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Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens now available for pre-order

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The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens (Nikon mount) is now available for pre-order at $1,069 as previously reported. Few sample images taken with the lens can be found here and here, the detailed specifications are listed here.

Update: more sample images are available here.

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  • SteveHood
  • enticed

    enticing … but, at f 5 – 6.3, this is only for sunny days…

    • rt-photography

      not so. with todays ff, you can easily shoot at 3200 with almost no noise. if you shoot with almost very little black in the photo even shooting at 6400 will have very little noise. the noise is noticeable in the dark/shadow/black of images. and with VR the aperture is much less of an issue than it used to be. excpet for shallower DOF

    • Delmar Mineard Jr

      Not true. This lens like the last one was fine in overcast days. Push the ISO up some and your fine. Never had a problem with the older Tamron 200-500mm lens.

  • Kynikos

    If the build is good, the VC (VR) is good, and the resolution is anywhere near what the MTF charts claim, this might turn into the most important enthusiast zoom lens (< $1500) offered so far.

    • ConsciousConsumer

      “the most important…”

      It will have little ‘importance’ if a person is looking for a wide-angle lens, of which a very nice one can be had for much less. Does that make it more “important”?

      • Kynikos

        Congratulations on choosing the most narrow definition of ‘important’ possible. Your mom must be so very proud.

        • ConsciousConsumer

          Don’t be a child with silly comments.

          Please explain to me what you mean by: “… this might turn into the most important enthusiast zoom lens (< $1500) offered so far."

          • Spy Black

            I’m pretty confident he meant zoom lens in the telephoto range.

    • neversink

      “The most important” Baloney or Balognia – spelled either way!!!!

  • rt-photography

    I dont believe in MFR mtf charts. they falsify them or give them a better curve then they really are.

    I think the lens will perform exactly like its price and possibly lower. meh. but what do you expect with a $1000 tele lens.

    for the money id take the 300 AFS and use a converter on it. thats one sharp MF lens.

    • stoooopid

      Well, if you believe this online review that was posted (link in the first comment) it looks pretty friggin’ good. It looks better than the Canon 300+2X and about as good as the Canon 800. If you trust that review (your choice) it looks like a really, really fine lens and a good – no spectacular deal at that price.

      • rt-photography

        who knows how much they pay them for the review. for a person on a budget this may be a great option. on paper it looks great. id bet the IQ is ok but nothing great. I dont trust reviewers. I trust peoples opinion much more. thats real world. Im suspicious they always doc the photos up. but from the images, that fucker looks great.

        but dont get me wrong, I HOPE the lens is as great as those saying it is. more competition is better for everyone. fingers crossed it isnt a dud. problem is tamron has put out so many lenses with this focal range more or less and theyre just..well, crap. so lets hope they put the effort in. with the 24-70/70-200 VC’s it may have come the time for them to shine..

        • Global

          Did Sigma or Nikon pay for you to be slamming this lens so many times without your ever having used it?

          This Tamron is going to be a handy tool with range beyond the Sigma or the Nikon and its at a great price. This is progress. No doubt Sigma will make a copy-cat version quite soon.

          • rt-photography

            have you used it? how can you say its so good? youre entitled to your opinion. I am to mine.

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              One of the links has some really good pictures. The review site shows it working better than a 300 f2.8 and converter. The MTF is phenominal. Of course the lens sucks. You should find something else to hate.

            • rt-photography

              I hope it does well. I would like a lens like this for some unique wedding shot come april after they get the lemons out of circulation from bad QC. im skeptic though. I hope im wrong.

              will have to call the couple to explain where I want them to stay haha. but could get some nice compression shots or even corny silhouettes with the sun ;)

        • stoooopid

          ” problem is tamron has put out so many lenses with this focal range more or less and theyre just..well, crap”
          Yes, Tamron and Sigma have made some real crap in the past. But it seems like here recently they have both turned over a new leaf and are now making some good stuff. Maybe it is because of forums like this and even newbie photographers being much more informed than they used to be because of all the information out there. I hope so.
          I just need Tokina to follow through and release that 70-200 f/4 lens at about $850 (dreaming – probably).

