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Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD Lens for Sony E

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Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD Lens for Sony E
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • 225-750mm Equivalent on APS-C Cameras
  • Aperture Range: f/5-6.7 to f/22-32
  • Low Dispersion and Aspherical Elements
The dynamic Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD for full-frame-format Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras is a compact and versatile super-telephoto zoom lens well suited to capture a wide array of subjects ranging from landscapes and birds to sports and wildlife photography. The optical construction features 25 elements in 16 groups and utilizes special lens elements and hybrid aspherical lens elements to control chromatic aberrations. Each element features a BBAR-G2 coating to reduce flare and ghosting for high contrast and color accuracy. The VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism delivers extreme high-speed and high-precision movement and ensures exceptionally responsive performance and is compatible with Sony Hybrid AF and Eye AF features in enabled cameras. The minimum object distance of 23.6" at 150mm end of the zoom range provides dynamic close-up imaging and add to the lens' remarkable overall usability.
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Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 DI III Overview

The dynamic Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD for full-frame-format Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras is a compact and versatile super-telephoto zoom lens well suited to capture a wide array of subjects ranging from landscapes and birds to sports and wildlife photography. The optical construction features 25 elements in 16 groups and utilizes special lens elements and hybrid aspherical lens elements to control chromatic aberrations. Each element features a BBAR-G2 coating to reduce flare and ghosting for high contrast and color accuracy. The VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism delivers extreme high-speed and high-precision movement and ensures exceptionally responsive performance and is compatible with Sony Hybrid AF and Eye AF features in enabled cameras. The minimum object distance of 23.6" at 150mm end of the zoom range provides dynamic close-up imaging and add to the lens' remarkable overall usability.

The VC image stabilization facilitates shooting handheld at the 500mm ultra-telephoto position, and the Arca-type-compatible rotating tripod mount has integrated strap attachment loops for safety and support when shooting in the field. Designed and built with moisture-resistant construction for use in inclement conditions, plus a fluorine coating on the front lens element to protect against dust, dirt, and smudging.

Versatile ultra Telephoto zoom for Sony E-mount full-frame-format mirrorless cameras with a 225-750mm equivalent focal length when used on an APS-C format camera body.
VC image stabilization facilitates shooting handheld at the 500mm ultra-telephoto position, with three modes: standard, panning, and framing priority.
XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion), LD (Low Dispersion), and GM (Glass-Molded Aspherical) elements greatly reduce color fringing, chromatic aberrations, and image distortion throughout the zoom range for improved clarity and color accuracy.
BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating has been applied to lens elements to suppress internal reflections, flare, and ghosting to achieve greater contrast and color fidelity.
Rotating Arca-type tripod mount with incorporated strap attachment loops.
Switches redesigned for improved operability, plus Flex Zoom Lock mechanism to hold zoom position.
Included lens hood is protected with flexible, shock-absorbing front rim to prevent cracks and damage.
Zoom ring small 75° arc of rotation enables swift adjustment to the desired focal length with minimal movement.
VXD Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive linear motor delivers impressively quiet, quick, and smooth focusing performance for both still and video applications. Compatible with Sony's Direct Manual Focus function and Eye AF on enabled cameras, and full-time manual focus override is available.
Designed and built with moisture-resistant construction for use in inclement conditions, plus a fluorine coating on the front lens element to protect against dust, dirt, and smearing.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
UPC: 725211570011

Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 DI III Specs

Focal Length150 to 500mm
Maximum Aperturef/5 to 6.7
Minimum Aperturef/22 to 32
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View16° 25' to 4° 57'
Minimum Focus Distance23.6" / 60 cm
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:3.1
Optical Design25 Elements in 16 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size82 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.7 x 8.3" / 93 x 209.6 mm
Weight4.14 lb / 1.88 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.57 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.9 x 8.2 x 6.5"

Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 DI III Reviews

Great lens for the money

By Jake
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-19

It's sharp and focuses very fast. Only downside is it's a bit heavy.

