Tamron Has a Shiny New 150-600mm Lens in the Works, Will be Its Longest Zoom Yet


Here’s a little gear porn to keep your G.A.S. revving this Thursday. Japanese lens manufacturer Tamron has officially announced that it is working on a 150-600mm f/5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom lens that will replace the company’s current 200-500mm lens and become the longest focal length zoom in its lineup.

The main reason this lens is making headlines is the focal length, and even though Tamron has announced neither a release date nor price, many are hoping for a cheaper third party alternative that features this sort of reach without compromising too badly on quality.

To that effect, Tamron promises that this baby’s “20 elements in 13 group… cutting-edge eBAND Coating and three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements” will deliver “superior imaging performance, while the latest built-in VC (Vibration Compensation) system broadens users’ horizons in achieving sharper handheld photographs.”

The 200-500mm lens the new 600mm will replace

The 200-500mm lens the new 600mm will replace

The lens also features Tamron’s Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) motor and what they’re calling “a sophisticated and stylish new external finish,” that will hopefully mean discerning SLR users won’t be embarrassed to be seen toting it around.

The lens will come in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts, and is meant to be used with both full-frame and APS-C cameras. Of course, if you stick it onto an APS-C body, you’re getting even more range out of it: approximately 233-930mm.

As we said before, Tamron isn’t letting slip when this lens will actually come out or how much it will cost when it does (the 200-500mm retails for $2,000 but usually sells for around one grand), and we’ll have to see how it performs optically before we can recommend it to anybody, but what do you think? Any of you guys or gals excited to see this lens make it to market?

  • Banan Tarr

    I’m guessing the new Nikon 80-400mm at 400mm will be sharper cropped than this is at 600mm on my D800. Unless they pull off a miracle…

  • Pyneman

    You may be right but at what cost?

  • Ed Lehming

    Tamron has not disappointed me yet. Great glass at a good price point.

  • smcilree

    I’ve been very happy with my Tamron 200-500mm.

  • Captain Kimo

    I am happy with the Tamron 18-270mm. Looking forward to this lens.

  • Banan Tarr

    Well the Nikon is almost twice as wide… Nevertheless I’ll watch this space as I’m not opposed to having 50% more reach in theory.

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  • Genkakuzai

    Looks very interesting!

  • facepalm

    I love the idea, as when I’m shooting something at a great distance I have it on a tripod and do not need a low aperture lens.. also shoot an APS-C body. Depending on the price, I’ll be interested in picking this up. Tamron better get it right though, I’ve been happier with first-party lenses than I have been with their stuff .. not a single lens do I own.

  • bith1138

    Looks very promising indeed! Can’t wait to see the first tests! I hope the will arrive before next summer. I may be interested in buying it before going to Alaska.

  • tedtedsen

    i have the sigma 150-500mm 5-6.3 on my d800 and it is suprisingly good ,sharp up to 400mm onle slightly softher on 500mm but onley slightly handheld no problem sigmas os Works fine even whit 2x teleconverter it has ok sharpnes the onley downside i can Write about is the lens is slow focusing but it is spoton every time compared to more expencive lenses in the same range it preform good EVEN PHOTO GURO KEN ROCKWELL SAYS IT IS NICE LENS AND PERFORMS WEL

  • tedtedsen

    i have it for my Nikon d800 and it is a good lens even slighly sharper than my sigma 150-500 by a margine but wethersealed longer range but it has some buggs on 3d tracking autofocus it stalls and needs a hand kick to go on, price in my country 1050 us dollars