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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2014, 10:54:09 AM »
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.

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« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2014, 10:56:58 AM »
One point I'd like to make.

My current "super telephoto" is the 70-200/2.8L IS II with 2x TC III.  Together, these are 1,815g compared to the Tamron's 1,951g.  I'm not sure that's really much difference.

I'm wondering how the VC works in regular 2-axis mode when tracking moving subjects.  I use my Canon like this all the time and it works quite well.  However, the specific implementation matters.  Some lenses get jerky and jump around when tracking in 2-axis mode.  I think I remember seeing this on the 18-270VC, which is why I'm wondering about it.

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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2014, 11:02:29 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.
Funny you should say that.... I have a Snowy Owl hanging around and hope beyond all reasonable hope that by the time my lens (pre-ordered a month ago) arrives, that Snowy will still be around....

Even funnier, as I am waiting for a LONG!!! lens for birding, I was wandering around yesterday shooting Chickadees at 24mm.... yet I use them as justification for 600mm....
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2014, 11:05:38 AM »
Hi,
    Thanks for the review... Look like I'm going to order one to replace my EF400mm F5.6L once it's available in my country.  ;D

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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2014, 11:08:05 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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Good stuff! Especially because it's what we wanted to hear :D

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« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2014, 11:39:11 AM »
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Its working now Dustin ... a fabulous review, really liked reading and watching it (twice already).
About the lack of a lens pouch/bag with the purchase, I suppose that might be due to what you've said "I personally wonder if they are not selling this lens at a loss to drive brand recognition" ... quite possible, including a lens pouch/bag could've just made the "loss" a bit more unbearable for Tamron  ;D ... jokes apart, I rally liked the review. My ex-boss is getting it for me from Japan ... so, I should be holding the lens by around the 10th February ... very excited to have bought the lens ... now I just need to wait patiently or perhaps read your review once more to calm my nerves. ;D
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2014, 11:55:16 AM »
Justin, thanks for another excellent review!  You were extra thorough this time and I had to laugh at all of the disclaimers and such, but it is truly bulletproof this time!  For someone who doesn't shoot much wildlife, I thought you took some great shots, particularly the deer & bison photos.  The only problem I can find with your review is that it's making me want to order one of these lenses!  Keep up the great reviews and I have a feeling we'll be seeing you posting the in the bird and animal shot threads in the near future :)
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2014, 12:00:46 PM »
Just read your entire review. Very detailed, very helfpful.
I don't use long telephoto often, so this might be just the trick for me.
One thing I don't like is the zoom and focus direction, and the focus near the camera body. I am so used to the ergonomics on my canon lenses, this will screw me up a bit. But, as you point out, that quality at THAT PRICE!

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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2014, 12:02:52 PM »
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?
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2014, 12:03:14 PM »
Excellent review.

I am definitely putting this lens on my shopping list.  An extra 200mm over the 100-400 is just what I could use for bird photography.

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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #25 on: January 20, 2014, 12:04:19 PM »
One point I'd like to make.

My current "super telephoto" is the 70-200/2.8L IS II with 2x TC III.  Together, these are 1,815g compared to the Tamron's 1,951g.  I'm not sure that's really much difference.

I'm wondering how the VC works in regular 2-axis mode when tracking moving subjects.  I use my Canon like this all the time and it works quite well.  However, the specific implementation matters.  Some lenses get jerky and jump around when tracking in 2-axis mode.  I think I remember seeing this on the 18-270VC, which is why I'm wondering about it.

That's a good point, and why I said that I don't think that users of a 70-200 f/2.8 variant will find much of a weight difference.  I had not issue with the VC during panning, but I didn't use it that way a lot.  Most of the new generation IS systems automatically detect panning and turn off that axis.
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #26 on: January 20, 2014, 12:05:09 PM »
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.
Funny you should say that.... I have a Snowy Owl hanging around and hope beyond all reasonable hope that by the time my lens (pre-ordered a month ago) arrives, that Snowy will still be around....

Even funnier, as I am waiting for a LONG!!! lens for birding, I was wandering around yesterday shooting Chickadees at 24mm.... yet I use them as justification for 600mm....

Lucky you!  I've encountered one owl in the wild here, and had a great timing getting shots of it!!  That was a winter ago, however, and I only had the 300mm reach of the 70-300L.
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #27 on: January 20, 2014, 12:06:34 PM »
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.

Dustin, of course that question was not directed at you, personally, it was an expression of my doubts about the prospect of laying down $1000 for a lens that may have a brilliant youth, and then burn out before middle-age.

The question regarding Tamron's history and reputation was thrown open to anyone who had knowledge or experience.

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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #28 on: January 20, 2014, 12:07:35 PM »
Hi,
    Thanks for the review... Look like I'm going to order one to replace my EF400mm F5.6L once it's available in my country.  ;D

    Have a nice day.

No problem.

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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Good stuff! Especially because it's what we wanted to hear :D

That does help, doesn't it  ;D
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Its working now Dustin ... a fabulous review, really liked reading and watching it (twice already).
About the lack of a lens pouch/bag with the purchase, I suppose that might be due to what you've said "I personally wonder if they are not selling this lens at a loss to drive brand recognition" ... quite possible, including a lens pouch/bag could've just made the "loss" a bit more unbearable for Tamron  ;D ... jokes apart, I rally liked the review. My ex-boss is getting it for me from Japan ... so, I should be holding the lens by around the 10th February ... very excited to have bought the lens ... now I just need to wait patiently or perhaps read your review once more to calm my nerves. ;D

I'm glad you are going to be able to get a copy.  Enjoy!  Your point about including the pouch/bag is certainly a valid one
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #29 on: January 20, 2014, 12:08:33 PM »
Justin, thanks for another excellent review!  You were extra thorough this time and I had to laugh at all of the disclaimers and such, but it is truly bulletproof this time!  For someone who doesn't shoot much wildlife, I thought you took some great shots, particularly the deer & bison photos.  The only problem I can find with your review is that it's making me want to order one of these lenses!  Keep up the great reviews and I have a feeling we'll be seeing you posting the in the bird and animal shot threads in the near future :)

I've encountered a little "friendly fire" before, so I did my best to be thorough and balanced.  I'm sure there will still be those that find fault.
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