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Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon

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Product Highlights
  • Nikon F Lens Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/5 to f/40
  • Three Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive Autofocus Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Mechanism
  • Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Removable Tripod Mount
  • Includes SILKYPIX Developer Studio

The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon is an expansive telephoto-zoom lens designed for both full-frame and APS-C-sized image sensors. Its 4x zoom design covers standard telephoto to super telephoto perspectives, making it ideally suited to working with a wide variety of subject matter. Benefitting this range is VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization, which helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake to enable the use of longer shutter speeds or smaller apertures when hand-holding in low-light conditions. A USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) autofocus motor provides quick and precise focusing performance, with high torque, low response times, and quiet operation to benefit both still and video applications. Additionally, a full-time manual focus mechanism enables manual fine-tuning of focus at any point, even when the AF system is engaged.

The optical design integrates three low dispersion (LD) elements within its construction to minimize optical aberrations throughout the zoom range, particularly at the longer focal length positions. Individual elements also feature an eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular Dependency) coating, as well as a conventional BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating, in order to reduce lens flare and ghosting to produce more contrast-rich and color-neutral imagery.

Expansive telephoto-zoom lens is well-suited to nature, wildlife, and sports photography and can be used on both full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
Three low dispersion elements are integrated into the front group of the lens construction (two in the first group, one in the third) to effectively compensate for on-axis optical aberrations throughout the zoom range, notably with longer focal length positions.
eBAND and BBAR coatings have been applied to lens elements to minimize lens flare and ghosting in order to maintain high contrast, clarity and color fidelity.
VC image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake to enable greater hand-held shooting capabilities in low-light conditions.
A USD autofocus system provides quick, quiet, responsive and accurate focusing performance that is suited to both still image and movie shooting.
A full-time manual focus mechanism allows for manual focusing at any time; even when working in AF shooting modes.
The optimized optical design reduces the movement of lens groups during focusing and zooming in order to maintain a relatively compact and lightweight form-factor.
A redeveloped external finish, with linear patterned zoom and focus rings, enhance the overall handling of the lens as well as its cosmetic appearance.
A nine-blade circular diaphragm produces an aesthetic out-of-focus quality that is especially beneficial when working with selective focus or shallow depth of field techniques.
A removable tripod mount is included for use of the lens when working from a tripod.
SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron software is included with the lens, which, aside from enabling basic RAW processing and image adjustments, works to specifically correct for chromatic aberrations of magnification, distortion, and peripheral light fall-off using dedicated optical data from Tamron's SP-series of lenses.
Performance
Focal Length 150 - 600mm
Comparable DX Focal Length: 225 - 900 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/5 - 6.3
Minimum: f/32 - 40
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 16° 25' - 4° 8'
Minimum Focus Distance 8.86' (2.7 m)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 20/13
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:95 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 4.16 x 10.15" (105.6 x 257.8 mm)
Weight 4.30 lb (1.95 kg)
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Detachable Tripod Mount
  • SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron Software
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    TamronSP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon
     
    4.7

    (based on 52 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (37)
    • Strong construction (28)
    • Consistent output (20)
    • Nice bokeh (18)
    • Durable (16)

    Cons

    • Heavy (23)
    • Poor in low light (12)
    • Lens creep (4)
    • Slow focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (47)
    • Sports/action (19)
    • Landscape/scenery (14)
    • Macro photography (3)
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    4.0

    Heavy lens finally here

    By Andy

    from Escondido, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

    For those of you who are like me, you've been reading these reviews hoping to get a clue as to when you will finally get your lens. I put in my order June 7th, and B&H shipped it out on October 1st.As for the lens, I was wondering just how heavy it would be for me. I have been using the old Nikon 80 - 400, which weighs 3 lbs. I could hand hold that lens for several hours and get good pictures. My back would hurt a bit after a long session though. So far, I've only tried hand holding this lens for about 10 minutes, and it's tough. I think I'm going to have to find some ways to get extra support.I'll leave it up to the experts on here to talk about all the technical aspects of the lens. I've attached some pictures taken with my D7100.

