Tamron 150-600

Started Jun 27, 2014 | Discussions thread
jay_akita Regular Member • Posts: 255
Re: Tamron 150-600

DAVID MANZE wrote:

jay_akita wrote:

Tom Lusk wrote:

by 600mm the lens isn't especially sharp at all

That statement plus the ample supply of PF noted, is enough to turn me off this lens.

A quality xmm-400mm zoom lens with a matched TC would possibly do better.

There are many real world examples that would suggest otherwise - especially stopped down a bit. Excellent bokeh to boot. First link especially has some phenomenal shots @ 600mm.

http://www.sumeetmoghe.com/2014/02/field-testing-bigron-aka-tamron-150.html

http://www.andersonstockphotos.com/blog/tamron-150-600mm-f5-6-3-telephoto-zoom-lens-additional-images/

http://www.andersonstockphotos.com/blog/tamron-150-600mm-lens-field-test/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ciphertux/sets/72157640716188384/

http://dustinabbott.net/2014/01/tamron-sp-150-600mm-f5-6-3-di-vc-usd-review/

No problem.  It seems there may be some caveats to AF with this lens on a Canon depending on camera model (I've read they've been fixed with a lens FW update) but when it comes to IQ IMO the first link says it all.

Personally, if had a 500mm prime and was able to get photos as good as the 600mm photos in the first link I would be thrilled but could never justify the cost.  Or the size penalty for lugging around such a specialty lens (I'm not a birder but am always disappointed when I spot some cool wildlife and don't have a super telephoto to capture it).  I could see throwing the 150-600 in the car every time I venture out of the city and even taking it along on day hikes.  I think it'd be pretty fun taking landscape photos at the long end taking advantage of the extremely narrow field of view.

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