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Tamron announces availability of 150-600mm F/5-6.3 telephoto zoom

By dpreview staff on Dec 16, 2013 at 11:15 GMT

Tamron has announced that its SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD telephoto zoom will go on sale on December 19th in Japan, and 17th January 2014 in the USA. The lens - whose development was announced at the start of November - will feature optical image stabilization and an Ultrasonic Silent Drive autofocus motor, and be compatible with both full frame and APS-C SLRs. It will be available first in Canon mount, with Nikon and Sony versions to follow. Pricing is still to be confirmed.

As tends to be the case, the Sony model won't feature image stabilisation (or as Tamron calls it, Vibration Compensation), and will therefore be called the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di USD. Instead it will rely on the in-body image stabilisation system found in Alpha mount SLRs and SLTs.

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Press Release:

Tamron launches a revolutionary new 150-600mm 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) 

November 26, 2013, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the release 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.

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

This all-new ultra-telephoto zoom lens features VC (Vibration Compensation)*² image stabilization, speedy, precise USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)*³, state-of-the-art eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating*1, 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.

Product Name Date of Launch (in Japan) 
SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011)  December 19, 2013 

*The Canon mount model will be released first in Japan on December 19, 2013 and subsequently elsewhere. The launch dates of the Nikon and Sony compatible mount models will be announced at a later date.

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.
*4 The Sony mount does not include VC, since Sony digital SLR bodies include built-in image stabilization functionality. The product name for Sony cameras is "SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di USD (Model A011)”, without the VC designation. 

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
51
I own it
145
I want it
29
I had it
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Comments

Total comments: 131
Merlinbeag
By Merlinbeag (4 weeks ago)

I've been watching this lens for months and it's still not available. What's the hold-up? Anybody?

0 upvotes
Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (3 months ago)

Looks like this is even better than the Canon 400mm f5.6 L USM at the same 400mm f5.6

AND it is a zoom that goes all the way from 150 to 600 at the same time as having higher IQ.

http://camahoy.com/

Wow, and only $1069

AF speed also seems to be much faster than the Sigma 150-500 HSM.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZX9oy6a7OE

Love to see this DxO Marked. Glad Sigma and Tamron are forcing Canon and Nikon to get off their ASSets

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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G4xpy
By G4xpy (3 months ago)

Will canon extenders fit this beastie?

Dave

0 upvotes
hires
By hires (3 months ago)

First review: http://it.wyswig.com/2014/01/02/review-tamron-sp-150-600mm-f5-6-3-di-vc-usd-english-review/

I have a 400 5.6L. What makes me want to pre-order this lens is what he says about the advantage of the zoom. It's had to find and track a small bird with a long prime and being able to find your target and then zoom in for the shot makes sense to me or at least worth trying.

IQ and focus speed is not 500 F4L but neither is the weight and price.

0 upvotes
Photowyzard
By Photowyzard (4 months ago)

If the optics and IQ are as good as I expect, this will be the "next" lens in everyones kit. I can hardly wait to see what type of image this Tamron delivers for $1200.

0 upvotes
hires
By hires (4 months ago)

I guess the question is: does 200 mm and VC trump the Canon 400 5.6L. The extra 700 grams enters the equation too at some point. At $1069 the Tamron is $150 less than the Canon 400 prime (AR). It's going to be interesting.

0 upvotes
Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (3 months ago)

Answer to your question is Yes. Not only does it "trump" it, but it destroys it in every way for less money PLUS ZOOM!

http://camahoy.com/

0 upvotes
starman1969
By starman1969 (4 months ago)

It's got a strong looking tripod collar.

0 upvotes
Pierre Couture
By Pierre Couture (4 months ago)

That would be interesting for M4/3 cameras...

0 upvotes
vanross
By vanross (1 week ago)

Why?

0 upvotes
fastlass
By fastlass (4 months ago)

Since you can't buy a pocket protector any more, this will have to do.

0 upvotes
hypercore360
By hypercore360 (4 months ago)

Sigma's 150-500 fan base is going to take a hit with this lens, at the price, if correct, at $1069 in the U.S.

