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Best Tamron Lens for Wildlife Photography - SP 150-600mm F/5-6.7 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022)

Wildlife photography takes a lot of patience – photographers must sometimes wait hours to even glimpse the animal they want to photograph and, even then, there’s no guarantee of a good shot. Wildlife photographers can’t intervene or change the environment or landscape, nor can they position or direct an animal. Photographers also must keep a distance from their subject, so they don’t scare them off or endanger themselves. All they can do is find a comfortable position and wait.

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While frustrating at times, this makes wildlife photography extremely rewarding because there’s no feeling like getting the perfect shot after hours, if not days, of waiting. Wildlife photography is also extremely important to land conservation efforts and environmentalism because it makes wildlife accessible and relatable to people across the globe, especially those who may never be lucky enough to see certain animals in their lives.

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Because it’s so important, and because of how unique the discipline is, having the right equipment is crucial to succeeding in wildlife photography and getting a great shot when the opportunity arises. Lenses are one of the most important pieces of camera equipment, and the Tamron A022 SP 150-600mm F/5-6.7 Di VC USD G2 ultra-telephoto zoom lens is a standout in its category. An upgrade to the original 150-600mm, this advanced ultra-telephoto zoom lens has faster AF speed, improved vibration reduction, and better overall performance. Let’s take a closer look at what makes the Tamron 150-600mm G2 ultra-telephoto zoom lens so special!

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While it’s the second generation of the original Tamron SP 150-600mm (Model A011) ultra-telephoto zoom lens, we built this one from the ground up, so there were no limits to what we could improve. Building on the success of the first 150-600mm lens first introduced in December of 2013, we set out to make an even better ultra-telephoto zoom lens for wildlife photography by upgrading optical performance enabling handheld shooting with remarkable definition, adding Fluorine coating, increasing auto focus speed, and more.

You will immediately notice the improved optics in the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.7 Di VC USD G2. It includes three low dispersion lens elements that completely eliminate both axial and transverse chromatic aberrations. This is made possible by an upgraded optical construction – 21 elements in 13 groups. Light transmission and the suppression of internal reflections are also improved thanks to the anti-reflection technologies of BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating and eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating included in the 150-600mm G2.

With how far away subjects typically are from wildlife photographers and because these subjects are often in motion, vibration compensation is crucial in lenses designed for wildlife photography. So, we included three different VC modes in the 150-600mm G2. This improved VC will minimize blur from slight camera movements and enable the freedom of handheld shooting that low-light conditions require.

Zoom is another vital aspect of lenses intended for wildlife photography use and the Tamron 150-600mm G2 features FLEX ZOOM LOCK – a mechanism that quickly locks or unlocks the zoom simply by sliding the zoom ring. This enables photographers to shoot at any angle without fear of the zoom adjusting unintentionally.

Wildlife photographers and their equipment can go through a lot in different shooting environments, and that’s exactly why we coated this ultra-telephoto zoom lens with Fluorine coating for protection. The compound is water and oil resistant, making the lens surface less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dust, moisture, dirt, smudging, and fingerprints. The coating also makes the lens easy to wipe clean in preparation for that next shot.

There’s a lot more to like about Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.7 Di VC USD G2 ultra-telephoto zoom lens, so click here to learn more!

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