Tamron brings its 150-500mm F5-6.7 lens to Fujifilm X-mount cameras for $1,500: Digital Photography Review


Tamron has announced a new ultra-telephoto zoom lens for Fujifilm X-mount camera systems. The new 150–500mm F5–6.7 Di III VC VXD offers a 225–750mm full-frame equivalent focal length.

The lens is constructed of 25 elements in 16 groups, including one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) element, five LD (Low Dispersion) elements, and two Hybrid Aspherical elements. Between these specialized elements and the fact the 150–500mm F5–6.7 was originally designed for Sony E-mount full-frame cameras, Tamron says the lens offers impressive performance, edge-to-edge on Fujifilm’s APS-C camera bodies.

Autofocus is driven by Tamron’s VXD linear motor focus mechanism and the lens’ Vibration Compensation (VC) has three different settings depending on the type of shooting you’re doing: Standard, Panning and Framing Priority. Other features include a minimum focusing distance of 60cm (23.6”) at 150mm (180cm [70.9”] at 500mm) and an 82mm front filter thread. Tamron is also using its BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) coating on the elements as well as a flourine coating on the front-most element for additional protection.

The lens features a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.1 at 150mm (full-frame equivalent of 1:2.1), uses an Arca-Swiss compatible tripod mount, has a zoom lock mechanism and includes an ‘MF Speed’ switch for controlling the speed of manual focus when using the focus ring (which has a 75º arc). The lens measures 93mm (3.7”) in diameter by 21cm (8.3”) and weighs 1.7kg (3.8lbs).

The Tamron 150–500mm F5–6.7 Di III VC VXD for Fujifilm X Series cameras is available to pre-order starting today for $1,500, $300 more than the Sony E-mount version is currently retailing for.

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TAMRON Announces Ultra-telephoto Zoom for FUJIFILM X-Mount 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057)

Compact 750mm (full-frame equivalent) offers easy super telephoto shooting opportunities

September 20, 2022, Commack, NY – Tamron announces the launch of the 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057), an ultra-telephoto zoom lens for FUJIFILM X-mount. The lens is will be on sale October 13, 2022 at $1499. However, due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change.

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 covers a full-frame equivalent focal length range of 225mm to 750mm, combining compact size with stunning image quality across the entire zoom range—from the center of the image to the edges. Photographers can now easily enjoy the benefits of ultra-telephoto photography with its easy-to-handle compact body. The new ultra-telephoto zoom is equipped with the VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) precise and high-speed linear motor focus mechanism and TAMRON’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism. At the 150mm end, the lens offers an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 23.6” for powerful and dramatic close-ups.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. Compact 750mm equivalent¹ ultra-telephoto zoom lens

Although it reaches the ultra-telephoto focal length equivalent of 750mm, the 150-500mm F5-6.7 is still quite compact in size with a length of just 8.3” and a maximum diameter of 93mm. Even when extended fully to the telephoto end, the length of the lens is only 11.2” so it can be used comfortably. The lens zooms from 150mm to 500mm by rotating the zoom ring through an arc of just 75° that enables rapid adjustment to the desired angle of view with minimal movement, avoiding missed opportunities and facilitating intuitive composition.

2. Amazing high image quality

The optical construction features 25 elements in 16 groups. The generous and effective use of special lens elements including one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) element, five LD (Low Dispersion) elements, and two Hybrid Aspherical lens elements thoroughly controls aberrations including axial chromatic aberrations. And because the 150-500mm F5-6.7 is designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras, it delivers extremely high image quality and overall performance across the entire zoom range, in the center and from edge-to-edge.

3. VXD AF motor provides high speed, high precision, and excellent quietness

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 features the VXD linear motor focus mechanism. VXD delivers high-speed and high-precision movement and ensures responsive performance. 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.

4. TAMRON’s acclaimed VC delivers excellent image stabilization

The slim, compact 150-500mm F5-6.7 is equipped with TAMRON’s VC mechanism. The lens features a VC mode selection switch with three settings (Mode 1: Standard, Mode 2: Exclusively for Panning, and Mode 3: Framing Priority) so the ideal VC mode can be invoked to match shooting conditions. This functionality delivers excellent image stability performance, efficient efficient reduction of image blur caused by camera shake.

5. Telephoto-macro shooting unleashes excellent close-range shooting performance

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 offers excellent close-up shooting capabilities for an ultra-telephoto lens. The MOD is 23.6” at the 150mm end and 70.9” at the 500mm telephoto end. The maximum magnification ratio at 150mm is exceptionally high at 1:3.1 (the full-frame equivalent of 1:2.1). Users can shoot powerful telephoto-macro images of subjects including flowers and insects while maintaining a reasonable shooting distance — closer than you can get with conventional ultra-telephoto zoom lenses.

6. Additional features for greater convenience

Arca-Swiss compatible tripod mount with strap attachment holes included
Lens hood with flexible, protective front portion
Switch designed for ease of operation and handling
FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism to support greater usability
Equipped with an MF SPEED switch that is handy when focusing manually

7. BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating delivers stunning clarity and contrast

8. Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating provide extra protection

Footnotes

¹ Full-frame equivalent focal length

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