Tamron has announced a new version of its popular 150-600mm telezoom – the SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2. The ‘G2’ stands for second generation, reflecting several improvements to the design.
These improvements include more effective image stabilization (to a claimed 4.5 stops of benefit), faster AF speed and compatibility with Tamron’s ‘TAP-in’ Console, for lens firmware updates and customization. A ‘Flex Zoom Lock’ mechanism has also been added to keep the lens barrel fixed at any focal length. Flourine coating has been added to the front lens element, and the entire lens barrel offers greater moisture resistance.
The SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 will sell for $1399 and will go on sale in Japan starting September 23rd in Nikon and Canon mounts, arriving in the US soon after. A Sony A-mount version will follow later. A pair of new teleconverters designed for use with the 150-600mm have also been announced.