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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
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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 92 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (67)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (60)
    • Strong construction (43)
    • Consistent output (37)
    • Nice bokeh (30)
    • Durable (29)

    Cons

    • Heavy (36)
    • Poor in low light (18)
    • Lens creep (5)
    • Slow focus (5)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (72)
    • Sports/action (34)
    • Landscape/scenery (30)
    • Macro photography (3)
    • Night photography (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (28), Casual photographer (5), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (77)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very Impressive lens

    I've had this lens for just a couple of days and without hesitation give it five stars. I've tried it on three bodies, D5000, D7000 and DF, focus is fast and accurate and...Read complete review

    I've had this lens for just a couple of days and without hesitation give it five stars. I've tried it on three bodies, D5000, D7000 and DF, focus is fast and accurate and I've seen nothing to indicate front or back focusing. Achieving focus can be troublesome at long focal length as holding the focus point on small subjects can be difficult, but that is user dependent. When a focal point with some contrast was chosen, the lens worked flawlessly. I have not tried BIF's or rapidly moving objects yet. The zoom action is smooth with a long rotation, the focus ring works great and the action is excellent. Minor CA is barely visible at the long end and easily removed in LR. I think the bokeh is very nice as well. I haven't shot test charts for resolution or done comparisons yet, however several tests have shown this is nearly a match or superior to anything in its price and focal length range. Its the heaviest lens I've ever used, yet still manageable free hand. The VC makes it possible to get decent images at 1/60 sec at 600mm. Probably I'll use a monopod or other support with this lens on extended outings.

    Construction quality is very good and the lens locks at 150mm and 400mm to prevent unintended extension.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Will not focus on fast moving abjects

    I got this lens for the air show. It would not focus on any of the planes. Tried all the various camera settings (Nikon D800) and it would not work. Tried it...Read complete review

    I got this lens for the air show. It would not focus on any of the planes. Tried all the various camera settings (Nikon D800) and it would not work. Tried it on eagles...the same result. As long as something is stationary, it works great.

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    5.0

    Love it

    By Armchaircowgirl

    from NC

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

      The images it captures are extremely sharp. My brother and I both have nikon 7100's. I used this lens and he used his remarkable 70-200 lens when we went to photograph elk at catalooche. They're tame creatures so we weren't too far away. One was within 10 feet, others up to half mile, all in a large field before dusk. The big-antlered one who became my Xmas card photo was maybe 150-200 yards away. My brother is. 10 times the photographer I am, but he was not at all satisfied with his photos once he saw mine, and he is picky about everything, especially focus. Phe keeps borrowing it, which is fine, but I have a feeling we will end up with a second lens. It's just so great!

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      5.0

      awesome lens

      By CPT

      from Maryland

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

      good lens and not expensive.loved it.get it,dont wait...

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Terrific Wildlife Lens

      By AcrylicArtist

      from Oxford Michigan

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I use this lens for wildlife and for birding. It is a fantastic lens. The clarity and sharpness are very impressive. I get great photos at 500mm and very good photos at 600mm. I have had this lens for 5 months and I love it. This photo was had held at around 400mm.

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      5.0

      Tamzooka

      By dwr857

      from Winston Salem, NC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        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:

          Looked and looked at this product for months before buying! The reviews have been great for the price so I decided to look for myself! I do not think I can add anything that has not already been said except that I highly recommend this lens! I have combined it with the Nikon D810 and my initial images have been great! Fast focus no creeping and most importantly sharp images! The attached image was taken at 600mm handheld!

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          5.0

          Great lens right out of the box

          By Jerry N.

          from West Des Moines, Iowa

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

          Made several wildlife shots the first time out. Great results!

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          5.0

          TamronSP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Len

          By Mustang Sally

          from Crowley TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Lens Creep

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          Excellent for critter shots

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          (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Will not focus on fast moving abjects

          By Dee the Pro

          from Ashtabula, Ohio

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable

          Cons

          • Non Focus On Fast Objects

          Best Uses

          • Slow Moving Subjects

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

          I got this lens for the air show. It would not focus on any of the planes. Tried all the various camera settings (Nikon D800) and it would not work. Tried it on eagles...the same result. As long as something is stationary, it works great.

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          • No

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          5.0

          I would buy this product again.

          By J&J draft

          from Baton Rouge, La.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I was very pleased with this lens. Well worth the wait. For those who say this lens is long and heavy and requires a tripod in low light situations: this is true of all 600mm lens, even those costing much,much more. I think this is an excellent lens for the price.

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            5.0

            Great Budget Priced Glass with REACH!!!

            By Datilboy

            from Greenville, AL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

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

              Have already started to enjoy using this lens. I use it for wildlife photography with my D7100 and got some decent images of Whitetail deer in very low light. Some grain but I was pleasantly surprised considering the low light. Turned off the VR and had it on a tripod. AF worked fine and fast enough even at 600 MM. A little vignetting but that is to be expected. For the money, you can't go wrong.I would give it a 5 star rating but the connection to the camera body seems a little loose.

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              5.0

              Worth the wait

              By Dirtdiver

              from Western Kentucky

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              I enjoy nature photography.Being out with my camera is therapy for me, But sometimes I just need a lens that will reach out further. Unfortunately I have a limited budget, and cant afford the high cost of some of the big name manufacturers. I was introduced to this lens by my uncle, and after reading the reviews, and seeing the quality images taken with lens. I was very pleased with the price, and blown away by how well it works. Yes it's a little heavy but that has not been a problem.

