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Old Feb 21, 2015, 2:39 AM   #1
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Default how good is the Tamron 150-600?

okay, it's not a *Canon* lens, and it's not a lab test - no MTF charts or lines/mm resolution results. but I care more about real-world results anyway, and as far as I'm concerned, the 150-600 delivers excellent performance for a lens of this type, especially one at this price! this is a 100% crop, no resizing, and more importantly, no post-processing at all... no color or contrast adjustments and no sharpening whatsoever! it may not be quite as sharp as the untouched image from one of the big primes like the Canon 500 f/4L, but those cost well over 5 times as much, even for a used one! for a zoom telephoto, especially one that sells for a mere $1100, this is excellent! when you get images this good straight from the camera, it doesn't take much to make them really shine! 7D, 150-600 @ 500mm, 1/640 @f/9...

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Old Feb 23, 2015, 12:40 AM   #2
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Okay, I am not allergic to third party made lens. And I got one! I don't know how it compare to the new Sigma 150-600mm. I am pretty happy with this lens. Best bang for my bucks!
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I must agree, Best bang for the buck. Super sharp.
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Old Feb 24, 2015, 7:09 AM   #4
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Thats a real sharp shot
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Old Feb 24, 2015, 11:24 AM   #5
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Great image.

Yes, the Tamron 150-600 provides great bang for the buck!
It is 1/2 the cost of the Sigma 150-600 and the Canon 600mm prime clocks in at 12,000$us now so it is right out of the "affordable" ball-park.

And it seems to perform well, especially on a crop sensor camera that only sees the center sweet spot of the image circle produced by the lens.

I'm seriously considering adding this lens to my kit.

If you want to see a not-so-scientific youtube video here is one comparing using the Tamron 150-600, Sigma 150-600, canon 100-400, and canon 400.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgurGidoSJs
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That lenses is on my want list. From all I've heard and seen you just can't beat this for the cost.
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Rocky,

I have this lens as well. However, I am looking to add a 2X tele-converter. I have a Canon 40D. Do you have any feedback regarding which converter to purchase? Any pros or cons with a converter?

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Old Mar 9, 2015, 11:54 AM   #8
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The EOS 40D will not autofocus with a lens slower than f6.3
Add a 2x tc, which drops 2 stops of light to the 150-600 and you get a very slow f/13 combo.

You can still manual focus with it, but the viewfinder will be on the dark side.

Even the top end cameras won't autofocus with lenses slower than f/8.

Note that the Tamron distributor does not recommend the use of any teleconverters with the Tamron 150-600 VC lens.
And in general the use of teleconverters does degrade image quality to varying degrees.
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Peter,

What a bummer. I do a lot of bird photography and I cannot always get that close to them. I think I am too focused on filling my camera frame. I guess I need to learn to crop my photos.

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Yes getting a working super telephoto setup that can successfully take teleconverters as well is a very expensive option.

Alternatives are to hire a long lens combo for a weekend of shooting when needed.
Or to work on your skills at getting closer and/or using blinds if possible.
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