1 upvote
xmeda
By xmeda (4 months ago)

I find Bigma 50-500 to be more usefull range.. especially that 50mm on APS-C is still perfectly usable if object moves closer.

0 upvotes
tbcass
By tbcass (4 months ago)

It's likely the Tamron with it's 4x zoom range will have better IQ than the 10x Sigma. Greater zoom range invariably hurts IQ.

0 upvotes
George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (4 months ago)

what about 350 -600 f/4-5.6 . it may be seen as too restrictive for some but at least you can really expect exemplary optical performance .

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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (4 months ago)

^^ And an exemplary price to boot ! 600mm and f5.6 = not cheap at all. Even 500mm at f5.6 isn't cheap.

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (4 months ago)

simple calc, 600/5.6 = 300/2.8 = 200/2
maybe about 1.5 times heavier for zoom.

0 upvotes
doctorxring
By doctorxring (4 months ago)

Ten4
Who buys a beast like this Tamron (or a Bigma) to shoot at 50 or 100mm ??
.

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rockjano
By rockjano (4 months ago)

The competition is the Sigma 150-500. Which is a good lens for what it is. Similar price and will be updated sooner or later.

0 upvotes
brendon1000
By brendon1000 (4 months ago)

The Sigma at 500mm is strictly OK. The canon 100-400mm L @ 400mm and cropped (mostly) resulted in better performance from the Canon.

So heres hoping the Tamron can at least match the Canon 100-400mm L at 500mm and offer a further 100mm advantage over the Canon.

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (4 months ago)

50-500 would be high in the list if I were buying a Sigma
100-400LIS is still the best after so many years.

0 upvotes
Northgrove
By Northgrove (4 months ago)

Beach 2014, here I come!

0 upvotes
SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (4 months ago)

Pervert...

4 upvotes
AngusCNH
By AngusCNH (4 months ago)

This lens will Sold at Hong Kong with MRSP of HK$9240, i.e. around US$1185.....

http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?from=zh-CHT&to=en&a=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tamron.com.hk%2Fupinfo.htm
** I've set the webpage translate of above.... some of the wording may incorrect... (Tamron's Chinese name is similar to Dragon....some of the wording seems very funny after conversion , so use your imagination to translate it...)

1 upvote
Ikeepem
By Ikeepem (4 months ago)

I'm going with the old saying if it sounds too good to be true...well you should know the rest...

0 upvotes
Gary S
By Gary S (4 months ago)

I would agree if they were touting the same build quality as the Canons, along with internal zooming. Obviously it has neither. For many hobbyists they're not that important either. I have the Canon 300 f2.8 with both converters, but I'm definitely looking forward to this Tamron. Smaller, lighter, with a reasonable zoom range. Price is very appealing.

0 upvotes
Entropius
By Entropius (4 months ago)

People said that about the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8, too.

3 upvotes
Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (3 months ago)

Looks like your wrong this time....
http://camahoy.com/

0 upvotes
CanonKen
By CanonKen (4 months ago)

I'm having trouble believing it can be that spec at that price, and be as good as it looks. That is a whopper of a front element, and a big, heavy lens.

What is the catch? If none, great time to be a consumer!

0 upvotes
tommy leong
By tommy leong (4 months ago)

why doesn't it say how many stops VC ?

0 upvotes
Leandros S
By Leandros S (4 months ago)

Because it's silly and they always lie about it anyway? Sorry but that's the truth - never trust what the manufacturer says about stabilisation, always wait for independent tests. And if you do want to trust what they say, at least have the decency to deduct 1.5 stops before believing it. So thanks Tamron for not bullshitting us as has become the custom. Then again, maybe they just forgot...

3 upvotes
Giklab
By Giklab (4 months ago)

Ahem... Tamron claimed 4 stops for the 70-300 VC. I could handhold it at 1/30 at 300 (450 eq.)with a reasonable amount of keepers.

That's practically 4 stops.

1 upvote
AngusCNH
By AngusCNH (4 months ago)

If Tamron tell you this lens have 8-stop VC.... Do you believe it?