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              4.0

              Nice Lens

              By Joe R.

              from Rhode Island

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

              Would be nice if the nikon teleconvertors worked with this lens.

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              5.0

              Perfect!

              By Cal Gal

              from Virginia Beach

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                We've been wanting a lens to zoom in on the wildlife in our pond and this did the trick! VERY reasonable price for such a great lens!

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                5.0

                Tamron 150-600 mm great for travel

                By zggd01

                from Bend, Or

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                this lens is great for travel and bird photography

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                • No

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                5.0

                Very Happy

                By Midwested

                from NW Mo.

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

                I have been pleasantly surprised by the overall quality and sharpness of the photos taken thus far. I'm using this on my Nikon 610 and have found it to be just the ticket for my needs. I was looking for a lens to do wildlife photography and spent a recent afternoon taking eagle photographs at a near by wildlife refuge. About 1/2 were hand held and 1/2 using a tripod. All appear sharp. Auto focus worked fine as did the vibration reduction. I believe this lens is a good value for the money spent. Only downside I see so far is that it seems a little heavy. But, having never had a telephoto zoom before I really don't have anything with which to make a comparison. I like it and would recommend it others.

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                5.0

                Amazing !

                By Through Open Lens

                from Jersey City, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • 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:

                Perfect for wildlife shooting.

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                4.0

                I've been using it every day.

                By xmailman

                from Sebastopol, Ca.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Love The Reach

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  It is used outdoors for birding photos so far. I use the tripod mount as my handle when I carry it around. It really does have a long reach and I can take photos without having to crop them to get details. The autofocus works well but can't keep up with birds in flight but then I didn't expect it to. I haven't tried it yet at the motorcycle races.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens, great value

                  By Brian G

                  from Baltimore

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

                  Well worth the two month wait for the 150-600 to arrive. Images through out the range shot on a D300 and D800 have been sharp with plenty of detail and color. It is heavy but manageable. The vibration reduction makes it manageable with practice to hand hold at slower shutter speeds. Well worth adding this lens to your collection.

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                  4.0

                  Long wait for a good value

                  By Tinderbox Arts LLC

                  from Whitehouse Station, NJ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  I waited months for my copy of this lens and during that period I had a chance at a trade show to handle the competetor Sigma's version of the same zoom range in their "sports" model. The Tamron is well built, if somewhat plastic in feel. The focus is VERY quiet and reasonably speedy. It's faster than a kit lens but slower than a pro lens like my Nikon 80-200 f2.8. The Sigma 150-600mm I tried seemed slightly faster for focus, but it also costs a lot more. I'm not sure how useful the VC feature will be, but maybe I'm just used to doing without it. It does "jump" in the viewfinder when you first engage the shutter button.The weight is heavy, of course, but not as much as I feared. Really it doesn't feel much heavier than my 80-200 in actual use, although the 80-200 is no lightweight either. Images appear sharp in actual use but errors in technique are magnified by the long reach of the lens. Handheld is possible but a monopod or tripod a smarter choice. There is no case included, so plan on spending some money for one.The collar is well built but a little awkward if you keep it installed during handheld use. It's handy for carrying the unit between shots, though. This is really not a sports lens in my opinion, unless you are shooting in broad daylight or a pro stadium and you have no other choice! Yes, you could make it work but don't buy it for that reason. For wildlife, for long reach and for compressing scenes it's a very good choice and gives you excellent reach at a reasonable price point. I've tried it on an FX and DX body with equally good results. The zoom ring is fairly stiff, so zooming is a deliberate affair not an instant reaction to the subject. This lens is for thoughtful compositions and long reach, not for grab and go shooting. It might be useful for certain journalistic styles if the pace is not too hectic.Comparing the Sigma "Sports" 150-600 and this Tamron, I'd say the Tamron is a better value and the Sigma "Sports" is probably still not a great choice for sports! These apertures and focus speeds are just not good enough for high school, college or pro sports under most circumstances. If sports shooting is part of your interest, the Tamron is much cheaper and will likely give you similar results as the Sigma, even if the Sigma is a slightly better build. Ultimately, the Tamron is an inexpensive way to get some long reach with reasonably good quality. It isn't a $6-10K lens and you shouldn't expect the same results. It is, however, a very good build and I have no regrets in the purchase.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens Quality for the price

                  By Graeme

                  from DC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  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:

                    I have been a Pro Photographer for 40 years and this Tamron lens used correctly is very sharp, even at 600.I have been impressed with the performance on my Nikon D810, D4s, and the D3200 with non built in motor relying on the tamron lens motor assist. I shot with high and low ISO and was very satisfied with the response, especially using With the D3200. Many photographers underestimate the weight of big lenses so suggest tripod use but the VR,and hand held worked a charm for me, although will use tripod for wildlife. A step up from the Sigma 150-600mm which I have also used extensively. Perfect for sports and birding.

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                    5.0

                    Performs as advertized

                    By BNelson

                    from Galt, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I have only had a chance to take it into the field today.As with any super telephoto, the shutter speed has to be fairly high. This lens definitely needs a tripod to take sharp pictures at 600mm. Old age and a monopod just doesn't cut it. The photos I was able to take at 600mm and no vibration are excellent. I just have to take it out again with the proper equipment. The build quality is excellent and the autofocus is extremely fast. I am very impressed with this lens.

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