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Tamron Releases SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 & 2 New Teleconverters

By Justin Heyes on September 1st 2016

Ahead of Photokina, Tamron announced earlier today an update to their lens lineup, the Tamron 150-600m f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2. The second generation “G2” (Model A022) lens builds on the success of the SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011), which launched back in 2013.

Tamron-SP 150-600mm f:5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A022)-mulit view

Optical Design Refresh

Tamron reports that the G2 was developed to provide superior optical performance including speed and accuracy performance of AF and VC (vibration compensation). The optical design features three LD (low dispersion) lens elements to eliminate chromatic aberrations and new optical construction of 21 elements in 13 groups.

Tamron-SP 150-600mm f:5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A022)-lens elements

Due to what Tamron touts as “advanced manufacturing technology”, they have reduced the minimum object distance of the lens to 86.6 in compared to last generation’s 106.3 in, allowing for tele-macro photography with a magnification ratio of 1:3.9.

Tamron-SP 150-600mm f:5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A022)-Chart

Improved VC Performance with 3 Modes

The model A022 now has three types of VC modes, each allowing different control to image stabilization. Tamron’s version of image stabilization, VC, has an effective equivalent to 4.5 stops based on performance levels established by the CIPA when using VC Mode 3. VC Mode 2 is specifically for panning, while Mode 1 is a good balance for everyday shooting.



A FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism as been implemented in the 150-500m f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2. The Flex Zoom Lock quickly locks and unlocks the zoom at any position simply by sliding the zoom ring forward. Photographers can shoot from any angle without the zoom extending unintentionally.

Here are the full specs for the G2:

Model : A022
Focal Length : 150-600mm
Maximum Aperture : F/5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal) : 16°25′ – 4°8′ (for full-frame format)
: 10°38′ – 2°40′ (for APS-C format)
Optical Construction : 21 elements in 13 groups
Minimum Object Distance : 86.6 in
Maximum Magnification Ratio : 1:3.9
Filter Size : Ø95mm
Maximum Diameter : Ø108.4mm
Length[1] : for Canon 10.2 in / for Nikon 10.1 in
Weight[2] : for Canon 70.9 oz / for Nikon 70.2 oz
Aperture Blades : 9 (circular diaphragm[3])
Minimum Aperture : F/32-40
Image Stabilization Performance : 4.5 stops (using VC Mode 3) CIPA Standards Compliant (For Canon : EOS-5D Mark III is used / For Nikon : D810 is used)
Standard Accessories : Lens hood, Lens caps, Lens case
Compatible Mounts : Canon, Nikon, Sony A-mount[4]

The Tamron 150-500m f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 will come in standard Canon and Nikon mounts with VC. The Sony A version will forgo VC since “the bodies of Sony DSLR cameras include built-in image stabilization functionality”. The Canon and Nikon mounts will be available for $1399 on September 23rd with preorders now from B&H, with the Sony A-mount to be delivered at a later date.

Tamron-Model TC-X14-TELECONVERTER 2.0x-Model TC-X20

Tamron also released two new teleconverters alongside the Model A022. A 1.4x and a 2x that will also be available on September 23rd for $419 and $439 respectfully.

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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Tim Broadbent

    Sounds like a good lens but I did not read that ( may be dum question ) , but are they sealed against dust and more so moisture ?? Moisture is a big bad thing where I am !

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  2. adam sanford

    This is a savvy move.

    You don’t make a sequel to a 3 year old lens with low production volume like this unless the first one was a gangbusters success — you’d typically ride out the design as long as you can to offset the capital you spent to get production going.

    Tamron is doubling down in the superzoom space to maintain a (value) leadership position against a much more competitive market. This class of lens has been a big success for them, and they don’t want Canon (rumored to have a cost-conscious lens like Nikon’s 200-500 f/5.6 lens in the works) and Sigma spoil their little goldmine.

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  3. David Short

    Interesting…. May trade in my current (now old) version of this lens for the newer one…. Not sure though because I have a phenomenal copy of the now older version.

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    • Donna Macauley

      I’ve heard so many great things about the older lens and have been toying with the idea of purchasing it. Now I wonder if I should wait and get the G2. When you mention that your copy is good, is it because there are bad copies of G1 out there?

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