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Anybody here using this lens and can provide some feedback on its IQ?
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Post #1, Nov 21, 2011 15:20:42


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I have one, and nowhere near as sharp as the 100-400L. But, you pay more for the 100-400L, so it's a tradeoff.

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Thank you. I'm looking for a bit more reach...I have the 70-300L IS that I am quite happy with except it loses some sharpness at 300. Was considering the 400L (no IS :() then came across a review of the Tamron 200-500 (still no IS :() that was quite positive. But based on your assessment, I will go back to considering the 400L.
Thanks for taking the time.

Post #3, Nov 21, 2011 16:41:43 as a reply to Code20photog's post 1 hour earlier.


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Look at the Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM or Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HS.

Post #4, Nov 21, 2011 16:57:06


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Pretty good lens for the money. I got mine way back for around $500 used.
After a couple warranty trips to Tamron (elements realignment) it worked great, and it was realtively sharp. Plus, compared with the Bigmos, it was f/5.6 up to 450mm. It was a bit sharper than my Bigmos at 500mm. But my 100-400L was sharper than both of them.
AF was slow though, not suitable for BIF.
But all in all it was a cheap and lightweight way to reach 500mm

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I did forget to mention, mine had to go in to Tamron TWICE for the same issue, it just froze and wouldn't allow the camera to shoot in about the 320-450mm range.

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Yeah, I had to be quazi nasty with Tamron before they really fixed mine. They just "calibrated" AF instead of realigning the groups/elements, even though I sent them sample photos taken with manual focus through live view and 10x magnification...

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O.K. everyone, you're making the 400L 5.6 looking better and better.

Post #8, Nov 21, 2011 19:00:54 as a reply to gabebalazs's post 26 minutes earlier.


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I used one for about 5-6 years but as mentioned the AF is too slow for flying birds so I had to manual focus which was not that great and did not result in a lot of keepers there. For other critters or birds at rest it is functional. It is very light weight and has great optics but with no stabilization and a slow AF it is not something I would personally go back to. I still have mine but will be selling it soon as I have been using the 100-400L for the last few months and prior to that over the past two years I have been using the Sigma 150-500 OS and more recently the 50-500 OS. All 3, although a fair amount heavier, are all better lenses with the winner being the 100-400L which I should have bought years ago. If you need a light weight lens it is a good choice other wise there is better choices although they may cost more. Mine did have to be serviced by Tamron as the power diaphragm needed replaced and then they left a thumb print under the front element.

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I have only had mine a few months. I chose it over the Canon 100-400mm when I only had the XSi/450D.
With the 7D, I notice the awfully slow AF :(

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