Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD for Nikon to start shipping on April 30

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Today Tamron Japan announced the shipping date for the Nikon version of the SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lensApril 30, 2014. Additional lens information:

Pre-order options: Adorama | B&H | Amazon | WEX UK | Foto Hans Keuzekamps

Sample images taken with the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens (Canon version): -1- | -2- | -3- | -4-

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens design:

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD MTF charts:

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens 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

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lenms 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.

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  • simple

    patiently waiting for D900…. thats all

    • Jeff Hunter

      You’re in for a looooong wait!

      • Aldo

        that was true a few years back… but not anymore… nikon is pooping new cameras like new underwear.

        • Spy Black

          Wouldn’t that be “like soiled underwear”?…

        • Jeff Hunter

          Nikon Rumors says D800S this fall or early next winter. If so, I don’t expect a D900 for two more years after that, at the earliest. We’ll see a D5 first, like we saw a D4 followed by the D800 in 2012. New Ds seem to come along every four to five years.

    • knappe duivel

      Samsung has a D900

    • neversink

      Why are you posting this here. What in the world does your imperious need for a D900 have to do with the subject in this thread which is a new Tamron lens? Do you think anyone really cares about your asinine and ludicrous off-topic desires? That you even feel a need to post that demonstrates an infantile behavior. Stick to the topic.

      • jon

        your long rant = immature, frustrated adult?

        • neversink

          No… Just a person who likes to see threads stay on topic rather than read through a bunch of posts that whine, “I want my D400.”

          • T


      • Z

        Imperious indeed … pontifical you are …

        • neversink

          Why thank you? (PS – I don’t think six lines of text qualifies for being Pontiff!!!)

      • tedtedsen

        why so angrey ??

  • mikeswitz

    Raw processing for a lens?

    • Isn’t it saying that it comes bundled with the software? Maybe its got a lens profile for it, like LR. And this silkypix software, isn’t that what the next Nikon software is based off of? Or designed by?

    • neversink

      I was flabbergasted when I saw the raw processing for the lens also. What are they really saying about the IQ of this lens, if Tamron needs to add special raw processing software with it???

      • mikeswitz

        My thoughts exactly. What would captures look like if it didn’t have “special” raw processing from silly pix . And what is the file after it has been processed? DNG. TIFF? JPEG?

  • Glambike

    I understand that you need good light source–like a sunny day.

  • tn

    so, Tamron has figured out how to make AF for this lens compatible with the new yet to be released Nikon DSLRs? or is it just standard delayed release after canon versions?

  • Glambike

    What is a bird? Something that flies. Try taking a picture of a bird flying at 6.3.

    • Global

      On a bright day, wouldn’t it be much easier to take a picture of a bird flying at f/6.3 than at, say, f/1.2? Especially with a larger in-focus region. And this new generation of cameras are quite good at high ISOs.

      I think the key point is how the focus tracking works with this lens. Its already understood that this a dark lens. Then again, the 70-300mm ends at f/5.6. I think, for 600mm, f/6.3 is quite good. Its the focus tracking you should be worried about for birds in flight.

    • nwcs

      In addition to what Global said, birds also stand still on branches and rocks quite often.

    • coastalconn

      Your right f6.3 doesn’t always give enough DOF. I normally shoot at F8 and 600mm, but for you I went out this morning and shot at 420 and F6.3.. Your right quite challenging to get the whole Owl in focus…https://www.flickr.com/photos/coastalconn/14006901015/

      • TeaBreak

        Great (!), but I guess this would be even sharper with F4 and the extra speed of a 1 1/3 stop .Sadly there’s some motion blur in the owl.I would prefer tack sharp eyes over the whole owl within depth of field.

        • coastalconn

          I generally shoot at 1/1000th for BIF. I could have easily bumped my shutter up(I shoot in manual)and I probably should have, things happen fast when an owl takes off that close. My point being that f6.3 is useable with modern cameras.. I generally don’t shoot with my 1.4x because I get softer results than my 2x as hard as that is to believe…

          • TeaBreak

            OK – got your point. There’s nothing wrong with F6.3 IF (!) it works under the shooting conditions (much light, modern camera).
            However my combination isn’t modern (D3 + AFS 300/2.8 + TC14 II / TC 20 III). For BIF this gives best results with fastest shutter possible @ F4 (resp. F 5.6 with TC 20) and max. ISO 400. Of course I could bump up ISO and the results will still be usable if scaled down. But that’s not what I want. Like it large AND tack sharp. 🙂 And AF-S 300/2.8 + TC14 @ F4 definetely is razor sharp.From this experience I doubt that this Tamron @ F6.3 will beat my combination.

