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Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD, reviewed by TerminalCity

 
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Dec 03, 2014 13:46 |  #1

I guess I'm in the minority in my opinion of this lens but I was quite disappointed with it in practise. Sharp enough out to 400mm if stopped down, but beyond that it didn't actually resolve more detail than you'd get by cropping that 400mm FOV. Certainly a borrowed 400mm f/5.6 out resolved it at 600mm considerably.

AF with the 70D I had at the time was ok at 400mm and below (albeit a bit slow), and rather hit-or-miss (mostly miss) beyond that once it hit the f/6.3 zone. But, even manually or live view focused images at 500 or 600mm were just too soft for my eyes.

If I could live with it being a 400mm lens I'd be happy enough - but it's rather large and heavy for a 400mm lens.

Depending on your subject matter some of these things may or may not matter. But value for money wise while it's obviously the most cost effective way to 600mm there are certainly some limitations beyond 400mm and it's that part of the focal range that was most important to me and is what impacts on my review ratings the most heavily.




  
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Dec 03, 2014 13:50 |  #2

Thanks TC - I appreciate it as I am in the market - so much to choose from at the present time with the new ones from Sigma and Canon coming. I might reach and grab the sigma 120-300 2.8 and when I need the reach use 1.4x.


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Dec 03, 2014 13:57 as a reply to  @ lance60031x's post |  #3

That Sigma does look nice, I probably should study it in a bit more detail myself. I'm waiting for the new 100-400 II; the initial reviews I've seen look quite favourable and it seems to play ok with a 1.4x.
I should note that my comments on the AF of the Tamron are in comparison to my current longest lens (70-200 f/2.8 II) and the 400 f/5.6 that I borrowed for a couple of weeks, so I guess I'm used to fairly snappy performance...




  
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Dec 04, 2014 10:15 |  #4

I have the Canon 100-400mk2 on order as well. But I am starting to question that - given all these other candidates that coming on. I have a disease to be an early adapter and this is causing me issues - lol.
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Dec 08, 2014 17:49 |  #5

I tried this lens also and found the same results. Beyond 400mm it was soft. I sold my lens and made up my mind not to buy any more third party lens.


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Dec 09, 2014 11:47 |  #6

Might be worth having a look at what this guy has been producing with this lens, albeit on Nikon bodies.
https://www.flickr.com …n/sets/72157644​820182203/ (external link)




  
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Dec 10, 2014 04:41 |  #7

There are plenty of Canon users producing great pics with this lens, just look at the forum samples. I found it sharp @600mm wide open.

Sorry to find a few have had a less positive experience.


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Dec 13, 2014 07:17 |  #8

My experience with the Tamron 150-600 is that is is sharp all the way to 600mm even wide open. It takes allot of good long lens technique to use this lens. It appears that the longest lens in the OP's collection is a 70-200mm. The learning curve going from that lens to a 150-600mm is huge.


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Dec 13, 2014 13:52 as a reply to  @ Larry Weinman's post |  #9

It's not the longest I've used ;-)a. And if it's not sharp locked down on a tripod with shutter speeds >2k on a bright suny day just when will it be? The resolution just wasn't there.
My 100-400 II arrived yesterday and already I can see an increased resolution over what this one was doing for me.
That's my experience, I felt my ratings were biased towards generous.




  
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Dec 14, 2014 14:32 |  #10

I have used the lens extensively on the 5DIII and found it to be sharp out to 600mm at f/8, and have been able to use small crops of small birds at very good resolution. It is not so good on a crop camera such as the 70D - you need very sharp lenses on crop. The DxO review says the same. However, the old Canon 100-400mm L is no better than the Tamron at 400mm on the 70D. My other lens set up is the Canon 300mm f/2.8 II with the 1.4x and 2xTcs, so I am used to good lenses. The Tamron is acceptably sharp and a reasonably light lens for hiking.




