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My thoughts on my new Tamron 150-600mm

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Mar 18, 2014 15:19 |  #16

Just got one of these for my wife, very impressed, and yes it is as sharp as a 100-400.:shock:

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Mar 19, 2014 05:12 |  #17

jus.t preordered mine from B&H. Interesting to see how it will do on the 1DX

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Mar 19, 2014 09:45 |  #18

Tom Reichner wrote in post #16766408 (external link)
Softness was an issue, but not a deal-breaker. AF was a bit slower than the 100-400, but not a deal-breaker. Color cast was poor, compared to the Canon L glass I am used to using. That wasn't really a deal-breaker either, though.

So, what was the deal-breaker? All three of these things combined. I could have lived with any one of these minor shortcomings, but all three together just had too much of a negative effect on the final images.

I wonder if it will be the same with this new Tamron - too many minor shortcomings all added up together, resulting in not-quite-as-good images. But I hope that is not the case, and that this new lens is a real top-notch performer. It'd be great to get stellar image quality in every area, for just a thousand bucks. We'll just have to wait and see, as more and more reviews from experienced photographers come in.

There is quite a few samples out there. Unfortunately, We have been hit with bad weather this spring and I haven't got a chance to try my Tamron in any good light. I can tell you there is noticeable CA at any focal length. It is very well corrected and that is a big plus. This lens performs as well or better than the 100-400L but has 200mm more reach. That's coming from an 100-400L owner. I had serious reservation about the Bigmas because even though they advertise for full frame compatibility, the IQ was really degrading on a full frame body. The vignetting on the Tamron was not noticeable. I shot F6.3 all the way to F13. The sharpess and contrast was good all the way through.

Lets talk about AI Servo. I know some 7D owner have been vocal about the AF performance. I do not own an 7D. The comments that I heard is that you need to release the half-press shutter and press it again to start hunting again when you go from far to close target. Not a deal breaker to me. On my 5D3, the AF is working as expected. I took a lot of photos on AI servo and I was very happy with the performance. Its not the speed of an 400m F5.6 but its more than acceptable. I will put the lens through my 70D this weekend and give you some impression.

I love that the lens is black. it less apparent for the wildlife and the tourist.

On the cons side, its quite heavy. I was so happy I got a cotton carrier vest with me when I took it out. I was able to handhold at 1/250 but it was tough. Its a good workout for the forearm after 20sec or so. Get a monopod or a tripod and this lens is a killer. The zoom ring is moving in the opposite direction than Canon lens to zoom in. and the focus ring is very small. I think most Tamron are like that. You do have to get used to it.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70D, Canon EF 24-105L, Tamron 150-600mm, Tamron 70-200 F2.8 DI VC USD, Sony A7r, Sony FE 55mm F1.8

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