Tamron has been on a huge roll this year with their incredible lens lineup, and today the company is announcing their Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2. The G2 moniker stands for Generation 2, and is characterized by a number of upgrades, yet keeps it at a pretty modest price overall. The lens features the company’s eBAND Coating, minimum focusing distance of 86.6 in, and faster autofocus. You’ll also get full time manual focus override, 4.5 stops of vibration compensation, and a new feature called the Flex Zoom Lock that lets you lock the lens in at any position. Plus there’s weather sealing.
When it launches on September 23rd, it will cost $1,399. More tech specs and information on the company’s new teleconverters are after the jump.
|Focal Length||: 150-600mm|
|Maximum Aperture||: F/5-6.3|
|Angle of View (diagonal)||: 16°25′ – 4°8′ (for full-frame format)
: 10°38′ – 2°40′ (for APS-C format)
|Optical Construction||: 21 elements in 13 groups|
|Minimum Object Distance||: 86.6 in|
|Maximum Magnification Ratio||: 1:3.9|
|Filter Size||: Ø95mm|
|Maximum Diameter||: Ø108.4mm|
|Length||: for Canon 10.2 in / for Nikon 10.1 in|
|Weight||: for Canon 70.9 oz / for Nikon 70.2 oz|
|Aperture Blades||: 9 (circular diaphragm)|
|Minimum Aperture||: F/32-40|
|Image Stabilization Performance||
: 4.5 stops (using VC Mode 3) CIPA Standards Compliant (For Canon : EOS-5D Mark III is used / For Nikon : D810 is used)
|Standard Accessories||: Lens hood, Lens caps, Lens case|
|Compatible Mounts||: Canon, Nikon, Sony A-mount|
We got time to spend with the Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens. Admittedly though, it isn’t really the type of lens that most photographers who read this website would use. But here are some extended impressions
When using the lens with the Canon 6D and the 5D Mk IV; the speed and accuracy of the autofocus simply amazed me for what this lens is. Of course, you’ll need to keep in mind just how close it can focus too when it comes to photographing wildlife.
We tested this lens in one of the worst blizzards of the year and it totally survived. One of the coolest features of this lens though is the focal length locking ability with the zoom ring.
Here are a bunch of image samples shot with the lens.