Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 G2 Review


Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length150-600mm
Mount TypeCanon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)Full-frame, APS-C / DX and 35mm
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Maximum Reproduction Ratio1:3.9
Vibration Compensation (Image Stabilization)Yes
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/5-6.3
Minimum Aperturef/32-40
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
Optical Information
Lens Elements21
Lens Groups13
Diaphragm Blades9 (Rounded)
Low Dispersion Glass Elements3
Fluorine CoatingYes
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD)Yes
Minimum Focus Distance2.2m
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size95mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingYes
Mount MaterialMetal
Tripod CollarYes
Dimensions108.4 x 257.7 mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

Key Features and Improvements

While hard specs look decent, below is the list of key features and improvements on the Tamron SP 150-600mm G2:

  • The G2 rocks a revamped optical formula with a whopping 21 elements in 13 groups, three of the elements are low dispersion glass
  • New AF system is claimed to be faster than previous model (which was pretty fast already)
  • 2.2m minimum focusing distance – 1:3.9 maximum magnification for close-ups
  • 4.5 stops of vibration reduction – choice of three VR modes (Tamron calls their vibration reduction VC, for vibration control)
  • eBAND coating – this is Tamron’s version of what Nikon calls Nano coating
  • Fluorine coating on front element
  • Full weather sealing
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm
  • Tripod collar with Arca-Swiss compatible grooves
  • Metal lens barrel
  • Optional TAP-in console to update firmware and customize AF and VC settings

Wow, it sounds like Tamron has really listened to the market and is offering all the latest perks consumers want.