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Tamron 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD, reviewed by Varago

 
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Mar 10, 2018 18:17 |  #1

I have not seen any review here for the Tamron 100-400 4.5-6.3 so here it comes :)

I have used the Sigma 100-400 F 5-6.3 for about a year and was never really happy with it. The focus and IS were not great but the IQ was great. Also it does not work with extenders, it is listed on the Sigma site for use in manual focus only with a 1.4 or 2.0 not to mention no tripod mount :( The weather resistance seal is at only at the mount which from what Sigma says is 75% percent of their problems with water/dust.

I was intrigued by the early reviews of the Tamron 100-400 so took a chance and ordered one from B&H. In the side by side comparison the Tamron was a hair sharper at 40 ft at all FL's, but I would think well within production tolerance. You had to be at 100% to see any difference. I did find the focus faster and more consistent with the Tamron and the VC better than the Sigma OS. At 67 I could get 3 stops with the Tamron and 2 with the Sigma.

The two things that were a major advantage to the Tamron for ME were weather resistance and the Tamron worked great on my M5 as well as my 7D MII. Sigma shows the 100-400 C sealed at the mount but Tamron shows their 100-400 has 10 seals from the mount to the front element.

Dustin Abbott has a good final review you may want to watch

So now the Sigma is on consignment.


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Aug 16, 2018 18:53 |  #2

Been thinking about buying one of these for birding in good light. Thanks for the review.


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Aug 20, 2018 13:45 |  #3

I just bought one and haven't used it much yet, but so far it seems really quite sharp and the focus is quick.

+1 on the Dustin Abbott review.




  
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Oct 06, 2018 22:19 |  #4

Thanks for the review.

I bought one a month ago, and really like it. In good light it’s fantastic; quick AF, and sharp. In low light it’s a little trickier getting high rnough shutter speed, and acceptable ISO.

Overall, i’m Very happy with the lens.




  
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May 28, 2019 15:44 |  #5

I have wondered about purchasing this lens. I have used the Canon 100-400L MkII a bit and it is a good lens on my 7D and 7D MkII. But I also have the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 G2 and wonder if it might be better to just purchase the 1.4x converter? I know I would be giving up a bit of reach but maybe the image quality would be just as good or better for less money?




  
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Jan 13, 2020 08:43 as a reply to  @ post 18951994 |  #6

This lens was my "buy next" for a long time, but the f6.3 and reported slowness turned me away from it.
I have Tamron's 70-200 which I'm very happy with, and I'll probably get a Canon 300mm f4 IS until I can afford a 300/400 f2.8




  
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Jan 13, 2020 10:05 |  #7

I note this lens' alphabet soup includes "USD" (Tamron's fast AF) but not include "G2"

Can anyone explain where this leaves this lens vs. the 24-70 and 70-200mm "G2" lenses for AF performance?


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Jan 13, 2020 10:15 |  #8

I had watched this video. Seems to have good results.

I ended up with the Canon 100-400 but was really considering this Tamron lens

https://youtu.be/4DRxQ​obKDMI (external link)




  
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Jan 13, 2020 10:27 |  #9

duckster wrote in post #18991263 (external link)
I had watched this video. Seems to have good results.

I ended up with the Canon 100-400 but was really considering this Tamron lens

https://youtu.be/4DRxQ​obKDMI (external link)


Thanks. I did see that.
I own and shoot the Canon, but we bought the SIGMA a few summers ago when it had just been released for my wife to use in Africa. It's been fine, but I just swapped out all my older Tamron f/2.8s for the newer G2 and see a nice improvement there. I was considering doing the same with this lens for the older SIGMA,. it seems a little more refined. that said, I have to admit, neither of us felt the SIGMA was really lacking. But for about the same price, it does look like the Tamron is a better bang for your buck.


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Jan 13, 2020 12:05 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #10

I have the Tamron G2 version of the 70-200 and have been very happy with both the images and AF speed as well




  
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Jan 13, 2020 12:24 |  #11

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18991254 (external link)
I note this lens' alphabet soup includes "USD" (Tamron's fast AF) but not include "G2"

Can anyone explain where this leaves this lens vs. the 24-70 and 70-200mm "G2" lenses for AF performance?

Pretty sure the G2 designation is just for lenses that they've previously released a version of; hence G(en)2. Not concrete, but reasonably comfortable that's it.


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Jan 13, 2020 13:58 |  #12

I had this lens (nikon version) and when it was spot on it nailed focus and created some great photos but it tended to have an inconsistent behavior with focus lock with moving subjects.

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Apr 09, 2020 20:04 |  #13

I'll chime in on this lens. It's great!! I've retired it from bird duty to landscapes since I got the Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens. The Tamron 100-400 paired with the Nikon D850 is awesome.




  
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