Tamron has added an interesting alternative for Sony Alpha mirrorless and Fujifilm X-mount camera owners looking for a super-telephoto zoom: Their 150-500mm f5-vi.seven Di 3 VC is pretty compact and much cheaper than Sony’s and Fujifilm’s ain 100-400mm and 150/200-600mm lenses. And Tamron didn’t skimp on features or epitome quality. There’re only two matter to exist aware of: The lens cannot be used with teleconverters and veiling glare from strong contra-calorie-free can reduce contrast considerably. But other than that Tamron has designed a compelling super-telephoto zoom which clearly earns a Recommended!
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The Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.vii Di III VC (model A057) is a long telephoto zoom designed for total-frame mirrorless cameras. Announced in April 2021 for Sony E-mount, it complements Tamron’s seventy-300mm f4.v-6.iii Di 3 RXD or 70-180mm f2.8 Di III VXD for those who demand more reach. In Oct 2022 the lens as well becomes available for Fujifilm Ten-mountain cameras (APS-C format sensor) where it offers an angle-of-view equivalent to 225-750mm focal length.
Dissimilar its shorter siblings Tamron’southward 150-500mm zoom lens features optical image stabilization (VC) – an essential feature for long telephoto lenses. It also is fully weather-sealed including fluorine coating on the front lens and comes with a removable tripod-collar with Arca-Swiss style tripod interface. The lens is pretty compact at 21cm length (without lens hood) simply – like many other long telephoto designs – extends when zoomed in. Tamron has equipped the lens with “flex zoom lock”, a pretty nifty feature which let’s you lock the zoom at whatsoever position by merely pushing the zoom ring forward. And for those who like to shoot small objects the 150-500mm f5-6.7 Di III VC allows for a maximum magnification of well-nigh ane:3.
The lens is currently listed at around 1200 EUR / 1299 USD / 1100 GBP for Sony Eastward-mount. I assume pricing for the X-mountain version will be like. PS – if you’re interested in Tamron’southward other full-frame zoom lenses for E-mount I’ve tested so far check out my in-depth reviews: Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di 3 RXD review / Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di Three RXD review / Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 Di Three VXD.
Facts and features
Permit’southward compare the new Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.vii Di Iii VC (“Tamron 150-500” for short) to the Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG DN Os (“Sigma 100-400”), Sony Iron 100-400mm f4.5-five.half dozen GM OSS (“Sony 100-400”), and Sony Fe 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 G OSS (“Sony 200-600”). For skillful measure I’ve besides added the Tamron SP AF 150-600mm f5-half-dozen.3 Di VC USD G2 (“Tamron 150-600”) to the mix. Although it is a DSLR design from 2016 it was a very good and pop lens and so and still tin be used via Sigma’s MC-11 Canon EF to Sony E mount converter – which adds 26mm in length, approx. 120g in weight and 250 EUR in costs. I’ve also put in some comparisons with the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 100-400mm f4.5-five.6 R LM OIS WR (“Fuji 100-400”) and XF 150-600mm f5.vi-8.0 R LM OIS WR (“Fuji 150-600”). As usual I’ve rated the features with a [+] (or [++]), when it’s meliorate than average or fifty-fifty state of the art, a  if it’s standard or just average, and [-] if there’s a disadvantage.
