Scheduled for release on 13 October, Tamron’s new telephoto zoom lens is being made available for the Fujifilm X-mount, instead of only Sony’s E-mount cameras.

Angled view of the up-coming Tamron  150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057) lens for Fujifilm’s X-mount cameras. (Source: Tamron.)

Encompassing the equivalent of a 225-750mm range in the 35mm format, the new lens is remarkably compact with a maximum diameter of 93 mm, a length of just 209.9 mm and an overall weight of 1.710 grams without the supplied tripod mount. It accepts 82 mm diameter filters. Its optical design consists of 25 elements in 16 groups and includes one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) element, five LD (Low Dispersion) elements and two Hybrid Aspherical lens elements to control common aberrations. BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating optimises image clarity and contrast. Autofocusing is driven by a VXD linear motor focus mechanism, which is fast, extremely precise and near-silent in operation.

The lens zooms from 150mm to 500mm by rotating the zoom ring through just 75 degrees, enabling rapid adjustment with minimal movement. Vibration Control (VC) stabilisation minimises blurring caused by camera shake and the lens provides a selection switch with three settings (Mode 1: Standard, Mode 2: Exclusively for Panning, and Mode 3: Framing Priority) to match shooting conditions. The lens will focus down to 60 cm at 150mm or 1.8 metres at 500mm, the closer setting providing a high 1:3.1 magnification ratio for ‘tele-macro’ shooting.

Moisture-resistant construction and a fluorine coating on the front element provide good protection when shooting in inclement weather. The lens supplied hood also boasts a flexible, front portion for protection against impact shocks. An Arca-Swiss compatible tripod mount with strap attachment holes is included.

The new X-mount lens is scheduled for Australian release on 13 October at an RRP of AU$2499.  However, due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change. Click here for more information.