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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #30 on: January 20, 2014, 12:12:43 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!

I don't enjoy that trend, either, but my Canon 70-300L is setup the same way.  Of that past six or seven lens reviews I've done, more were setup with the rings reversed than the "old way".

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.

That extra 200mm certainly makes a difference.  I haven't really shot the lens on a crop much (other than the M ::)), but the reach on a 70D/7D would be amazing.
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.

I understand completely.  I personally feel that Tamron has built some great lenses in the last couple of years.  It will be interesting if Roger does a breakdown on one of these lenses at some point and gives us so feedback on the guts and the way that they are put together.
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #30 on: January 20, 2014, 12:12:43 PM »

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« Reply #31 on: January 20, 2014, 12:27:35 PM »
Dustin,
I join everyone here in thanking you for the review. It provides a lot of good info and samples; taken together with Roger's bench testing, I think we have a good "picture".

As far as the large, expensive filter,  I do use a UV at times, esp. when I'm at the beach, I'd rather wipe spray and sand off the filter than off the lens.  So I did splurge for the B&W MRC filter for about 160.00. That and a new ball  head will get me up to 1500.00 which is about how much I had "budgeted"..

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« Reply #32 on: January 20, 2014, 12:28:24 PM »
Excellent review Dustin!  I always appreciate your hand-on, photographers approach to reviews. 

I just had time for a quick read today during an abbreviated lunch hour, but will re-read tonight when I have more time.

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From Dustin's review:  "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."

This is why this lens is very interesting to me.  For 98% of my normal shooting the 14mm-200mm lenses I own are fine.  On the rare occasions I need something longer than 200mm, I use my 2x extender.  However, I have been more interested in shooting wildlife recently and would like to have something longer - but can't realistically justify (to myself) spending $6K or $12k on lenses that I will seldom use.  We are planning a 2-week trip to Alaska next summer, and I imagine I'll need all the reach I can get for some of the wildlife up there.  This looks like a terrific, affordable option.
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #33 on: January 20, 2014, 12:36:51 PM »
Totally excellent review and photos Dustin - thanks!! Now I just need the Nikon version to come out so I can put one of these on my D800!

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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #34 on: January 20, 2014, 12:47:31 PM »
Dustin,
I join everyone here in thanking you for the review. It provides a lot of good info and samples; taken together with Roger's bench testing, I think we have a good "picture".

As far as the large, expensive filter,  I do use a UV at times, esp. when I'm at the beach, I'd rather wipe spray and sand off the filter than off the lens.  So I did splurge for the B&W MRC filter for about 160.00. That and a new ball  head will get me up to 1500.00 which is about how much I had "budgeted"..

Nice.  It's great to be able to get that extra gear and still be at your budgeted price.  I'd like to think that this will affect Canon's pricing when it release updates to either the 400mm f/5.6 or the 100-400L, but it probably won't.

Excellent review Dustin!  I always appreciate your hand-on, photographers approach to reviews. 

I just had time for a quick read today during an abbreviated lunch hour, but will re-read tonight when I have more time.

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From Dustin's review:  "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."

This is why this lens is very interesting to me.  For 98% of my normal shooting the 14mm-200mm lenses I own are fine.  On the rare occasions I need something longer than 200mm, I use my 2x extender.  However, I have been more interested in shooting wildlife recently and would like to have something longer - but can't realistically justify (to myself) spending $6K or $12k on lenses that I will seldom use.  We are planning a 2-week trip to Alaska next summer, and I imagine I'll need all the reach I can get for some of the wildlife up there.  This looks like a terrific, affordable option.

Yep.  Looks like we are pretty much in the same boat.  I even thought about an Alaskan cruise when I first heard of this lens!!

Totally excellent review and photos Dustin - thanks!! Now I just need the Nikon version to come out so I can put one of these on my D800!

I don't personally get why third party options are so much slower to come to Nikon mounts.  I guess we are fortunate that clearly the first engineering priority goes to Canon mounts.  Still, I don't understand why Nikon mounts sometimes lag for months behind.
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #35 on: January 20, 2014, 01:21:21 PM »
Totally excellent review and photos Dustin - thanks!! Now I just need the Nikon version to come out so I can put one of these on my D800!

I would wait a bit. On a 36 MP sensor this lens might perform less admirably.

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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #36 on: January 20, 2014, 01:22:12 PM »
Dustin
I am comparing some of your bird photos with examples I've taken by downloading some of your crops. However, I don't know whether yours are 100%. For example, this one is 1024x1024 but I estimate from the full shot that it is about 1600x1600 in the original and has been reduced. Is this so?

 
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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 #37 on: January 20, 2014, 01:30:24 PM »
the photo above looks soft or is it blurred/not focused correctly?

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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #38 on: January 20, 2014, 01:37:33 PM »
Dustin
I am comparing some of your bird photos with examples I've taken by downloading some of your crops. However, I don't know whether yours are 100%. For example, this one is 1024x1024 but I estimate from the full shot that it is about 1600x1600 in the original and has been reduced. Is this so?

Some of the crops vary in size, Alan.  I'm working off memory, but your numbers seem about right.  The problem is that the review as a post is 100MB+, so every extra bit adds more weight on the server and everyone's internet connection.
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #39 on: January 20, 2014, 01:43:02 PM »
the photo above looks soft or is it blurred/not focused correctly?

That's a 100% crop from a 600mm shot, wide open, in -20 weather.  Pretty much worse case scenario.  The lens is softer at 600mm than the rest of the focal range, to be sure.  The good news is that it does sharpen up when stopped down.
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #40 on: January 20, 2014, 01:44:04 PM »
Dustin,

thanks for such good review! It was a great pleasure reading it!
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« Reply #41 on: January 20, 2014, 02:00:17 PM »
It does not seem to be available in Canada yet. It's probably impatience, but it feels like we are the only country that haven't got any in stock. Does anyone have any information about Canadian availability?

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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #42 on: January 20, 2014, 02:14:42 PM »
the photo above looks soft or is it blurred/not focused correctly?

Looks to me like it has about 4 pixels of handshake-induced motion blur, up and to the left.

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« Reply #43 on: January 20, 2014, 02:20:33 PM »
It does not seem to be available in Canada yet. It's probably impatience, but it feels like we are the only country that haven't got any in stock. Does anyone have any information about Canadian availability?

It's shipping to dealers today (which is why I was able to go live with the review).
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Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« Reply #44 on: January 20, 2014, 02:23:50 PM »
It does not seem to be available in Canada yet. It's probably impatience, but it feels like we are the only country that haven't got any in stock. Does anyone have any information about Canadian availability?

I placed my order with Camera Canada a couple of weeks ago.  I had to email them to find out when to expect it - they said mid-February.

If it is shipping to dealers today then maybe I should check with other retailers.

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