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Thanks, Dustin.

My question is about the long-term reliability of this lens.  Yes, it's got a 6-year warranty, but does Tamron have a reputation for honoring their warranties?  Will it be unrepairable after the warranty expires?  I.e., is this a 6-year consumable, or can I re-sell it with a clear conscience after 4 years if I choose to upgrade?  Yes, I know all equipment eventually dies outright, but how long does Canon continue to provide repair service for their L lenses?

I'd consider getting this lens, but not if it's going to "wear out" after 6 years.  Does anyone out there have experience with Tamron service, especially on older lenses?

Thanks again for the great review.

I'm sure you can understand that I have no way of answering that question.  The lens has just come to the market, and I don't know how well it will hold its value or hold up after years of field work.  I do know that I have both sold and bought used Tamrons, and I haven't had one fail on me yet.  My Tamron 24-70 VC has been my most used lens over the past year and I have taken it into multiple countries and all kinds of different environments without a moment's hesitation from it.  I'm feeling pretty good about that!

Still - how is having having a six year warranty a bad thing?

Just a note to everyone:  the site is demanding too many processes from the server, causing some outages (intermittently).  My web designer is working with me to attack this, so if you can't get through, please try again later.  We will solve this so you can all have a chance to see the review.  I sincerely apologize for the issue.  I'm getting a wee bit more traffic than usual today  ;)

The single biggest thing that I am anxious to see from Roger is what I simply cannot test:  sample variation/consistency.  That's a big deal, considering it is clear that there is a pretty broad sample variation with the 100-400L.

If you could consistently get as good or better results that the 100-400L at a lower price with better stabilization and reach, that's a big deal.

GREAT review, thanks greatly for the time taken to write it.

You're welcome!

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.

I too like a mix of zooms and primes for different applications.  I've never owned one of the big primes, but I have no doubt that shooting one would a great pleasure.

Great review!

Your reviews have always been good, but this is the best one yet! Congratulations on a job well done!

I had to put a lot of time into this one, both because I believe it was important, but also because there wasn't other reviews out there to help build my knowledge base or fill in details.  Looks like I should have also put some extra work into my server :)

Cracking review!  However, from my perspetive, I'm still interested in focussing on BIF when at 600mm.  I'm not a birder, but if it is good for BIF, it'll be good for cheetah and other big cats running. 

Just need someone to review that and if it's as good as the rest of Dustin's review, I might well get one.  :)

Unfortunately BIF is hard to do this time of year where I live in Canada.  There just aren't hardly any birds around!  There also isn't any open water right now that might attract waterfowl.  I'm afraid someone else will have to provide that kind of testing.

The site is back up and running.

I'm really sorry about the server issues.  I'm on hold right now with my host trying to resolve this.  I've not had this kind of crash before.

Reviews / Re: Canon 6D Review: 1+ Year Hands-On [video review]
« on: January 19, 2014, 01:29:39 PM »
Graham, just wanted to check in again to say that I just watched the whole video review.  Great stuff.  I don't agree on your degree of vehemence on the lack of usefulness of the Wi-fi (I have found quite a few very practical uses), but overall I agree with just about all of your other conclusions and appreciate the effort put into it.

Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« on: January 19, 2014, 01:03:24 PM »
Ok, I put my Tamron 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro up for sale today....

Keep me posted on how you like the new one.

Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« on: January 19, 2014, 01:02:49 PM »
do not waste your money on this crappy lens , it is a good lens optically but its mechanical quality is very bad.
it is cheap and there are many reasons for it.
my 24-70VC and 90 macro broke up into many pieces just after a few months of light use.
and , I sold them and decided never get Tamron, Samyong and Tokina.
I think Sigmas primes are fine but Sigma zooms are also as fragile as Tamrons'.

With all due respect, do you have any supporting evidence to this claim?  "Broke up into many pieces" seems unlikely.  I have used the 24-70 VC for close to ten thousand frames in countries around the world in all kinds of weather conditions without any issue.

Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« on: January 19, 2014, 08:50:03 AM »
Great review and wonderful set of images Dustin.  I wouldn't expect anything less from you :)

That's very nice.  Thanks!

Reviews / Re: Canon 6D Review: 1+ Year Hands-On [video review]
« on: January 19, 2014, 08:49:35 AM »
Beautiful photos and nice work, Graham.  I'm not quite sure how many actuations I have on my primary 6D, but I am really glad to hear your experience of putting so many actuations on your shutter without failure.

I would love to see something even like the new 70D's AF system in the 6D (MKII), but keeping the great sensitivity on the center point.

OK, back to sample images made with Sony a7 ... this one is made from a moving car at 28mm, f/4, ISO 3200, 1/160 sec.

That's more like it!  Beautiful image.

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