DxOMark tested the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens, Tamron latest image-stabilized ultra-zoom. Tamron made a lens that sells for $1069 (Adorama | B&H Photo) and offers a lot of bang for the money. Good sharpness, a great telephoto range, and accurate and quick auto-focus are among the highlights of this lens.
If Tamron built this lens to outperform the Sigma offering then they succeeded with full frame cameras. The gain in performance over their rival’s offering is less noticeable on the APS-C cameras. Despite that, the image quality is a slight improvement over the Sigma. Given the longer range and similar price, it’s a pretty impressive achievement.
The Tamron even outperforms the pricier Canon lens on the full frame Canon EOS 5D Mk III though it’s less convincing when compared with the Canon EOS 7D. There’s likely too little in it to switch but for first-time buyers the new Tamron is attractive proposition.
The Tamron SP 150-600mm was compared to other lenses:
- Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 Di VC USD vs. Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM vs. Canon EF100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS mounted on a Canon EOS 7D – click here
- Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 Di VC USD vs. Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM vs. Canon EF100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS mounted Canon EOS 5D Mk III – click here