Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens for Nikon mount is now shipping

Tamron SP 150-600mm f:5-6.3 Di VC USD for Nikon
I received multiple confirmations from retailers and readers that the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens ($1,069.00) for Nikon mount is now shipping to existing pre-orders in the US and Europe. Additional information on the new Tamron lens can be found here.

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

Sample photos from the Nikon version of the lens: FlickrNikonites and Mobile01.

Unboxing video:

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  • yoyo

    Now THAT is a good price…

    • RC

      Wait 60 days and when the fan boy new wears off, you will be able to pick one up on eBay for $850 or so.

  • Mansgame

    Wonder if it can even come close to the Nikon 80-400 AF-S quality at that price.

    • Nikon User

      Different category lenses.

      In terms of value, this beats the Nikon 80-400 by miles.

      • Josep

        But this miles are really on the short side…
        There’s already out here the reviews for the Canon one and they are far from good.
        But you get what you pay for.

        • Morris

          there is a lot of excitement-expectation and fanboysm (it will be good because it will be good, but hey for the money is the best – like a breadcrumb will be wonderful in a world without bread, but its still a breadcrumb which wouldnt satisfy a little bird)

      • FredBear

        Nope, just by 200mm 😉

        • Mansgame

          You forget the low end. 80-150mm is a very useful range to have at f/4.5 with VR. What this means is the Nikon could very well take the place of having to buy an 70-200 f/4 VRII or even the 70-200 f/2.8 VRII and still have the long telephoto.

          With the Tamron, because it starts at 150mm, you almost certainly need to have a short telephoto lens also if you shoot anything other than birds.

          • FredBear

            Problem is you can’t cover all eventualities with one lens. Nikon is trying though – very trying 😉
            a 70-200 plus this lens to cover 200-500 (600 in some cases) would be quite a nice kit.
            Problem is Nikon have nothing really in the 400 – 500 range that’s affordable.

      • Mansgame

        Well so does the Sigma Bigma, but it doesn’t come close to it in terms of quality. I thought the lens was overpriced at $2700 but the rebate a couple of months ago made the price just right after buying and using it. It really is a pro quality lens.

    • Sahaja

      The Nikon lens at 4.5-5.6 is a bit faster throughout.

      • Mansgame

        Not to mention sharp wide open.

  • Bokeh
    • Kynikos

      Indeed. And they don’t hate it at all–which is saying something for Lenstip.

    • LubosB

      The tests seem decent enough for the price, but the sample photos at the end just don’t impress. Either they didn’t nail the focus, or it’s just a generally soft lens.

    • It seems that they used the Canon version for their review. Here are few sample images from the Nikon version:

      • lorenzo

        The eagles don’t look too soft to me, they have that great eagle-upset look, I wonder where they can find them.
        As far as I know there are none in the Bay Area now.

        The Tamron glass is quite good, but I have my doubts about their hardware. 3 years ago I bought a 10-24mm DX: even with no filter at 10 mm it was vignetting, the motor was not what is called a silent motor (sounded like a grinder) and the focusing gear was turning in my hands.
        I returned it after 3 days and got a 10-24 mm Nikon: not even comparable as quality. Maybe Tamron has got better recently but I won’t try again.

        • shawn

          looking at the sample shots they look very nice to me too. They are still a little soft but not too bad at all. This may have to be a new lens to add to my list for the tele end.

          As for the 10-24 yes that and the Sigma equivalent are terribly soft and are probably the worst lens you can by from either company. When I bought my ultra-wide at the start of the year I looked at the Nikon too but I found the Tokina was the pick of the bunch as it was sharper , faster, and gave better colours (the Nikon metered to give a green cast for some reason).

  • Global

    No case or even a soft bag for it?? Tsk. Its not a common size lens. $10 added to the price can easily be worth it to keep out the dust (it wont fit in many bags) and have protection in storage (easy for this size lens to fall over when stored vertically). Oh well, they were shooting for $999 price and already over budget, i guess…

  • Global

    Even though i already mentioned it for 5 years on this forum, i think the company which makes a 300-600mm/f4-5.6 is going to have a winner. Preferably Sigma is the only hope now.

    The 150-300mm is very redundant with unlimited number of lenses out there, which reach 300mm easily these days. If someone has 55-200mm or 70-300mm lens, they dont need this part. MUCH higher value to focus on telephoto end of 300-600mm with a stop and a half brighter, faster to focus for moving objects, and optically sharper. Or, alternatively, less weight and smaller if keeping similar similar apertures! 150-300mm just slows down everything.

    There is still room in the market for an affordable specialty lens for birding, safari, far tele-work, not “all in one tele”….”all in one” principle is too lazy thinking. Maybe they think they can stop someone from buying 70-300mm lens and buy this one instead??? But its a piss poor strategy. Even Tamron makes one excellent 70-300mm, so it could be logically marketed as “complementary” lens, instead of overlapping! I prefer sharper, brighter, faster AF, lighter, better aperture, even if more limited range at same price. (How about it, Sigma?? ; ).

    • TheInconvenientRuth

      A prime 600/5.6 would be about 50cm long and weigh about 3.5kg… A zoom most likely would be bigger and heavier. Let’s not even consider the price of a 300-600 f/4-5.6…
      But hey, if you can design one that weighs less than 2 kilos, costs less than $1,000 and is still portable, Nikon, Canon, SIGMA and others would be very hapy to make a deal with you.

