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Tamron Developing 150-600mm Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

7 November 2013

Tamron has announced the development of an ultra-telephoto zoom lens ranging from 150mm to 600mm for full-frame and APS-C format dSLR cameras in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts. The zoom range surpasses the company's current 200-500mm model.

Tamron Ultrazoom. Ten inches long, ranging from 150mm to 600mm.

The image-stabilized lens with 20 elements in 13 groups also features an ultrasonic silent drive and multi-coating to reduce flare and ghosting. It also features a new finish with a new linear pattern rubber grip and tungsten silver brand ring.

Among the more interesting specifications are the maximum aperture of f5-6.5, a maximum aperture of f32-40, a 95mm filter size and minimum focus distance of 106.3 inches.

The nine circular diaphragm blades contribute to a pleasing bokeh, the company said. And there's very little barrel extension, the company said.

So how big is the beast?

Tamron reports the 10.1-inch long lens red-light 8.8 ounces.

No price or availability information is available but Tamron is showing the lens at the Salon de la Photo 2013 through the weekend.

Tamron Announces Development Of A Revolutionary New Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens

Cutting-edge eBAND Coating and three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements deliver superior imaging performance, while the latest built-in VC (Vibration Compensation) system broadens users' horizons in achieving sharper handheld photographs

COMMACK, N.Y. -- Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the development of an innovative ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm for full-frame and APS-C format dSLR cameras. The lens sample will be on display in the Tamron booth at the Salon de la Photo 2013 that will be held from Nov. 7-11 in Paris, France. Pricing and delivery information are not available at this time.

Tamron's current 200-500mm (Model A08) is a popular, compact, easy-to-use ultra-telephoto zoom lens, but customers have shown great interest in having a lens that provides an even greater focal length range.

This all-new ultra-telephoto zoom lens features VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization, speedy, precise USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), state-of-the-art eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, which significantly reduces the unwanted light reflections that cause flare and ghosting and a sophisticated and stylish new external finish.

Its 4x ultra-telephoto zoom capabilities, with a focal length range from 150mm to 600mm, enhance the creative potential of telephoto photography, a captivating feature for all photographers, particularly nature, wildlife and sports shooters.

Product Highlights

4x ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm

The focal length range of this lens was extended by 50mm on the wide-angle side and 100mm on the telephoto side compared to the existing model A08, making it possible to take even more striking photographs of birds, wildlife, sports and other distant subjects. Mounted on APS-C dSLR cameras, it has a stunning near1000mm telephoto equivalent focal length range of 233mm to 930mm.

World class image quality

Employing 20 elements in 13 groups and boasting an advanced optical design, the lens delivers a superior balance of resolution and contrast for sharp, clear images. The front group contains three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements (two in the first group, one in the third) for enhanced optical correction effectiveness, enabling the lens to thoroughly compensate for on-axis aberrations at the telephoto end. The lens also adopts eBAND Coating, developed from state-of-the-art coating technologies and conventional BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating to greatly suppress ghosting and flare even when shooting under adverse lighting conditions.

Achieves a 600mm focal length in a compact easy-to-handle package

Ingenious optical design features minimize the movement of lens groups within the lens when zooming. This reduces the amount of barrel extension needed to cover the complete focusing range, making the entire lens more compact.

Beautiful background blur effects

Adopting a 9 blade circular diaphragm enables users to create beautiful background blur effects (Bokeh), which provide even greater potential for creative expression. This circular diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even at two stops down from its maximum aperture.

VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism creates greater opportunities for sharper handheld photography

Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization system uses a three-coil system, delivering significantly sharper images and creating greater opportunities for handheld ultra-telephoto photography.

Comfortable autofocus

Tamron's new SP 150-600mm f5-6.3 Di VC USD features a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ultrasonic motor drive for swift and accurate AF response, it delivers high torque, very fast response times and very low noise. The full-time manual focus mechanism allows users to make fine manual focus adjustments at any time even when AF is engaged.

New elegant, high-class external finish

Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning full-frame dSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings and an attractive and stylish tungsten silver brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.

Easy-to-use tripod mount

The tripod mount has been completely redesigned to provide superior stability, durability, ease of use and portability.

Comes with SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron, Raw image development processing software for Tamron's SP lenses

The SILKYPIX Developer Studio software can develop high-quality images from Raw data, incorporating adjustments that can express the personal style and taste of the photographer. These include white balance, color, sharpness and the tonal curves recorded by digital cameras. The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions, in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (chromatic aberrations of magnification, distortion, peripheral light fall-off), based on the optical data. Used in tandem with Tamron's SP series lenses -- renowned for their high-depiction capability -- this advanced technology efficiently produces images that meet photographers' most exacting demands.


  • Model: A011
  • Focal Length: 150-600mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f5-6.3
  • Angle of view (diagonal): 16 degrees 25' to 4 degrees 8' for full frame format and 10 degrees 38' to 2 degrees 40' for APS-C format
  • Lens Construction: 20 elements in 13 groups
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 106.3 in (2.7m)
  • Maximum Magnification Ratio: 1:5
  • Filter Size: 95mm
  • Maximum Diameter: 105.6mm
  • Length: 10.1 in (257.8mm)
  • Weight: 68.8 oz (1,951 g)
  • No. of Diaphragm Blades: 9 (circular diaphragm)
  • Minimum Aperture: f32-40
  • Standard Accessories: Lens hood, detachable tripod mount
  • Compatible Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony

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