Size (diameter x length): at 93 ten 209mm (3.7 x 8.3in.) plus 55mm for the lens hood (113mm diameter) the Tamron 150-500 is quite brusk for a lens reaching 500mm focal length. The Sigma 100-400 is 86 x 199mm, the Sony 100-400 is 94 x 205mm, the Sony 200-600 is 112 x 318mm, the Fuji 100-400 is 95 x 211mm, the Fuji 150-600 is 99 ten 315mm (all 5 without lens hood), the Tamron 150-600 is 108 x 260mm + 97mm lens hood. All lenses except for the Sony 200-600 and Fuji 150-600 extend when zoomed to their longest focal length: The Tamron 150-500 extends to 283mm which is only a niggling longer than the Sony 100-400, the Tamron 150-600 goes to 338mm length (without lens hood). [+]
Weight: 1725g (3.viii lb.) plus 95g for the lens hood and another 155g for the tripod collar. The Sigma 100-400 weighs 1140g, the Sony 100-400 is 1395g, the Sony 200-600 is 2115g, the Fuji 100-400 is 1375g, the Fuji 150-600 is 1605g (all five without lens hood or tripod foot), the Tamron 150-600 is 1784g + 108g lens hood + 200g tripod neckband. 
Eyes: The Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.7 Di 3 VC is a pretty complex design with 25 elements in sixteen groups including 6 special dispersion elements and 2 aspherical elements. The other lenses in this comparing are of a similarly complex construction. Both Tamron and both Sony lenses have fluorine coating at the front end lens to repel water, dust, and clay and make cleaning easier plus improved anti-reflective blanket using nanotechnology. [+]
Focal ratio: The Tamron starts with a f5.0 focal ratio at the brusque cease which is par for the form. Information technology’due south f5.6 at 250mm, f6.three at 400mm, f6.vii at 500mm focal length. This is only slightly slower than the Sony 200-600 or Tamron 150-600 at the long end. 
Closest focus distance is 0.60m (2.0ft.) with a magnification of 1:iii.i and a working distance of 0.37m (1.2ft.) at 150mm focal length. At 500mm focal length maximum magnification is 1:iii.vii which is however quite good and results in a much longer working distance of around one.5m (4.9ft.). For details see table below. With manual focus I could become even closer and reach higher magnifications: ane:2.8 at 150mm focal length and ane:3.two at 500mm focal length. The other lenses in this comparison achieve their maximum magnification at their longest focal length: This is i:4.1 at 1.3m working altitude for the Sigma 100-400, 1:two.9 at 0.7m working distance for the Sony 100-400, i:5.0 at 2.1m working distance for the Sony 200-600, one:5.3 at i.5m working distance for the Fuji 100-400, 1:4.2 at 2.0m working distance for the Fuji 150-600, and 1:3.5 at 1.6m working distance for the Tamron 150-600. The Tamron 150-500 achieves a magnification of 1:10 at its longest focal length at 4.88m (16ft.) distance. [+]
Use with teleconverters: No, the Tamron 150-500 cannot be used with Sony’s teleconverters. Same for the Sigma 100-400. Both Sony zoom lenses can be used with Sony’s 1.4x and 2x teleconverters every bit can the Fujifilm lenses with the respective teleconverters from Fujifilm. The Tamron 150-600 can exist used with Tamron’s own 1.4x and 2x teleconverters. Whether this combo works via Sigma’s MC-11 mount-converter on a Sony E-mountain body I can’t say. 
Filter-thread: 82mm, but like the Fuji 150-600. The Sigma 100-400 takes 67mm filters, the Sony 100-400 and Fuji 100-400 have a 77mm thread, and both the Sony 200-600 and Tamron 150-600 need huge 95mm filters. 
Prototype stabilization: All lenses in this comparison have optical image stabilization congenital in. This works together with the sensor-based image stabilization of the Sony Alpha or Fujifilm Ten-mount mirrorless cameras – except for the Tamron 150-600. The Tamron 150-500 offers three modes: Style one is standard stabilization, style 2 is specifically for panning, manner 3 maximizes viewfinder stabilization for easier framing. [+]
Autofocus: All lenses in this comparison offering autofocus with congenital-in focus bulldoze. Manual-focus override is by simply turning the defended focus ring. The focus ring on the Tamron 150-500 has the usual variable gearing of an original mirrorless design which allows for very precise manual focus when turned slowly but cannot be switched to linear gearing. Which makes smooth focus pulling for videographers virtually incommunicable. The Tamron 150-600 has the usual direct coupling and linear gearing of a lens designed for DSLRs and the Sony 200-600 likewise offers linear response for MF. [+]
All lenses in this comparison except for Fujifilm’south encompass total frame sensors or can equally be used on a cropped APS-C camera torso. [+]
Price: The Tamron 150-500 currently sells for 1200 EUR (incl. 19% VAT) / 1299 USD / 1100 GBP. The Sigma 100-400 is 980 EUR / 950 USD / 900 GBP, the Sony 100-400 is 2400 EUR / 2400 USD / 2050 GBP, the Sony 200-600 is 1730 EUR / 2000 USD / 1500 GBP, the Fuji 100-400 is 1700 EUR / 1900 USD / 1545 GBP, the Fuji 150-600 is 2200 EUR / 2000 USD / 1900 GBP, the Tamron 150-600 currently sells for 1000 EUR / 1200 USD / 850 GBP. 
The Tamron 150-500 comes without a pouch but the Arca-Swiss compatible tripod mount (with strap attachment holes) and the reversible lens hood is included. Its lens hood has a rubberized front end end to prevent dinks and scratches when the lens is set down on information technology. And the tripod collar can exist completely removed from the lens. The Sigma 100-400 besides comes without pouch and the tripod mount is an optional extra. Both Sonys and the Tamron 150-600 come with a pouch and accept the detachable tripod mount included but the Sonys don’t have an Arca-Swiss interface. The lens hood of the Sony 100-400, Fuji 100-400, and Fuji 150-600 has a sliding window through which a polarizing or variable ND filter can be adjusted and it besides has a lock to prevent information technology from accidentally falling off. 
Aperture ring and other control elements: None of the lenses in this comparison have an aperture ring. But all accept a focus limiter: The Tamron 150-500 offer three positions: full/inf-3m/inf-15m. You lot can likewise select different modes for the optical image stabilization on all five lenses. Both Tamron lenses offering the nice Flex Zoom Lock feature in addition to a standard zoom lock at 150mm: just button the zoom ring forward to lock the zoom at any position (see below). [+]
Sealing: All lenses have a safe grommet at the lens-mount. Plus farther special weather condition-sealing throughout the construction except for the Sigma 100-400. Both Tamrons also have a rubberized forepart-end that acts as a seal when the front lens-cap is attached. [+]
At a score of 0[-]/6/viii[+] the Tamron 150-500mm f5-half-dozen.7 Di 3 VC looks similar a well balanced design with no real downsides. Information technology is certainly not a light lens and the cost seems a bit on the high side. But it takes you to 500mm focal length at a size where other lenses just reach 400mm, it has the tripod mount included (which is an essential accessory for any less longer than 300mm) with Arca-Swiss style interface, a flexible zoom lock feature and is thoroughly sealed against the elements. Plus information technology can reach magnifications of around 1:3 at very usable working distances.
2 long telephoto zoom lenses
With its iii.3x zoom-range the Tamron 150-500 has a bit more range than the 3x of the Sony 200-600 simply less than the 4x zoom-range of 100-400mm lenses or the Tamron and Fujifilm 150-600. At the brusk cease the Tamron 150-500mm has an angle of view of xvi degrees, compared to the 24 degrees of the zooms starting at 100mm and the 12.5 degrees of the Sony 200-600mm. At the long cease the Tamron 150-500 offers 25% more reach/magnification than the 100-400mm zooms but the Tamron and Fuji 150-600 as well as the Sony 200-600 reach even 20% farther.
Here is the angle of view that the Tamron 150-500mm f5-half dozen.7 Di Iii VC covers compared to the angle of view at 100mm, 200mm, 400mm or 600mm:
The difference between the Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.7 Di III VC starting at 150mm versus a lens starting at 100mm is clearly visible and might be a decisive gene for choosing a zoom lens. Non always can you step back enough to get the wider view of 100mm focal length. And the other thing of annotation: The benefit of reaching 600mm with the Sony 200-600 or Tamron 150-600 is perchance not as large every bit expected. If the image at 500mm is sharp enough, cropping a 42MP shot at 500mm to match the angle-of-view of at 600mm still nets you around 29MP. This might well be plenty for the intended purpose.
