The Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Sony FE is an compact ultra-telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. Even when extended to the 500mm telephoto end, the lens is still compact enough for comfortable handheld shooting.
To support handheld shooting in the ultra-telephoto range, the new zoom is equipped with VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive), a linear motor focus mechanism that delivers excellent quietness and agile performance, and TAMRON's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism for high-level image stabilization which significantly improves handheld performance by counteracting camera shake. At the 150mm end, the lens offers an minimum focus distance of 0.6m for powerful and dramatic close-ups.
This lens enables users to enjoy casual shooting with steady performance and high image quality in the ultra-telephoto realm where conventional wisdom once dictated a tripod.
The optical construction features 25 elements in 16 groups. Aberrations including axial chromatic aberrations has been effectively controlled by special lens elements, including:
This 150-500mm F5-6.7 ultra-telephoto zoom lens is designed and constructed with strong emphasis on compact size and usability without compromising image quality, so you can enjoy exceptionally high resolving power across the entire image.
The lens is just 209.6mm long with a maximum diameter of 93mm, an astoundingly compact size for a 500mm-class ultra-telephoto zoom for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Even when extended to the 500mm telephoto end, the lens is still remarkably compact at only 283mm.
The slim, compact 150-500mm F5-6.7 is equipped with TAMRON’s VC mechanism which delivers excellent image stabilization performance, enabling efficient reduction of image blurring caused by camera shake.
Three different VC mode are available via the dedicated VC selection switch:
The 150-500mm F5-6.7 features the an acclaimed VXD linear motor focus mechanism that delivers extreme high-speed and high-precision movement, ensuring exceedingly responsive performance.
Even when shooting at the ultra-telephoto end with a focal length of 500mm, the 150-500mm F5-6.7 provides fast, comfortable and accurate focusing at all shooting distances, from near to far.
Focus tracking has been vastly improved to facilitate capturing fast-moving subjects, for example sporting events, birds and aviation photography. This ensures that those dramatic, action-packed moments are never missed, whether shooting still photos or video.
Additionally, the linear motor also reduces drive noise and vibrations produced during focusing (as compared to a conventional drive system), making it ideal for shooting both still photos and video in low-noise environments.
The 150-500mm F5-6.7 offers excellent close-up shooting capabilities for an ultra-telephoto lens. The mimimum focusing distance is 0.6m at the 150mm end and 1.8m at the 500mm telephoto end. The maximum magnification ratio at 150mm is exceptionally high at 1:3.1.
Thanks to the close-focus abilities you can shoot powerful telephoto-macro images of subjects including flowers and insects while maintaining a reasonable shooting distance — much closer than you can get with conventional ultra-telephoto zoom lenses.
|Angle of View (diagonal)||16° 25'-4° 57' (for full-frame mirrorless format)|
|Optical Construction||25 elements in 16 groups|
|Minimum Object Distance||0.6m /23.6 in (WIDE), 1.8m /70.9 in (TELE)|
|Maximum Magnification Ratio||1:3.1 (WIDE) / 1:3.7 (TELE)|
|Weight||1,725g (without tripod mount) /
Tripod mount 155g
|Aperture Blades||7 (circular diaphragm)*
*The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.
|Standard Accessories||Round-shaped hood, Lens caps, Tripod mount|
|Compatible Mounts||Sony E-mount|