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Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Two Week Report

  Hi All, hope you week has been good!  This week I was able to put the Tamron 150-600mm through it pace's.  The first thing I have to say I'm impressed with is its relative size and weight, which is very much inline with a Nikon 80-400mm.  So handholding this lens tends to be a lot easier, than say the Tamron 200-500mm I had awhile back. One day I spent at the zoo.  Using it both inside and outside in all different types of conditions.  Both low and high ISO settings, etc. (see picture of Peking Robin below).  A few days later at Horicon Marsh.  I will say I intended the Milwaukee Air show, but fog hampered the running of the show and both days were cancelled.

  Review

  • 4x ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150 mm to 600 mm
  • World class image quality, employing 20 elements in 13 groups and boasting an advanced optical design
  • Achieves a 600 mm focal length in a compact easy-to-handle package.  Found it to be nearly as well balanced as the Nikon 80-400mm Zoom.
  • Beautiful background blur effects thanks to a 9 blade circular diaphragm
  • VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism creates greater opportunities for sharper handheld photography
  • Comfortable autofocus featuring a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor
  • New elegant, high-class external finish
  • Easy-to-use tripod mount

    For those that pursue Wildlife, nature and sports photography.  You'll find this lens a great balance of features for the money.  Actually exceeding my expectations.   After all, where can you get a lens with this 600mm focal length reach for under 1100.00.  I understand as I write this that people are going to try to compare this lens to say a Nikon 300 F4 with a 2X teleconverter, or say the Newer Nikon 80-400mm.  Having shot with Tamron's 200-500mm in the past.   It was the first lens that offered me any decent reach for wild life shooting at a price I could afford.  The 200-500 was build like a tank, and also weigh that as well, though I know they lighten up later versions.    It was not the easiest  handholding lens due to weight.  Also focus was not very fast, and would tend to search allot which hampered it for wildlife action photography.  I've also shot with Nikons newer version of the 80-400mm 4.5-5.6 Zoom.  Let me say I love this lens, it's such an improvement over the previous version.  Its fast focus, great panning capabilities, and glance on my D3 make this a great walk around lens for many things. But its also 2700.00 price point.  Is it worth it?  I would say yes, but can everyone swing that?  Likely not!

    I hope if you considering getting this lens, that this info has helped to some degree.  If you'd like to ask a question about it, please feel free to email me.  Next time I will go a little more in depth on shooting with this gem.  Till then Happy photography!

Lance

  

Red Wing Black Bird at 500 mm as shot.

Red Wing Black Bird at 500 mm as shot.

Same Image zoomed in on the Black Bird to show detail.

Same Image zoomed in on the Black Bird to show detail.

Peking Robin,  460mm on Nikon D3S with Tamron 150-600m Zoom.  Camera ISO at 6400.  Photo unretouched.

Peking Robin,  460mm on Nikon D3S with Tamron 150-600m Zoom.  Camera ISO at 6400.  Photo unretouched.