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Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 for Canon Digital SLR (Model A022)
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- New FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism enables the locking of the zoom ring at any position
- Fluorine Coating and improved Moisture-Resistant Construction
- Lightweight and easy-to-hold tripod mount is compatible with an Arce-Swiss style quick release plate
- AF speed is faster and much more responsive with moving subjects
- VC performance is 4.5 stops (VC mode 3) and offers three modes optimized for different shooting situations
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|Aperture Control Design||Controlled via Camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Included Components||Lens, Lens hood, rear cap, front cap|
|Item Dimensions||5 x 5 x 10.2 inches|
|Item Type Name||Tamron sp 150-600mm f/5-6.3 di vc usd g2 for canon|
|Item Weight||4.4 pounds|
|Lens Design||Fixed Zoom|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||6 Years|
|Maximum Aperture Range||f/5.6 -f/6.3|
|Maximum Focal Length||600 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm Full Frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||150 mm|
|Number of Elements||21|
|Number of Groups||13|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||95 mm|
|Shipping Weight||6.65 pounds|
The SP 150-600mm G2 Ultra-telephoto lens with upgraded optical performance enables handheld shooting with remarkable definition. The new lens builds upon the success of the current SP 150-600mm (model A011) which Tamron first introduced in December 2013, including better overall optical performance and faster AF speed, VC enhancements plus flouring coating and Flex Zoom Lock. This new lens includes three LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements which completely eliminate axial and transverse chromatic aberrations. Anti-reflection technologies, band Coating and BBAR Coating improve light transmission and suppress internal reflections, including light reflected off the camera’s image sensors. So even when taking a backlit photograph, ghosting and flare caused by reflected light are fully eliminated. This lens is equipped with a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor that delivers excellent responsiveness and control. AF speed is significantly improved and enables high-speed focus even when capturing moving subjects. FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism quickly locks or unlocks the zoom at any position simply by sliding the zoom ring. The VC (Vibration Compensation) effectiveness is equivalent to 4.5 stops. Specifications: Model Name A022, Focal Length 150-600mm, Format size Di, Maximum Aperture F/5-6.3, Minimum Aperture F/32-40, Diagonal Angle of View 16 Degree25' - 4 Degree8' (for full frame format cameras), 10 Degree38' - 2 Degree40' (for APS-C format cameras), Lens Construction 21 elements, 13 groups, Minimum Focus Distance 86.6 in, Max. Mag. Ratio 1:3.9, Filter Diameter Ø95mm, Length for Canon:10.2 in / for Nikon: 10.1 in, Maximum Diameter Ø108.4mm, Weight* for Canon: 70.9 oz. / for Nikon: 70.2 oz., Diaphragm Blades 9 (circular diaphragm), Image Stabilization Performance** 4.5 stops (in VC Mode 3), Standard Accessory Lens hood, caps, case.
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The first lens I got, new from a reputable vendor, was simply defective. The images were very soft and there was no range in which objects were in focus; everything from close to far was blurry. I returned it to the vendor for replacement.
The replacement was not as terrible as the first, but it was still soft and had weird specular highlights, for lack of a better way to describe it. The glass elements clearly caused some distortion of the light, which became even more obvious when the images were cropped. The images were "passable" for someone who never crops and never prints large, but they were nowhere near as good as I had expected.
The image stabilization is really very good, at least on stationary objects, although it uses up battery life rapidly. When I switched it to the mode for following moving objects, it did not perform as well, but perhaps this is due more to the lens' slow autofocus. The autofocus is noisy and sounds more like an industrial machine rather than a piece of performance equipment, and it can not keep up with moving objects. It does even worse in less-than-stellar lighting.
In the end I exchanged the replacement Tamron lens for a Canon 100-400mm, and when compared side-by-side at full zoom the images from the Canon 100-400 far exceed the quality from the Tamron 150-600. Although it costs a bit more and it doesn't have as much reach, I feel that the extra reach is wasted if the images are so soft that the detail is lost. Also, the Canon lens, while still hefty, is substantially lighter, and the autofocus is much faster and quieter. It also can focus much closer, making it more useful for macro photography, and its image stabilization is excellent. Also, despite being lighter in weight, the Canon actually feels more solidly built.
The image below shows a side-by-side comparison of the moon taken with the replacement Tamron (not the defective one) and the Canon lens I finally settled on. These images were taken in the exact same circumstances a few days apart (which accounts for the change in the moon's phase appearance). More details are visible, and sharper, with the Canon lens, despite it maxing out at 400mm rather than 600mm.
The quality of light plays a big role in getting sharp shots. I also expect to be able to get slightly better sharpness with a monopod. I've not yet tweaked the focus settings with the Tamron TAP-in Console, but that could help further.
I've attached some images, all handheld, with some LR processing.
- The price – you can’t beat it for the focal range
- It is significantly lighter than some of the competition (i.e. the Sigma 150-600 sport version)
- The image stabilization is fantastic for a lens of this length (and price)
- The focus, when you are already close to in focus, is really snappy
- The focus motor is fairly quiet (it is moving a lot of glass – it can’t be silent)
- The tripod collar is already configured for an Arca Swill tripod head
- if you are way out of focus, the lens slowly gets closes in on the focus then snaps into focus
- The lens hood is very thin and feels really cheap
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