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Tamron 50-400mm F4.5-6.3 VC VXD Image Gallery

Dustin Abbott

September 12th, 2022

Tamron has another game changer.

This is how I felt about the Tamron 35-150mm F2-2.8 VXD zoom because it blurred the traditional F2.8 zoom focal ranges (24-70mm and 70-200mm) while also providing a larger than typical maximum aperture.  I gave it a glowing review and purchased one myself.  I’ve used it extensively this year, and don’t regret that purchase for a moment.  The new Tamron 50-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD lens does something similar in that it takes the traditional 100-400mm telephoto zoom range and adds an additional 50mm of range on the wide end.  That may not seem like a big deal initially, but it opens up all kinds of additional photography subjects and changes the zoom ratio from 4x to 8x!  There are, of course, many lenses with an even larger zoom ratio, but those superzoom lenses are almost always compromised optically.  Tamron has a true game changer in their 50-400mm in that it not only gives a bigger zoom range but also improves on the optical performance of any of their previous 100-400mm lenses.  This is a VERY sharp lens:

The A067 can go from this angle of view at 50mm:

…to this at 400mm:

Move in closer, and that goes from this:

…to this:

That gives you a tremendous amount of versatility in framing your subject, and will make this lens a great option for landscape photography along with the more typical telephoto subjects.

Tamron likes complicated lens names, so let’s take a moment to unscramble what all those letters mean.  Di-III refers to a lens that is purpose designed for mirrorless mounts, which, at the moment, is uniquely in the Sony full frame E-mount.  It can also be used on APS-C E-mount cameras where the 1.5x crop factor gives a full frame equivalent focal range of 75-600mm.  VC refers to Vibration Compensation, which is Tamron’s optical stabilization system, important in telephoto lenses to help deal with camera shake.  Finally, VXD refers to the focus system, which is Tamron’s premium Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive, a high end linear focus motor system.

As we’ll see, the A067 follows in the trend of the 35-150mm by having a more premium build and feature set, but also comes at a higher price point than Tamron’s previous 100-400mm lens.  Is the A067 worth the asking price of $1299 USD?  Read my text review, watch the video review, or just enjoy the photos below.

 

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Thanks to Tamron USA for sending me a review loaner of this lens. *The tests and most of the photos that I share as a part of my review cycle have been done with the Sony a7IV along with the Sony Alpha 1 which will serve as my benchmark camera for the foreseeable future (my review here).

Photos of the Tamron 50-400mm F4.5-6.3 VC VXD

Photos taken with the Tamron 50-400mm F4.5-6.3 VC VXD

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