Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di USD Lens for Sony

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dlkeller
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Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di USD Lens for Sony
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I was looking at the ad for this lens on the B&H site and noticed that the VR feature listed in the Nikon and Canon information for this lens is noticeable in it's absence in the ad for the Sony versions.  If their information is accurate then Tamron is once again screwing Sony users by leaving this feature of their version of the lens.  For shorter FL lenses this is not that big of deal as the Sony SS works well, but for a lens this long where a stabilized viewfinder image becomes very important to the user this is a major omission which makes the lens much less desirable then I had previously expected it to be.

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dlkeller wrote:

Sony SS works well, but for a lens this long where a stabilized viewfinder image becomes very important to the user this is a major omission which makes the lens much less desirable then I had previously expected it to be.

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I agree. I strongly prefer lens stabilization for the stabilized view. I have Sigma 18-250mm lenses on a Canon SL1 and a Sony a77. The Canon is more enjoyable to use at max zoom, strictly because the lens is stabilized. I will never buy another non stabilized long zoom lens.

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dlkeller wrote:

I was looking at the ad for this lens on the B&H site and noticed that the VR feature listed in the Nikon and Canon information for this lens is noticeable in it's absence in the ad for the Sony versions. If their information is accurate then Tamron is once again screwing Sony users by leaving this feature of their version of the lens. For shorter FL lenses this is not that big of deal as the Sony SS works well, but for a lens this long where a stabilized viewfinder image becomes very important to the user this is a major omission which makes the lens much less desirable then I had previously expected it to be.

Doesn't bother me.  I have the 500mm mirror and use it hand held and the SSS is effective.

Do I have to hold it steadier because I don't have a stabilised viewfinder image?

I don't know because I don't have an alternative frame of reference but if I am doing then this is probably a good thing anyway.

I do have the Sigma 105 macro with O/S and in theory I ought to prefer the O/S than the SSS at 1:1 magnification but I don't.  So that is another reason why I am not bothered it isn't on the Tamron.

I am seriously considering the Tamron but if I get it I  may also go for a tripod with Wimberley head as I think at an effective 900mm f/l on my A77 hand holding such a lens at max zoom is going to tax either stabilisation mechanism.  I also won't be taking this lens out as a matter of routine as I often do with the 500mm mirror so lugging the tripod is part of the deal.

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I have been trying to figure that for a while as well , The General I assume photo of the lens on the Sony ad has the control switch but it is omit in ad copy , Tamron will be leaving sales on the Table with the A7 for it would be the only other choice besides the Bigma for the Non stabilised A7 , Sigma's site for the 50-500 claims OS is not offered for Sony and Pentax but in fact it is , I only hope Tamron / B&H is just not mentioning it as to not confuse potential buyers cause of Sony's  built in SS , I have been checking the site every couple days to see when they post price , one gripe would be is if it is omit on Sony and the Price is the same as Canon/Nikon.

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In reply to dlkeller, 7 months ago

I love it when people review an item they have never used and jump to some amazing conclusions.

I have used the Tamron 200-500 for years and it doesn't need any additional image stabilization.

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seilerbird666 wrote:

I love it when people review an item they have never used and jump to some amazing conclusions.

I have used the Tamron 200-500 for years and it doesn't need any additional image stabilization.

No one is 'reviewing' anything.  Based on the performance of the 200-500 potential buyers are hoping sony isn't excluding in lens os because of the lame 'Well sony already has is in a-mount non-sense.

Sony I believe has shares in tamron and I am sure that is the reason tamron left out lens is* with the new 70-200 2.8 in sony a-mount.  If you read reviews on the tamron or several sigma zooms, lens is* can blow away sony's in camera stabilization.  With  600mm of reach that can be very useful/beneficial/making the difference between a good shot or not.

So while no one 'needs' lens is, it would be a great feature as several lenses have shown consistently and indisputably that it is generally more effective . Not everyone wants ,needs or even can use a tri-pod in many cases either.

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...would be nice to see some recent tamron 200-500 shots from you.*

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I am considering to buy this too and I don't bother if the stabilisatio. Is in camera or in lens. And I think at 600mm cropped sensor and eith possibly magnification in viewfinder, I wouldn't need a stabilization, as I would use a tripod. But as I said, I have no real experience with this type of super tele lens.
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seilerbird666 wrote:

I love it when people review an item they have never used and jump to some amazing conclusions.

I have used the Tamron 200-500 for years and it doesn't need any additional image stabilization.


So while no one 'needs' lens is, it would be a great feature as several lenses have shown consistently and indisputably that it is generally more effective . Not everyone wants ,needs or even can use a tri-pod in many cases either.

thanks-brian

...would be nice to see some recent tamron 200-500 shots from you.*

I agree with Brian. Those who have used long zoom lenses, stabilized and unstabilized, seem to prefer the stabilized lens. For me, It's more enjoyable to shoot with. Whether or not it's better than in camera IS, I wouldn't know. Results from my shooting have been fine with both stabilization systems. It would be nice to have the choice.

