Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Review (and sample pics) – updated

All pictures copyright by Frank Wong, used with permission.

Update 2: the original post is online again.

Update: Frank Wong’s server is experiencing heavy traffic load, it may be unreachable. You can download a zip file with all pics here (27MB). Please be aware that the pics are without description, so to get the whole story you have to wait for Frank’s server to come online again (hopefully soon).

Frank Wong published a review of Tamron’s latest lens, the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD superzoom (Adorama | B&H Photo). Moreover, Frank was so kind to provide an English version of his review (thanks!). More about the Tamron 150-600mm, auto-focus test video, and product and sample pics after the break.

Frank found the lens to be a good performer, with some vignetting between f/6.3 and f/8. Contrast and sharpness also improve stopping down to f/8. Focus speed is good (see videos below). Overall Frank found that the Tamron can not match up with Canon’s EF 500mm f/4 IS (price & specs) and EF 600mm f/4 IS (price & specs), at least not for focus speed and optical performance (but then the Tamron has a pretty lower price tag, $1069, not to mention the flexibility and reach of the zoom range). This appears to be an excellent lens for sport and wildlife photographers. A Canon EOS 5D Mark III was used for the test.

I really encourage you to have a look at Frank’s review, which comes with lots of product pics and sample pics (original size can be downloaded).

Below: focus speed in bright light

Below: focus speed in low light


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="601"] Canon 5D3, 1/400, f/6.3, ISO 200, 600mm[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"] Crop from the sample above[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Tamron SP 150-600mm Canon 5D3, 1/400, f/6.3, ISO 5000, 600mm[/caption]

Tamron SP 150-600mm

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"] The tripod mount has some sharp edges, it may hurt your fingers while operating it.[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="601"] Filter thread is 95mm[/caption]

B&H has the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD available for pre-order for $1069. The lens is set to ship January 17, 2014.

  • Canon EF Lens Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/5 to f/40
  • Three Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive Autofocus Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Mechanism
  • Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Removable Tripod Mount
  • Includes SILKYPIX Developer Studio
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  • Marcio

    The link for Frank’s review is not workng.

    • Admin

      too much traffic

  • Wesley

    This guy should not be posting reviews of camera equipment until he has a better understanding of photography. None of the sample images were shot with a shutter speed faster than 1/640 and there is noticeable motion blur. And the zip folder files aren’t full size.

    • Mark

      I agree it’s not the best review, but its better than the other options, which at the time were almost nothing.

      Can’t fault the guy for trying.

    • @Wesley,
      Would be nicer to show us your review, along with your criticism.

  • tedtedsen

    i have this lens for my D800 it has AF problems on 3d tracing mod as Nikon Calls it it frezes first it hunts then it stalls if needs to focus from closest to infinnety this is common issues on this lens from 300mm and out the range and the Nikon Mount has the latest firmware too for me there is nothing i can do about it (selling it one option)