  
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Dec 14, 2014 20:07 |  #11

I have to echo some of the earlier comments regarding this lens. It takes some time and patience to master, but it can be done. I was about a month getting the hang of it. Also, I find it hard to reconcile claims that it is not sharp with my own results, as well as with posts by many users showing just how sharp it is, even wide open at 600mm. My experience is that it is more than acceptably sharp, and for the price it is absolutely excellent.


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Dec 14, 2014 23:19 |  #12

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=pknight;17332822...I find it hard to reconcile claims that it is not sharp with my own results, as well as with posts by many users showing just how sharp it is, even wide open at 600mm...

And the inverse of this is true for me ;-)a. Maybe my sample is outside the norm - I've no way of knowing. From the brief time I've had the 100-400 II there's no comparison in IQ; though I can't do a direct AB comparison any more I'm pretty sure I can crop the 400mm to the same FOV and retain more detail than the Tamron at 600mm (as I could with the 400/5.6 prime).

After struggling with real world performance I did all I reasonably could to remove myself as a variable (good target, bright daylight, tripod, live view x10, mirror lockup, remote release...), and I decided I wasn't happy with it.

I wasn't expecting 600/4 performance either, but had hoped for more than it gave.

I'm aware others are having a good time with theirs, and that's great! I enjoying seeing what others are producing with theirs.




  
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Dec 17, 2014 15:28 |  #13

I'm using this lens with a 7D and admit it's probably my own fault for expecting too much of this lens. I've been trying to shoot fast moving water based sports in typical poor UK light (at least at this time of year) and found I've had quite a few focus issues compared to say my 70-200 f2.8II with either a 1.4TC or a 2.0TC. it seems fine for relatively static objects, but in my hands at least, I think the lens is probably too long for my to hand hold reliably as well as not quite as sharp as I hoped. I have read several people with FF cameras say it is pretty sharp and indeed have seen many sharp images on POTN. Perhaps it is just me then?

With hindsight (or should that be foresight?) I would have bought the new 100-400mm and most likely been happy with that on my crop sensor. I'm going to save up in the new year and see if I can flog a 'mint' Tamron in exchange for the Canon, I think.


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Dec 18, 2014 05:26 |  #14

Geordie Amanda wrote in post #17338271 (external link)
I'm using this lens with a 7D and admit it's probably my own fault for expecting too much of this lens. I've been trying to shoot fast moving water based sports in typical poor UK light (at least at this time of year) and found I've had quite a few focus issues compared to say my 70-200 f2.8II with either a 1.4TC or a 2.0TC. it seems fine for relatively static objects, but in my hands at least, I think the lens is probably too long for my to hand hold reliably as well as not quite as sharp as I hoped. I have read several people with FF cameras say it is pretty sharp and indeed have seen many sharp images on POTN. Perhaps it is just me then?

With hindsight (or should that be foresight?) I would have bought the new 100-400mm and most likely been happy with that on my crop sensor. I'm going to save up in the new year and see if I can flog a 'mint' Tamron in exchange for the Canon, I think.

Hi Amanda, excuse the question but are you trying to pan with the VC on? The lens is not designed for that.

A good gimbal head might help, but if you are low on shutter speed with action then the number of keepers would be low with most kit I would think.


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Dec 18, 2014 17:32 |  #15

Lester Wareham wrote in post #17339218 (external link)
Hi Amanda, excuse the question but are you trying to pan with the VC on? The lens is not designed for that.

A good gimbal head might help, but if you are low on shutter speed with action then the number of keepers would be low with most kit I would think.


Thanks for the reply and it's a fair question, but I'm shooting with it off (I see the new Sigma has panning IS....doh). I often take pictures of Flyboards and Kite surfers, so I need to go left-right and up-down, pretty quickly. I think a gimbal would be to compromising/unwieldy as well as more money that could go towards the 100-400mm. I think it might be cheaper to move somewhere that has more sunshine :D


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