Announced together, but at truly opposite ends of the focal-length spectrum, Tamron has unveiled its new Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD super-telephoto zoom lens, designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras, and the Tamron 11-20mm f/2.8 Di III-A RXD—an ultra-wide zoom lens made for APS-C-format mirrorless cameras.
The new Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 is similar to the company’s popular 150-600mm zoom lens for DSLRs. This 150-500mm zoom is designed to give incredible telephoto reach while remaining relatively lightweight and portable. A 75° turn of the zoom ring takes you all the way from 150mm to 500mm for a fast zooming experience. A zoom lock keeps the lens from extending when being carried. An optionally attached lens foot adds 0.3 lb to the 3.8 lb weight of the lens. As you’d expect, the lens is weatherproof, packs 25 glass elements into 16 groups, features the latest coatings from Tamron, and features a 7-bladed rounded aperture diaphragm.
This lens was originally announced in June 2021 for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. In October 2022, a FUJIFILM X-mount version was announced; when used with these APS-C-format cameras the lens provides a 225-750mm equivalent focal length range. In October 2023, a Nikon Z version of the lens was announced and includes a Linear/Non-Linear switch on the side of the barrel for more manual focusing control and versatility.
The new Tamron 11-20mm f/2.8 features an equivalent focal length range of 16.5-30mm. The lens has a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture—very rare for an ultra-wide lens like this. The wide maximum aperture makes it ideal for handheld photography in low-light situations and the lens is designed for close focusing (5.9" at 11mm focal length) to explore the world up close with a unique ultra-wide-angle perspective. Even with the large f/2.8 aperture, the lens is compact and portable at only 3.4" in length when collapsed, weighing 11.8 oz. The lens has 12 elements in 10 groups and includes aberration-correcting extra-low dispersion and low-dispersion elements.
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