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Tamron to develop 150-600mm F5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom

By dpreview staff on Nov 7, 2013 at 07:00 GMT

Tamron has announced the development of a 150-600mm F5-6.3 zoom lens for full-frame and APS-C sensor cameras. It will feature 20 elements in 13 groups and have a minimum focus distance of 2.7m. Tamron will also include VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) technologies. The lens will be developed for Canon, Nikon, and Sony mounts. Pricing and availability are still to be announced. 

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Press Release:

Tamron to develop 150-600mm ultra-telephoto zoom 

November 7, 2013, Saitama, Japan - 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 showcase at the Tamron booth at the Salon de la Photo 2013 which will be held from November 7 to 11 in Paris, France. 

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, in addition 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. 

Prices and availability: TBA

Product Highlights

1. 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 (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 equivalent focal length range of 233mm to 930mm, almost to 1000mm.

2. World class image quality

Employing 20 elements in 13 groups and boasting an advanced optical design, it 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. VC (Vibration Compensation) 

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. 

6. 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.

7. 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 name-brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.

8. Easy-to-use tripod mount

The tripod mount has been completely redesigned to provide superior stability, durability, ease of use, and portability.

9. 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.

*1 The eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating is a new nanotechnology-based coating technique developed by Tamron to reduce unwanted reflection. 
*2 VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary image stabilization mechanism.
*3 USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) is Tamron's proprietary ring-type ultrasonic motor. 

Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length150–600 mm
Image stabilisationYes (VC - Vibration Compensation)
Lens mountCanon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sony Alpha
Aperture
Maximum apertureF5.0 - F6.3
Minimum apertureF32.0 - F40.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades9
Optics
Elements20
Groups13
Special elements / coatingseBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular Dependency) Coating
Focus
Minimum focus2.70 m (106.3)
Maximum magnification0.2×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeUltrasonic
Full time manualYes
Distance scaleYes
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight1951 g (4.30 lb)
Diameter106 mm (4.16)
Length258 mm (10.15)
Filter thread95 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Tripod collarYes
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I own it
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I want it
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I had it
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Comments

Total comments: 193
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photonius
By photonius (5 months ago)

Hopefully this will bring some movement into the long tele zoom market, if it achieves similar quality as the Tamron 70-300 VC. In Canon land, nothing really beats the aging 100-400 L so far, the cheaper Sigmas being worse and heavier.

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BelePhotography
By BelePhotography (5 months ago)

VC on Tamrons have proven itself great - it'll be interesting to see how it fares on this beast. Now Tamron - how about prime? Step up your game a bit ;-)

2 upvotes
rockjano
By rockjano (5 months ago)

Will it be better than the Sigma 150-500? (which is not bad for what it is and how much it cost) 500-600mm difference is not huge...

0 upvotes
LukeLT63
By LukeLT63 (5 months ago)

It depends on the camera body. Considering the factor of the APS-C the comparison becomes:
Sigma 150-500mm Full Frame = 150-500mm
Sigma 150-500mm APS-C = 225-750
Tamron 150-600mm Full Frame = 150-600mm
Tamron 150-600mm APS-C = 225-900
Difference: Sigma-Tamron Full Frame = 100mm
Difference: Sigma-Tamron APS-C = 150mm
...and 150mm...it's not so few, I suppose.
However interesting lens remains to be seen the price for a better comparison.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 5 minutes after posting
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Steve Balcombe
By Steve Balcombe (5 months ago)

No need to introduce all that complexity. The subject is 20% larger with the 600 mm lens, that's all there is to it.

1 upvote
CeVe
By CeVe (5 months ago)

Yes but you get 44% more pixels on the subject...
Gives a better understanding in my opinion

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Martin.au
By Martin.au (5 months ago)

Can we have an M4/3s version for LOLs. :D

1 upvote
pellinger
By pellinger (5 months ago)

How will this compare (on a Canon) to a Canon 100-400 f/4 with a 1.4x tele-convertor? Seems quite a lot bigger and heavier for a very similar spec, or am I missing something?

0 upvotes
Dave Peters
By Dave Peters (5 months ago)

The Canon 100-400 is f5.6 at 400 so with a 1.4x it becomes f8. Compared to the Canon 200-400 f4 with built-in 1.4x its a lot lighter and only slightly slower. Will be interesting to see what the quality is like.

3 upvotes
p5freak
By p5freak (5 months ago)

Finally, i have been waiting years for a lens like that. An affordable, lightweight 600mm Zoom.

0 upvotes
tyurek
By tyurek (5 months ago)

"superior balance of resolution and contrast" = compromise both? Bad choice of words for marketing even if it's technically correct...

1 upvote
rtogog
By rtogog (5 months ago)

Oh, no Pentax mount.....Amen.

0 upvotes
LukeLT63
By LukeLT63 (5 months ago)

I'm sorry for my friends Pentax! :-(

0 upvotes
JohnEwing
By JohnEwing (5 months ago)

If the VC is the same quality as on the 70-300 I want it.

0 upvotes
Fedupandenglish
By Fedupandenglish (5 months ago)

Looks like a catch 22 lens to me. If it is as good as a want it to be to go with my 5Diii it will be too expensive for me. If its affordable it won't be good enough. I live in hope.

