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Initial reviews are starting to surface about this lens as well as the tamron site link - SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
I hope they can do it well and many more of us can try a bird on a stick image without resorting to a hide and patience etc.
Canon rumours suggest it might be $1000.
At 30cm it would look quite impressive next to my sigma 70-300mm.
I look forward to some real reviews.
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Review currently on canonrumours website , haven't read it as yet
The review came through finally as the review authors website had gone offline as there was so much interest that the ISP thought a DDOS attack was happening.
Optical of this lens are good , very less focus breathing and it does not need to focus a lot after zoom in and out . tele at 600mm @ F6.3 does have viggenting but it improve a lot stopping down to F8, also sharpness and contrast does improve a little bit after stop down to F8 . But no significant improvement stopping down more.
I did not always shooting wildlife , but this really a good lens which worth every penny . You can get more than it worth if you really need a lens like this within that price. Focus speed are good , Optical Performance are good enough . VC was a little but useless in this case because you cannot freeze the target with VC although i can shoot with about 1/125 at 600mm with VC . I using 1/400 or 1/640 try to freeze the target , some smaller birds need higher like 1/1250 .
Focus speed and Optical performance may not able to match up canon 500mm F4 and 600mm F4 expensive havy prime cannon but it landing top tier performance in 1000-1500 USD range . I did try CANON 70 200 F2.8 II with a 2x TC but it cannot match this lens cause that 600mm reach was impressive , for people who shooting in wildlife and they told me 7D with canon 500mm F4 with 1.4 TC still not tele enough. Although i always use this lens in 600mm during the test , zoom was a good function because sometimes it is hard to find the brid with 600mm (just like sniper hard to looking for target with zoom in )
Final comment :
A good value lens appear in the market ! 600mm reach , F6.3 does not a matter for DSLR nowdays which have good ISO , fast focus , light weight (1.9KG with tripod mount), also a very long warranty period (3-6 years as i remember in Hong Kong ) . I am very impressive with this lens .
I write chinese review cause the website are mainly in chinese , but i made this english version for english reader because this lens was not launch at oversea , sorry for my english again and hope you can understand what i said =D
Looks like Tamron have a rather special lens on their hands from reading the review
I wonder if they will ever do an m4/3rds version, just imagine, 300-1200mm eq FOV - Oh yeah!
Looks good! Dunno if it's cos I've had a couple of glasses of wine but I could not stop laughing at the review...... ah, it doesn't take much...
I should add of course that the reviewer's English is infinitely better than my Chinese.....
Patience and hide still needed for 600mm
Just had mine a few days and the good old British weather has not been too helpful at the moment so only a couple of hours taking photo's with it so far. Learning a new lens AND camera together I'm finding a little difficult. Getting the best camera settings to suit the lens and how I use it is a little more difficult than I thought. Having said that I am extremely happy with the results so far and it is sharp at 600mm. AF on my camera is really fast but the comparison is against the 200-500 version on a Sony A700 so I guess it would be!.
Here's one of my early pics:
Looking good so far methinks.
Ouch, forgot epz has size limit for photo's, sorry.
We posted our detailed review yesterday:
I have one on pre-order. Hope its released before the bald eagles nesting near here are gone for the year.
Think I'll be putting in a call to my contact soon, I'm eager to try this one
Quote: Think I'll be putting in a call to my contact soon, I'm eager to try this one
I really liked your last review series, hope you get to post some more sample/examples ...
Thanks Stuart. If the last two SP series lenses I've tested are anything to go by, it should be a damn good lens for the money. Their 70-200 is the sharpest I've used (even caused me to sell my Nikon).
Gotta say though, the 150-600 is not much of a looker, but it will certainly open doors for those on a budget if it works well.
Just ordered mine i also have a Tamron sp di vc 70-300 mm lens which is great with a much better vibration control
than the image stabilizer my Canon 100-400 has, and if the new Tamron is as good as some say
my Canon could well be redundant
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