Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 Di III VC VXD and Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD Lens Announced

Today, Tamron announced two new lenses: Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 Di III VC VXD lens for Sony Full-Frame mirrorless cameras and Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD lens for Sony APS-C cameras.

Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057)

High-speed, high precision AF and TAMRON’s VC make
comfortable handheld photography with a compact 500mm zoom a reality.

April 22, 2021, Saitama, Japan – TAMRON Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057), an ultra-telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras on June 10, 2021. Due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. A hand-holdable full-frame 500mm lens that defies conventional wisdom

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 is just 209.6mm (8.3 in) long with a maximum diameter of 93mm, an astoundingly compact size for a 500mm-class ultra-telephoto zoom for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Even when extended to the 500mm telephoto end, the lens is still remarkably compact at only 283mm (11.1 in). The lens zooms from 150mm to 500mm by rotating the zoom ring through an arc of just 75° — less than one-quarter of a turn. This feature enables rapid adjustment to the desired angle of view with minimal movement, avoiding missed opportunities and facilitating intuitive composition. TAMRON’s renowned VC mechanism also significantly improves handheld performance by counteracting camera shake.
* For APS-C mirrorless format: approximately 225-750mm equivalent zoom range.

2. Amazing high image quality despite its compact size

The optical construction features 25 elements in 16 groups. The generous and effective use of special lens elements including one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion), five LD (Low Dispersion), and two Hybrid Aspherical lens elements thoroughly controls aberrations including axial chromatic aberrations. This 150-500mm F5-6.7 ultra-telephoto zoom lens is designed and constructed with strong emphasis on compact size and usability without compromising image quality, so users can enjoy exceptionally high resolving power across the entire image.

3. VXD AF motor provides high speed, high precision, and excellent quietness

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 features the same highly acclaimed VXD linear motor focus mechanism that was first introduced in the 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056). VXD delivers extreme high-speed and high-precision movement and ensures exceedingly responsive performance. Even when shooting at the ultra-telephoto end with a focal length of 500mm, the 150-500mm F5-6.7 provides fast, comfortable and accurate focusing at all shooting distances, from near to far.
Focus tracking has been vastly improved to facilitate capturing fast-moving subjects, for example sporting events, birds and aviation photography. This ensures that those dramatic, action-packed moments are never missed, whether shooting still photos or video. Additionally, the linear motor also reduces drive noise and vibrations produced during focusing (as compared to a conventional drive system), making it ideal for shooting both still photos and video in low-noise environments.

4. TAMRON’s acclaimed Vibration Compensation delivers excellent image stabilization

The slim, compact 150-500mm F5-6.7 is equipped with TAMRON’s VC mechanism. The lens features a VC mode selection switch with three settings (Mode 1: Standard, Mode 2: Exclusively for Panning, and Mode 3: Framing Priority) so the ideal VC mode can be invoked to match shooting conditions. This functionality delivers excellent image stabilization performance, enabling efficient reduction of image blurring caused by camera shake.

5. Exciting telephoto macro focuses as close as 0.6m (23.6 in)

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 offers excellent close-up shooting capabilities for an ultra-telephoto lens. The MOD is 0.6m (23.6 in) at the 150mm end and 1.8m (70.9 in) at the 500mm telephoto end. The maximum magnification ratio at 150mm is exceptionally high at 1:3.1. Users can shoot powerful telephoto-macro images of subjects including flowers and insects while maintaining a reasonable shooting distance — closer than you can get with conventional ultra-telephoto zoom lenses.

6. Additional features for greater convenience

– Arca-Swiss compatible tripod mount with strap attachment holes included
– Lens hood with flexible, protective front portion
– New switch design for improved operability
– FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism to support greater usability

7. BBAR-G2 Coating minimizes ghosting and flare

8. Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating provide extra protection

9. Compatible with many camera-specific features and functions, including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF

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)
Optical Construction 25 elements in 16 groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.6m /23.6 in (WIDE), 1.8m /70.9 in (TELE)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:3.1 (WIDE) / 1:3.7 (TELE)
Filter Size φ82mm
Maximum Diameter φ93mm
Length* 209.6mm (8.3 in)
Weight 1,725g (60.8 oz) (without tripod mount) /
Tipod mount 155g (5.5 oz)
Aperture Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)**
Minimum Aperture F22-32
Standard Accessories Round-shaped hood, Lens caps, Tripod mount
Compatible Mounts Sony E-mount

