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Tamron Announces 50-300mm f4.5-6.3 Superzoom Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

6 June 2024

Tamron has announced its 50-300mm f4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD 6x telephoto zoom lens for the Sony E mount.

While it extends to 300mm at the telephoto end, the 50-300mm f4.5-6.3 VC is just 5.9 inches long and weighs 23.5 oz. The lens features Vibration Compensation and a Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive linear motor to focus quietly and quickly.

At the 50mm end, the lens focuses as close as 8.7 inches providing a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.


Highlights of the new zoom include:

  • Full-frame coverage
  • Apertures: f4.5-6.3 to f22-32
  • Compact telephoto zoom
  • VXD linear motor focus mechanism
  • Focus set button
  • Zoom lock switch
  • VC image stabilization
  • Rounded 9-blade diaphragm
  • Moisture-sealed design
  • Fluorine coating
  • Tamron lens utility connector port
  • 67mm filter thread


Specifications for the Tamron zoom include:

Mount Sony E
Focal Length 50mm to 300mm
Aperture Maximum Aperture: f4.5 to f6.3
Minimum Aperture: f22 to f32
9 rounded diaphragm blades
Angle of View 46°48' to 8°15'
Minimum Focus 8.7 inches
Magnification 0.5x
Optical Design 19 elements in 14 groups
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Thread 67mm
Dimensions 3.1 x 5.9 inches
Weight 1.5 lbs.


Tamron said the 50-300mm zoom will be available June 27 for $799. Adorama and B&H are both now accepting pre-orders.

Tamron Announces a Unique Tele Lens That Zooms From 50mm

A class-leading lightweight 6x telephoto zoom lens

COMMACK, N.Y. -- Tamron announces the launch of the 50-300mm f4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD (Model A069), a unique 6x telephoto zoom lens, starting at 50mm on the wide end for added versatility, for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras on June 27, at $799/$1099 CAD.

Tamron's new 50-300mm f4.5-6.3 VC zoom provides a wide 50mm starting option in response to user feedback that "the angle of view is somewhat lacking at the wide end" when using a 70-300mm zoom. Although it extends to 300mm at the telephoto end, the 50-300mm f4.5-6.3 VC features an extremely compact size with a length of just 5.9" (150mm) and a class-leading light weight of 23.5 oz. (665g). In addition, the expert arrangement of special lens elements effectively controls aberrations and produces high image quality throughout the entire 50-300mm zoom range. The lens is equipped with the VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism that delivers excellent quietness and agile autofocus performance, while the VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization mechanism provides powerful support for every aspect of shooting. At the 50mm wide end, the lens attains an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 8.7" (0.22m) for a remarkable maximum magnification ratio of 1:2. This provides excellent close-range shooting performance that allows users to fully enjoy the world of half-macro shooting. The 67mm filter size is common to many Tamron lenses for mirrorless cameras for greater enjoyment and convenience when carrying multiple lenses -- or even just one during everyday excursions. The 50-300mm f4.5-6.3 VC is packed with features that support an enriched shooting experience, such as Moisture-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating and the connector port for the dedicated Tamron Lens UtilityTM software developed in-house by Tamron. Turn ordinary, everyday events into memorable shots. This Ultra Multi-Focal Length zoom lens empowers users to enjoy serious photography in a user-friendly package and expands the potential for creative expression.


Unique telephoto lens with 50mm at the wide end

The 50-300mm f4.5-6.3 VC surpasses the conventional wisdom of 300mm-class telephoto zoom lenses in the 70-300mm focal range by expanding the wide end to 50mm. Catering to this focal length expansion at the wide end instantly opens greater possibilities of photographic expression for users needing a wider focal length. Unlike the conventional 70-300mm lens, this lens starts at 50mm at the wide end and is equipped with the VC mechanism, obtains a truly high image quality within its class and maintains the widely appreciated compactness of earlier products achieving a class-leading compact size with a length of just 5.9" (150mm) and weight of 23.5 oz (665g). The compact size also produces outstanding balance when paired with an APS-C camera[2] , providing exceptional mobility that allows the user to concentrate on shooting.

Uncompromised optical performance throughout the entire 50-300mm zoom range

The optical construction of the 50-300mm f4.5-6.3 VC includes 19 elements in 14 groups and is optimized for high image quality across the entire zoom range. The generous and expert arrangement of special lens elements, including two XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and two LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements, efficiently controls chromatic and other aberrations. Tamron's BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating has been applied to suppress ghosting and flare, allowing the capture of fine details even in backlit situations. The combination delivers stunning clarity and contrast. Creative expression comes to life with uncompromising high resolution from the center to the corner of every image, while beautifully soft bokeh isolates the subject from the background for a greater dramatic effect.

High-speed and high-precision AF with superb subject-tracking performance

The autofocus drive is equipped with Tamron's VXD linear motor focus mechanism. Users can easily lock in accurate focus from the MOD to infinity thanks to the high-speed and high precision autofocus system. Additionally, focus tracking is extremely precise, allowing users to accurately capture sudden subject movements. The linear motor also suppresses drive noise and vibrations during focusing, making it ideal shooting for both still photos and video in environments that demand quietness.

Amazing half-macro shooting with an MOD of 0.22m (8.7") at the 50mm wide end and a magnification ratio of 1:2

Tamron's 50-300mm f4.5-6.3 VC is capable of excellent close-range shooting performance. The MOD is 8.7" (0.22m) and the maximum magnification ratio is 1:2 at the 50mm wide end, meaning users can get exceptionally close to a subject to enjoy half-macro shooting. Even at the 300mm wide end, this new zoom attains an MOD of 35.4" (0.9m) with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.1. The extraordinary level of versatility lets users highlight the charm of subjects and capture unique compositions only possible with this lens.

Equipped with Tamron's proprietary VC mechanism

The multitalented new 50-300mm f4.5-6.3 VC is equipped with Tamron's proprietary VC mechanism. This effectively suppresses camera shake that tends to occur when shooting in the telephoto range, when capturing moving objects or during close focusing, enabling stable results overall. When shooting with an APS-C camera, the full-frame equivalent focal length ranges from 75 to 450mm and the VC mechanism is especially useful when shooting at the telephoto end. The VC also reduces the degradation of picture quality when shooting in conditions prone to camera shake, such as dimly lit interiors or low-light landscapes. Moreover, at focal lengths up to 100mm, AI (Artificial Intelligence) technologies provide additional compensation with videography in mind.

Proprietary software tool Tamron Lens Utility for lens function customization and firmware updates

High convenience and operability

  • 67mm filter size, same as most other Tamron lenses for mirrorless cameras
  • Focus Set Button for assigning camera function and Tamron Lens Utility function
  • Enhanced overall lens design for user-friendly operation
  • Zoom Lock mechanism

Protective features (Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating)

Compatible with many camera-onboard features and functions, including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF

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