/4 primes. As others have suggested, I wish someone would just make a decent f/5.6 prime with image stabilization, either a 500mm or 600mm would make me very happy.

  • Mattman

    Ok, so I started with the Sigma 50-500 as a walk around lens on steroids, loving the reach for wildlife photography. Unfortunately, it took me buying Nikon 70-200 f2.8 to realize just how much sharpness I was missing out on! I thought I just wasn’t that good of a photographer and was working my rear off in Lightroom to make shots good enough. My personal testing, including use of TC -20E III, led me to the conclusion that the best set up was cropping with just to 70-200. I can’t wait to see the Tamron 150-600 compared to cropped Nikon 70-200. I don’t buy into “good enough” but also can’t buy into $10,000 lenses.

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