Tamron announced a few hours ago two zoom lenses that will be available later this year. The first is an ultra-wide 11-20mm F2.8 and the second is a long telephoto 150-500mm F5–6.7, both for Sony e-mount.
11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD
The new Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD is designed for APS-C Sony E-mount cameras and has 12 elements and 10 groups with an extra-silent stepping Drive (EXD) for AF and a fairly light weight of only 335g and BBAR-G2 coatings.
- Lens: 11-20mm f/2.8 lens with APS-C coverage.
- AF mechanism: Extra-silent stepping Drive .
- Optical design: 12-elements in 10 groups including 2 GM (Glass Molded Aspherical), 2 LD (Low Dispersion), and one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) element.
- Aperture blades: 7.
- Minimum focus distance: 15 cm (1:4 macro magnification).
- Filter thread: 67mm.
- Weight: 335g/1lbs.
The Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD
150-500mm F5–6.7 Di III VC VXD
The second lens that Tamron announced is a long telephoto zoom lens which will compete with offerings from Sony 100-400mm and 150-600mm as well as the Sigma 100-400mm lens (review coming soon).
The new 150-500mm F5–6.7 Di III VC VXD is one of the most complex lenses that we have seen to date with no less than 25 elements in 16 groups including Hybrid Aspherical elements XLD elements and LD elements. The lens also has BBAR-G2 coatings and it includes optical stabilization (in 3 modes: standard, panning, and framing priority).
The lens comes with a foot that is Arca Swiss compatible.
- Lens: 150-500mm f/2.8 lens with APS-C coverage.
- AF mechanism: Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive linear motor (VXD).
- Optical design: 25 elements in 16 groups one extra-low dispersion element, five low dispersion elements, and two hybrid aspherical elements.
- Aperture blades: 7.
- Minimum focus distance: 60cm-180cm (1:3~ macro magnification).
- Filter thread: 82mm.
- Weight: 1.72kg (or 1.87 with foot).
The Tamron 150-500mm F5–6.7 Di III VC VXD
Prices and availability
Tamron published a number of videos on these two lenses (one you can see above), and some are in Japanese:
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