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Latest Lens Comments

Latest comments, thoughts and reaction to our recently reviewed Photography Lenses, including the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Review.

Two years on I am delighted with the image quality of this lens; the only real downside for me is that the switches are easy to displace and need to be checked; this lens replaced an unreliable Sigma Sports which In the end I sold via a well known retailer; I trust that it has behaved for its new owner; the Tamron is a mere fraction behind my old Sigma Sports 150-600 in terms of image quality but in terms of weight and reliability it is streets ahead.
I bought the Tamron G2 when it was on offer and I was delighted that the money was taken off at the point of sale rather than going through corporate hoops of fire to reclaim the rebate making the price just below £1,000.
It has served me well and hopefully will continue to for a long time to come.

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I totally agree with David Thorpe's review. I bought one and I love it ! It looks and feels like a $1000 lens. Iím very impressed with the quality of the construction and the creamy bokeh with that dreamy look. No more need to get a FF body to get shallow DOF. The center sharpness wide open is totally acceptable, beyond my expectations. The focus and diaphragm rings are butter smooth. Itís hefty but I like the stable feels it gives me shooting handheld at longer exposures. It's now my single most favorite MFT lens just ahead my Olympus 75mm f/1.8. And at $350 street piece, it's a steal.

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Which is better optically in the overlapping ranges: Tamron 28-200 vs Sony 24-105?

Made by njphoto on 5 Oct 2020 6:55PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

In choosing a macro lens, my primary criterion is the image quality (sharpness, barrel, chromatic distortion ...). Qualitative features come second. Then I choose the camera/ adapter that it can be fitted to.

Yet this "20 Best" review, amongst others, does not compare quality directly.
There is no ranking of quality, or features that others might consider of relevance, by which the reader can make an informed choice.

You have all the required data, but it is really difficult excavating them out. Why not share your findings as a summary table?

Made by cvh01 on 1 Oct 2020 6:01PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Nearly two years later I have found this review very useful as I have just bought a 500mm f/5.6 because of the current price reductions.

Thank you John for your excellent review and Len for your invaluable input.

No excuses, I just have to go out there .....


Made by peterjones on 29 Sep 2020 11:09AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

@MarcM - I doubt that you will see much difference in image quality between the two lenses nor do I think there's much difference in AF between the two. They are both generally excellent. Hope that helps you decide!

Made by johnriley1uk on 26 Sep 2020 12:34AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Thanks for your reply.
Well, if the image quality is about the same overall (specially bokeh quality), then i would have no doubt, i would go for the f1.8. I don't care for the 1/3 of stop difference. Thing is I don't want to trade too much image quality to go lighter... On the other hand, I'm assuming the autofocus is better in the f1. 8, am I correct?

I recently bought the Samyang 35mm F1.4, and I'm reasonably happy with it, but I still can return it and buy the new f1.8 if it's the better option.

Made by MarcM on 25 Sep 2020 10:38PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

@OGee - I haven't reviewed the Sony lens so can't really comment on that.

@MarcM - The cost difference is for 1/3 stop and the weight and bulk increase needs to be offset against that. It really depends on whether the individual needs the extra speed and that justifies the extra cost and bulk. I know what I would do, but that's not really saying anything about what your own requirements are. These things are such a personal choice.

Made by johnriley1uk on 25 Sep 2020 8:46PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Thanks for the review, as always one of the first (if not the first) to be published.
How it compares to the Samyang f1.4? Do you think the f1.4 it's worth the extraq size and weight over the f1.8 (and 100Ä more where I live)?

Made by MarcM on 25 Sep 2020 7:41PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply