Tamron has introduced the 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Mannequin A057) for the Nikon Z-mount system, together with full-frame Nikon Z collection mirrorless cameras.
Regardless of the intensive zoom vary, the full-frame telephoto lens is comparatively small when not zoomed. Tamron describes the lens as “remarkably compact. “It’s 212.3 millimeters (8.4 inches) lengthy at its shortest. The lens can also be fairly light-weight given its focal size vary, weighing 1,720 grams (60.7 ounces) with out its removable tripod mount hooked up.
In comparison with the Sony E-mount model of the lens, which PetaPixel known as “one thing particular” and “price trying out” in 2021, the brand new Z-mount model is exactly the identical weight and almost 3mm longer. The lens can also be obtainable for X-mount, the place it presents a 225-750mm equal focal size, the identical as the brand new Z-mount model will supply on APS-C Nikon Z collection cameras just like the Nikon Z50 and Z fc.
The Tamron 150-500mm lens consists of 25 parts organized throughout 16 teams, together with beneficiant use of specialised optics. The lens features a single eXtra Low Dispersion (XLD) component, 5 Low Dispersion (LD) parts, and a pair of Hybrid Aspherical lens parts. Tamron guarantees “exceptionally excessive resolving energy throughout the complete picture from edge-to-edge” all through the zoom vary. The lens additionally consists of Tamron’s Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Technology 2 (BBAR-G2) coating to ship “beautiful readability and distinction.”
PetaPixel’s Ryan Mense wrote, “…I can say that the Tamron 150-500mm picture high quality holds up fantastically for real-world use…” whereas including that he was “very happy” with the lens’s sharpness throughout hands-on testing. There isn’t any motive to anticipate something completely different for the brand new Z-mount model, because the lenses sport equivalent optical designs.
Telephoto picture high quality doesn’t imply a lot if a lens doesn’t have dependable autofocus. The Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 makes use of Tamron’s VXD linear motor autofocus mechanism, promising swift and exact motion and responsive autofocus efficiency. Mense discovered the E-mount model to ship fast and dependable autofocus efficiency, even when photographing birds in flight, an particularly difficult state of affairs for any lens.
One other spectacular side of the 150-500mm lens is its minimal focusing distance. The lens can focus as shut as 0.6 meters (23.6 inches) on the extensive finish and 1.8m (70.9 inches) on the telephoto finish, leading to a most magnification at 150mm of 1:3.1. Whereas not in macro territory, the lens can be utilized for close-up images.
The lens additionally consists of optical picture stabilization within the type of Tamron’s Vibration Compensation (VC) mechanism, though Tamron doesn’t supply a particular stabilization score.
The Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD lens incorporates a moisture-resistant building, has a versatile, detachable lens hood, features a flex zoom lock mechanism, an Arca-Swiss suitable tripod mount with strap attachment holes, and a “Linear/Non-linear” change that’s useful when focusing manually. In regards to the lens’ rings, the zoom ring has simply 75 levels of rotation, making it very fast to go from 150mm to 500mm.
Pricing and Availability
The Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD lens will likely be obtainable beginning on October 31 for $1,199 USD ($1,599 CAD), the identical worth because the E-mount model.
Picture credit: Product shot courtesy of Tamron. The pattern photos had been captured by Ryan Mense for PetaPixel utilizing the E-mount model.