0 upvotes
Leandros S
By Leandros S (4 months ago)

@Giklab: "Reasonable amount of keepers" says everything, doesn't it? I'm hearing a whirr and feel a draft of air... what might that be?

0 upvotes
Bill Bentley
By Bill Bentley (4 months ago)

@ Leandros S Because every shot you take is a keeper, right? Stop being so smug and negative. We all know this technology actually WORKS.

5 upvotes
hires
By hires (4 months ago)

$1069. This thing is going to get wriiten up in no time. The low price could mean that it can't stand up against a Canon 400L. Maybe it will put a little pressure on Canon to stabilize the 400 5.6L.

1 upvote
Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (3 months ago)

Looks like it kicks the Canon L butt even without the VC turned on here:
http://camahoy.com/

0 upvotes
dlkeller
By dlkeller (4 months ago)

B&H doesn't list VC as one of the features in the Sony version. If this is true Sony A mount users are being screwed again. Hope it isn't true as it looks like a lens I would buy--but not if VC is left of my version.

2 upvotes
KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

Sony cameras have built in VC, why do you need it in your lens? You can NOT have TWO vibration controls try to work together

5 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (4 months ago)

It's certainly true that the Sony version doesn't have VC, because it says so in the press release. Read footnote #4.
But like the previous poster, I wonder why you need it? Doesn't Sony's IBIS work properly?

0 upvotes
10kzoom
By 10kzoom (4 months ago)

With no VC for the Sony model, I hope that means it will be cheaper than the models with VC. If not, 'then' I would say "Sony A mount users are being screwed."

3 upvotes
choochoo22
By choochoo22 (4 months ago)

With the A7 it sounds like Sony has abandoned the A mount that Tamron is planning to put on this lens in favor of the E mount. Shouldn't Tameron be selling E mount and to market a lens for E mount, shouldn't it have image stabilization to use on NEX cameras? I would assume that if you had both body and lens stab, you would just shut one off.

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Brev00
By Brev00 (4 months ago)

This 'being screwed' is a constant refrain one hears from certain Sony users. Get a grip. It is like going into restaurants and getting mad that they don't sell RC Cola.

4 upvotes
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (4 months ago)

dlkeller: You really need to learn how to use your camera instead. As of now you don't even know it's capabilites. So in short, use the money you were gonna spend on this lens for a crash course in operating camera. Also stop commenting on things that you really don't have any clue about.

0 upvotes
miked3
By miked3 (4 months ago)

Agreed. Would be nice if you could use this on NEX with the sony A-mount adapter. Alpha users could just shut one of the VC's off. NEX is really lacking a good telephoto. Its so frustrating that I just bought an FZ200 to fill the gap.

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Tonio Loewald
By Tonio Loewald (4 months ago)

Sony has fragmented their lens market without gaining much market share and doesn't produce enough lenses themselves, so third parties need to contend with: Sony A (FF and APS) and E (FF and APS) with IBIS in the A-mount bodies but not the E. So at best you'll get lenses with no stabilization which can be used with an adapter on E-mount bodies with no IBIS.

I doubt a lot of effort will go into making A-mount lenses until it becomes clear whether Sony intends to persist with its A-mount or just let it wither and die. And right now, FF E is currently unique (unless you count Leica) — they can't sell a FF E-mount lens design to anyone except E-mount users, so you will see FF-DSLR lenses with adapters screwed on for the foreseeable future, obviating the advantage of the smaller bodies.

And then, might Sony add IBIS to E-mount bodies?

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hypercore360
By hypercore360 (4 months ago)

Sony's bodies have "VC", image stabilization built in, where as Canon and Nikon, the IS and VR, respectively are in the lenses.

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choochoo22
By choochoo22 (4 months ago)

Sony's legacy A bodies have VC built-in but they seem to be abandoning A mount. Their NEX E bodies do not. I couldn't find whether the new A7 E body has IBIS or not but I assume it does. So why not make all future E lenses with VC to work on all E bodies? Since the Tameron design already has VC, why take it out?

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Trevor_S
By Trevor_S (4 months ago)

"B&H doesn't list VC as one of the features in the Sony version."