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Are you enjoying this lens? I have one coming for Christmas, and wondering how others that have used it are finding it...

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In reply to Setter Dog, 7 months ago

Agree,

For long tele-lens, In-lens stabilization is more effective than In-body Steady Shot.

The Sigma 70-200 has OS in Sony version.

According to some review, At 200mm, the In-lens OS is about 1 stop better than In-body SS.

and the newly released lens has much better In-lens stabilization than the Sigma's OS.

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I'm not reviewing, just commenting on the advertising.  I'm glad you are so rock steady, but not all of us are so fortunate and sometimes a tripod just isn't a good solution.  I do have experience with stabilized Canon Binoculars as opposed to non-stabilized ones and know for a fact the stabilized image works a WHOLE LOT BETTER for me.

My real complaint is to the fact that a feature is left off the Sony version of a lens which has it in the CanKon versions and is still sold to us at the same price.  I bought the Tamron 18-270 PZD anyway, but would not buy the longer lens under these conditions unless nothing else was available.  Fortunately Sigma is giving me other options.  I also have the option of jumping systems due to lack of support and affordable lenses by both Sony and 3rd party suppliers, an option that is looking more desirable by both Sony and 3rd party decisions recently.

I would think the NEX users would really be up in arms complaining about this.

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dlkeller wrote:

 I also have the option of jumping systems due to lack of support and affordable lenses by both Sony and 3rd party suppliers, an option that is looking more desirable by both Sony and 3rd party decisions recently.-

Dave

I agree with this thinking. I just ordered a Canon 70D, primarily because the Canon lenses are stabilized. I will keep my Sony a77 for awhile and evaluate the two side by side on which is more fun for me to use. I honestly believe the stabilized lenses will be a big factor in my decision as to which system to go forward with . A large part of my shooting is long zoom and I really value the lens stabilization. Not everyone will agree with me, but that's my take on it.

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In reply to Dave Oddie, 7 months ago

The SSS seemed to work better than the lens OS, so I leave it off on the lens. It may be that the lens OS just isn't that good in macro and near macro ranges.

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When I'm using any longer tele zoom lenses with the stabilization inside the lens, the most important advantage compared to in body sensor shifting is stabilized view finder picture. At least for me this makes a big difference and it also makes the framing of the shot much easier, especially if and when you are shooting at 500 mm or longer. OS in lens is also usually more powerful than SSS and gives you sharper photos.

It's a big mistake if lens manifactures are continuously leaving the in lens OS system out of the Sony mount lens versions and still asking for the same price for it as Nikon and Canon versions with stabilization. I really can't see myself buying those lenses.

Fortunately there are still some models with OS in lens also for A-mount. I'm quite happy with the Sigma 50-500 OS.

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I have the Tamron 200-500 and find it to be a good sharp lens other than the Dorky hood it's a Dandy , I also have the Stabilised Sigma 50-500 and Primarily shoot on the long end with Both , The in body SS works well out to about 400 on the Tammy but in comparison the Sigma in position 1 also stabilises the Viewfinder and does it exceptionally well something in body does not achieve and out past 400 or so it works better at least for me on my 77/99 , I simply would not have purchased the Sigma without OS , Point is if Tamron gives Sony the Stepchild treatment and chooses to leave OS off Just for Sony when they could just as easily include it and charge the same price, I have used the Sigma on my Nex 7 with excellent results I can't do much with the Tamron on the Nex without a Tripod , I have enough gear I carry without "Having to have " a tripod when a flip of the switch would enable a Clear shot , And with the introduction of the A 7/r Tamron would really have something here that is unique in it's the longest Zoom available for the Big 3 and could Please all if they would include their version of OS , Last I checked 500 is not 600 that extra 100 mm will change the effectiveness for in Body SS at that range and I bet substantially . If you were being charged for OS would you be "good" with it if they left it off ?

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Tammy 200-500 images HIwassee Wildlife Refuge
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Hand held (by a not so strong girl). Sandhill cranes are migrating through.

f8 420mm jpeg from a77 cropped and sharpened in cs6

f8 500mm jpeg from a77 cropped and sharpened in cs6

After learning to use the tammy 200-500 handheld I am having second thoughts about wanting the 150-600 lens. I think it will be heavier and I won't be able to handhold it like I can this one. And I won't need two lenses so similar in length.

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Re: Tammy 200-500 images HIwassee Wildlife Refuge
In reply to falconsusi, 7 months ago

They look good.. Thank you for posting.

I  have read many good user reviews and see many great images from the lens.

Thanks-brian

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