Tamron Develops SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens

Update: The lens will be available in the USA on January 17, 2014.

Tamron has announced the development of a 150-600mm ultra telephoto zoom lens compatible with both full-frame and APS-C formats.

The 150mm focal length expansion from the current 200-500mm lens offered by Tamron is of particular interest for birders and wildlife photographers who need a little extra length without loosing quality with extenders or time changing lenses.

Including Vibration Compensation, a redesigned tripod mount and an Ultrasonic Silent Drive for accurate AF, the lens is set-up to shoot sharp images at a long focal length both mounted and handheld.

For more specs, check out the full press release below:



Cutting-edge eBAND Coating(1) and three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements deliver superior imaging performance, while the latest built-in VC (Vibration Compensation)(2) system broadens users’ horizons in achieving sharper handheld photographs

(1) The eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating is a new nanotechnology-based coating technique developed by Tamron to reduce unwanted reflection.
(2) VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary image stabilization mechanism.
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD

November 7, 2013, Commack, N.Y. - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the development of an innovative ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm for full-frame and APS-C format DSLR cameras. The lens sample will be on display in the Tamron booth at the Salon de la Photo 2013 that will be held from November 7-11 in Paris, France. Pricing and delivery information are not available at this time.

Tamron’s current 200-500mm (Model A08) is a popular, compact, easy-to-use ultra-telephoto zoom lens, but customers have shown great interest in having a lens that provides an even greater focal length range.

This all-new ultra-telephoto zoom lens 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, and a sophisticated and stylish new external finish.
Its 4x ultra-telephoto zoom capabilities, with a focal length range from 150mm to 600mm, enhance the creative potential of telephoto photography, a captivating feature for all photographers, particularly nature, wildlife, and sports shooters.
Product Highlights
  • 4x ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm 
    The focal length range of this lens was extended by 50mm on the wide-angle side and 100mm on the telephoto side compared to the existing model A08, making it possible to take even more striking photographs of birds, wildlife, sports, and other distant subjects. Mounted on APS-C DSLR cameras, it has a stunning near1000mm telephoto equivalent focal length range of 233mm to 930mm.
  • World class image quality
    Employing 20 elements in 13 groups and boasting an advanced optical design, the lens delivers a superior balance of resolution and contrast for sharp, clear images. The front group contains three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements (two in the first group, one in the third) for enhanced optical correction effectiveness, enabling the lens to thoroughly compensate for on-axis aberrations at the telephoto end. The lens also adopts eBAND Coating, developed from state-of-the-art coating technologies, and conventional BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating to greatly suppress ghosting and flare even when shooting under adverse lighting conditions.
  • Achieves a 600mm focal length in a compact easy-to-handle package
    Ingenious optical design features minimize the movement of lens groups within the lens when zooming. This reduces the amount of barrel extension needed to cover the complete focusing range, making the entire lens more compact.
  • Beautiful background blur effects 
    Adopting a 9 blade circular diaphragm enables users to create beautiful background blur effects (Bokeh), which provide even greater potential for creative expression. This circular diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even at two stops down from its maximum aperture.
  • VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism creates greater opportunities for sharper handheld photography
    Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization system uses a three-coil system, delivering significantly sharper images and creating greater opportunities for handheld ultra-telephoto photography.
  • Comfortable autofocus
    Tamron’s new SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD features a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ultrasonic motor drive for swift and accurate AF response, it delivers high torque, very fast response times, and very low noise. The full-time manual focus mechanism allows users to make fine manual focus adjustments at any time even when AF is engaged.
  • New elegant, high-class external finish
    Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning full-frame DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings and an attractive and stylish tungsten silver brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.
  • Easy-to-use tripod mount
    The tripod mount has been completely redesigned to provide superior stability, durability, ease of use, and portability.
  • Comes with "SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron", RAW image development processing software for Tamron’s SP lenses
    The SILKYPIX Developer Studio software can develop high-quality images from RAW data, incorporating adjustments that can express the personal style and taste of the photographer. These include white balance, color, sharpness, and the tonal curves recorded by digital cameras. The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions, in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (chromatic aberrations of magnification, distortion, peripheral light fall-off), based on the optical data. Used in tandem with Tamron’s SP series lenses - renowned for their high-depiction capability - this advanced technology efficiently produces images that meet photographers’ most exacting demands.
(3) USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) is Tamron's proprietary ring-type ultrasonic motor.
Focal Length
Maximum Aperture
Angle of view (diagonal)
16°25’ - 4°8’ (for full frame format)
10°38’ - 2°40’ (for APS-C format)
Lens Construction
20 elements in 13 groups
Minimum Focus Distance
106.3 in (2.7m)
Maximum Magnification Ratio
Filter Size
Maximum Diameter
Length (5)
10.1 in (257.8mm)
68.8 oz (1,951 g)
No. of Diaphragm Blades
9 (circular diaphragm) (6)
Minimum Aperture
Standard Accessories
Lens hood, detachable tripod mount
Compatible Mounts
Canon, Nikon, Sony(7)
Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. may be changed without prior notice.

(4) Length and weight are based on figures for the Nikon-mount lens.
(5) Length is the distance between the front tip of the lens and the mount face.
(6) This circular diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even when taken at two stops down from its maximum aperture.
(7) The Sony mount does not include VC, since Sony digital SLR bodies include built-in image

 About Tamron

“New Eyes for Industry” is Tamron’s philosophy. This creed is consistent with the company’s position as a comprehensive manufacturer of a wide range of original optical products, from interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras to various optical devices for both the general consumer and OEM. Tamron makes optical products that contribute to a range of different industries and will continue to devote its rich creativity and leading-edge technical prowess to various industrial fields. Furthermore, Tamron is fully aware of its responsibility to the environment and aspires to help preserve the natural environment in all of its business activities. Among its many optical and mechanical innovations since the founding of the company in 1950, Tamron's development of mass-produced hybrid Aspherical elements paved the way for today’s compact high power All-In-One™ lenses when, in 1992, this technology was incorporated into the ground-breaking 28-200mm. Tamron continues to lead in this category of lenses with the 18-270mm Di II VC PZD — the world's smallest and lightest 15X All-In-One™ zoom lens featuring Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system for blur-free hand-held shooting of photos in low light and at telephoto settings and PZD (Piezo Drive) autofocus system for fast and quiet autofocus operation. Tamron's recent SP (Super performance) lens introductions have received accolades and high praise from leading photographic magazines and websites for their outstanding best-in-class performance. Tamron has garnered international acclaim for its extensive line-up of professional and consumer lenses.

Optical Product Line-up:

Interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras, digital camera lenses, video camera lenses, lenses for automotive applications, IP・CCTV lenses, lenses for long wavelength infrared cameras, ultra-precision optical components and more.


    Hello Hello

    It is quite interesting to see that both popular aftermarket brands are superbly ignoring the K mount for all the goodies, like long range zoom lenses, or 180 mm Macro Lenses.

    Those remarks are related to (7) statement regarding the Sony Mount for the new announced Tamron’s baby.

    The feeling that I’ll have to split from Pentax, is reinforced once again.


    Theo Ghefner

    There are so many rumors about the shipping date. I have been waiting for only 2 months, but I see others waiting almost twice that. Is there any real update on the actual shipping date.

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