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Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD Samples and evaluation. Post up yours.

 
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Jan 06, 2018 14:45 |  #16

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Jan 06, 2018 14:53 |  #17

Barrel distortion is noticeable on horizons but easily fixed by using the lens profile in LR.

This lens can function as a push-pull lens from 30-300 quite easily.

VC at 400 will take some getting used to. It locks on but after taking the picture the focus box has moved significantly. I guess that means it is much more aggressive than my 100-400L v1. I noticed it jumping when I followed a slow moving subject. I turned it off and will only use it at long focal lengths if I am forced to use slow shutter speeds.

VC at shorter focal lengths works as expected but definitely should not be used on a tripod.

Focus is reasonably quick changing between subjects at similar distances. Focus is noticeably slower than my 28-300L when making large focal lengths or distance changes.


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Jan 06, 2018 15:12 |  #18

Two more masterpieces!

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Jan 06, 2018 18:17 |  #19

This image has been cropped, sharpened, white balance and white point set.

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Jan 06, 2018 21:16 |  #20

very mooooving images!!! LMAO Thanks for sharing Scott, good work! this lens has promise.


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Jan 14, 2018 07:37 |  #21

I just came across #tamron18400 on Instagram. The images are obviously smaller than on POTN but can be helpful.


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Jan 18, 2018 23:55 |  #22

Took this one with me for eagles this last weekend, specifically to shoot it side by side w/ my 100-400 MkII:

Tamron:

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/DWBa​m2] (external link)BE in a tree_Can-1448 (external link) by Eric (external link), on Flickr

These shots are both shot from the same distance, same exposure settings and same processing applied to each. Both lenses have also been MFA'd to the body as best they can. Image wise, it kept up reasonably well but the critical focus is still much softer when viewed full size. But well within acceptable for a $600 lens next to a $2k lens. It's significantly slower to focus than the Canon, but still decent. The odd bit was that with Auto ISO enabled, this lens metered about 1.5 stops brighter than the Canon does...I had to go to full manual to get the same settings out of this lens without winding up a much higher ISO.

It would not be a regular choice for me to go birding with, but it certainly acquits itself fairly well. I would not bother trying to do BIF regularly with it, either, due to focus speed I mentioned above.

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Jan 19, 2018 04:22 |  #23

Snydremark wrote in post #18544210 (external link)
Took this one with me for eagles this last weekend, specifically to shoot it side by side w/ my 100-400 MkII:

Tamron:
QUOTED IMAGE
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/JDGv​HP] (external link)BE in a tree_Tam-1489 (external link) by Eric (external link), on Flickr

Canon:
QUOTED IMAGE
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/DWBa​m2] (external link)BE in a tree_Can-1448 (external link) by Eric (external link), on Flickr

These shots are both shot from the same distance, same exposure settings and same processing applied to each. Both lenses have also been MFA'd to the body as best they can. Image wise, it kept up reasonably well but the critical focus is still much softer when viewed full size. But well within acceptable for a $600 lens next to a $2k lens. It's significantly slower to focus than the Canon, but still decent. The odd bit was that with Auto ISO enabled, this lens metered about 1.5 stops brighter than the Canon does...I had to go to full manual to get the same settings out of this lens without winding up a much higher ISO.

It would not be a regular choice for me to go birding with, but it certainly acquits itself fairly well. I would not bother trying to do BIF regularly with it, either, due to focus speed I mentioned above.

Thanks for the comparison. The Tamron did better than I expected.




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Jan 19, 2018 19:24 |  #24

Snydremark wrote in post #18544210 (external link)
Took this one with me for eagles this last weekend, specifically to shoot it side by side w/ my 100-400 MkII:

Tamron:
QUOTED IMAGE
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/JDGv​HP] (external link)BE in a tree_Tam-1489 (external link) by Eric (external link), on Flickr

Canon:
QUOTED IMAGE
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/DWBa​m2] (external link)BE in a tree_Can-1448 (external link) by Eric (external link), on Flickr

These shots are both shot from the same distance, same exposure settings and same processing applied to each. Both lenses have also been MFA'd to the body as best they can. Image wise, it kept up reasonably well but the critical focus is still much softer when viewed full size. But well within acceptable for a $600 lens next to a $2k lens. It's significantly slower to focus than the Canon, but still decent. The odd bit was that with Auto ISO enabled, this lens metered about 1.5 stops brighter than the Canon does...I had to go to full manual to get the same settings out of this lens without winding up a much higher ISO.

It would not be a regular choice for me to go birding with, but it certainly acquits itself fairly well. I would not bother trying to do BIF regularly with it, either, due to focus speed I mentioned above.

Thanks for taking the time to compare and share. It is interesting how much darker the Tamron is at the same settings.


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Jan 19, 2018 20:15 |  #25

C Scott IV wrote in post #18544748 (external link)
Thanks for taking the time to compare and share. It is interesting how much darker the Tamron is at the same settings.

Honestly, that difference is more likely a difference in how the processing applied in LR. I adjusted the Tamron image first and then just copy/pasted the adjustments to the Canon image since they were the same exposure.


- Eric S.: My Birds/Wildlife (external link) (7D MkII, Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5, Canon 24-105L f/4 IS, Canon 70-200L f/2.8 IS MkII, Canon 100-400L f/4.5-5.6 IS)
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