Good, most if the A mounts have it built in. I will wait and see if it's okay, I was looking at the Sony 70-400G II. I hope it's better than the Sigma 50-500 I had on my Nikon D300

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Hwirt
By Hwirt (4 months ago)

I think most are missing dkeller's point, Sony Alpha owners already know that the sensor is stabilized so repeating that fact as a legitimate response is condescending and foolish. The point is the lens pricing does not reflect the reduction in manufacturing and material costs associated with the VC hardware and firmware that are left out of the Alpha mount. Tamron has done this with other lenses and it's a bad policy. If Tamron insist on charging the same price then there is no reason not to include the VC hardware as it can be disabled both on the lens or in the camera body allowing the user to select the best method for a particular situation. The lens VC feature would also be beneficial for use on Minolta film cameras which many of us still own.

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Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (3 months ago)

I agree. I have the A77 and I have to pay the same price for every lens if I want the most recent optics even though I don't get the VC in the lens. In general Optically Stabilised lenses are much more than the non-OS. It is implied that this cost it most due to the VC and the VC technology. So if the Sony version doesn't include any of this then why is it the same price. I agree, we are kind of getting screwed. At least I have added a custom edited EXIF AF confirm chip to my manual focus lenses for about $20 and they become image stabilized. Something Canon and Nikon users can't do. So you got to take the good with the bad.

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aandegoons
By aandegoons (4 months ago)

Ha! Can't wait to see how silly this looks on the end of my Nikon V2.... Where do I sign up?

1 upvote
Treeshade
By Treeshade (4 months ago)

It would be 405-1620, nearly the same range as the crazy 1200-1700 Nikkor. I am sure someone will try it... for fun

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (4 months ago)

Pentax Q. it's so crazy that you can see it shakes when someone parks a car 30 yards away.

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Jim F
By Jim F (4 months ago)

Aandegoons: Don't kill the messenger here ... don't be surprised if this Tamron lens does not work with the V2 and FT1 adapter. There have been many threads about non-Nikon lenses, especially Tamron lenses, not working with the V1/V2 and FT1 combos. Nikon seems to make things difficult for third party manufacturers.

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aandegoons
By aandegoons (4 months ago)

Jim F. Ya I will wait to see how it works out. I have the 150-500mm sigma and that works good enough so far though not very sharp on the V2 at 500mm. If this is sharper at 500-600mm I am willing to give it a try.

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

You got a nikon mirrorless, dont worrie, you already look silly :p

5 upvotes
Leandros S
By Leandros S (4 months ago)

Yeah, well, we need a Pentax mount version of this lens. Whether it be from Tamron or Pentax, same difference really.

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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (4 months ago)

The Pentax version would be much more expensive.

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Tonio Loewald
By Tonio Loewald (4 months ago)

Why would the Pentax version be more expensive? They could leave out stabilization.

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Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (3 months ago)

@ Tonio - I think brendon means that if Pentax made a lens with the same specs it would be more expensive.

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Loonchick
By Loonchick (3 months ago)

@ brendon - That wasn't the case with the 18-250, available a few years ago. The Tamron and the Pentax, available concurrently at the time, were priced just about the same. I have that lens and love it, BTW.

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (4 months ago)

Do they have an I.S. mode that works on a tripod? Is someone likely to be using this hand-held?

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Jogger
By Jogger (4 months ago)

Wouldnt you just turn it off, provided that you have a stable enough platform.

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ryansholl
By ryansholl (4 months ago)

Of course people are going to use it handheld. It's a 150-600, not a 600, and even if it were a straight 600 people would still use it handheld.

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ageha
By ageha (4 months ago)

That doesn't even make sense.

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koolbreez
By koolbreez (4 months ago)

If the IQ is up to par, and the VC works good, this will make a nice addition connected to my Nikon D7100, set on the 16mp 1.3 crop setting, essentially making it a 300mm-1200mm at F5-6.3 and then in focus at 2.7meters away, decent macro shooting comes to mind at a good working distance. Now that is a respectable "reach out and grab it" wildlife optic. It even makes it more enticing at 1680mm at F8 with a 1.4 tele-converter attached, although manual focusing hand held might have to be completely reconsidered depending on the VC quality...hehehe.

