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Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Review (ephotozine)

 

The eBand coating delivers good results when shooting against the light – 1/320, f/7.1, 500mm, ISO 320

All pics used with permission.

ephotozine reviewed 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 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 the Tamron 150-600mm (Adorama | B&H Photo), a lens that’s getting one positive review after the other. More details and sample pic after the break.

ephotozine‘s review is as complete as usual, with test charts and sample pics (high res). Some excerpts from the review:

  • Although this is quite a large lens, it isn’t overly heavy, weighing 1951g. This is due to Tamron striking a good balance between build quality and weight by using high quality plastics for much of the construction of the lens barrel
  • autofocus is very quick and accurate
  • Manual focusing is a pleasure as the focus ring is well damped and very smooth to operate
  • At 150mm, sharpness already approaches excellent levels in the centre of the frame and is very good towards the edges of the frame
  • At 300mm, the high level of sharpness in the centre of the frame is maintained, although clarity towards the edges of the frame falls away to fairly good levels
  • at 600mm, sharpness in the centre of the frame is still very good at maximum aperture, and clarity towards the edges of the frame is fairly good

The lens was tested on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. In the conclusion they write

With this lens, Tamron have created something that offers more reach at the telephoto end than equivalent lenses, whilst still being able to deliver good sharpness for a reasonable price

Tamron SP 150-600mm

The highlights:

  • Very good centre sharpness throughout the range
  • Effective Vibration Compensation system
  • Good value
  • Good build quality
  • Extremely low CA
  • Low distortion
  • Resistant to flare and retains good contrast shooting into the light

1/160, f/5, 200mm, ISO 1250

[via ephotozine]

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