Commack, NY—The Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (model A057) is an ultra-telephoto zoom lens for the Fujifilm X mount. The lens goes on sale October 13, 2022. However, due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change.
The 150–500mm f/5–6.7 covers a full-frame-equivalent focal length range of 225–750mm, combined with a compact size. Moreover, the lens produces high image quality across its zoom range—from the center of the image to the edges.
Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Features
The ultra-telephoto zoom for full-frame X-mount cameras employs the VXD (voice-coil eXtreme-torque drive) precise, high-speed linear motor focus mechanism. The linear motor also reduces drive noise and vibrations produced during focusing. As a result, it is a solution for shooting both still photos and video in low-noise environments.
The lens also features a Tamron’s proprietary VC (vibration compensation) mechanism and a VC mode selection switch. The switch has three settings: mode 1, standard; mode 2, exclusively for panning; and mode 3, framing priority. Consequently, photographers can choose the ideal VC mode to match shooting conditions.
Moreover, at the 150mm end, the lens offers an MOD (minimum object distance) of 23.6 inches. At the 500mm telephoto end, the MOD is 70.9 inches. The maximum magnification ratio at 150mm is high at 1:3.1 (full-frame equivalent of 1:2.1). Thus, users can shoot telephoto-macro images of subjects like flowers and insects while maintaining a reasonable shooting distance.
Although it reaches the ultra-telephoto focal length equivalent of 750mm, the 150–500mm f/5–6.7 is still compact in size. It has a length of 8.3 inches and a maximum diameter of 93mm. Even when extended fully to the telephoto end, the length of the lens is 11.2 inches.
Further, the lens zooms from 150mm to 500mm by rotating the zoom ring through an arc of 75°. This enables rapid adjustment to the desired angle of view with minimal movement.
In addition, its optical construction features 25 elements in 16 groups. The use of special lens elements—including one XLD (eXtra-low dispersion) element, five LD elements and two hybrid aspherical lens elements—controls aberrations like axial chromatic aberrations. Complementing this is Tamron’s BBAR-G2 (broad-band anti-reflection generation 2) coating that delivers clarity and contrast.
Other features include a 7-blade circular aperture diaphragm; an Arca-Swiss-compatible tripod mount with strap attachment holes; a lens hood with a flexible protective front portion; a flex zoom lock mechanism to support greater usability; an MF speed switch that is handy when focusing manually; moisture-resistant construction; as well as a fluorine coating for extra protection.
The Tamron 150–500mm f/5–6.7 Di III VC VXD will have a suggested retail price of $1,499.