            Again: love your owl, great shot!

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I don’t think anyone is saying this lens will beat a 300/2.8 + TC14. However, for $1000 and change, it’s pretty awesome.

      • neversink


    • davidagosta

      A lot of similar comments on every message board. Not everyone is interested in birds, and there are other uses for this focal length. Considering the only birds I’m interested in are Penguins I think I’ll be alright.

      • Spy Black

        Considering the only birds I’m interested in wear bikinis, this lens should do…

        • FredBear

          Question is whether it would fit in your pocket 😉

          • Kynikos

            Likely not, but his restraining order means he needs to use the long end anyway.

            • FredBear

              LOL. Very quick. I like it 🙂

  • Glambike

    I see a lens hunting and hunting and hunting. So I turned the light on, ok I can deal with this. Thank the birds for shutting up.

  • Julian

    Any reviews of this with a D800 yet?

  • arief

    is it compatible with nikon 1?

    • FDF

      405-1620 equiv. Crazy 🙂

    • nwcs

      In manual mode, sure.

  • chittu

    have been waiting to get this one!! finally the day is closer.

  • Take Care

    There are doubts about the veracity of those sample images from Tamron.

  • Adrifter

    Looks like mid may for everyone but Japan. See here: http://www.tamron.co.jp/en/news/release_2014/0424.html

  • Jimmy

    I know it wouldn’t focus, but lets say for a moon shots, will this work with a TC-20e III ?

    • Steve

      Not with a Nikon TC but it should be fine with a Kenko (with no AF like you said)

    • File Away

      A Nikon TCe won’t mount at all unless you carry out the usual modification to the female bayonet of the TCe. It may not mount even then, depending on the design of the Tamron.

      What the optical performance would be like …………who knows?Give it a try!

    • Mansgame

      Kenko or Tamron SP converter should work…painfully.

  • Benjamin Dover

    Funny I took interest in this very topic just yesterday and noticed all the complaints about the release date on the Tamron FB page.
    So today I am looking for release information on the D400 and the 300mm f/4 with VR ;-P

  • Filters

    Looks quite nice and big.
    Additional 95 mm UV and polarizer filters will cost half of this glass.

  • Rickmer

    In Europe this is a $2000 lens (EUR 1400) !!! Apparently have to wait until my next trip to US. 🙂

    • cyberZ

      I have purchased it in Italy at EUR 1178. And still wait …

    • guesti

      Where is it priced 1400 euro? Where are you from?

  • MB

    “World class image quality”
    “Comfortable autofocus”
    “Easy-to-use tripod mount”
    Not first class IQ, fast AF and sturdy tripod mount …
    So that is how you describe cheep lens …

    • Carlos Silva

      This Tamron 150-600 was more sharp and better rated than Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, in DxOMark. Not so bad.

    • TeaBreak

      Cheeping is best for birds – this will lure them. ;-))

      • MB

        Yeap 🙂 It is a bonus feature of this lens …

        • TeaBreak

          Really?? Sounds phenomenal but I guess this will be a bug – no feature. Some of the good old 17-35/2.8 and 28-70/2.8 Nikkors start to cheep just before their silent wave motors bite the dust. Tamron maybe snaps the scrap up. ;-))

  • Steve C

    I might buy one of these if the mtf at long is reasonable. Can’t really moan about the price.

    • It will be just fine for prints up to maybe 12×18. After that, you may be able to detect the astigmatism if you look at a lot of photography. If you stop down a bit (if you can get away with it) things do improve further. In all practical senses, this lens should hit is mark with great excellence.

  • Delmar Mineard Jr

    Peter got a better date than I did this morning. Talked to the Tamron representative for this area and he told he they start shipping on May 15th.

    The wait will be long too, Marketing/Sales understated the demand by 50% and they are looking at starting another packaging line. I am leaving more in the NRF 150-600 forum.

    • Cyrille Berger

      Peter’s date is for Japan, your date is for the rest of the world.

      • Delmar Mineard Jr

        That makes perfect sense.

        I am on a call list to see the store lens when it comes in. Can’t wait to see it.