 

 

Tarmon 11-20mm F/2.8 Di III-A RXD (Model B060)

April 22, 2021, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the 11-20mm F/2.8 Di III-A2 RXD (Model B060), a fast-aperture ultra wide-angle zoom lens for Sony E-mount APS-C mirrorless cameras on June 24, 2021. Due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. The world’s first F2.8 ultra wide-angle zoom lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras

The 11-20mm F2.8 is a bona fide ultra wide-angle zoom lens with an aperture of F2.8 across the entire zoom range. Meanwhile, it is compact, light weight and very practical. You can enjoy the unique and powerful world of ultra wide-angle photography at the 11mm end (the full-frame equivalent of 16.5mm). Ideal for regular use, the 20mm focal length (the full-frame equivalent of 30mm) is well suited for casual snapshot photography such as street shooting. With its usefulness rooted in its compact, lightweight design and fast F2.8 aperture, the 11-20mm F2.8 provides an exciting shooting experience with greater freedom in diverse shooting situations.

2. Compact and light weight for superior usability

The 11-20mm F2.8 is only 86.2mm (3.4 in) in length and weighs just 335g (11.8 oz). For a fast-aperture F2.8 ultra wide-angle zoom lens, this is remarkably compact and light. When used with an APS-C mirrorless camera body, it enables photographers to enjoy a responsive image capture system without being hindered by the size or weight of the lens. It provides a comfortable user experience for still photography and for shooting video using a small tripod or gimbal stabilizer.

3. Outstanding optical performance

The 11-20mm F2.8 construction includes 12 elements in 10 groups. Two precisely located GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lens elements assure high resolution across the entire image, from edge to edge. In addition, the 11-20mm F2.8 incorporates one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and two LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements to produce sharp images with optical aberrations highly corrected. It also features the BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating that suppresses ghosting and flare to a minimum level and reveals the minute details of objects even when the subject is backlit. The combination of features harmonizes to provide sharp images with natural colors and rich saturation.

4. MOD of 0.15m (5.9 in) at the 11mm focal length

The 11-20mm F2.8 boasts an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.15m (5.9 in) at the 11mm focal length setting and 0.24m (9.4 in) at the 20mm end. This results in better and more versatile close-range shooting performance than existing ultra wide-angle zoom lenses at their widest focal length. At the widest 11mm setting it has an astonishing maximum magnification ratio of 1:4 that enables wide-angle macro photography that parlays the perspective unique to ultra wide-angle lenses, while also leveraging the expressive bokeh provided by the fast, bright maximum aperture of this lens.

5. A user-friendly unified 67mm filter size across the series

The 11-20mm F2.8 is so light that the total weight of it and the 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD (Model B070) standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount APS-C mirrorless cameras together is only approximately 860g (30.3 oz). The combination of these two lenses covers an extreme range of focal lengths from 11mm to 70mm (equivalent to 16.5mm to 105mm on full-frame cameras) with a fast, wide-open aperture of F2.8 at every focal length, thereby enabling the size and weight of an entire mirrorless system to be massively reduced without sacrificing capabilities. Same as TAMRON’s nearly all lens models for Sony E-mount cameras, it has a unified 67mm filter size that allows reciprocal sharing of filters such as PL and ND, and lens caps.

6. The RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) stepping motor unit is exceptionally quiet and perfect for video use

7. Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating provide extra protection

8. Compatible with many camera-specific features and functions, including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF

SPECIFICATIONS

Model B060
Focal Length 11-20mm
(for full-frame mirrorless format: 16.5-30mm equivalent field-of-view)
Maximum Aperture F2.8
Angle of View (diagonal) 105° 20′-71° 35’ (for APS-C mirrorless format)
Optical Construction 12 elements in 10 groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.15m /5.9 in (WIDE), 0.24m /9.4 in (TELE)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:4 (WIDE) / 1:7.6 (TELE)
Filter Size φ67mm
Maximum Diameter φ73mm
Length* 86.2mm (3.4 in)
Weight 335g (11.8 oz)
Aperture Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)**
Minimum Aperture F16
Standard Accessories Flower-shaped hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts Sony E-mount

 

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