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Wellington100
By Wellington100 (4 months ago)

It nothing you can't already do with a Canon SX50 :-)

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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (4 months ago)

^^ Oh really ? Any half decent 70-300mm @ 300mm and cropped will give sharper telelphoto images than a Canon SX50 at its max zoom.

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (4 months ago)

"Any half decent 70-300mm @ 300mm and cropped will give sharper telelphoto images than a Canon SX50 at its max zoom."

Baloney. A 100-400L + 1.4x on an 18MP 1.6-crop sensor is about equal to the SX50 in sharpness, with just a slight edge to the SLR system.

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Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (3 months ago)

Never figured out why anyone would set their camera to crop mode. Why not just crop in post? Exact same IQ and focal length translation but you get more image around the perimeter in case you need it. Kind of a really dumb feature.

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LeVerm
By LeVerm (4 months ago)

Once again, Pentax is out… Just when Pentax is launching new cameras with new ambitions…
I think something is wrong with this commercial approach from Tamron… It's really a sad story!

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

I agree, tamron want to make a profit? That is an outrage /sarcasm

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (4 months ago)

it's interesting that when Sigma announced 24-105/4, which basically targeted alpha mount (Canon and Nikon users got their genuine ones already, and at quite reasonable price for Canon as kit lens), immediately there came the rumor that Sony was going to release a similar lens in one year, which makes me laugh (s/a better dual-pixel AF than dual-pixel AF for A7's).

while some other makers are working on similar "small aperture" telephotos, there is no rumor or is there any?

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Jogger
By Jogger (4 months ago)

I dont understand the focal range selected.. esp. at those apertures.

For wildlife work, maybe 300-600 would have made more sense.. .there are plenty of lenses that cover up to 300mm.. esp. if speed isnt a concern.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (4 months ago)

300-600 far too restrictive a range. I'm delighted it's 150-600. I use a 100-400 and while I'm predominantly using the 400mm range, there are plenty of times I wished it could go to say 70mm.

A perfect travel kit would be 16-35, 24-70, 70-200, 150-600.

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

I agree 100% 300-600 f4-5.6

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (4 months ago)

"A perfect travel kit would be 16-35, 24-70, 70-200, 150-600."
If this is what you carry when travelling, you must need a truck when you're not.

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Entropius
By Entropius (4 months ago)

There's a stunning shot of an elephant charging through a river shot at ~80mm hanging in the Smithsonian right now, printed taller than I am. I don't remember what lens it was taken with (their exhibit includes EXIF), but if that situation arises unexpectedly, you get that shot with something like an 80-400, and miss it with a 200-400.

Sometimes the critters get close, and that's when the very best opportunities happen. You get screwed if all you have is your prime.

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Tonio Loewald
By Tonio Loewald (4 months ago)

"You get screwed if all you have is your prime."

Well (a) depends on the prime, and (b) you can get out of the way a lot quicker if you're only carrying a light prime :-)

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massimogori
By massimogori (4 months ago)

Too short the time to market from original announcement, too low the price. Please let us wait and pay more and we will be satisfied.

1 upvote
SteveNunez
By SteveNunez (4 months ago)

Considering the worldwide growth of m4/3, surprised they don't offer this len for that system- it would easily be the largest focal length available and would surely be popular with m4/3 shooters....ashame.

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Valentinian
By Valentinian (4 months ago)

Agreed.
However, please not this lens with an adapted m4/3 mount.
a decent (not necessarily very fast) prime tele (250 - 400mm) or zoom tele (150-300mm) designed specifically for m4/3 would (IMO) be received enthusiastically

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Jogger
By Jogger (4 months ago)

The lens wasnt designed for constrast detect AF and they are not going to reverse-engineer it for the old 43 mount so that it can be used on the one m43 body with PDAF.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (4 months ago)

there is no advantage for 4/3" when we go telephoto, though they have now a slight advantage at pixel resolution (3.7 micron 16MPix 4/3" vs 3.9 micron 24MPix APS-C).

