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Tamron 150-600mm Availability Announced

By Anthony Thurston on December 15th 2013

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Tamron has finally announced the availability for their new 150-600mm lens. We first mentioned this lens a while back when it was announced and again a short while later when the first sample images from this lens made their way online.

The lens looks to be a superb lens for anyone who does not need low light capability. If your shooting in daylight this lens looks to be one that will serve you well. The addition of vibration reduction and an added 50mm on the wide end makes this a very attractive lens, and according to Tamron those of us here in the USA can pick it up starting January 17th.

Unfortunately the official price of this lens has still not been released. But several reports have said it to be under $1100, if this is the case I can not imagine it being much less than 900. My guess is $999, but obviously we need to wait for the official announcement before we can get too excited about this lens.

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I will say that I am not a fan of this “staged announcement” crap that Tamron seems to be employing. What happened to having all your ducks, or most of them anyways, in a row when you announced a new product. People are impatient these days and we want to know – above all things – when we can get it, and how much it will cost.

 

In the case of this lens we got an announcement, then some sample images, now an availability.  Just release it all at once, just about the only staged release I am ok with is to announce the lens/specs/availability/price and then samples at a later time… this four part announcement garbage irritates me to no end.

Where do you fall on this? Are you excited for this lens or since it is not a constant 2.8 or 4 does it not even interest you? Share your thoughts in a comment below!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Wayne

    $A1320 delivered in Australia… absolutely love it and it’s only been on my camera for 2 days (1 day on a full-frame, 1 day on a crop) for some comparison shots with my Sigma 50-500 (non-IS)… a great purchase, highly recommended.

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  2. Michael Sims

    Tamron 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD?

    World class image quality? $1000?

    I don’t think so!!!

    If it has world class image quality why would they sell it for $1000 when they could sell it for so much more?

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  3. Alain Dumas

    Well if it is the same people who said that the Pentax DA 560 f5,6 was to be between $3000 and $4000, and it is $8000, it seem that the real price will be around $2000, comparing to a Sigma 50-500 with all the bells and whistles, I think it should be in that neighborhood.

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  4. thgh

    It will open up wildlife photography to a lot of people who can’t just spend $10k on a f2.8 tele. So why not? Also I think it will has better IQ than normal f2.8 tele sticked with 1.4x or 2x teleconverter that degrades your IQ until really soft at wide open.

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