    • Sports

      Sigma takes it one step further:
      Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6.
      Unfortunately, at 8K it’s impossible to get near, and 600 mm instead of 800 mm would reduce the price to what? 5K?
      Sigma’s long tele lenses are priced by different people within Sigma, than all the great new glass, it seems.

  • Nikon User

    This lens has very good reviews from different websites.

    It will sell much more copies than the Nikon 80-400.

  • Spy Black

    Money talks, bϋllshìt walks. This will sell. Who knows if it’s worse or better than the Nikkor 80-400, but at almost 1/3 the price, it will be a hit.

  • MrOzMan

    I really want this lens for my D610. I don’t have $10k for a 600 f/4, and I think I can handle a couple stops higher to get something that can still take great wildlife shots for 1/10th of the price.

    • Rick Jawsome

      contrary to popular belief…. you do need a 600mm F4 so you can post 100% crops on the internet so some kid in his parents basement can zoom in to look at pixels and tell you it looks amazingly sharp… its not even worth taking pictures if you can’t zoom in at least 4-5X and not see bird dander.

      • MrOzMan

        I often say you need a large format camera with at least 1000mm at f/1.2, otherwise there’s just not enough bokeh. I just want one eyelash in focus and everything else as blurry as hell.

  • FredBear

    One should disregard ‘the outer limits’ of any zoom. Maybe if one used the lens between 200 and 500 one would get more than adequate IQ.
    There seems to be a dearth of zoom lenses that can offer the performance of this lens (looking at the images thus far) between 200 and 500mm.
    Besides which at 500mm and above anyway atmospherics are going to be the bigger challenge.
    Tamron may well have hit a home run with this lens.
    Congratulations (though premature) might be a reasoned response.

  • Dustin 4WD
  • whisky

    strange, but for some reason this remind me about Thom’s article on buying a tripod.

  • Guest

    No Thanks will stick with Nikon Prime lenses.

    • Rick Jawsome

      If you can afford a 500-600mm nikon prime this isn’t the lens for you obviously.. so why bother posting?

  • Tami
  • Tami
    • KnightPhoto

      Hmmm, that seems to imply the Tamron 150-600 kills the Nikon 80-400 at 400mm – is that what you took from the comparison as well? Even when I set the Tamron to 500mm in the comparison tool (the Tamron at 400 looks like it is really 350mm),

      Pretty surprising, would like to see a repeat or alternative test to confirm this…

      • Tami

        That’s because of the different resolution of the two cameras (21mp vs 24,5mp). Besides that, the Nikkor is the big breather at MFD. I already got my Tamron and i’m really happy with it. 🙂

      • Bear in mind it’s Canon vs. Nikon, and traditionally Canon does more sharpening in camera.

  • PabloSRT8
  • Bokeh

    Just unboxed my Tamron 150-600 a few hours ago. Feels exremely sturdy, damped controlrings and tight feeling switches. Compared to my Nikon 80-400 AF-S N the Tamron feels more like a premium product. AF is just as fast and just as precise ( with no AF fine-tune on my D800 ) – but more silent if not totaly mute ! AF locks with no hunting – not even micro-hunting. Now the best part : beautyfull colurrendition, pleasing bokeh and high contrast even wide open. Sharpness exceeds or equals Nikkor 80-400 AF-S N in the equevalent range though beeng f5-f6 compared to Nikons f4,5-5,6. from 400-500 mm sharpness maintain extremely good high wide open and at 600mm f6,3 sharpness is impressive not easily compared to anything, but way-way better than my 300 mm 2,8 AF-I with my TC 20EIIIasf. at 5,6 and 6,3 ! The very best : 1/3 stop down = f7,1 at 600 mm, sharpness is unbelievably good,and I am talking 100% from a 36mp sensor. Having previously owened three copies of the old 80-400 AF and now the new 80-400 AF-S N for a year in combination with the Sigma 120-300 f2,8 OS I have one of these rare moments of – can this be real – excitement. The VR (Tamron=VC) seems great with a gain compareable to Nikon 80-400 AF-S N and Sigma 120-300 f2,8 OS.
    Tripodmount is way better than Nikons 80 gram attempt for the 80-400 AF-S N and compareable to Sigmas mount on 120-300 f2,8 OS.
    Lenshood is well-matted inside, deep and well-fixed in both dimensions.
    Now I have to buy a 95ø filter in best quality asap…

  • Adnan

    From above links it’s ” 1 new from $1,690.00″ at Amazon and $1069 at B&H Photo

  • tedtedsen

    i can read on differen forums this lens for the canon mout has issues and the other half has no problem what soever the AF stalls it can stop focusing and needs to sent back to repair half of the canon user has problem whit the AF perhaps that is the reason for delai for the Nikon Mount sorrey for my bad inglish

  • tedtedsen

    Nice photo sampels on flicker but they look in my eyes oversharpened in camera its ruins the image my 150-600 has AF issues it stalls or frees and neds a kick to go it is common on this lens for canon and Nikon Mount not every one has this issues but too maney it is a lottery to purcase this lens you can use Google to find the issues if you want to but it is slightly sharper than my trusty sigma 150-500mm bye a margine

  • Rich Edge

    I’ve had my Tamron 150-600 for a few months now and love the results, but I am having an issue that I haven’t seen discussed anywhere.
    Two months ago I noticed a` T600

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