Tamron Announces the SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 Lens

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CR Pro
Jul 20, 2010
<em>New generation “G2” lens boasts faster AF speed and enhanced VC</em></p>
<p>SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 (Model A022)</p>
<p><strong>September 1, 2016, Commack, New York</strong> – Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022). This second generation “G2” lens builds upon the success of the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011), which launched in December 2013 and continues to successfully meet photographers’ needs in the ultra-telephoto category. The new G2 version was developed to provide superior optical performance with today’s high resolution DSLRs and to add improvements to several features including speed and accuracy of AF and VC (Vibration Compensation). Also, several new features have been added: FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism, Fluorine Coating and optional teleconverters. The new lens delivers outstanding performance and a luxurious, upscale appearance, including a metal lens barrel.</p>
<p>Delivery of the new lens in Canon and Nikon mounts will start on September 23 in the Japanese market and soon thereafter in the U.S. market (Sony A-mount to be delivered at a later date) at a price of $1399.</p>
<p><strong>PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS</strong></p>
<p>1. Optical design refreshed to achieve even higher performance

Three LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements completely eliminate axial and transverse chromatic aberrations. The design also features an upgraded optical construction (21 elements in 13 groups) and leverages improvements in manufacturing technology. As a result, the lens delivers high resolution, improved sharpness and overall better performance.</p>
<p>2. Tamron’s sophisticated eBAND Coating for eliminating ghosting and flare

eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating is a nano-structured layer deployed on the lens element surface. In addition to regular anti-reflection coatings, eBAND Coating offers higher light transmission and significant improvement in anti-reflection characteristics, especially against angulated incident rays. Combined with BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings, flare and ghosting are reduced to imperceptible levels.</p>
<p>3. MOD reduced to provide optimum tele-macro photography

Tamron’s advanced manufacturing technology has made it possible to reduce the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) to 86.6 in (2.2m), compared to 106.3 in (2.7m) for Model A011, and has allowed for the wonders of tele-macro photography with its 1:3.9 Maximum Magnification Ratio.</p>
<p>4. AF speed is faster and much more responsive with moving subjects

The Model A022 is equipped with a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ring-type motor that delivers excellent responsiveness and control. AF speed is significantly improved from the current model, and it enables accurate high-speed focus even when capturing moving subjects. When shooting with AF, the Full-time Manual Focus override allows you to instantly make fine-focusing adjustments manually, without having to switch between modes.</p>
<p>5. VC performance is now 4.5 stops and offers 3 modes optimized for different situations

The VC (Vibration Compensation) effectiveness is equivalent to 4.5 stops, based on image stabilization performance levels established by CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) when using VC MODE 3. Model A022 now has three types of VC modes, and it is possible to choose the optimum VC mode according to the situation for taking a photograph, such as when panning.</p>
<li>VC MODE 1 is the standard mode that strikes a great balance between the stability of the viewfinder image and the stabilization effects.</li>
<li>VC MODE 2 is exclusively used for panning.</li>
<li>VC MODE 3 prioritizes the stabilization of the captured images and forgoes the stabilization of the viewfinder image.</li>
<p>A new VC Mode can be programmed with the optional TAMRON TAP-in Console™. You can overwrite VC Mode 1 with a new VC Mode that allows stabilization to be engaged constantly for videography purposes. In this mode, the LCD screen is used.</p>
<p>6. New FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism enables locking of the zoom ring at any position

The FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism quickly locks or unlocks the zoom at any position simply by sliding the zoom ring. Photographers can shoot from any angle without the zoom extending unintentionally. Additionally, the lens features the conventional Zoom Lock switch to prevent unwanted barrel extension during transportation.</p>
<p>7. Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction for a more user-friendly lens

The front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellent. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints. For greater protection when shooting outdoors, leak-proof seals throughout the lens barrel help protect your equipment.</p>
<p>8. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used for Nikon-mount lenses

An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses[1]. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.</p>
<p>9. Lightweight and easy-to-hold tripod mount is compatible with an Arca-Swiss style quick release plate

A new textured grip and Arca-Swiss style tripod interface enhances both speed and utility. And because the tripod mount is made of lightweight magnesium, it is much easier to carry.</p>
<p>10. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product