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (4 months ago)

Tamron and Tokina have no interest in m4/3 and never had. Nor 4/3 before that.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (4 months ago)

what growth are you talking about?

m43 is still way beyond DSLR sales.
and m43 lens sales are even worse then body sales.
take a look at CIPA numbers.

most (not all) m43 buyers want a cheap camera that is better then a P&S. but they don´t need a system camera.
most don´t even have a second lens beside the kit lens.

and before the m*r*ns here begin to scream... i speak about the majority of customers.... not some geeks on photography forums.

for everyone on this forums come a few 1000x customers out in the real world who are no geeks.

DSLR lenses is where the moeny is... not m43.

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

I am NOT surprised, the m4/3 market thrives because of SMALL lens designs, if people wanted giant lenses they would not have gone mirrorless.

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Treeshade
By Treeshade (4 months ago)

It is true that most m4/3 buyers are using m4/3 for point and shot, and never buy any big telephoto lens. The same is true for DSLR.

I agree that it should not have m4/3 mount as it is not deisgned for fast CDAF. A 400mm for m4/3, Sony E and Fuji X would be more reasonable (in size, weight and marketing).

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Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (3 months ago)

@ Jogger - "it wasn't designed for contrast detect AF" ???? What are you talking about??? Are you saying that this won't work with the Canon 70D or any other DSLR in live view mode?
MTF charts are still around 10 to 30 lpmm and the new digital sensors are around 250 lpmm. Who designs lenses specifically for contrast detect AF?

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SteB
By SteB (4 months ago)

This could be a very interesting lens if the reports of the price are right. If you look at the image samples below it looks pretty good. Just click on an image and it will put you in a viewer where you can see the image at what looks like close to full resolution. Whilst obviously compressed a lot, the basic image parameters should be clear i.e resolution and CA. The only thing not clear is how much PP has been applied. If these are OoC they are very impressive.
http://blog.naver.com/sp_marketing/70179201020

I've been a long time Bigma user and have a good copy, but this appears to beat it at the long end. Even a 2x converter on a 300mm f2.8 will only give 600mm f5.6 with a lot of iq loss. It will be interesting to see what it's like after it gets tested a bit more.

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expressivecanvas
By expressivecanvas (4 months ago)

I was about 99% sure I will be moving to a Pentax system to replace my obsolete Olympus system but if Tamron is going to be passing on making lenses in Pentax mount from now on, I might need to reevaluate. I'm not implying that I think this particular lens will be a 'good' lens, but Tamron does indeed make some really nice, fast lenses. If they are dropping Pentax, I definitely need to reevaluate systems...

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (4 months ago)

its not just Tamron who has stopped making lenses for Pentax, Zeiss and Sigma also have stopped making lenses for Pentax K-mount.

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (4 months ago)

...which is a pity.
This one would be nice to have on a Pentax.

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AJFS
By AJFS (4 months ago)

Tamron annouce some time ago that will not produce new lenses in k mount, but there are a great number of tamrom lenses still available. also i think maybe some of theses new lenses can be rebaged as Pentax like the 18_270.
sigma still produce k mount lenses.
zeiss lenses can also be find new in eBay. dont know what stores sell zeiss...
its good to have alternatives, but Pentax cover well All the range until 560mm. other ranges are available in good shape 2nd handed.

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Keytsa
By Keytsa (4 months ago)

No, Sigma didn't.

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Revenant
By Revenant (4 months ago)

The sad truth is that Pentax's share of the DSLR market is probably too small to make it worthwhile for these companies to make lenses for the K-mount. Canon and Nikon together have about 80-85% of the DSLR market worldwide, with Sony (SLTs) coming in as number three. That means that Pentax have a single digit market share, perhaps around 5%?
Pentax (or Ricoh nowadays) makes excellent DSLRs, but their marketing people really have some work to do in educating the masses about this fact.

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Resom
By Resom (4 months ago)

The biggest "problem" is, that the journalists don´t care about Pentax. The Canon SL1 is "gear of the year" because ... the editor is a Canonian.
So the people buying Canon or Nikon and why not - you got everything and the cameras not bad at all.
Pentax need some remarkable innovations, which I don´t see. Pentax is lazy and not community-oriented (like Canon or Nikon, but they are big enough). I like the Pentax Q, but where are good fast primes? People calling for it, but nothing. Stubborn.

