Two for E: new Tamron ultra-zooms for Sony cameras

The next few months are turning out to be quite a time for the E-mount: the 14mm and 50mm G Master lenses as well as three compact G primes are slated for May release, and now Tamron has announced a zoom from each side of the spectrum for June release. The 11–20mm f/2.8 Di III-A RXD and 150–500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD both feature BBAR-G2 coatings for reflection control, moisture resistance, and fluorine coating; both are also fully compatible with advanced Sony features like Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF.

Check out more details and gorgeous sample images below, along with links to pre-order your own today. You can always stop by your local Mike’s Camera to place an order as well, of course!

Go long with the 150–500mm f/5–6.7 Di III VC VXD

This ultra-telephoto has a much longer reach than most, yet it’s less long than a sheet of copy paper is wide. At 150mm, the minimum distance to focus is only 23.6″ (70.9″ at 500mm), so you won’t find yourself stumbling backwards too often. And while that’s not truly macro, a 1.3x magnification factor isn’t too bad for an ultra-telephoto!

The VXD (that’s Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) autofocus system is quiet and precise, like Tamron’s RXD AF, but configured for maximum speed. For wildlife and sporting photography, that kind of speed is a must! Another welcome feature is a Vibration Compensation system with three distinct settings: standard, panning, and framing-focused.

A convenient zoom lock and Arca-Swiss compatible tripod mount, included, round out the package. Anticipated release date: June 10, 2021. This one is hot on the trail of adventure—are you ready to follow it?

Sample images

Take it all in with the 11–20mm f/2.8 Di III-A RXD

On the other end of the spectrum is one of the widest zoom lenses to be developed for the E-mount system. The 3.4″ long 11–20mm gets wide enough to tackle just about any scene, without introducing fisheye distortion, and the f/2.8 aperture is bright enough to tackle low-light situations. A minimum focusing distance of 5.9″ at 11mm (9.4″ at 20mm) makes this lens a nice choice for a dive into the world of wide-angle close-ups, too.

Note that this lens is sized for APS-C sensors. It is compatible with full-frame E-mount cameras, but will produce a vignette around the image unless you’re using Super 35 cropped mode.

Anticipated release date: June 24, 2021. Go wide, go wild!

Sample images

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