Using the Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.vii Di III VC on a Fujifilm X-mount photographic camera (or any APS-C sized sensor) crops the image by 1.5x. This leeds to an angle-of-view which is even narrower than 200mm (on full-frame sensor) at the broad finish and results in 25% more reach/magnification at the long cease over 600mm on a full-frame sensor.
Focus and zoom
Focus accurateness and repeatability is disquisitional to consistently produce sharp shots. Repeatability (the accuracy of focus on the aforementioned subject after repeated focus-acquisition) of the Tamron 150-500mm f5-six.seven Di 3 VC is very good (measured 99.i% in Reikan FoCal) with no outliers over a series of 40 shots. At that place is nigh no focus variation whether the lens focuses from a closer altitude or from infinity just I detected a flake of hunting. At 200mm focal length the lens focuses in effectually 0.7 sec from infinity to two.17 chiliad (1:10 magnification).
The zoom ring turns through 75 degrees the way Sony users are used to and has a 53mm wide prophylactic surface with a proficient grip. Information technology turns with quite some resistance and tin non exist operated with one finger. The lens notwithstanding shows zoom creep if you don’t lock the lens with the switch or by pushing the zoom band forward. The focus ring is only 11mm wide and is located closer to the camera. It also has a rubberized surface, moves smoothly, and can easily be operated even with your pinky. So piece of cake in fact that I often found that I inadvertently moved the focus setting.
AF-performance and image stabilization of the Tamron 150-500 is inaudible if yous record video with the built-in microphone. You tin can hear a very slight whirring noise from the outside, even with VC switched off and no focus operation. Tamron explained this as noise from the VC which keeps the image stabilization centered – as long equally the viewfinder or rear LCD evidence an prototype.
As you pull focus, yous’ll find some focus breathing: the image becomes a lilliputian more magnified at closer focusing distances. When I adjusted the focus from infinity to 2.17m on the Tamron 150-500 at 200mm focal length, I measured a 3% increase in magnification. At 500mm the effect is a flake stronger but withal pretty inconspicuous.
I too tested whether Tamron’south newest zoom lens allows y’all to change the focal length without altering its focus. This characteristic is called parfocal. I focused the lens at 500mm and then slowly zoomed back checking focus on the way. The 150-500mm f5-half-dozen.seven Di III VC is almost perfectly parfocal with only a slight divergence from perfect focus between 400mm and 350mm. Just that shouldn’t affair for video recording. Simply retrieve to focus at the longest focal length before zooming.
To test the effectiveness of the VC prototype stabilization of the Tamron 150-500mm f5-half dozen.vii Di III VC, I did a series of 120 exam-shots mitt-held at 500mm focal length and tested with shutter speeds from 1/500 of a second downward to one/xxx sec. I used the shots at one/500 sec with VC=off as reference of how skilful my mitt-property was at the time of the test and Reikan FoCal did the chore of evaluating the sharpness of all shots.
Here’south the results: With VC switched on in mode 1 the lens produced good results downwards to 1/125 sec (two stops). At 1/threescore sec (iii stops) half of the shots were likewise blurred and at 1/30 sec (four stops) results became very erratic with the occasional hit merely many more misses. This is a 2-3 finish advantage from the prototype stabilization of the lens at 500mm focal length.
But keep in mind that belongings/shooting a philharmonic that weighs more two.5kg over an extended catamenia of time is always stressful and leads to increased milk shake. So it’s improve to shoot from a tripod, monopod or whatever support you tin get for the lens when using focal lengths beyond 200mm.
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