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    5.0

    Very nice to have

    By Mohamed Mami

    from Orlando

    Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

    Excellent for me, takes great pictures, very sharp.used on both DX and FX formats and no problem whatsoever. Definitely recommend.
    Waited over 4 months to get it and it was worth the wait.

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    4.0

    Do not forget a tripod adapter plate

    By General

    from Cottbus Germany

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

    I previously owned the Tamron 200-500mm lens. I found it easier to handle. I believe you need a really good camera body to compliment this lens. I like the feel and the lens width but was disappointed in that the tripod mounting bracket that came with it does not fit either tripod I own. I an now in search of a tripod adapter plate. For extended use, you must have a mono pod or tripod. I bought the lens primarily for bird and animal photography. I have yet to take a clear bird photo with it, but expect with more practice that will happen.

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    4.0

    Excellent Value for the Price

    By Steve

    from North Carolina

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

    I don't have the budget to spend on the highest end glass, however this lens offers a pretty good alternative. An interesting telephoto range for someone wanting a bit more "reach". A bit heavy, but I found the weight actually helps with stability when shoot hand-held.

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    5.0

    Telephoto Zoom

    By chemsaf

    from San Diego CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

      Mainly nature images; birds and sea mammals. Lens is sharp across the 150 - 600 range. It is heavy and a bit slow, but that is expected. The price to performance is excellent. See my comparison shots

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      5.0

      Just what I needed

      By Art Wild Photos

      from AZ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

      Great pictures and weighs only a little bit more than their 200-500mm lens. With the additional of down to 150mm and up to 600mm this lens is great.

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      5.0

      Great Lens for the Price

      By Jerry

      from Port St. Lucie, FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

      Lens is used on a Nikon D7100 for wildlife and sports photography. Most of my photos are taken hand held so the lens gets heavy in field use. Provides the zoom necessary to get full frame images on birds and small animals. With the lens size, weight, and zoom capability, capturing birds in flight takes some practice to become reasonably proficient. For the cost, the lens provides excellent results.

      The major con is the lens does not fit into any camera bag I own so a new bag will be required. Have not made that purchase yet because I'm deciding between a couple of options. Unless you already have a comparable size lens, plan on a bag purchase.

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      5.0

      Fantastic Lens at an Affordable Price

      By Elcolibri

      from Hagerstown, Maryland

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lens lock
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

        Love shooting wildlife and bought this lens for that purpose. Was a little leary at first, but completely satisfied after putting it to use. This lens gets you close to the action, can be handheld, but to get the best shots, I would definitely recommend a tripod. It is a little heavy, but no more than expected for a 600mm lens. I am a small person and have very little trouble toting this lens. The lens reacts extremely fast and smooth during auto-focus and the image quality is great when all related elements align in the photographer's favor. I am very happy with this purchase and would recommend it to anyone with a low budget.

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        5.0

        Quick and accurate

        By Marsha

        from Lethbridge, AB, CanadaI

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

          Great lens used in bright as well as early morning and late afternoon with good results. I have also been pleased with pictures of the moon at night. It is a lens that I feel that I can carry and have had great results with pictures of wildlife like turkey vultures, snakes, snowy egrets, etc. and the lens has given me sharp images. There is lens creep but the possible lock settings minimize any problem.

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          5.0

          Worth the wait

          By Tangent

          from Pueblo West, CO

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

            Finally Arrived after 4 1/2 months. B&H kept in touch with regular updates but no ETAs. Worth the wait. Use with my Nikon D7100. Amazing reach. Fast auto-focus.

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            4.0

            Great telephoto reach but needs good lig

            By Sharky

            from Atlantic Beach, FL

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Inexpensive 600mm Lens

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

            I bought this lens for surf photography, and with the cost at a tenth of the Nikon 600mm, it's definitely worth looking at. I shot a surf session with nice light and was able to get some nice, sharp images. The auto focus was dead on (using my Nikon D700 and D810), and performed well with obstacles in the forground, it held focus on my subject without searching. I shot @ 600mm, and results were goo, but it really shined @ the 500mm range. I gave it 4 stars because zoomed out, with an minimum aperture of f/6.3, it's not the fastest lens around but ie appropriately priced. Seems well made and durable.