  • Mansgame

    This sounds like a great lens on paper since Nikon doesn’t have anything at 600mm that can come close to this on price. And not everybody is shooting NFL sidelines or getting the magazine cover for Nat Geo to justify spending $10k on a 600mm f/4 lens.

    Just don’t expect it to do miracles. The canon mount seems to be soft past 500mm. You also start at 150mm so this is a single purpose lens unlike the Nikon 80-400. It’s good to have options but all indications are it won’t come close to the new 80-400 and at that price point, you’d be a silly person to expect it to.

    • Spy Black

      Most zooms I’ve seen crap out at the longer end, regardless of manufacturer. It’s by-product of being a zoom.

      • bossa

        Pentax DA*60-250 is an awesome lens and I’m sorry I got rid of mine. On a K-3 that lens rocks and is equivalent to a 90-375mm FF.

      • Typically, which is why the 70-200 f/4G surprised me so much. It has exactly the opposite pattern. It is worst at the short end and best at the long end. Not that it’s ever “bad” at any point, but, when you’re using it for landscape you notice the difference in fine art. It’s an extremely good value for that purpose, regardless. I’m glad it’s doing its best at the longer end for my purposes.

        • Guest

          Same with the 80-400 AF-S. Pretty amazing lens if you can get past the sticker shock.

  • Rick Jawsome

    I get a laugh out of all the people that seem to feel personally insulted or violated about Tamron releasing this lens and comparing it to $2500-$10000 lenses.. get over yourselves.

  • For Canadian customers, Henry’s is now taking pre-orders. http://www.henrys.com I just finished a week with the Canon mount of this lens and would recommend it over the Nikon 80-400.

    • catinhat

      Could you elaborate a bit?.. Thanks.

      • I’m writing a blog on my results – will post a link here when done. The VR II version of the 80-400 is a huge improvement over the original in most ways, except cost. I’ll do a direct comparison of the 80-400 II with the Tamron after the Nikon mount is released in May.

    • DSCEO

      Too bad they rip the heck out of Canadians on the price. Will be ordering from Adorama shipping to my door with minor shipping expense. Saving a few hundred last time I checked.

      • It’s a little cheaper. Depends on whether HST is included or not. If not, you’re only saving $50. The bigger risk is warranty – there’s no cross-border warranty. And Tamron Canada gives us a 6 year warranty versus 1 year south of the border. I have a few US customers because of the better Canadian warranties on Nikon, Tamron and Sigma lenses, FWIW.

  • Dat Guy

    Very soft pictures =/


    So, my Nikon D7100 has 1.3x Crop Mode on it which effectively gives the camera a 2.0X crop. Does anyone know what this lens would equate to under that setting? 1200mm?

  • TYE

    Having spoken with several dealers, it seems the delay was attributed to a problem with the Canon mount lenses in auto-focus mode, not locking in, so the user would have to shut down the camera to “reset” the lens info!! They were busy trying to fix this SNAFU before the Nikon release.

    • outkasted

      oh dear..

  • TYE

    One Pro, a friend of a friend, sent me pix he took in the wild of Bald Eagles catching fish in a river. He was using the lens between 400 & 600 on his Canon. He raised the ISO so he could use faster shutter speeds,the pictures are fantastic and he was very enthusiastic about this lens!! I have my order in with 2 different retailers, whoever comes in with the order first is my buy, can’t wait to try it. I wanted to take it to Mexico with me but I am leaving before the release date, Darn!!!!

  • outkasted

    Trigger Pulled today with a Heliopan 95mm UV Haze Filter

  • outkasted

    Well today is the 30th! I’ve seen or heard nothing…wtf..

  • outkasted

    My god Tamron get this lens right. Its a big ass lens make sure quality control is on point, because if it is word will really hit the internet and you will hit a serious home run.

  • mora

    can i use Tamron 150-600mm in my nikon d5200

    • Bobo

      Yes I absolutely think so

  • bo

    Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD for
    I’ve been waiting for this lens that constantly gets new delivery time for almost 3 months and have not yet received the delivery to Sweden very bad will bad Tamron

  • sanjeev

    is Tamron 150-600mm lens compatible with D3100? Anyone who has tried it?

  • Bobo

    Certainly a fantastic lens but what does it do when they can not deliver, I have been waiting almost three months for delivery

    • outkasted

      April 30th?

  • sscarmack

    Any idea when the next shipment will be? Everywhere is backordered and no one has an eta.

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