Comment edited 18 seconds after posting
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Fedupandenglish
By Fedupandenglish (5 months ago)

Interesting that Park Cameras are showing a pre-oredr price of £2,500. Rather more than I was hoping for, although I wonder how accurate the figure is?

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InTheMist
By InTheMist (5 months ago)

Whoa!

That's gonna be a big ol' boy.

0 upvotes
Kalin
By Kalin (5 months ago)

If they include VC in the Sony-Alpha mount I might be interested. If they go cheap ala Sigma and skip it, no thanks!

When will companies learn that removing features and capabilities while keeping the price the same is hardly a way to entice customers?

0 upvotes
craig66
By craig66 (5 months ago)

The announcement says the A-mount version won't have VC which is disappointing. However I find steady shot works fairly well with the 200-500 on an A65 down to about 1/100 sec.

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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (5 months ago)

The issue isnt that steady shot isn't that great as lens based IS for telephoto lenses (most of the time steady shot can easily match lens based IS).

However the issue is that Sony people pay the same price as Canon/Nikon users for the lens but Tamron is saving money by removing the VC but charging Sony users the same.

Also lens IS for telephoto lenses makes sense in order to have a stabilized viewfinder even if the effectiveness of IS is more or less the same.

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gopiqpp
By gopiqpp (5 months ago)

I have the Sigma 150-500mm in the Sony mount and it Has OS. I use lens OS when shooting at the tele end and Camera SS when at 150-300mm. The Lens OS is better.

1 upvote
Habs Fan27
By Habs Fan27 (5 months ago)

Also with the release of the A7/A7r e mounts, you might have some users that might want to use it on those cameras via adapter. VC would be nice

0 upvotes
justin23
By justin23 (5 months ago)

I think the idea of it being a zoom to 600mm. I'd be happy with it starting at 200 or even 300, but i think that doesn't change the lens design much.

All the pentax users crying out for long lenses miss out as do m4/3. Is it that hard to change mounts for Tamron to make it profitable?

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (5 months ago)

It is expensive to have unsold product sitting on shelves.

0 upvotes
RichRMA
By RichRMA (5 months ago)

Why do lenses still contain so many elements? I thought the introduction of cheap aspherics would eliminate the slew of spherical elements in these lenses? I don't care how good the coatings are , 20 elements is crazy. Apochromatic telescopes produce a flat field image (fixed focal length) with four elements. I can't believe 16 more is needed for a zoom.

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RPJG
By RPJG (5 months ago)

You're right! They only put them in there to confuse you :)

15 upvotes
Giklab
By Giklab (5 months ago)

Well, maybe they have so many elements since users might (golly gosh!) expect good IQ from them closer than 20km? And maybe they don't want to carry around long tubes?

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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RichRMA
By RichRMA (5 months ago)

wiki (amongst a slew of other references)
The asphere's more complex surface profile can reduce or eliminate spherical aberration and also reduce other optical aberrations compared to a simple lens. A single aspheric lens can often replace a much more complex multi-lens system. The resulting device is smaller and lighter, and sometimes cheaper than the multi-lens design

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SushiEater
By SushiEater (5 months ago)

It will focus on Canon crop bodies even at F6.3 by telling the camera that it is F5.6

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J.K.T.
By J.K.T. (5 months ago)

In that case I need to start saving. :)

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

EOS M2 should be able to focus fast.

looking from the other side, if anyone want to use a third-party super tele lens, he'd better choose Nikon 24MP for higher resolution.

Comment edited 25 seconds after posting
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Mark B.
By Mark B. (5 months ago)

It will focus on Canon crop bodies at f/6.3 w/o needing to tell the camera it is f/5.6.

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Yxa
By Yxa (5 months ago)

It will focus on a Nikon at F8

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tommy leong
By tommy leong (5 months ago)

yes
and the AF speed will be only suitable for static objects.

0 upvotes
brendon1000
By brendon1000 (5 months ago)

Great that means you have used this lens to make such a comment. So what else are your findings ?

7 upvotes
Jon Rty
By Jon Rty (5 months ago)

Take a look at Tamrons USD lenses. They're far form slow.

1 upvote
ShatteredSky
By ShatteredSky (5 months ago)

Now make one for m43, please.

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J.K.T.
By J.K.T. (5 months ago)

As someone shooting with Canon crop bodies I really would have appreciated f/5.6 at tele end - even at the price of somewhat shorter max length. Otherwise...

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RPJG
By RPJG (5 months ago)

Err.. well, don't zoom past f/5.6? And then you get the rest of the zoom range slightly darker, as a bonus.

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Jon Rty
By Jon Rty (5 months ago)

The lens will autofocus, as does other F/6.3 lenses, thanks to a little trickery in reporting the aperture.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (5 months ago)

Most of the Sigma and Tamron superzooms are f6.3 and they work great on Canon cameras. It won't be a problem.

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Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (5 months ago)

Good news but what about a 18-800 mm lens......8-))

4 upvotes
JamesD28
By JamesD28 (5 months ago)

A lovely thought, but straight away such a lens would have either of these problems; an unreasonably slow aperture at 800mm e.g. f/16, or it would be unreasonably large and heavy. and it would probably cost you more than a few medium formats.

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io_bg
By io_bg (5 months ago)

it's going to be a 16-300 ;)

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williams359
By williams359 (5 months ago)

I think he was joking James (18-800)

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