I thought this will change with Ricoh, but Pentax is sleeping like Snow-white, nobody comes to kiss "her". The market stagnate and only the big will survive.

But hey, still my K100D works well. :)

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (4 months ago)

@Revenant: Sony has single-digit market share, about 6%. Pentax last figures I saw was at 4%. So hardly any difference between those two. Pentax is winning the fight for entry level though with the K-30 and K-50, and we all know what that means.

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gillamoto
By gillamoto (4 months ago)

as far as I know, the new Tamron lenses are basically co-developed with Pentax, and both will be release it under their own brand with their own lens coating and build quality. So I think that's why Tamron stops making lenses with K mount.

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (4 months ago)

@Resom: In terms of Pentax, we now have switchable AA filter as well as multi-pattern auto white balance. When did anybody else recently premiere *two* such innovations in a single product release? Oh hang on, they also updated the viewfinder, metering, autofocus system, shutter mechanism, continuous drive speed, card slots, movie features, access ports and wireless tethering. Awesome. Did I forget anything?

As for Q lenses, is the 47mm EFL f/1.9 not fast enough for you?

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Resom
By Resom (4 months ago)

@Leandros - it is NOT enough.

No, the 01 lens is NOT fast enough.

No, I´m not the only one.

Yes, I like Pentax.

No, I´m not a unreflected fan boy.

A friend switched from a Pentax K5 (or K5II) to Nikon 7100. Because he gets all the lenses he think he must have - and yes, he is in a photo club and all the guys using Canon or Nikon. Pentax, you are silly?
btw - he brought me to Pentax and its still my favorite SLR brand. But if you a gearhead or want FF, Pentax is not your brand.

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (4 months ago)

Equivalently, if you want to do tele work, FF is not your format.

But I think your friend made a mistake. My opinion, sure.

But everybody else driving Benzes and BMWs is not going to stop me from driving Porsche.

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2nd Wind
By 2nd Wind (4 months ago)

It could be a good lens if it can lock focus quickly. I had the Sigma 150-500 and it was fine for static shots but was not good tracking BIF on my D300. Time will tell but it does for now look interesting if you need that reach.

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Prognathous
By Prognathous (4 months ago)

The price and specifications are very appealing, but if image quality is similar to a Bigma then I'm for one am not interested. The AF speed is also a concern because most Tamron tele lenses are not very fast. At least on the Sony A99 it should be possible to work around this with the electronic focus limiter, too bad I don't own (or plan to own) this camera...

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peevee1
By peevee1 (4 months ago)

What price?

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Mistral75
By Mistral75 (4 months ago)

MRP = JPY 140,000 in Japan (= USD 1,360).

http://www.tamron.co.jp/news/release_2013/1213.html

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (4 months ago)

http://kakaku.com/item/K0000605175/
near 1,200 US now and maybe <1,000 US a month after.

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racketman
By racketman (4 months ago)

Wonder when it will be available in rip off Britain at £1069, they always just change the $ to £ as do Canon and Apple.

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (4 months ago)

Also usd = euro...

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Entropius
By Entropius (4 months ago)

Isn't the high VAT included in those prices? That makes up some of the difference.

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Paul B Jones
By Paul B Jones (4 months ago)

Reach is so important with wildlife photography, especially birds, so hopefully this will broaden the economic accessibility of powerful lenses to a wider range of folks.

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Keytsa
By Keytsa (4 months ago)

What's the fastest ultra telephoto lens on market, regardless of mount, and still acceptable in price? This one is F5...

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joejack951
By joejack951 (4 months ago)

Define "acceptable in price" and also specify the focal length. As lenses get longer focal lengths, max f-stops get smaller. Nikon built what I believe to be the fastest/longest telephoto in existence with their 300mm f/2 lens (manual focus). Canon built a 200mm f/1.8 at one point with AF as well. Going by physical aperture diameter, the 600mm f/4 lenses (150mm apertures) made by both Canon and Nikon are the top lenses in that category.

