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Tamron 18-400mm VC HLD Review | Dustin
« on: July 24, 2017, 07:52:27 AM »
Hello, everyone.  Tamron Canada got me a retail copy of the new Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 VC HLD lens to review, and I've got my conclusions here:


Text Review:  http://bit.ly/18400HLDda
Video Review:  http://bit.ly/18400HLD
Image Gallery:  http://bit.ly/Tam18400IG

It seems to me that Tamron did what they needed to with this lens.  It will market very well due to the specs, but I also didn’t see any area where the lens regressed compared to earlier lenses with smaller zoom ratios.  As someone whose lens kit is primarily made up of prime lenses, this kind of lens doesn't personally set me on fire, but it's a very competent lens for those looking for a travel lens with a huge zoom range.

P.S. For those interested, I have just started reviewing the Sigma 24-70 ART, so stay posted for that.  I'm releasing the Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 review next week along with the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS review the week following.  I've also (due to a LOT of requests) added a Sony a6500 to my personal kit and am about to start a staggered release of Sony mirrorless reviews, including the Zeiss Touit line and Sigma's DN line.  I've gotten all of these as sets, so I will mostly be reviewing them as such (more like mini-reviews around a common theme).
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Tamron 18-400mm VC HLD Review | Dustin
« on: July 24, 2017, 07:52:27 AM »

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Re: Tamron 18-400mm VC HLD Review | Dustin
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2017, 07:59:16 AM »
Thank you for taking time and sharing your professional view on lenses and cameras. Highly appreciated. Keep up spoiling us.


Of course I look forward to the review battle between the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 ART, the Tamron 24-70 G1, the Tamron 24-70 G2 and the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II
Now that is something I think a lot of people look forward to...
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Re: Tamron 18-400mm VC HLD Review | Dustin
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2017, 08:02:42 AM »
Thank you for taking time and sharing your professional view on lenses and cameras. Highly appreciated. Keep up spoiling us.


Of course I look forward to the review battle between the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 ART, the Tamron 24-70 G1, the Tamron 24-70 G2 and the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II
Now that is something I think a lot of people look forward to...

I was hoping that all of the releases would line up nicely...and it looked like they were, and then the Canon mount of the G2 got delayed.  I may still be able to pull it off, but it will depend on whether or not the Tamron arrives before I need to send the Sigma back.  Even if it doesn't happen now, I may get everything in for sometime in the fall and do a shootout then.  I've sold my 24-70 months ago in preparation for seeing which of these might be the most interesting.  Problem, though.  I've substituted my 35L II for wedding and event work, and have discovered I'm not really missing a 24-70 in my personal kit!  The 35L II is just so good!
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Re: Tamron 18-400mm VC HLD Review | Dustin
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2017, 10:23:42 AM »
Thank you for a nice review.

This is a lens that I can see getting for use in my kayak..... you REALLY do not want to be changing lenses when the slightest slip is followed by a loud splash.....

I also note that the lens is used with the tap-in console. Kudos to Tamron, it is starting to look like all new lenses are going to be compatible, and that is a huge factor for those who worry about future software incompatibility as now a lens firmware update is just a click away.
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Re: Tamron 18-400mm VC HLD Review | Dustin
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2017, 09:44:02 AM »
ePhotozine has just published the MTFs https://www.ephotozine.com/article/tamron-18-400mm-f-3-5-6-3-di-ii-vc-hld-review-31259

OK, it's only one copy tested, but it is so bad at 400mm it is absolutely dreadful. At 400mm f/6.3 and f/8, the MTFs are only 500 lw/ph, down by a factor of 5 from the best at 18mm. A 55-250mm STM cropped by 1.6x at 250mm would be sharper. The Tamron only becomes usable at f/11.
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Re: Tamron 18-400mm VC HLD Review | Dustin
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2017, 11:23:27 AM »
I just borrowed a copy to test on my M5. The centre sharpness is quite the reverse of ePhotozine tests and really quite good, though edges are soft.  Here is a 100% crop from a chart 12m away, handheld, compared with crops from a 100-400mm II and 400mm DO II. However, there is very strong focus breathing - the calculated focal length assuming the DO is 400mm is only 315mm at 12m.
5D IV, 5DS R, 400mm DO II, 1.4xTC III, 2xTC III, EF 1.8 STM,  EF 24-105, 100-400 II, EF-S 15-85, Sigma 150-600mm C, EOS-M5 15-45, f/2 22, 11-22, Samyang 8mm f/2.8 fisheye: sold 7D II, EOS-M, Powershot G3 X,  Sigma 10-20, EF 300/2.8 II, 70-200/4 IS.

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Re: Tamron 18-400mm VC HLD Review | Dustin
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2017, 12:36:28 AM »
However, there is very strong focus breathing - the calculated focal length assuming the DO is 400mm is only 315mm at 12m.
Interesting.  By chance, do you know what the actual max focal length of the Sigma 100-400 is, at comparable focusing distance?

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Re: Tamron 18-400mm VC HLD Review | Dustin
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2017, 12:36:28 AM »

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Re: Tamron 18-400mm VC HLD Review | Dustin
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2017, 04:22:52 AM »
y unfortunate coincidence, I cleared out files on the Sigma 100-400 last night but fortunately I had uploaded some to CR http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=32776.msg667775#msg667775

The Sigma 100-400mm at 10.5m is about 1.7% longer than the Canon 100-400mm at a nominal 400mm, which as you can see in this thread is slightly behind the 400mm DO at approx 370mm.
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Re: Tamron 18-400mm VC HLD Review | Dustin
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2017, 12:15:20 PM »
Thanks Alan!  Those are helpful data.

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Re: Tamron 18-400mm VC HLD Review | Dustin
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2017, 12:30:05 PM »
I was toying with the idea of the Tamron as the copy I tested was quite good. But, I will wait to see the expected 100-400mm as it should have better IQ at 400mm and I can also use it on FF.
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Re: Tamron 18-400mm VC HLD Review | Dustin
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2017, 04:24:53 AM »
I love this Lens. Its a great lens to have for someone who loves to do photography as hobby. I can just take this lens and go. No more carrying multiple lenses. It is surprisingly crisp even at 400mm. The VC works great and auto focus seems pretty quick.
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Re: Tamron 18-400mm VC HLD Review | Dustin
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2017, 09:55:01 AM »
Thanks man!

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« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2017, 09:55:01 AM »