Tamron has announced a new ultra-telephoto zoom lens for Fujifilm X-mount camera systems. The new 150–500mm F5–6.7 Di III VC VXD offers a 225–750mm full-frame equivalent focal length.
The lens is constructed of 25 elements in 16 groups, including one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) element, five LD (Low Dispersion) elements, and two Hybrid Aspherical elements. Between these specialized elements and the fact the 150–500mm F5–6.7 was originally designed for Sony E-mount full-frame cameras, Tamron says the lens offers impressive performance, edge-to-edge on Fujifilm’s APS-C camera bodies.
Autofocus is driven by Tamron’s VXD linear motor focus mechanism and the lens’ Vibration Compensation (VC) has three different settings depending on the type of shooting you’re doing: Standard, Panning and Framing Priority. Other features include a minimum focusing distance of 60cm (23.6”) at 150mm (180cm [70.9”] at 500mm) and an 82mm front filter thread. Tamron is also using its BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) coating on the elements as well as a flourine coating on the front-most element for additional protection.
The lens features a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.1 at 150mm (full-frame equivalent of 1:2.1), uses an Arca-Swiss compatible tripod mount, has a zoom lock mechanism and includes an ‘MF Speed’ switch for controlling the speed of manual focus when using the focus ring (which has a 75º arc). The lens measures 93mm (3.7”) in diameter by 21cm (8.3”) and weighs 1.7kg (3.8lbs).
The Tamron 150–500mm F5–6.7 Di III VC VXD for Fujifilm X Series cameras is available to pre-order starting today for $1,500, $300 more than the Sony E-mount version is currently retailing for.
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