Also Known As: Tamron 150-600mm
Lens Type: Zoom Lens
Format: Full Frame / FX
Lens Mount: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha
Release Date: 2016-09-01
MSRP Price: $1399
Made in: Japan
Production Status: In Production
Lens Description: This second generation "G2" version of Tamron's SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD was developed to provide superior optical performance with today's high resolution DSLRs and to add improvements to several features including speed and accuracy of AF and VC (Vibration Compensation). Also, several new features have been added: FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism, Fluorine Coating and optional teleconverters. The new lens delivers outstanding performance and a luxurious, upscale appearance, including a metal lens barrel.
Photography Life Review Summary: The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 is a very good lens. For the money, it’s a great lens. It’s very sharp throughout its range, has effective image stabilization, quick autofocus, and is relatively light and handholdable for a lens of its focal length. All this adds up to a lens that will let one get shots they might not get otherwise. Read the full Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Review by Photography Life.
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Specifications
|Lens Type||Zoom Lens|
|Mount Type||Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha|
|Format||Full Frame / FX|
|Compatible Format(s)||Full-frame, APS-C / DX and 35mm|
|Compatible with Teleconverters||No|
|Maximum Reproduction Ratio||1:3.9|
|Vibration Compensation (Image Stabilization)||Yes|
|Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)||10°38’|
|Minimum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)||2°40’|
|Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)||16°25’|
|Minimum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)||4°8|
|Diaphragm Blades||9 (Rounded)|
|Low Dispersion Glass Elements||3|
|Built-in Focus Motor||Yes|
|Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD)||Yes|
|Minimum Focus Distance||2.2m|
|Accepts Filter Type||Screw-on|
|Weather / Dust Sealing||Yes|
|Dimensions||108.4 x 257.7 mm|
|Available in Colors||Black|
I’ve used this lens quite a bit for birding and some other wildlife photography, and for the money, it does an insanely good job.
Pros: renders lovely images, fairly fast and accurate AF, great reach, great build quality.
Negs: fairly low resolution optics, although to be fair, it is not an issue for me. But compared to all my other lenses, it is a fair way behind (but they are primes, so an unfair fight really).
I’ve successfully used this lens across both the D700 and D850, and I can say that optically, I have gotten more out of it on the D850. Very capable with small birds. I know there are better wildlife lenses out there, but for the money, it really is unbeatable.