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

(Model A057)

High speed, precision AF. Ultra-telephoto zoom. Vibration Compensation (VC) equipped.

Model A057

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

  • SONY E
  • FUJI X
  • NIKON Z

Unprecedented ultra-telephoto 500mm zoom sets your creative vision free

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

Ultra-telephoto 500mm for full-frame mirrorless provides shooting enjoyment in a truly compact size

Considering its pairing with mirrorless cameras, TAMRON pursued a compact size that allows handheld shooting while developing the 150-500mm F5-6.7 (a full-frame equivalent of 225-750mm on APS-C cameras)1. With a length of 209.6mm (8.3in)2 and maximum diameter of 93mm, the 150-500mm F5-6.7 is astonishingly compact for a 500mm-class ultra-telephoto zoom lens. Even when extended to the 500mm telephoto end, the lens has a length of around 283mm (11.1in)2. Another distinctive feature is that the arc of rotation of the zoom ring is small—only 75°—which enables swift adjustment to the desired focal length with minimal movement.

1 When a full-frame camera is used, focal length is 150-500mm. When an APS-C camera is used, the focal length is 225-750mm (full-frame equivalent).
2 Length is based on the Sony-mount lens.

Uncompromising high image quality throughout the entire zoom range

In addition to covering a broad range of focal lengths, the 150-500mm F5-6.7 has high resolving power with excellent image-rendering performance across the entire zoom range. The optical construction features 25 elements in 16 groups. The effective placement of special lens elements—including one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion), five LD (Low Dispersion) and two hybrid aspherical lens elements—enables the 150-500mm F5-6.7 to produce clear images while controlling chromatic aberrations. BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating is used to suppress ghosting and flare, which commonly occur under backlit conditions. These features allow the lens to produce finely detailed images of a wide variety of subjects including wild animals, birds, nature, and sports, while producing soft and beautiful bokeh effects.

Camera: Sony α9 II Focal length: 500mm Exposure: F6.7 1/2500sec ISO 250

Camera: Sony α9 Focal length: 500mm Exposure: F6.7 1/1000sec ISO 400

High-speed, high-precision AF means you’ll never miss a photo opportunity

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 zoom’s AF drive system is equipped with the VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism. VXD delivers extreme high-speed and high-precision movement and ensures exceptionally responsive performance. Focus tracking performance is also very high. The linear motor also suppresses drive noise and vibrations during focusing, making it ideal for shooting both still photos and video in environments that demand quietness.

Camera: Sony α7R IV Focal length: 150mm Exposure: F8 1/2500sec ISO 1000

VC image stabilization for steady shooting, particularly in the ultra-telephoto range

When shooting in the ultra-telephoto range, even the smallest vibrations can lead to loss of image clarity. The 150-500mm F5-6.7 is equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation)3 functionality to support sharp images despite unavoidable camera shake. VC delivers powerful support for handheld shooting of scenes with low light levels, such as evening scenes and indoor shots, without the use of a tripod.

3 For 150-500mm F5-6.7 for Nikon Z mount, VC ON/OFF should be selected on the camera body.

Camera: Sony α7R IV Focal length: 500mm Exposure: F6.7 1/30sec ISO 3200

MOD of 0.6m (23.6in) when shooting at the 150mm setting

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 lets users freely enjoy telephoto macro shooting of subjects at close-up distances. The lens has an MOD of 0.6m (23.6in) at the 150mm end, and 1.8m (70.9in) at the 500mm end. More remarkably, the maximum magnification ratio at the 150mm end is 1:3.1, offering excellent close-up shooting capabilities for an ultra-telephoto zoom lens. In addition to capturing dynamic shots by getting close to the subject, it enables tele-macro photography at close range, something that is not possible with conventional ultra-telephoto zoom lenses. The 150-500mm F5-6.7 can be used in a wide range of situations from plants to insects to tabletop photography.

Camera: Sony α7R IV Focal length: 150mm Exposure: F8 1/100sec ISO 400

Switches to support comfortable shooting

■ For Sony E and FUJIFILM X-mount

The Sony E and FUJIFILM X-mount version features a VC mode selection switch with three modes, thereby enabling selection of the ideal VC mode to match shooting conditions and preferences.

– Mode 1: Standard
– Mode 2: Exclusively for panning
– Mode 3: Framing priority

■ For FUJIFLM X-mount

The FUJIFILM X-mount version features an “MF SPEED switch”. The switch allows you to select between two focusing speeds during manual focus shooting. This switch is useful when you are using the camera’s LCD monitor to magnify the image for precise focusing. It facilitates accurate shooting in the telephoto to ultra-telephoto range of 225-750mm (full-frame equivalent).