Note that this new lens from Tamron is only f/5 at 150mm (30mm physical aperture). By 600mm (and likely far sooner) it's f/6.3, or 95mm aperture diameter (pretty big for the price).

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Keytsa
By Keytsa (4 months ago)

Acceptable price would be around 1500 bucks. This one is f6.3 on zoom, so 3.5 would be sooo good. I'll look for Fuji...

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Keytsa
By Keytsa (4 months ago)

Fuji has F4.8 for 200mm

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joejack951
By joejack951 (4 months ago)

Ok, Canon has a non-stabilized 70-200/2.8 that when mounted on an APS-C DSLR yields a 320mm field of view. Selling right now at B&H for $1300. Nikon's 80-200/2.8 AF-D is even cheaper but doesn't have a built-in focus motor.

Both companies also have 300mm f/4 lenses for under $1500, and Canon's is stabilized to boot.

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SMPhoto
By SMPhoto (4 months ago)

200mm 2.8 lenses are not fast ultra telephoto lenses. Only the 600 f4 mentioned fits the description. 400 2.8 lenses to me would also fit the description because of their ability to take a 1.4x well. Both are very expensive. The sigma 120-300 f2.8 is the longest really fast zoom, but even with a 1.4x is only 170-420 f4. There is no such thing as an inexpensive fast ultra telephoto lens, especially in the FF world. I wish that Tamron would have been able to maintain a constant 5.6 out to 600, but it would have undoubtedly driving the price/weight up some.

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Entropius
By Entropius (4 months ago)

There is a 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 in Four Thirds mount (so the crop factor helps you), available used for $500ish. It's an excellent lens.

There are 300 f/4's for both Canon and Nikon for around $1000.

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Spiky
By Spiky (4 months ago)

@smphoto
I think the Sigma 200-500/2.8 is the fastest, longest ultra telephoto zoom. Doesn't qualify for "inexpensive", though.

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sbc
By sbc (4 months ago)

Tamron has stopped making new lenses in Pentax mount for a long time already.

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epozar
By epozar (4 months ago)

Nice, but what's revolutionary?

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BaldCol
By BaldCol (4 months ago)

I doesn't need to be revolutionary, just competitive.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (4 months ago)

Yes please, make it revolutionary so we can pay double.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (4 months ago)

The price for a start. Even at $2K it would be a bargain let alone the insanely low $1069. Also amazingly compact for a 600mm zoom, and quite light, same as the Sigma 150-500 and only a little larger, yet has the same aperture.

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645D
By 645D (4 months ago)

It's probably the first affordable lens with good image quality at 600mm. If it does what the MTF indicates, it will be the category killer. Expecting a long waiting list like the release of D800.

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Keytsa
By Keytsa (4 months ago)

So no Pentax!?

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Resom
By Resom (4 months ago)

Pentaxians have no need for mediocre lenses ... (*cry* ... but I feel a little bit better now ;)

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Heie2
By Heie2 (4 months ago)

My hunch is that it will be re-released with a Pentax badge. With DC motor and what this doesn't have - weather sealing. Not anytime soon though - Photokina ish announcement next year?

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (4 months ago)

It took about 20 months for the re-badging last time. Let's see if Ricoh can do better.

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Joe
By Joe (4 months ago)

I just shot a symphony concert with my Tamron 200-500, direct parent of this lens, on Olympus OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 bodies. Fully manual operation, but equivalent images to 400-1000 mm. I was getting head and shoulders portraits from the dress circle of the concert hall. Of course it was wide open, and I focus with my pinky finger. Hand held, with ISOs limited to 5000 tops. A quick check of the images loading into Lightroom shows no apparent camera movement, and very impressive image quality as this lens always delivers. I'll buy this 150-600 to use with the Olympus M4/3 bodies, even if I do have to use it manually. At least the focus ring is ahead of the tripod mount on the new lens, beats focusing with my pinky finger. Your mileage will doubtless vary, but I've been doing this a very long time and believe this lens is a winner.

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