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Old Jan 21, 2014, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default New tamron lens . . . Thoughts?

I'm posting this here, since most folks here need all the reach they can get

This looks like a very intriguing lens. I'm sure it will be a bit soft at the 600mm end but the preliminary tests seem promising. For a 10th of the cost of a prime. . . who knows. I may rent one soon and give it a run.

What are your thoughts on this?

http://petapixel.com/2014/01/20/tamr...zoom-shootout/
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Old Jan 21, 2014, 11:00 PM   #2
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I'm posting this here, since most folks here need all the reach they can get

This looks like a very intriguing lens. I'm sure it will be a bit soft at the 600mm end but the preliminary tests seem promising. For a 10th of the cost of a prime. . . who knows. I may rent one soon and give it a run.

What are your thoughts on this?

http://petapixel.com/2014/01/20/tamr...zoom-shootout/
This is a lot of reach for very little money, 100mm longer than the Bigma and 200mm longer than the Canon EF 100-400mm L for $500 less. According to the test results, the resolution on this lens is not bad. It is a little lower than the Canon but better than the Bigma. Please report back to us about your evaluation on this lens. The one thing I really want to know is the focusing speed comparing to your Canon 100-400mm. Thanks in advance.

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I have the older 200-500mm version and have always been very happy with it. It is not the optical quality of my Nikon200-400mmVR, but then it's not a $6500 lens either. Having said that, it is an outstanding lens for the price. I have some very good shots from that lens and it is hand hold-able. The new 150-600mm is about 1.5lbs heavier than my 200-500mm. One thing I always loved about the 200-500mm lens was that you could zoom it by the push/pull method. You didn't have to twist the zoom ring which made it much faster and easier to zoom in and out. It looks like that is still the case with the new 150-600mm.

I have a friend that is also very interested in this lens. Based on my experience with the Tamron 200-500mm I would not hesitate to get this lens if it was all I could afford. One other thing. My only knock on the lens is that the tripod collar ring did not tighten enough to keep the lens from turning. I fixed this by cutting a small piece of wide rubber band to fit between the collar and the lens. Worked perfectly.

If you rent one let us know what your impressions are.

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... You didn't have to twist the zoom ring which made it much faster and easier to zoom in and out. It looks like that is still the case with the new 150-600mm.
Steve - From the article's picture of the lens it doesn't look like it with the markings on the ring
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Steve - From the article's picture of the lens it doesn't look like it with the markings on the ring

Agreed, but the 200-500 looks the same way and was not intended to be a push/pull zoom lens. It just so happened that the way they designed it allowed you to grab the front of the lens and pull or push it to zoom. It was a happy chance that it worked that way. I was guessing that the new lenses design might also allow it to be zoomed the same way. Just guessing.
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Here's a pretty good review. The hi-res images look pretty good, even in not so good lighting conditions. Throw in a little sharping in post and you have a petty good image.

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/ta...s-review-23866
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Agreed, but the 200-500 looks the same way and was not intended to be a push/pull zoom lens. It just so happened that the way they designed it allowed you to grab the front of the lens and pull or push it to zoom. It was a happy chance that it worked that way. I was guessing that the new lenses design might also allow it to be zoomed the same way. Just guessing.
Come to think of it my Bigma does the same... I should use it the same way as my Canon 100-400 then instead of turning the zoom ring - Great idea, thanks
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Thanks, Scott! The test review certainly looks great and can easily replace the Bigmas as the best bang for the buck. From what I can see from the pictures on the review of this lens, it looks like a well made product. The only thing wrong is the funny looking tripod collar. I wonder if it is difficult to hold it by hand.
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Here's a pretty good review. The hi-res images look pretty good, even in not so good lighting conditions. Throw in a little sharping in post and you have a petty good image.
... Very tempting for that extra 100mm
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Thanks, Scott! The test review certainly looks great and can easily replace the Bigmas as the best bang for the buck. From what I can see from the pictures on the review of this lens, it looks like a well made product. The only thing wrong is the funny looking tripod collar. I wonder if it is difficult to hold it by hand.

I would remove the tripod collar as on the Bigma since it has VC who needs a tripod?
Beside most BIF need the higher shutter speed anyway...
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