          • rt-photography

            yes absolutely. I think tokina (16-28) sigma and tamron have been upping their game. even a lot of brand snobs are buying their stuff. I hope they wake up because the more they up their game the more sales theyll have. there are many people who dont have money for nikon pro gear. a pro can get the 16-28 and 24-70/70-200 VC combo and save tons of money and get steller IQ. 6 years warranty as well. I hope they do well. I think nikons lens prices are way to much and I think the trio can only benefit. they have to kill their image as making meh lenses and crap QC. im very reluctant buying 3rd party lenses. lets see what they do

      • neversink

        It doesn’t look good to me. The bokeh is ugly and sharp and angular. Don’t you have eyes?
        But buy your cheap lens, but don’t come whining here when you see your images soft with hard bokeh, lousy contrast, and a broken af motor.

        • stoooopid

          what the hell? Did you run low on medication? I didn’t say anything about the quality of the bokeh, or anything else. And yes I do have eyes and I merely commented on the sharpness vs the Canon 300mm with 2x converter. I probably will not buy this lens since I am not in love with the longer focal lengths. But if I was, this lens would be on my list of lenses to consider. .

          • neversink

            no meds necessary. Just a pair of good eyes and a nose that smells hype. Ugly bokeh makes the whole image look dirty. And there is nothing you can do about unless you want to go to Photoshop and change the background….

            • stoooopid

              OK. Thanks for pointing out the bokeh issue, which isn’t what I was talking about.

  • FDF

    This looks very enticing at that price, but I’ll just wait for a real review in a language I can understand (I just can’t stand google-translated crap).

    • SteveHood

      This resolution comparision doesn’t require any translation.

      http://www.trinitylumberton.org/img/7D15060032854856.jpg

      • rt-photography

        from your past comments I can assume you are being payed by tamron? a lot of your comments has to do with that lens. I dont trust reviewers reviews. I believe in real world opinions. people who bought it and give their honest opinions. I dont trust those pictures. they could have been sharpened even just a bit, or even switched with another lens..who knows..why are pushing the review so much?

        • Global

          Actually, you have been consistently negative on this lens — which one are you being paid by, Sigma or Nikon??

          This Tamron is going to be a handy tool with range beyond the Sigma or the Nikon and its at a great price. This is progress. No doubt Sigma will make a copy-cat version quite soon.

          • rt-photography

            haha good one. I had sigma glass when I first got into photography. would never buy a sigma product again. and I think nikon charges too much for a lot of their equipment so neither. I work for canon haha..;) my point is that I wish the lens was as good as many are hyping it up to be, but like all past lenses that were hyoed this will be meh. probably the best of all their teles to date but still meh. if you look below of the user who said the lens is useless except in heavy sunlight and I disagreed. I dont think completely negative of the lens. im just skeptic. but I would love to see real peoples opinions. those who bought and show their work.

            • Global

              Anyway, your point is valid that “real world shoots” need to show the evidence.

              However, at the moment, even if this lens is “so-so” it will still represent an incredible value for anyone who needs 600mm, in day light and doesn’t have an extra $8,000 dollars for the low-light version (and Nikon’s version is excellent if pricey).

              Whether or not this legitimately is better than a Sigma at 500mm — we don’t know that yet. But the fact remains simply that the Sigma does not go to 600mm. And this does.

              One more tool available to photographers is a good thing for every brand. I wish it was a 300-600mm and focus on sharpness. But Tamrons focus is obviously range (too bad, but I’m still interested).

              If Sigma makes a 300-600mm, I’d forget about this one in a minute.

            • rt-photography

              I havent seen a lens with more than a 3x zoom range with excellent image quality. I dont think the sigma is great IQ wise. its ok but nothing special. not comparing it to a prime. even a 300-500 f5.6 for $1500 would be great. why the hell no one makes a 400 f/5.6 prime, I dont know.

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              The pictures of the wildlife in the mountains were fake world shoots. Computer holograms.

          • neversink

            Global…. Open your eyes and put away the money you may have received from Tamron. I am not deceived by your remarks. My eyes, from looking at all the examples posted so far, tell me that this lens is mediocre.

      • FDF

        Resolution comparison is only a tiny aspect of a review.

        • Spy Black

          You shoot with your ears?…

          • FDF

            Sure, when I run out of bullets.

  • Spy Black

    These guys blew their Holiday sales period.

