Tamron has just announced not one but two new lenses ideal for Sony shooters looking for lens options. The Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD and Tamron 11-20mm F/2.8 Di III-A RXD will soon release into the wild, and we couldn’t be more excited. Tamron has a long history in the lens optics game, with their history dating back to 1950. In fact, Sony is also from the Boomer generation as they kicked off in 1946. With this kind of heritage and longevity in the camera world, it’s worth paying attention to these two new lenses from Tamron.
Tamron has a solid reputation for developing high-quality third-party lenses for the biggest brands in photography. Check out the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 review as a brilliant example. The resulting lenses are incredible, and with over a dozen E-mount full-frame and APS-C lenses in their lineup, your choices are limitless. What we love the most about Tamron’s E-mount lenses is that they remain loyal to Sony’s focus on delivering specific tools for specific jobs. And these two new Tamron E-mount lenses are no exception – let’s take a look at each in more detail.
Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Specs
- 150-500mm Full Frame Focal Length
- F5-6.7 Maximum Aperture
- F22-32 Minimum Aperture
- 25 Elements in 16 Groups
- 7 Blade Aperture
- 0.6m(Wide) / 1.8m(Telephoto) Minimum Focus Distance
- 1:3.1(W) / 1:3.7(T) Maximum Magnification Ratio
- 82mm Filter Thread
- Φ93×209.6mm Dimensions
- 1,752g Weight
Tamron 11-20mm F/2.8 Di III-A RXD Specs
- 11-20mm APS-C (16.5-30mm Full Frame Equivalent)
- f/2.8 Maximum Aperture
- f/16 Minimum Aperture
- 12 Elements in 10 Groups
- 7 Blade Aperture
- 0.15m(Wide) / 0.24m(Telephoto) Minimum Focus Distance
- 1:1.4(W) / 1:1.76(T) Maximum Magnification Ratio
- 67mm Filter Thread
- Φ73×86.2mm Dimensions
- 335g Weight
Exceptional Build Quality
Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7
The first thing you will notice about the Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD is that for an ultra-telephoto lens, it sure is compact. At just under 21cm in length and with a diameter of 93mm, it sets itself apart from the rest. Most ultra-telephoto zooms tend to be monstrosities that require a tripod and some serious muscle to handle. But the Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 breaks with convention and removes the need to carry a tripod. Plus, at 1.7KG, you can easily handhold the lens for dynamic shooting and still capture sharp images.
On the outside, the Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD is moisture sealed, making it perfect for outdoor photography. Plus, the smooth flow of the zoom only requires a 75-degree arc to extend from 150mm to 500mm. So with less than a quarter of a turn, the 150-500mm is ideal for fast-paced action such as motorsports or track events. But if you cannot help yourself and decided to drop this beast on a tripod, the included Arca-Swiss tripod mount is ideal.
On the inside, the Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD features 25 elements in 16 groups. In terms of special lens elements, the lens includes an extra-low dispersion, five low dispersion and two hybrid aspherical elements. The 150-500mm from Tamron features BBAR-G2 Coating to prevent ghosting and flare to top it off.
Tamron 11-20mm F2.8
If you thought the 150-500mm was compact for an ultra-telephoto, wait till you get a load of the Tamron 11-20mm F/2.8 Di III-A RXD. It is a genuinely tiny moisture sealed lens at the other extreme of the focal range. Ideal for Sony’s APSC cameras, the Tamron 11-20mm is an ultra-wide zoom. It’s a pocketable lens at just 86.2mm long and with a diameter of 73mm. Plus, it only weighs 335g – about the same as a medium takeaway coffee! And keep in mind that this is a fast and constant F2.8.
As seen with the 150-500mm, the all-new Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 has exceptional build qualities inside and out. The ridged focus and zoom rings are comfortable and ideal for APS-C shooting. Aperture stops are clearly marked, making manual shooting a breeze.
But the true magic happens on the inside of the Tamron 11-20mm F/2.8 Di III-A RXD. It features 12 lens elements in 10 groups, including two precision Glass Molded Aspherical elements for optimal image output. Plus, it features an extra-low dispersion element, two low dispersion elements to guarantee image sharpness and aberration-free outcomes. Finally, the lens element is coasted in a BBAR-G2 finish to prevent flare and ghosting in bright conditions.
Fast Focus and Stability Performance
Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7
One of the most significant issues with ultra-zoom is the inevitable wobble at the extreme end of the range. But with the compact size of the Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7, this is mitigated. To further support this, the lens features Tamron’s VC mode with three selectable stabilisation options. You can opt for standard, panning and framing priorities to nail that shot. Plus, thanks to the 150-500mm F/5-6.7 VXD Linear Motor Focus system, focus performance is quick and responsive even when at the 500mm range. The focus tracking is accurate and supports the Sony camera system seamlessly.
Tamron 11-20mm F2.8
While the Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 does not feature optical image stabilisation, it does support the IBIS of Sony APS-C cameras. It also supports Sony’s Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF to ensure you capture subjects in crisp focus. Focus performance is enhanced thanks also to the RXD silent stepping motor system. As a result, the silent 11-20mm F/2.8 is an ideal lens for vloggers using Sony’s APS-C cameras.
The Dynamic Duo
If you are a Sony full-frame mirrorless camera shooter that loves the reach of a telephoto lens, you cannot go past the Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD. It’s compact, lighter than most in its class and has an exceptional reach of up to 500mm. What’s more, the 150-500mm is brilliant for sports and wildlife photographers that want to hunt fast subjects. The Tamron 11-20mm F/2.8 Di III-A RXD packs fast performance, a constant F2.8 and exceptional image quality into a pocketable lens. Tamron has created this dynamic duo to support further the specific genres of Sony APS-C and full-frame photographers the world over. The best bit, you can pre-order yours now at Georges Camera.