Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Review
I dumped my trusty Canon 100-400L lens for the new Tamron 150-600mm. Talk about taking chances! Anyway, after much deliberating I jumped in the deep end and placed my order. My Tamron arrived two days later and I nervously opened the box and unpacked it.
Canon 100-400mm - at 400mm F5.6 1/60th - Handheld
Tamron 150-600mm - at 400mm F5.6 1/60th - Handheld
Here are 100% crops for comparison:
I feel that the Canon wins here due to better contrast, but with a little editing I think the Tamron will match the Canon. Anyway, pretty good for hand held shots at 1/60th and 400mm!
The next morning I did a more controlled test. The camera was set to manual for accurate comparison. The camera was tripod mounted and the timer was used to release the shutter. No artificial light was used.
I feel the Tamron slightly out performed the Canon in image quality. Both lenses focused equally fast. Bokeh was excellent on both lens.
Canon 100-400 at f8, 1/200th sec, ISO100, Tripod Mounted 400mm zoom
Tamron 150-600 at f8, 1/200th sec, ISO100, Tripod Mounted 400mm zoom
And here are crops of the above images:-
To me the Tamron has picked up slightly more detail but image quality for both is superb.
Backlit waterbuck - focus is on the right hand side waterbuck's forehead. f11, 1/160th secThe image is a bit soft but this I think is due to the slow shutter speed.
Heading back home I felt anxious but confident at the same time. I was not disappointed!! The lens performed very well and produced sharp images. I had no problem in deciding that the Tamron had officially replaced the Canon for me. The real bonus? The extra reach! That extra 200mm makes a big difference. Of course all the shots I took were on Single Shot and I am yet to try the Servo mode with this lens. But I could hand hold at 1/250th second and get sharp images so I am sure the Servo mode will work very well.
Overall I am very pleased with this lens so far. I think Tamron have a real winner!
Warthog, 1/640th sec, f10, 600mm
Zebra, 1/5000th. f5.6, 300mm
These following images have been slightly edited, mainly a bit of cropping and a small contrast boost.
Focal Range and Length
Excellent VC (Vibration Control)
Accurate Focusing and Speed
No carry case
95mm Filters will be expensive
Max aperture at 600mm is f6.3
Don't forget you can see my complete portfolio at Shutterstock or Dreamstime. I hope to have lots of images taken with my new Tamron uploaded there very soon!
Disclaimer: I have not been compensated for this review and my conclusions were not influenced in any way. The opinions stated here are my own. I have tried to be as balanced and objective as possible in reviewing this lens.
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