E-mount 150mm-500mm f5 lens on Sony alpha7r IV

By Roger
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-14

Disclosure: professional photographers already know what I just learned. This is a fine telephoto lens. Less expensive than a similar Sony product. The aperature maxes out at f5. This is fine in fairly well lit conditions. You can photograph small objects at about 2 m distance at 150mm and get great pictures. But, unless you have arms like Thor, you are going to be challenged by its size and weight. (Professional photographers already know this.) And, it's considered a light lens at 4.4 lbs for a 150mm to 500mm lens! Get a tripod; get a remoter control for your camera shutter release. Priceless! Also, telephoto lenses are not prime lenses. This lens' sharpness in no way compares to a Sony Zeiss 85mm prime lens. A prime 400mm lens or 600mm lens will cost you $12,000 plus. Am I glad I bought this lens? It's fun. But, I don't room for it in my bag. Which means other lenses do belong in my bag. Hmmm. Time to decide... RGP

Great Value

By Ferdinand
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-22

Awesome lens at a great value

Very nice lens!

By Todd
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-22

The lens I usually use on my Sony a9 costs 10x what this lens cost, and let me tell you, it comes very close. Yes, the contrast is not the same, and at 500mm the corners are little soft. BUT, I can fit this attached to my camera in a small bag, set it up quickly on a tripod if need be (thanks to the arca type foot) and take pictures - not only far, but it will close focus at 150mm with great results. Also, the focusing motor is very fast. No, I'm not giving up my 600mm f4, but if I need a quick and easy setup for wildlife to insects, this is it!

Happy with this Lens

By Jimmie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-01

The size and weight of this lens takes some getting used to. I'm impressed at the quality of images I am getting from it. It's a great addition with my Sony 24-105 G, and a Zeiss Batis 1.8/85mm lenses. I recommend this Tamron 150-500 lens to anyone wanting to capture good images of wildlife and distant objects. I'm an amateur photo hobbyist, and this lens was the quality I wanted at the price point I could afford. I'm happy with this lens.

Wow! LOVE THIS LENS

By Levi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-07

I bought my first Tamron 70-300 in a Pawn shop in 2010 for $80. I still use that lens. In the last few months, I bought this 150-500 for my Sony A7siii and a 70-200 for my Canon R6. Both lenses are so good. Pics below are screengrabs from some broll I just did for a doc about sustainability. They are in 4K and 120 fps and the footage is just amazing.

Wow! LOVE THIS LENS

By Levi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-01

I bought my first Tamron 70-300 in a Pawn shop in 2010 for $80. I still use that lens. In the last few months, I bought this 150-500 for my Sony A7siii and a 70-200 for my Canon R6. Both lenses are so good. Pics below are screengrabs from some broll I just did for a doc about sustainability. They are in 4K and 120 fps and the footage is just amazing.

There's a better alternative for me

By Richard
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-21

I've owned the Sony 70-200 G and the 100-400 GM. I sold the 70-200 when I bought the 100-400. I found the 100-400 so large and heavy that it did not accompany me on international trips or on most domestic travel. I now own the Tamron 2.8/70-180 which I use often and almost always carry. But now I am planning a trip on which I will want the very long focal lengths and have the added challenge of low light moonrise shots including dimly lit landscape. What lens and camera should I choose? I compared this Tamron 150-500 and my Tamron 2.8/70-180, both mounted on an a7Riv, with a Sony RX10iv recently purchased from the B&H used department. In all but the lowest light night scenes, the RX10iv equals the performance of the slower and much heavier 150-500. The 20mp image from the RX10iv is fine for even a moderately cropped view on my 27 monitor viewed up close. To stretch the low light s/n ratio with the small sensor RX10iv, I have shot on continuous Hi, then stacked and merged in Ps. For a moonrise, shot at base ISO of 100, I can shoot the f4 RX10iv 2-3 stops faster than the a7Riv with the slower f6.7 Tamron. This enable more frames in the half second or so limitation imposed by the Earth's rotation during moonrise. For really low light performance the 70-180 shot at f/2.8 in crop mode to get an equivalent field of view to that of a FF 270mm produces my best results. This leaves me little purpose for the huge 150-500. As a bonus, the Zeiss lens of the RX10iv has less lateral CA than either of the Tamrons which produce red and blue fringing on full moons against a dark sky. So after testing the big 150-500 on the rising September full moon, careful comparisons using side by side tripods on a mountain top, I have returned the 150-500. It pays to buy from B&H which makes returns easy and economical.

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Asked by: Matt
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