Last month, third party photographic lens maker Tamron announced that it was going to start developing its longest length telephoto lens: a monster that maxes out at 600mm. For comparison, there are astronomical telescopes with shorter focal lengths. The lens, to be officially known as the 150-600 f5-6.3 Di VC USD, will, in addition to its huge focal length, also feature the latest in other technologies, as well.
Initially announced in mid November, at the time of the initial announcement, Tamron did not have a price or a ship date set in stone yet. Now, a month later, Tamron has announced a ship date for the United States: January 17 as well as a price: $1069.
So, what about the new lens itself?
For starters, the new lens will, as its name indicates, feature two of Tamron's latest innovations: ultrasonic focus and image stabilization, both of which will come in extremely handy for a lens of these unique specifications. Tamron's Ultra Silent Drive (USD) not only allows for quiet, fast, and accurate focus, but also for full time manual override of the AF, which means that one can manually focus the lens without ever flipping the switch from AF to MF mode. As for the Vibration Compensation (VC), Tamron promises that it will help offset camera shake (and thus blurring) caused by the hand movement, which can make taking picture with a 600mm lens very difficult otherwise.
As for other features, Tamron's new lens will feature low dispersion glass, optical coatings, a 9-blade rounded diaphragm, and even photo editing software.
Want one yet? Well, you know when it will hit stores but, unfortunately, pricing is still TBA..
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