Tamron launches new ultra-telephoto zoom for Fujifilm X-mount cameras

Tamron has launched the third entry in its extended range of lenses for Fujifilm X-mount cameras. The 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Lens (Model A057X) is a super telephoto zoom lens that lines up alongside the existing X-mount 17-70mm F/2.8 The III-A VC RXD (Opens in a new tab) and an 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD.

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Tamron already produces 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD for Sony FE-mount full-frame cameras (full review (Opens in a new tab)), and forms the basis for this X-mount version, providing a 35mm equivalent. Focal length 225-750mm when used on an APS-C Fujifilm camera. A full-frame lens shift feature for use in APS-C cameras should result in excellent edge-to-edge image quality, with high angle sharpness and reduced light drop.

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Although optically super-telephoto, the 150-500mm measures 209.9mm in length and 93mm in diameter relatively compact. The barrel will extend to 284.9mm when used at 500mm, while the zoom ring’s short rotation of 75 degrees is designed for rapid focal length adjustment. At 1,725g, this isn’t a featherweight competitor, but it’s reasonable for this class of lenses.

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The optical assembly consists of 25 elements arranged in 16 groups and includes one XLD (extra-low dispersion) element, five LD (low dispersion) elements, and hybrid aspherical lens elements to control aberrations including axial chromatic aberrations. Tamron’s BBAR-G2 anti-reflective coating is also used to enhance clarity and contrast, while the weather-resistant construction is backed by a fluorine coating to repel grease and moisture from the front element.

Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD

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Autofocus is controlled by Tamron’s VXD AF linear autofocus mechanism, which is said to deliver “high-speed, high-precision action.” The system should also reduce noise and vibrations during focus transitions, which is good news for both still photos and video shooting. The AF system is paired with Tamron’s VC (Vibration Compensation) stabilizer which includes three modes: Standard Priority, Pan and Frame. No information has been provided yet about the effectiveness of the shutter speed in the VC system. Additional features include an Arca-Swiss compatible tripod with strap attachment, as well as a lens hood with a protective rubberized front, both of which are included with the lens.

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Additional versatility comes from the relatively short focus distance of at least 60cm at 150mm, and 1.8m at 500mm. In combination with a relatively high 1:3.1 maximum magnification ratio, it is thus possible to use the lens for telephoto shooting of subjects such as flowers and insects.

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Available in retail from October 13, at $1,499 / £1399.99. At this price, it will be much cheaper than both models Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f / 4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR (Opens in a new tab)and the XF 150-600mm f / 5.6-8 R LM OIS WR (Opens in a new tab).