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Responding to photographers’ interest in an all-in-one ultra telephoto lens with a broad focal-length range, Tamron has announced the new SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di (VC) USD lens. With mounts for Nikon, Canon, and Sony A DSLRs, this full-frame and APS-C-compatible lens brings together fine optics, comfortable handling, and built-in Vibration Compensation (on Nikon and Canon) to provide a powerful reach that will still produce clear images, even when handheld.
Let’s start with focal-length range. Tamron has upped the ante from its current 200-500mm lens by extending the range of its new optic. On the wide end, it expands 50mm and will therefore catch many opportunities missed by a 200mm—it can even be considered for straight portraiture. More impressive is the 100mm gain on the telephoto end, which extends the lens’s reach to become a full-service ultra-telephoto, immensely useful to wildlife and sports photographers. When mounted on an APS-C camera, the 35mm focal length equivalence is an extraordinary 225-900mm on Nikon and Sony and 240-960mm on Canon.
Complementing the focal range is an optical system that includes three low dispersion glass elements in its front-most groups. These glass pieces enable the lens to correct on-axis aberrations at the telephoto end and help to deliver sharp images with a balance of high resolution and contrast. In addition, Tamron utilizes eBAND (Extra Bandwidth & Angular Dependency) and BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings to control reflections and minimize ghosting and flare when shooting in difficult light. A nine-blade circular diaphragm helps to create an aesthetic background blur, which is particularly pleasing for portrait work. The optical design also reduces the lens group’s movements while zooming, which reduces barrel extension, thus retaining a compact form during operation. An Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) motor provides fast, high-torque AF action yet creates little noise for smooth, silent autofocus. It also enables full-time manual focus override for exacting manual focus control, even while in AF mode.
On the Nikon and Canon mounts, the 150-600mm provides Vibration Compensation image stabilization to reduce blur and deliver sharp images even when working in low light at the long end of the zoom. The VC’s three-coil system significantly compensates for camera shake, allowing you to work handheld and still expect clear results. The Sony mount model does not incorporate the VC mechanism as Sony A DSLRs provide in-camera image stabilization. When stability is the utmost concern, a detachable, rotatable tripod collar is included. The tripod collar has been redesigned for improved durability, portability, and mounting ease. A dedicated lens hood is also included and the overall design update has created a handsome, elegant-looking lens with practical improvements, such as enlarged rubber grips on the zoom and focus rings.
Provided with the lens is the SILKYPIX Developer Studio software, which enables post-production adjustments to correct or enhance your images as well as RAW development capability. It’s an ideal match for Tamron’s SP series lenses and will emphasize the optical quality of your photography while making adjustments that will manifest your creative vision.
For more information, stop by the B&H SuperStore in New York, speak with a sales professional on the telephone at 1-800-606-6969 or contact us online via Live Chat.
|Lens Mounts||Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony A|
|APS-C Focal Length Equivalent||Nikon & Sony: 225-900mm
|Angle of View||Full-frame: 16°25’ - 4°8’
APS-C (approximate): 10°38’ - 2°40’
|Minimum Focus Distance||8.9' (2.7 m)|
|Maximum Magnification Ratio||1:5|
|Lens Construction||20 elements in 13 groups|
|Filter Thread Diameter||95mm|
|Dimensions (Ø x L)||4.16 x 10.15" (105.6 x 257.8mm)|
|Weight||4.3 lb (1.95 kg)|