After having posted a set of 40 sample pics, Photography Blog published also the review of the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DI VC USD lens (and more sample pics). The Tamron 150-600mm offers a lot of bang for the money and can be preordered for $1069 at Adorama or B&H Photo.
- Build quality is very good, despite Tamron traditionally offering lenses at the cheaper end of the market. The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD feels solid in your hand [...]
- The zoom ring is generously wide and has a ridged, rubberised grip band
- The Tamron [...] benefits from a moisture-resistant construction
- The Tamron [...] features a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) that allows near-silent auto-focusing. Importantly, this solution allows instant manual override
- Chromatic aberrations [...] are impressively well controlled with this lens
- [bokeh:] an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades for a pleasing rendering of the out-of-focus highlights
From the conclusion:
The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD is an excellent ultra-telephoto zoom lens, offering good image quality with smooth bokeh and sharpness, an effective built-in image stabilisation system which makes it possible to hand-hold and still get sharp results, and a price that certainly won’t break the bank. The auto-focus system is reliably fast, mostly accurate and very quiet too, and Tamron’s optic is smaller and lighter than the Canon and Nikon equivalents despite offering a bigger focal range.
Product description and specs after the break.