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Tamron Unveils New 150-600mm Lens, 1.4x and 2.0x Extenders

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Tamron today announced a new 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lens and a pair of new teleconverters (1.4x and 2.0x).

The new Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 — the G2 stands for “generation two” — is a successor to the original Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD that was released back in December 2013 for Canon, Nikon, and Sony mounts. Tamron says the new version of the lens is geared toward the high-resolution DSLRs appearing on the market today, such as the 50MP Canon 5DS and 5DS R.

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Other improvements in the new lens include an updated optical design for better image quality, a minimum focusing distance of 86.6 in (2.2m) instead of 106.3in (2.7m), a 1:3.9 max magnification ratio, faster autofocusing, a 4.5 stop vibration compensation (VC) system, 3 VC modes, and a new FLEX ZOOM LOCK system that lets you lock the zoom ring in any position.

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Announced alongside the new Tamron lens are two new teleconverters, a 1.4x model and a 2.0x model. The moisture- and dust-proof extenders feature an aluminum body a durable build. They allow compatible Tamron lenses to continue to do autofocus and vibration compensation while being extended.

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The new Tamron 150-600mm G2 will be available in the US shortly after September 23rd, 2016 (the Japan launch date) with a price tag of $1,399 (the “G1” model currently costs $999) for Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sony A. The 1.4x and 2.0x extenders will be available around the same time for $419 and $439, respectively, for Canon and Nikon mounts.

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