– Mode 1: For normal manual focusing
– Mode 2: When fine manual focusing adjustment is required

 

■ For Nikon Z mount

The Nikon Z mount version features a Linear/Non-Linear switch to change the response of the focus ring when using the manual focusing setting. This allows you to shoot according to your intention, depending on the shooting scene, such as focusing precisely on subjects in the distance or video recording.

– Non-Linear: The rotation speed of the focus ring changes the amount of focus movement.
– Linear: The rotation angle of the focus ring changes the amount of focus movement.

TAMRON Lens Utility™ software for Nikon Z mount

With the Nikon Z mount version, users can employ the dedicated TAMRON Lens Utility software that was developed in-house by TAMRON4. This application enables users to easily update the lens to the latest firmware themselves without going through the camera5.

4 To connect your PC and lens, use the TAMRON Connection Cable (USB Type-A to Type-C/ Model CC-150, or USB Type-C to Type-C/ Model CC-350) sold separately.
5 As the 150-500mm F5-6.7 is not equipped with a Focus Set Button, certain functions cannot be customised.

TAMRON Lens Utility

* Model A047 Pictured

An ultra-telephoto zoom lens with extreme usability

In the development and design of the 150-500mm F5-6.7 zoom, TAMRON emphasized usability so that users can fully immerse themselves in the world of ultra-telephoto zoom lenses without minor annoyances.

① Lens hood designed with rubberized front② Fast, smooth zooming operation with minimal movement③ FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism④ Redesigned slide switches for improved operability⑤ Arca-Swiss compatible tripod mount with strap attachment holes included

Lens Technologies

BBAR G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating

Innovative coating technology that prevents ghosting and flare

Circular Aperture

A several-blade diaphragm is configured to retain a smooth, circular-shaped aperture opening even when stopped down by two stops from the wide-open aperture

Lens hood designed with rubberized front

The end of the included lens hood is protected with flexible, shock-absorbing front rim to prevent cracks and damage

Moisture-Resistant Construction

Leak-resistant seals throughout the lens barrel help protect your equipment when shooting outdoors

XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) lens elements

XLD lens elements made from specialised ultra-high-grade glass allow much greater control over chromatic aberration and magnification aberrations

LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements

The characteristic of less of a tendency to separate a ray of light into a rainbow of colors effectively compensates for chromatic and lateral chromatic aberration

Fluorine Coating

A highly durable protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellent

VC (Vibration Compensation)

The characteristic of less of a tendency to separate a ray of light into a rainbow of colors effectively compensates for chromatic and lateral chromatic aberration

VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive)

A linear motor focus mechanism for the highest levels of autofocus speed and precision

Tamron Technology

 

Specifications

Specifications

Model A057
Focal Length 150-500mm
Maximum Aperture F5-6.7
Angle of View
(diagonal)
16°25′- 4°57′
(for full-frame mirrorless format)
10°59′- 3°18′
(for APS-C frame mirrorless format)
Optical Construction 25 elements in 16 groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.6m (23.6in) (WIDE) /
1.8m (70.9in) (TELE)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:3.1 (WIDE) / 1:3.7 (TELE)
Filter Size φ82mm
Maximum Diameter φ93mm
Length* 209.6mm / 8.3in (Sony)
209.9mm / 8.3in (FUJIFILM)
212.3mm / 8.4in (Nikon)
Weight 1,725g / 60.8oz (w/o tripod mount) / (Sony)
1,710g / 60.3oz (w/o tripod mount) / (FUJIFILM)
1,720g / 60.7oz (w/o tripod mount) / (Nikon)
tripod mount 155g / 5.5oz
Aperture Blades** 7 (circular diaphragm)
Minumum Aperture F22-32
Standard Accessory Round-shaped hood, Lens caps, Tripod mount
Mounts Sony E-mount, FUJIFILM X-mount, Nikon Z mount

* Length is the distance from the front end of the lens to the lens mount face.
** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

This product is developed, manufactured, and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.
This product is developed, manufactured, and sold under the license agreement with Nikon Corporation.

Release Date
June 10th, 2021 (Sony)
October 13th, 2022 (FUJIFILM)
October 31st, 2023 (Nikon)

MTF

Optical Construction (25 elements in 16 groups)