Tamron announces it’s working on 150-600mm ultra-telephoto zoom lens


posted Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 2:54 PM EDT


Tamron has announced that it has a new zoom lens in the works, one with an impressively long reach of 150-600mm. Designed for both full frame and APS-C sensors, the upcoming Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DI VC USD will be the longest zoom in Tamron's stable.

The company has not announced when, or for how much, the 150-600mm lens will be available for, but it has said it will be for Canon, Nikon, and Sony mounts. If you opt to mount the lens on an APS-C body, that will further crop the focal length to 233-930mm.

According to the specs released by Tamron, the lens is 10.1 inches long (257.8mm), and weighs 68.8 oz (1,951 g). It has a minimum focusing distance of 106.3 inches (2.7m), and a maximum aperture of f/5-6.3, with a minimum of f/32-40. The lens is constructed of 20 elements in 13 groups, of which the front group contains three Low Dispersion elements. As for the string of acronyms at the end of the cameras name, those explain that it "features VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization, speedy, precise USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)(3), state-of-the-art eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, which significantly reduces the unwanted light reflections that cause flare and ghosting".

While Tamron is remaining mum on many of the other details of the lens, it is however, on display later this month. If you happen to be attending the Salon de la Photo 2013 in Paris, which runs from Nov. 7-11, then you can swing by the Tamron booth and have a look yourself.