Tamron. Like many other major lens manufacturers, are producing more lenses for X-mount. The 150-500mm F5-6.7 is indeed abudget alternative to Fujiiflm XF150-600mm F5.6-F8. The current price is USD $1999 for Fujifilm and USD $1499 for Tamron. The saving is $500. I did see this same lens for Sony E mount that is going for $1299 at B&H. If this same lens for X-mount is at USD $1299, we truly have a budget alternative. One need to note we are losing 100mm in extra focal length vs the Fujifilm. This make-believe saving is almost 35%, which is $700! One could only wait and see if the price would match the E mount option in the months ahead; after the glitz is over.
Now, lets zoom in; to see what I think of this lens? This is a non-birding photographer’s first impression. I had a week with this superzoom lens. And a shout out to Tamron Singapore for this opportunity. I am basically clueless like any new photographer that wanna venture into the superzoom territories. I brought the Tamron to the Jurong Bird Park, to attempt to shoot some birds, obviously. This is what amateur does! After spending USD $25 for the entrance ticket; my venture only lasted for 30 minutes and it begin to rain cats and dogs. Of course the X-H2S and Tamron are both weather resistant; but not me!
This lens runs on high-precision linear motor. Therefore I have no complain on the AF ability of this lens. I mount it on the new X-H2S and they work well. The zoom turning ring; takes just a 90 degree turn to achieve from 150mm to 500mm. This lens has VC ( Vibration Compensation). How many stops of compensation; I have no idea. Another plus point; at 150mm, one could take some pretty close up.
The built quality is nice. It’s plastic but feel pretty luxe. The weight is about 1.7kg. Is it heavy? If I compare with XF150-600mm, its heavier by 100 grams and has 100mm lesser reach. So that is a down side for me. I guess the selling point for 3rd party lens has to be the price. This Tamron is versatile, has good glass and fast AF. All this at a lower price. So what is there not to love?