The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to your personal computer, enabling you to easily update your lens’s firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.</p>
<p>11. Teleconverters exclusively for the Tamron lens now developed

Two exclusive teleconverters[2], which perfectly match the optics of the new SP 150-600mm G2 (Model A022), offer 1.4x and 2x magnification, and provide a maximum zoom range up to 1200mm. These new teleconverters extend focal length of the master lens, making it possible to take pictures in farther ultra-telephoto ranges.</p>
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Jun 27, 2013
Waiting for review to see how much improvement has actually been made. Also nice touch for those Arca style quick release on tripod foot.
Oct 4, 2012
The MTF looks very interesting on the long end, and the previous version was already very sharp through 475mm or so. If they have managed to surpass the Sigmas on the long end Tamron may have the clear winner in this competition. I used the previous version for some time before switching to the 100-400L II + 1.4x after it came out. The Canon combo was sharper at 560mm vs. 600mm on the Tamron; that doesn't look like it will be true anymore.

Also impressed that they managed to make a lot of physical upgrades at only a 60g weight increase. It is still only a bit over 2/3rds the weight of the Sigma Sport, which continues to make it a much easier lens to handhold.


May 15, 2014
Chaitanya said:
Waiting for review to see how much improvement has actually been made. Also nice touch for those Arca style quick release on tripod foot.

A lot of nice little improvements, new features. Looks like they took some time to think things through. Zoom lock at any focal length? Pretty slick, all those little things add up.

I too look forward to seeing some reviews.


Particular Member
Aug 16, 2012
Optically, I'll wait for testing, but all around this seems like a worthy upgrade in the form of several small improvements.

On paper...

Expanded/improved IS
Faster AF
Better IS
Zoom lock
Arca plate foot
Some form of weathersealing
Teleconverter compatibility (though without AF through the VF, one would think)

...it's surely worth the +$400 they are asking for even if it was the exact same optical formula as its predecessor (the fact that it's not is gravy). Nice work, Tamron.

- A


How you relate to the issue, is the issue.
Jul 13, 2012
Looks great. Waiting for field testing before I hand over my credit card


EOS M6 Mark II
Jan 27, 2015
I didn't upgrade from the Tamron to the Sigma sport because the weight of the Sigma sport was a disadvantage for the use. The mk1 *just* fits lengthways in the top of a Lowepro fastpack as a third lens, after 70-200 & a wide. Can imagine suffering a modest weight increase and simply changing from mk1 to mk2, if the 600 end is indeed sharper and it focusses more speedily and consistently in AI-servo mode. Would be cool to see bundle pricing with the 1.4x and 2x, assuming they perform decently.


Canon 40D & 7D
CR Pro
Sep 9, 2014
Oh exciting times be ahead! This looks like a superb (in little yet very meaningful ways) upgrade. 3 of the most important: (to my mind) increased performance (i.e. sharpness/IQ) at the long end. And better/more consistent AF in AI-Servo mode (coupled with the 3-way VC adjustment). And compatibility with the recently released, TAP-IN console.


Looks like Dustin Abbott was heard loudly when he commented the other day on a similar thread that if the new lens has compatibility with the TAP-IN that would be super. So Dustin...there's your answer. And it is great news.

I just might need to find $1300USD. And sooner rather than later...


EOS 5D Mark IV
Feb 8, 2013
Everything I see here looks fantastic, especially the improved Maximum Magnification.

If they can get decent sharpness at 600mm wide open this is definitely going on my short list.

Busted Knuckles

Enjoy this breath and the next
Oct 2, 2013
LOL - so I thinks I need to sell my V1 and my Russian experiment 1165.

Wonder how the astro guys are going to use this reach. might be fun to watch them.


Nov 4, 2011
Re: Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 - ARca foot ... YES, YES, YES!

hope this finally brings massive pressure on stupid Canon to also put Atca groves on their tele lens foots. So OVERDUE, stupid Canon!


Nov 10, 2013
Will be watching this one. Never ended up buying a 150-600mm lens although was always tempted.
Having one as good as the Sigma Sport but cheaper/lighter would be very nice indeed and could be that buying threshold hehe


Stay at home
CR Pro
Aug 16, 2012
It's not a new feature. The Canon 100-400mm II can be tightened to any focal length, the Sigma 150-600mm C can be locked at 100mm (+ a 50mm) increments.
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