    • rt-photography

      yep!!
      people spent their money already. and this isnt exactly a lens most need. usually people are looking to do 17-200. Im curious to see how well this can perform though

      • Dpablo unfiltered

        There are a lot of people looking for this. This competes with three Sigma lenses – the 150-500, the 50-500 and the 300-800. The last one is very expensive. It also competes with the Nikon and Canon xx-400 and the Canon 400 f5.6. Some of those also cost a bit more. Offhand I’d say that only the 300-800 offers more, but it weighs as much as a 600 f4 and costs nearly as much and doesn’t have any kind of stabilization.

        Nobody who wants this is thinking about an 18-200 at the same moment. It is a game changer. I think I will get one.

    • Global

      I don’t think that the person who needs this kind of lens operates on a Holiday sales period. Its a function of what work they can do.

      The alternatives are $9000 & 12 lbs. This is $1000 & 4 lbs.

      • Spy Black

        So you didn’t want one for Christmas?…

      • VikingAesir

        The alternatives are $900 and $1600 from Sigma and have been available for years. An extra 100mm is nice, but hardly a game changer.

        • Delmar Mineard Jr

          Good point. If the Tamron produces better sharper images then it’s worth the extra cost. Friends have the Sigma 150-500mm and the pictures are excellent. Will see if all the new coatings and lens elements produces a better sharper image from this lens.

          • Global

            Also, Sigmas can be updated via Sigmas endcap firmware updater thingy they just developed. I really think Tamron needs this technology. Sigma has done something incredible there.

            Still, and extra 20% of range is significant. Its not negligible. This is not a mirror lens. Its optical and should work very well if Tamrons recent macro lenses and 24-70 OS are any indications.

            • Delmar Mineard Jr

              My hunch is that when tested this is going to be much better than the Sigma 150-500mm and their sales will slide. Agree that the Sigma endcap is an advantage but if Tamron’s lens is significant sharper, that advantage really doesn’t help provide a market advantage.

            • Nigel

              Cant believe there is so much childish behavior on here..come on people get a grip….!!
              I for one am considering upgrading from my Tamron 70-300 DI SP VC. Whilst I’ve had some fantastic results with this lens and winning 3 best of year last week I cant wait to start seeing some real time results.
              However I think I should also point out that my lens has been back to Tamron 4 yes 4 times for repair since I’ve had it.. That equates to once every 6 months. Lets hope this new one is better quality in all ways.

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              Um… when did Tamron need to update a lens? I cant remember when.

  • Mansgame

    Nikon doesn’t have anything even close to this with price and range. Sure it’s a slow lens but so is putting a 2x teleconverter on your 70-200 and even then you’ll end up with a 400mm f/5.6

  • Morris

    what if it gets broken after 2-3 weeks, no MTF chart can ‘show that’

  • whisky

    i work my glass hard in the field. it’s both shaken and stirred. i think i’ll need to wait to fondle this glass before making up my own mind. my primary reservation, aside from the optics, is performance.

    if it falls out of alignment with a few bumps and bruises, there’s really no way to recalibrate the glass w/o sending it back for service. if it’s built like the nikon 80-400mm G + TC, or had a USB docking port like Sigma’s, i’d be first to pre-order this puppy. =:-/

  • MB

    I wonder how good AF would be … it certainly will not work on any older camera (f/6.3) but it should work on some new AF sensors (D7100, D610, D800, D4, Df) … the question is how fast and how accurate it will be …

    • VikingAesir

      It will work fine, just like the other F/6.3 lenses Tamron and Sigma have sold for years have worked on them.

      • MB

        If it will work like older Sigma and Tamron f/6.3 lenses than it will be useless …

    • Anónimo

      It seems the lens just fools the camera and drives it to “think” it is working at F:5.6 when the real aperture is F:6.3. This was the explanation for AF when there were no cameras accepting lens up to F:8 for AF to work (The Canon top model being probably the only one by the time).

  • KrisinCT

    I preordered mine last night. I will shoot it side by side with my Sigma 120-300 f2.8 OS and see how it compares.. i won awards with the Tamron 200-500 and i bet this lens will be awesome..

    • Meinrad

      Your are “CoastalConn”, aren’t you? You are the absolute master of bird photography… …if you will approve of this lens, I’ll trust that more than any review. Let us know – preferably on the forum pages, where the discussion is more civilized.

