Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Lens - Sony E-Mount

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Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Lens - Sony E-Mount

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 lens has a focal length of 500mm on the telephoto end, yet it provides remarkably compact size and extremely high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. It lets users enjoy spontaneous shooting in the ultra-tele realm where conventional wisdom once dictated a tripod. The ultra-telephoto zoom is equipped with the VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) precise and high-speed linear motor autofocus mechanism and TAMRON’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism. At the 150mm end, this versatile lens offers a MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.6m (23.6in) for powerful and dramatic close-ups.

A sloth of bears by the riverA compact full-frame 500mm lens that defies old-fashioned thinking

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 is just 212.3mm (8.4in) 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 about 287.3mm (11.3in).
* For APS-C mirrorless format: approximately 225-750mm equivalent zoom range.

Remarkable 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), five LD (Low Dispersion), and two Hybrid Aspherical lens elements thoroughly controls aberrations, including axial chromatic aberrations, so users can enjoy exceptionally high resolving power across the entire image from edge-to-edge.

Photo of the lens on a stone wall in a mountainous region

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

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 features VXD linear motor autofocus mechanism. VXD delivers high-speed and high-precision movement and ensures responsive performance. Even when shooting at 500mm, the lens provides fast and accurate focusing from near to far. Also, the high-performance focus tracking allows the successful capture of fast-moving subjects. Superbly quiet, 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.

Photo of an arctic fox in the wilderness

TAMRON’s highly acclaimed VC provides excellent image stabilization

This compact 150-500mm F5-6.7 is equipped with TAMRON’s VC mechanism2 to deliver excellent image stabilization performance, thereby efficiently reducing image blur caused by camera shake. This functionality supports handheld shooting of scenes in low light, such as evening and indoors, without the use of a tripod.

Photo of a lady on horseback in Asia taking photos

Telephoto-macro feature unlocks exciting close-range shooting experiences

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 offers excellent close-up shooting capabilities for an ultra-telephoto lens. The MOD is 0.6m (23.6in) at the 150mm end and 1.8m (70.9in) at the 500mm telephoto end. The maximum magnification ratio at 150mm is extremely high at 1:3.1. Users can shoot powerful telephoto-macro images of subjects while maintaining a reasonable shooting distance.

Traditional hunter with bird of prey

Additional features for greater convenience

- Lens hood with flexible, protective front portion
- The arc of rotation of the zoom ring is only 75°
- FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism to support greater usability
- Switch designed for ease of operation and handling
- Arca-Swiss compatible tripod mount with strap attachment holes included
- Equipped with a “Linear / Non-linear” switch that is handy when focusing manually

Hunter with bird of prey portrait

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

Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating provide extra protection

Note:

1 The lens for Sony E-mount previously launched on June 20, 2021.
The lens for FUJIFILM X-mount previously launched on October 13, 2022.
2 For 150-500mm F5-6.7 for Nikon Z mount, VC ON/OFF should be selected on the camera body.

Photo of a big old bear chilling in the water

 

Focal Length 150-500 mm
Light intensity F 5-6.7
Minimum Object Distance 0.6m (WIDE), 1.8m (TELE)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 0.6m (WIDE), 1.8m (TELE)
Filter Size 82 mm
Weight 1710g
Item number A057
Groups-Elements 16-25
Angle of View 16° 25'-4° 57'
Diaphragm Blades 7
Aperture (min.) F 22-32
Largest diameter 93 mm
Length 209.6 mm

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Understanding: Aperture

Aperture is the opening in a camera lens that controls how much light enters the camera. It's measured in f-stops like f/2.8 or f/8. Lower f-stop numbers mean wider openings, letting in more light and creating a shallow depth of field (blurry background). Higher f-stop numbers mean smaller openings, letting in less light and creating a larger depth of field (more of the scene in focus). Aperture also affects the quality of out-of-focus areas in the image (bokeh).

Understanding: Lens Types

Different lenses have different purposes to achieve different styles of images, some popular ones include:
Prime Lens: Fixed focal length, sharp images, great for portraits and dark settings.
Zoom Lens: Variable focal length, versatile for different shots and everyday use..
Wide-Angle Lens: Captures wide scenes like landscapes.
Telephoto Lens: Magnifies distant subjects, ideal for sports & wildlife.
Macro Lens: Perfect for close-up photography of small subjects.
Fisheye Lens: Ultra-wide perspective, creates unique images.

Understanding: Lens Mounts

Different camera brands use different lens mounts, which are like connectors that attach lenses to camera bodies. Each mount is specific to a particular brand and camera series. For example, Canon uses the EF and RF mounts, Nikon uses the F mount, Sony uses the E mount for its mirrorless cameras. These mounts dictate which lenses are compatible with which cameras. Some brands offer adapters to use lenses from other systems, but it's essential to ensure compatibility for proper functionality and autofocus performance.

Understanding: Manual and Autofocus

Manual focus and autofocus are two ways to adjust the sharpness of a camera lens. With manual focus, you turn a ring on the lens to bring the subject into focus yourself, giving you full control over what appears sharp in the image. Autofocus, on the other hand, relies on the camera's built-in technology to automatically adjust the focus for you, usually by detecting contrast or phase differences in the scene. Autofocus can be convenient, especially for fast-moving subjects or when you need to capture a quick shot, whereas manual focus allows for precise adjustments and creative control over the final image.

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