Tamron 150-600 Review - by Frank Wong

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Tamron 150-600 Review - by Frank Wong
Jan 3, 2014

Not sure if this has already been posted, but here is (maybe) a new review for your consideration:

http://it.wyswig.com/2014/01/02/review-tamron-sp-150-600mm-f5-6-3-di-vc-usd-english-review/

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Re: Tamron 150-600 Review - by Frank Wong
In reply to hypercore360, Jan 4, 2014

This review indicates the lenses are being made in China. Is this the case with all the 150-600 lenses or just the review copy?

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In reply to hypercore360, Jan 4, 2014

Thank you for the link...and many thanks to Frank Wong for reviewing the lens for us to see.

Yes, I saw it yesterday. It seems the autofocus is relatively slow (compared to what I'm using now). I assume the autofocus would be faster if we prefocused on something nearby. What do people think about the Tamron 150-600mm autofocus, especially for those that have used telephoto lenses with focal lengths of 300mm or greater?

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In reply to shenango, Jan 4, 2014

shenango wrote:

This review indicates the lenses are being made in China. Is this the case with all the 150-600 lenses or just the review copy?

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I'd be shocked if it was made in Japan, or even Taiwan. Their 70-300 is from China, and that's how they're going to keep the costs down. I'll also expect the typical shaky QA.

Roll the dice! Is it a lemon or is it nice?

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In reply to hypercore360, Jan 4, 2014

The more I read the more I like it.

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Re: Tamron 150-600 Review - by Frank Wong
In reply to hypercore360, Jan 4, 2014

Focus limiter from 15m to infinity! Whoa! Did it really have to be so much
Now we really need a comparison to the 50-500 Sigma OS.

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In reply to Digirame, Jan 5, 2014

My question about the autofocus was clarified by this post (and the subsequent link). I find the autofocus acceptable based on these tests.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52840832

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Re: Tamron 150-600 Review - by Frank Wong
In reply to hypercore360, Feb 3, 2014

This is a very interesting lens. After reading Frank Wong's review as well as others (http://dustinabbott.net/2014/01/tamron-sp-150-600mm-f5-6-3-di-vc-usd-review/) I decided to buy this lens to replace my Canon 100-400L.

Here is a short review that I wrote:

http://www.fouroaksphotography.blogspot.com/2014/02/tamron-sp-150-600mm-f5-63-di-vc-usd.html

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Re: Tamron 150-600 Review - by Frank Wong
In reply to fouroaks, Feb 3, 2014

Interesting your review, i also shot wildlife and i think these lens can easily outperform my sigma 150-500 at the 500mm focal range.

What kind of tripod head would you consider for that lens, besidesĀ  using bean bags?

...i was thinking of a gimbal headĀ  for faster moving situationsĀ  like a zebra or warthog running

thnks great review

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In reply to fouroaks, Feb 3, 2014

This is a very interesting lens. After reading Frank Wong's review as well as others (http://dustinabbott.net/2014/01/tamron-sp-150-600mm-f5-6-3-di-vc-usd-review/) I decided to buy this lens to replace my Canon 100-400L.

Here is a short review that I wrote:

http://www.fouroaksphotography.blogspot.com/2014/02/tamron-sp-150-600mm-f5-63-di-vc-usd.html

Great review there. Very useful.

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Looks like there's issues with the 7D among some
In reply to happysnapper64, Feb 5, 2014

Over at FM they seem to be coming to a consensus that it doesn't work so well with the 7D, and others require center point focus to work. So, no AI Servo for BIF.

Looks like we'll need to wait and see if Tamron offers a solution...

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victorian squid wrote:

Over at FM they seem to be coming to a consensus that it doesn't work so well with the 7D, and others require center point focus to work. So, no AI Servo for BIF.

Looks like we'll need to wait and see if Tamron offers a solution...

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Has anyone reviewed it for BIF?  Would like to read a few good reviews on the BIF performance of this lens.

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Re: Looks like there's issues with the 7D among some
In reply to victorian squid, Feb 20, 2014

BIF will be fine.  I use the Sigma 150-500 for BIF and autofocus on my D300s is very slow at f/8.  I use the center point almost exclusively and do not use continuous focus.  I point at the bird, get focus, and track it.  In my experience, at least with my equipment, this works much better than any of the tracking modes.  Any other settings and techniques tend to not get focus at all, focus on background or foreground, hunt too much, etc.  The only difficulty I have using this method is tracking fast erratic birds, for example in the US, swifts, swallows, etc. can be tough.  Anyway, I don't have my Tamron (Nikon mount) yet, but I don't expect it to behave much differently than the Sigma in this regard.

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Re: Tamron 150-600 Review - by Frank Wong
In reply to hypercore360, May 16, 2014

hypercore360 wrote:

Not sure if this has already been posted, but here is (maybe) a new review for your consideration:

http://it.wyswig.com/2014/01/02/review-tamron-sp-150-600mm-f5-6-3-di-vc-usd-english-review/

Get the canon 400mm 5.6 its sharper even when cropped . http://youtu.be/1fmMG5jgDwk

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Re: Tamron 150-600 Review - by Frank Wong
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Review of canon version up on Lens tip. http://www.lenstip.com/index.php?test=obiektywu&test_ob=403

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Re: Tamron 150-600 Review - by Frank Wong
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pentaxk10duser wrote:

hypercore360 wrote:

Not sure if this has already been posted, but here is (maybe) a new review for your consideration:

http://it.wyswig.com/2014/01/02/review-tamron-sp-150-600mm-f5-6-3-di-vc-usd-english-review/

Get the canon 400mm 5.6 its sharper even when cropped . http://youtu.be/1fmMG5jgDwk

"Sharper" is meaningless unless you are comparing like to like, like two sensors the same except for AA strength with the same lens, or the same sensor with two different lenses of the same focal length.  What matters is how much detail you can get, and since the Tamron at 600mm, especially stopped down to f/9, has plenty of pixel-level detail on a 7D, the 400 cropped can't possibly have more detail, even if it does look sharper; sharpness without a standardized context is totally illusory.

Of course, the 400/5.6L has excellent AF, so you are more likely to get successful AF with it, but AF ability and lens sharpness are two completely different things.

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Re: Tamron 150-600 Review - by Frank Wong
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shenango wrote:

This review indicates the lenses are being made in China. Is this the case with all the 150-600 lenses or just the review copy?

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I just got mine in Sony mount and it was made in China.

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