Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD review

The Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD delivers powerful telephoto reach in a reasonably portable package

Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Proving that compromise can be a good thing, this Tamron super-telephoto zoom delivers powerful reach with a fairly typical variable aperture rating, enabling a manageable size and weight for handheld shooting. It’s designed for Sony full-frame mirrorless E-mount cameras but is equally appealing for APS-C format bodies (a Fujifilm X-mount option is now available), on which it gives a supersized ‘effective’ zoom range of 225-750mm. Strong overall performance and a range of smart features make it a good buy at the price.


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    High-speed autofocus

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    3-mode optical stabilization

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    Arca-Swiss compatible foot


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    Typically modest aperture

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    Hefty for APS-C cameras

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The Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD is the company’s first super-telephoto zoom for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras and, was more recently released in Fujifilm X mount. It’s up against stiff opposition from the excellent own-brand Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS, which gives even greater telephoto reach. However, the Sony lens is physically nearly 50 per cent longer, somewhat heavier and more expensive to buy.

The 150-500mm is very similar in many respects to some of the best 150-600mm lenses, like Tamron’s own SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, which is also compatible with those brands of mirrorless cameras via their respective mount adapters. Again though, the 150-500mm is more compact and lightweight, and feels better balanced on slimline mirrorless bodies.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.