The Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.7 lens is one of the best lenses for birding, sports, and a variety of other things. And recently, it received an update to allow it to be compatible with Nikon Z mount cameras. As such, we’ve updated our review to reflect the testing of the lens on the Nikon z9.
Update October 2023: on Nikon
The Nikon Z mount has been working very closely with Tamron recently. In the case of the Tamron 150-500mm lens, it’s now available for the system. This lens has some of Tamron’s highest-end technology inside of it — like the autofocus motors and the optics. For what it’s worth, it performs admirably on the Nikon z9.
Specifically, this is a birding lens. And so we tested it for just that. With the Nikon z9, it did quite a good job. Here’s summary of what we did:
- We used the Nikon z9 in AF-C mode and with both with autofocus point control and wide-auto area selection.
- In the automatic subject detection mode, the combo couldn’t easily find birds amongst branches and leaves.
- When given a bit of assistance by switching to bird or animal detection, the combo did a better job.
- When selecting the autofocus area, the combo didn’t have any issues at all.
- The autofocus performance is just as fast as you’d see with the Nikon lens.
I’ve genuinely got no doubt in my mind that the Nikon z9 is capable when using the Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.7. Birds are such small subjects, but the lens does a great job when using it in both DX and FX modes. Surely, it can do the same when photographing humans doing sports.
Across three camera systems, it’s tough to complain about the Tamron 150-500mm lens.
To see images shot with this lens on the Nikon z9, please head to the image quality section.