Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 | E-mount | X-mount | Ultra-telephoto Zoom Lens


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Mastering the magical world of 500mm ultra-telephoto zoom lenses

An astonishingly compact ultra-telephoto zoom lens for mirrorless cameras

The 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057) zoom lens for Sony E-mount and FUJIFILM X-mount upends conventional wisdom for ultra-telephoto zoom lenses, with a truly compact design and high image quality. The focal length range is 150-500mm (a full-frame equivalent of 225-750mm)1. The 150-500mm F5-6.7 achieves a 500mm focal length while retaining a compact size, enabling comfortable ultra-telephoto photography. The design places major emphasis on image quality by utilizing special lens elements and hybrid aspherical lens elements to control various potential aberrations. The 150-500mm F5-6.7 is equipped with a high-speed, high-precision linear motor focus mechanism VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) and VC (Vibration Compensation), ensuring that no photogenic moment is ever missed. Additionally, the lens has an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.6m (23.6 in) at the 150mm end and remarkable overall usability. The Arca-Swiss compatible tripod mount has strap attachment holes and there are various features to support outdoor shooting, including Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating. The 150-500mm F5-6.7 is a highly versatile lens that lets you capture a wide array of subjects ranging from landscapes and birds to sports and wildlife. You will be amazed when you experience the powerful and unique world of ultra-telephoto lenses for yourself.

1 When a full-frame camera is used, focal length is 150-500mm. When an APS-C camera is used, the focal length is 225-750mm (full-frame equivalent).

Ultra-telephoto 500mm provides shooting enjoyment in a truly compact size

Considering its pairing with mirrorless cameras, TAMRON pursued a compact size that allows handheld shooting while developing the 150-500mm F5-6.7. With a length of 209.6mm (8.3 in)2 and maximum diameter of 93mm, the 150-500mm F5-6.7 is astonishingly compact for a 500mm-class ultra-telephoto zoom lens. Even when extended to the 500mm telephoto end, the lens has a length of around 283mm (11.1 in). Another distinctive feature is that the arc of rotation of the zoom ring is small-only 75°-which enables swift adjustment to the desired focal length with minimal movement.

2 Length and weight are based on the Sony-mount lens.

Uncompromising high image quality throughout the entire zoom range

In addition to covering a broad range of focal lengths, the 150-500mm F5-6.7 has high resolving power with excellent image-rendering performance across the entire zoom range. The optical construction features 25 elements in 16 groups. The effective placement of special lens elements-including XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion), LD (Low Dispersion) and hybrid aspherical lens elements-enables the 150-500mm F5-6.7 to produce clear images while controlling chromatic aberrations. BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating is used to suppress ghosting and flare, which commonly occur under backlit conditions. These features allow the lens to produce finely detailed images of a wide variety of subjects including wild animals, birds, nature, and sports, while producing soft and beautiful bokeh effects.

Camera: Sony α9 II Focal length: 500mm Exposure: F6.7 1/2500sec ISO 250
Camera: Sony α9 Focal length: 500mm Exposure: F6.7 1/1000sec ISO 400

High-speed, high-precision AF means you’ll never miss a photo opportunity

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 zoom’s AF drive system is equipped with the VXD linear motor focus mechanism. VXD delivers extreme high-speed and high-precision movement and ensures exceptionally responsive performance. Focus tracking performance is also very high. The linear motor also suppresses drive noise and vibrations during focusing, making it ideal for shooting both still photos and video in environments that demand quietness.

Camera: Sony α7R IV Focal length: 150mm Exposure: F8 1/2500sec ISO 1000

VC image stabilization for steady shooting, particularly in the ultra-telephoto range

When shooting in the ultra-telephoto range, even the smallest vibrations can lead to loss of image clarity. The 150-500mm F5-6.7 is equipped with VC functionality to support sharp images despite unavoidable camera shake. VC delivers powerful support for handheld shooting of scenes with low light levels, such as evening scenes and indoor shots, without the use of a tripod. The lens also features a VC mode selection switch with three modes including a dedicated panning mode (Mode 1: Standard, Mode 2: Exclusively for Panning, and Mode 3: Framing Priority), thereby enabling selection of the ideal VC mode to match shooting conditions and preferences.

Camera: Sony α7R IV Focal length: 500mm Exposure: F6.7 1/30sec ISO 3200

MOD of 0.6m (23.6 in) when shooting at the 150mm setting

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 lets users freely enjoy telephoto macro shooting of subjects at close-up distances. The lens has an MOD of 0.6m (23.6 in) at the 150mm end, and 1.8m (70.9 in) at the 500mm end. More remarkably, the maximum magnification ratio at the 150mm end is 1:3.1, offering excellent close-up shooting capabilities for an ultra-telephoto zoom lens. In addition to capturing dynamic shots by getting close to the subject, it enables tele-macro photography at close range, something that is not possible with conventional ultra-telephoto zoom lenses. The 150-500mm F5-6.7 can be used in a wide range of situations from plants to insects to tabletop photography.

Camera: Sony α7R IV Focal length: 150mm Exposure: F8 1/100sec ISO 400

MF SPEED switch for greater Manual Focus control

The FUJIFILM X-mount version features an "MF SPEED switch.” The switch allows you to select between two focusing speeds during manual focus shooting. This switch is useful when you are using the camera's LCD monitor to magnify the image for precise focusing. It facilitates accurate shooting in the telephoto to ultra-telephoto range of 225-750mm (full-frame equivalent).

・Mode 1: For normal manual focusing
・Mode 2: When fine manual focusing adjustment is required

An ultra-telephoto zoom lens with extreme usability

In the development and design of the 150-500mm F5-6.7 zoom, TAMRON emphasized usability so that users can fully immerse themselves in the world of ultra-telephoto zoom lenses without minor annoyances.

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Technical Information

Specifications

Model A057
Focal Length 150-500mm
Maximum Aperture F5-6.7
Angle of View
(diagonal)
16°25′- 4°57
(for full-frame mirrorless format)
10°59′- 3°18′
(for APS-C frame mirrorless format)
Optical Construction 25 elements in 16 groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.6m (23.6 in) (WIDE) /
1.8m (70.9 in) (TELE)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:3.1 (WIDE) / 1:3.7 (TELE)
Filter Size φ82mm
Maximum Diameter φ93mm
Length* 209.6mm / 8.3 in (Sony)
209.9mm / 8.3 in (FUJIFILM)
Weight 1,725g / 60.8 oz (w/o tripod mount) / (Sony)
1,710g / 60.3 oz (w/o tripod mount) / (FUJIFILM)
tripod mount 155g / 5.5 oz
Aperture Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)**
Minumum Aperture F22-32
Standard Accessory Round-shaped hood, Lens caps, Tripod mount
Mounts Sony E-mount / FUJIFILM X-mount

* Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.

Release Date
June 10th, 2021 (Sony)
October 13th, 2022 (FUJIFILM)

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Optical Construction (25 elements in 16 groups)

Accessories

Lens Cap(CF82II)
Lens Cap(CF82II)
Supplied Accessory
Lens Hood(HA057)
Lens Hood(HA057)
Supplied Accessory
Tripod mount
Tripod mount
Supplied Accessory
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