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In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« on: January 20, 2014, 09:31:50 AM »

Dustin Abbott has sent us his in-depth review of Tamron’s brand new 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC super telephoto zoom lens. This lens is receiving a lot of press for it’s range and killer price of $1069 USD.


Most everyone that is reviewing lens has been giving it very good reviews. No, it’s not going to perform as well as Canon’s 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x, but that lens costs about 10 times more!


CR’s Take

I get asked a lot about what lens to buy, and one of the most asked is what super telephoto zoom to buy. Since the announcement and reviews  of the Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC, I have had a hard time recommending Canon’s long-in-the-tooth 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS. This is a great starting point for anyone wondering if or how they’d use the super telephoto focal lengths. Some people may find they sit in the 300mm range, others may find they never leave 600mm. If you spent a year with this Tamron, you may then have a better idea as to whether or not investing in one of the big Canon L’s is the right decision for your situation and pocketbook.


I think it’s very interesting watching Sigma and Tamron release lenses that are priced extremely competitively and give wonderful bang-for-the-buck performance. Your move Canon….


Says Dustin

“I simply don’t have the budget to purchase many of the super-teles that cover this focal range, and furthermore, I don’t shoot this style of photography often enough to justify the expense even if I did.  But this lens hits a sweet spot for me.  It’s price is low enough to not only be affordable but also a small enough investment that you won’t feel like you have wasted your money if you aren’t shooting long distance every day.  So if you can’t afford a “super-tele”, how about an “ultra-tele” (that’s what Tamron is calling this lens segment)?  The preorder price in the United States is only $1069.  It is about $180 more here in Canada, but this lens represents such a tremendous value that I have had a serious conversation with a friend in the industry about how it is even possible for Tamron to make a profit at this price.  I personally wonder if they are not selling this lens at a loss to drive brand recognition.  It’s that good.”


Read the full review | Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC at B&H Photo


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In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« on: January 20, 2014, 09:31:50 AM »

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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2014, 10:01:56 AM »
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.  :)
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2014, 10:02:45 AM »
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2014, 10:04:50 AM »
Great review!

Your reviews have always been good, but this is the best one yet! Congratulations on a job well done!
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2014, 10:06:15 AM »
Slashdot -aehm canonrumored already  ;)

I haven't read it completley when the server crashed, but so far it's been a very nice read. Thanks a lot Dustin for your efforts and I'm looking forward to finishing your review once the load on your server decreases a bit!

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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2014, 10:08:30 AM »
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.
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2014, 10:13:33 AM »
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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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2014, 10:16:54 AM »
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2014, 10:25:23 AM »
GREAT review, thanks greatly for the time taken to write it.
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2014, 10:33:00 AM »
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.
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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2014, 10:34:18 AM »
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 :)
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« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2014, 10:35:18 AM »
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.
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« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2014, 10:35:37 AM »
GREAT review, thanks greatly for the time taken to write it.

You're welcome!
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« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2014, 10:36:04 AM »
Great review!

Your reviews have always been good, but this is the best one yet! Congratulations on a job well done!
Yes, agree.  Thanks Dustin!
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« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2014, 10:42:04 AM »
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  ;)
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