Tamron has reinvented themselves in recent years, releasing highly practical and affordable lenses alongside innovative options like the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD. They have now announced the development of another lens in the spirit of the latter group, the 50-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD, expected to arrive later this year.
The 50-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD is expected in fall of this year for Sony E mount cameras, though that could change with ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID and supply chains. Nonetheless, with a focal length range from normal to extreme supertelephoto, it already sounds quite exciting. It wouldn't be the first time we saw such a lens; Sigma used to make a 50-500mm lens, for example, but in the old days, lenses with such extreme zoom ranges often made significant compromises in image quality to get that focal length versatility. However, we've seen major strides made in recent years, and you can now get decent to very good image quality out of many such lenses.
The 50-400mm will be rather compact, coming in at 7.2 inches long, though it'll weigh 40.7 ounces. It will also feature a VXD autofocus system for fast and quiet autofocus and Vibration Reduction, a welcome addition for longer focal lengths. Another welcome addition will be its 1:2 maximum magnification at the 50mm end, adding more to its versatility. The lens will also be compatible with Sony's Eye AF.
There's no news yet on price, but altogether, the 50-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD looks like it will be an impressively versatile and interesting lens. Hopefully, we'll see it soon!