Tam­ron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2

£1349, $1399 www.tam­ron.com

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Tam­ron has up­dated its SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD ul­tra-tele­photo with this new G2 re­vi­sion, with many en­hance­ments. An im­proved op­ti­cal de­sign con­sists of 21 el­e­ments in 13 groups, in­clud­ing three LD (Low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ments for re­duced chro­matic aber­ra­tion and boosted sharp­ness. Tam­ron’s eBAND glass coat­ing is used to re­duce ghost­ing, flare and re­flec­tions, and it’s touted as do­ing so while main­tain­ing in­creased light trans­mis­sion.

Fo­cus­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics have also been tweaked, as the G2’s clos­est fo­cus­ing dis­tance is now 2.2 me­tres, down from 2.7 me­tres in the orig­i­nal op­tic. The lens’s new USD (Ul­tra­sonic Silent Drive) aut­o­fo­cus motor gets a speed boost to help in­crease re­spon­sive­ness when shoot­ing fast-mov­ing sub­jects. And to en­sure your shots stay sharp, Vi­bra­tion Com­pen­sa­tion is now ca­pa­ble of 4.5 stops of sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

Three VC modes are avail­able, with Mode 1 si­mul­ta­ne­ously sta­bil­is­ing the viewfinder im­age and cap­tured im­age, while Mode 2 is de­signed for use when pan­ning. The third VC mode sac­ri­fices sta­bil­i­sa­tion of the viewfinder im­age in favour of max­i­mum cap­tured im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

A new zoom ring en­ables the fo­cal length to be locked to any po­si­tion to pre­vent zoom creep, and Nikon users now ben­e­fit from an elec­tro­mag­netic di­aphragm for more pre­cise aper­ture con­trol.

Weigh­ing 1990g with its tri­pod mount, the Nikon-fit G2 lens is a shade heav­ier than the lens it re­places, but it still un­der­cuts the 2300g Nikon AF-S 200–500mm f/5.6E ED VR. A wa­ter and oil-re­pel­lent flu­o­rine coat­ing on the front lens el­e­ment, along with full weather seal­ing, seal the deal. First im­pres­sions_

Tam­ron’s lat­est su­per tele­photo lens seems set to of­fer even bet­ter value for sports and wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers after top op­ti­cal qual­ity and AF per­for­mance.

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