      • KrisinCT

        Yes indeed that is me, lol.. I will start a thread as I didn’t see one yet in the forum. :)

        • Delmar Mineard Jr

          Would love to see a thread on the new 150-600mm. Look forward to your pictures.

        • neversink

          Ugh — You two need to go get a room!!!! ;–} This is downright saccharin.

          • KrisinCT

            neversink, you must be the god of wildlife/bird photography!!! I am glad that you don’t have to sink to the low levels of 3rd party lenses. I am probably not worthy of even replying to your post. I would love to see your extensive portfolio of awe inspiring photography with exotic lenses! Please do tell, where can I find that link?

  • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

    aprove

  • enticed

    Best clarification! Thank you. I understand now.

  • Global

    I don’t understand why Lens Manufacturers (such as Nikon and others) don’t release HUGE AMOUNTS of lens samples whenever selling a new lens. It always seems like there are a couple leaks and about 5 image samples at weird settings.

    If I was a lens manufacturer, I would take all the pictures I could with whatever new lens I was making, just as a marketing staff member, to say nothing of an executive with pride in work.

    Dont’ these companies have pride in their work? Why do they always hide the results until online reviews pop up.

  • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

    Thanks, I will add this link to the post.

  • vladislav

    I am picking this lens. Already got on the waiting list at BH. I rarely buy anything over 200 $USD without a bunch of reviews/etc. But for this I am taking the plunge. It will be mated to D800E, and will be used for birds and full moon shots.

    • neversink

      You will be sorry. Make sure you do some real testing of the lens before the time to return it runs out!!!!

  • tedtedsen

    if you love your d4 or d800 do not buy it, it has to maney compromice in an soomlence like this i have tested sigma 150-500 it is not suitable for the d800 or d4 if you have high quallity bodey bye high quallity glas

  • neversink

    Look how ugly, sharp and angular the bokeh is in the bison photo. also look at some of the deer shots at the end of one of the links. Two have out of focus areas with incredibly hard and ugly bokeh.
    Not much different than the awful 150-500, which I owned and which broke down on assignment in Africa two months after I purchased it.
    The only difference between the two lenses is that there probably is a much wider zoom range that is soft toward the longer telephoto.
    Sigma QC cannot be trusted.

  • neversink

    How do you know it is extremely good at 600mm. It doesn’t look that way to me from the examples I have seen. And the bokeh is downright ugly and hard and angular. The 150 – 500 was soft between 350 and 500. What makes you think this lens isn’t soft at longer telephoto settings
    No offense, but your complete post is a bunch of malarky. And do you really trust Sigma QC. just do an internet search on broken AF motors and other problems on Sigma lenses. You will find plenty. i had the same problem. Once burnt I am never going to give cheap third-party lenses my money again.
    I have the Nikon 500mm f/4 and have used their 600. You can’t begin to honestly compare the sharpness, color, contrast and bokeh and reliabllity of the Nikon to the Sigma. It isn’t even close.
    “And it zooms,” you say. WOWIE ZOWIE. Is that supposed to impress me. So does the Nikon 200-400 and I can guarantee you I will get better image quality cropping the images from that lens to equal the Sigma 600mm.
    And what is with that comment about some pros traveling with a 300mm and a 2x extender. What does that prove. Some pros also travel with the Nikon 600mm and a 2X extender? What does your comment really say? Don’t answer that. it is rhetorical. Your comment say absolutely nothing.
    You sound as if you are a Sigma fanboy.

    • tedtedsen

      if you dont like it DONT BY IT and you have solved the problem

  • tedtedsen

    the rumors about the sigma 150-500mm when it was anounsed was terribel slow-soft-loud-bad buildquallity-you geth wat you are paying fore and al that ,cam from People that never had tested or owned the lens i had mine now for 5years on d90-7000- and finaly one yeare ago d800 and it is and impressive lens it performs exilent Sharp up to 420mm onley tinybit softher on 500mm onley slightley, on the d800 the onley Down side it has it focuses somwhat slow compared to my 500mm prim but the difference is smal in sharpnes .speaking about the 150-600mm Tameron i havent tested the beast yet but i wil byit soon and make one side by side comparison

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