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Lenses / Re: Value Lens for birding
« on: April 21, 2014, 03:30:31 PM »
I've used the 5D3 with the 400 mm F5.6 with both the kenko 300 1.4x and the canon 1.4x III.  Didn't notice much difference between the two converters.  I definitely felt the need for the converter to get the reach that was lost moving from crop to full frame. 

I've also used the Tamron 150-600mm.  I'm quite impressed with this lens.  The AF isn't as fast as the Canon 400, but the image quality is as good as the canon with the 1.4x converter.  600mm at f8 gives a very usable picture.  It's not the Canon 600mm F4L, but it doesn't cost $12,000.  I think this lens is very suitable for casual birding.  It's got the reach, it zooms and it has VC.

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I have DSLR controller and a Samsung Tab 2 10.1 inch.  It works for me.
I have just received the WIFI transmitter that is supposed to work with DSLR controller, but I haven't had a chance to play with it yet.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Osprey
« on: February 16, 2014, 11:44:19 AM »
A couple of mine


2013-8-16-3 by jim4496, on Flickr


2013-09-02-1 by jim4496, on Flickr

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I find it encouraging that other reviewers are coming to similar conclusions with me.  I think that will help those interested to feel more confident about moving ahead.

Ordered mine this morning.  Big step up from my Sigma 150-500.

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Great review Dustin.

Looks like a winner.  I already have one of the big primes, but I will be adding this as  I find a zoom useful in some situations.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: January 18, 2014, 05:26:53 AM »
So, just checked and there is no  USA availability today.
It does appear to be in stores in Europe, although the  European launch date was never announced.


Can I ask you which stores? EU Amazons don't have it and I can't find it on price search engines either.

Anyway, the release in US was probably moved to monday, I guess.

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-tamron-150-600mm-f5-6-3-sp-di-vc-usd-lens-canon-fit/p1547626

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: January 17, 2014, 04:49:27 PM »
So, just checked and there is no  USA availability today.
It does appear to be in stores in Europe, although the  European launch date was never announced.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: January 16, 2014, 01:21:50 PM »
I was at the Lensrentals  web site today and they have the Tamron 150-600mm VC etc available for preorder.  Hopefully this means Roger will soon get a few to play with, and give his take on the lens.

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Lenses / Re: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Hitting Market
« on: January 11, 2014, 04:08:43 PM »
Beautiful. Great pictures jthomson.  8)  Well done.

Not my pictures, just someone with a similar name, on flickr using a 150-600mm.

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Lenses / Re: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Hitting Market
« on: January 11, 2014, 12:26:37 PM »
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jthommo101/

Some bird pictures taken with the 150-600mm

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Lenses / Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« on: January 10, 2014, 12:08:36 PM »
Trying to make sense out of Canon lineup decisions is maddening.  For instance, why start putting IS in your wide angles rather than your telephotos???


Video.

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Lenses / Re: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Hitting Market
« on: January 08, 2014, 05:45:06 PM »
Why is there so much fuss about the quality of a $1000 lens that comes with a 5-year guarantee?

Cuz it's too damn cold and crappy outside to do anything else  :D

I'm thinking (hoping?) this lens will pleasantly surprise.

It will

Now that's just teasing !!!!
Looking forward to your review, do you know when/where it will be published first?

Regards
Yes Dustin, it's not nice to tease the less fortunate. :(

As to why all  the fuss.  It looks like this lens may be better optically than a canon 100-400mmL and is about 2/3 the price.  There hasn't been any real competition to the canon 100-400mm for way too long.   If enough of the established testers give this a thumbs up I'll be getting one, tired of wating  for an update of the 100-400.

Sigma should also be worried as none of their  400mm or 500mm zooms beat the 100-400mmL.  Although Sigma could be eating canon's lunch with their 35mm and 50mm primes.

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Lenses / Re: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Hitting Market
« on: January 07, 2014, 10:33:32 PM »

Now, I would say it's a good idea to wait until several reviewers have weighed in and frankly, I would want to wait until someone like Roger Cicala has a chance to run several dozen or several hundred copies through his system so they are thoroughly field-tested and any problems can be identified before buying. But I don't like blanket statements without any evidence to back them up.


Unfortunately Roger can't test the lens at 600mm which is where most people want to know how good it is.

 

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