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            5.0

            Great lens for the money

            By Woot

            from Albuquerque, NM

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

            For those of you who are waiting, it took four months to get the lens.I bought the lens mostly for birding and mounted it on my D7000.The lens is as you would expect heavy and a little slow to focus but for $ a great buy.

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            5.0

            Great lense for the money

            By MikeT

            from Alaska

            Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

            I am very pleased with the lense so far, sharp images even at 600mm!!

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            5.0

            Tamron 150-600

            By Brad

            from Colorado and Texas

            Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

            A wonderful lens! My bird photos leap out from the image. Easy to use; a dream come true. A wildlife photographer never has a long enough lens. This lens provides easy portability and the chance to get the one that always got away (before).

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            4.0

            A lot of Bang for your Buck!

            By Y's Photos

            from Northern Virginia

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Affordable
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Comes Without A Case
            • Focus Accurate But Slow
            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

              I bought this lens for it's range and it's affordability based on the Nikon lens and other faster lens I dream of owning. I shoot mostly sports and wildlife, so a fast focus is very important to me. I find that this lens is a modest weight (can be used with or without a monopod) and the range adjustment is a little stiff, but that may change with use. I am a little disappointed with the speed of focus as I am spoiled by Nikon lenses, but it is certainly manageable. The one annoying factor with this purchase was that it comes without a case. I find that a pain and feel that Tamron should include the case/protection, I would have paid an extra $ in the price.... It also needs a really big filter if you choose to put one on.

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              5.0

              Nice lens!!

              By HydroDuck

              from Laramie, WY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Image Stabilization Great
              • Lightweight
              • Solid
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Little Slow In Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

              Very nice lens; used it hand held in Alaska while shooting "sea creatures" from a boat and it was pretty awesome... Nice feel for hand holding..

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              5.0

              Better Than Anticipated

              By Ala58

              from Eastern, Pa

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                It's worth the wait, Shoots well in all lighting situations. I've only used mine in hand held situations and being a bit older woman I can manage just fine. Best purchase of my life! You can spend a lot more for a lot less. I shoot with Nikon d80, D3200, D7100. Like all types of photography but birds are my favorite. The Hummingbird photo was using the lens right out of the box. Need I say more

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                5.0

                excellent value

                By Norm

                from Loveland, OH

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                  I have had the Tamron 150-600mm lens for a short time. It is being used with a Nikon D7100. I made a series of test shots hand held, mounted on a monopod, mounted on a tripod with a ball head and a tripod with a gimbal. I was able to get sharp images, hand held, and all the way out to 600mm. With the monopod I got sharp images at 600mm and 1/25 second shutter speed. This lens camera combination is awkward on the tripod with ball head, but the tripod with a gimbal, as you would expect, gave the best overall results. I have been using a 300mm manual focus lens with a 2X tele extender to get 600mm. The Tamron looks a slight bit sharper at 600mm and is much easier to use. Auto-focus with the D7100 is fast and accurate at all focal lengths, only slightly slower at 600mm. Image tracking of moving subjects seems to work well but I have not done extensive tests of this. Image stabilization works well, but requires good hand holding technique at the long focal lengths. The good results at 1/25 second with the monopod required the image stabilization to be on. The lens is very will made, compares well with my Nikon lenses. The zoom and manual focus are both very smooth. The focus ring turns in the opposite direction from Nikon lenses but has not caused me any problems.I am very pleased with the performance of the Tamron 150-600mm lens. It is an excellent value.

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                  5.0

                  150-600 Tamron

                  By TLM

                  from WVA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                  So far so good. Nice lens and B&H was great since this lens is hard to get. Ordered in April and got in Aug.

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                  5.0

                  Lens exceeds expectations

                  By Jim J

                  from Cleveland, Ohio

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon:

                  I used the lens as soon as I opened the box it came in and put it on my Nikon D600. It delighted me with perfect details of the Cardinals, Bluejays and other birds I was taking pictures of. It was definitely worth the four-month wait.

                  It is heavy, but, with the help of a monopod, it is easy to use.

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