Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens Announced

Tamron has announced a new version of its popular 150-600mm telephoto lens.  It is the SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2.

This second-generation lens promises to deliver superior optical performance with today’s high resolution DSLRs. New model adds improvements to several features including the speed and accuracy of the Vibration Compensation and auto focus systems.

The “G2” stands for second generation, reflecting several improvements to the design. The design incorporates an upgraded optical construction. It consists of 21 elements in 13 groups, including 3 low-dispersion lens elements and a metal lens barrel.

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Highlights

Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens Announced

These improvements include more effective image stabilization (to a claimed 4.5 stops of benefit), faster AF speed and compatibility with Tamron’s ‘TAP-in’ Console, for lens firmware updates and customization. A ‘Flex Zoom Lock’ mechanism has also been added to keep the lens barrel fixed at any focal length. Flourine coating has been added to the front lens element, and the entire lens barrel offers greater moisture resistance.

Additionally, an electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in the Nikon version too. Two exclusive, separately sold teleconverters, which perfectly match the optics of the new SP 150-600mm G2 offer 1.4x and 2.0x magnification to extend the lens’ reach to 1,200mm.

  • Aperture Range: f/5 to f/40
  • Three Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • eBAND, BBAR, and Fluorine Coatings
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive Autofocus Motor
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • FLEX ZOOM LOCK, Zoom Lock Switch
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Removable Arca-Type Tripod Mount
  • Compatible with TAP-in Console

The Canon and Nikon mount models will be launched in the second half of September. Sony version will released at a later date. In the US, the The SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens will be available for $1,399.