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Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« on: December 04, 2017, 08:33:00 AM »
Hi everyone.  I've released my final bit of coverage of the new Tamron 100-400 VC lens.  I benchmarked the Canon 100-400L II (which I own and love) for this review.

The Tamron 100-400 VC is a very impressive lens at this price point, giving about 90-95% of the Canon 100-400L II all-round performance at about 40% of the price.  That’s amazing.  Unlike the Sigma 100-400 Contemporary, which was optically excellent but couldn't keep up with fast action, the Tamron actually tracks quite well on my 5D Mark IV (just slightly poorer than my 100-400L II).

Here’s my linkage:
Text Review:  http://bit.ly/100400VCda
Video Playlist:  http://bit.ly/100400VCpl (I did a number of video segments, covering image quality, build quality, autofocus and tracking, etc…)
Image Gallery:  http://bit.ly/100400vcIG


6D x 2 | 80D | 70D | EOS-M3 w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + 55-200 STM + Rokinon 12MM F/2 + EF Adapter| Tamron 15-30 VC | EF-S 24mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | Tamron 45mm VC | Zeiss 50 | 50 STM | 100L | 135L | Tamron 70-200 VC | 100-400L II | Legacy Glass

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Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« on: December 04, 2017, 08:33:00 AM »

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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2017, 08:33:50 AM »
Here's an example of stopping some very fast action with the lens:

Stopping Action (Tamron 100-400mm VC) by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
6D x 2 | 80D | 70D | EOS-M3 w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + 55-200 STM + Rokinon 12MM F/2 + EF Adapter| Tamron 15-30 VC | EF-S 24mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | Tamron 45mm VC | Zeiss 50 | 50 STM | 100L | 135L | Tamron 70-200 VC | 100-400L II | Legacy Glass

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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2017, 10:23:15 AM »
Thanks for review, good that I held on ordering Sigma 100-400mm lens. Tamron has released it in India just in time for the birding season.

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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2017, 10:27:14 AM »
Thank you for the review, Dustin.

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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2017, 10:43:30 AM »
Thanks for review, good that I held on ordering Sigma 100-400mm lens. Tamron has released it in India just in time for the birding season.

I wish I had gotten a little better tracking results with the Sigma, as it was in most every way a very good lens otherwise.
6D x 2 | 80D | 70D | EOS-M3 w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + 55-200 STM + Rokinon 12MM F/2 + EF Adapter| Tamron 15-30 VC | EF-S 24mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | Tamron 45mm VC | Zeiss 50 | 50 STM | 100L | 135L | Tamron 70-200 VC | 100-400L II | Legacy Glass

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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2017, 11:07:25 AM »
Dustin, did you notice a drop off in AF performance using center or outer points when the lens went from f/5.6 to f/6.3?

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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2017, 04:06:36 PM »
Dustin, did you notice a drop off in AF performance using center or outer points when the lens went from f/5.6 to f/6.3?

Not particularly, but I didn't torture test that, either.  I think I mostly use "supported points" out on the side.
6D x 2 | 80D | 70D | EOS-M3 w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + 55-200 STM + Rokinon 12MM F/2 + EF Adapter| Tamron 15-30 VC | EF-S 24mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | Tamron 45mm VC | Zeiss 50 | 50 STM | 100L | 135L | Tamron 70-200 VC | 100-400L II | Legacy Glass

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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2017, 04:06:36 PM »

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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2017, 04:51:40 PM »
I bought the lens after reading and watching your reviews and have now done quite a few bird shots with the Tamron under difficult lighting conditions (posted in the Bird Portraits thread) and have found the VC/IS rather good, unlike that of the Sigma 100-400, which seemed at least a stop weaker. Also the IS of the image in the viewfinder of the Sigma was bad, the image jumping all over the place.

Interestingly, the Tamron is very economical with glass; 17elements in 11 groups compared with 21/15 for the Sigma and 21/16 for the Canon 100-400mm II. It looks like the Tamron designers have been rather clever.
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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2017, 05:22:23 PM »
Looks good reagrding sharpness and handling, but I think I see some doughnut-shaped bokeh.

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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2017, 08:57:22 AM »
I bought the lens after reading and watching your reviews and have now done quite a few bird shots with the Tamron under difficult lighting conditions (posted in the Bird Portraits thread) and have found the VC/IS rather good, unlike that of the Sigma 100-400, which seemed at least a stop weaker. Also the IS of the image in the viewfinder of the Sigma was bad, the image jumping all over the place.

Interestingly, the Tamron is very economical with glass; 17elements in 11 groups compared with 21/15 for the Sigma and 21/16 for the Canon 100-400mm II. It looks like the Tamron designers have been rather clever.

I found that interesting, too, as most of the time lenses in the same class have highly similar optical formulas.
6D x 2 | 80D | 70D | EOS-M3 w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + 55-200 STM + Rokinon 12MM F/2 + EF Adapter| Tamron 15-30 VC | EF-S 24mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | Tamron 45mm VC | Zeiss 50 | 50 STM | 100L | 135L | Tamron 70-200 VC | 100-400L II | Legacy Glass

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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2017, 08:58:36 AM »
Looks good reagrding sharpness and handling, but I think I see some doughnut-shaped bokeh.

Interesting.  Care to elaborate where?  I'd like to see what you are seeing.

P.S.  Both the 70-300L and 100-400L II have very underrated bokeh quality.  It actually rivals that of fixed aperture zooms and even primes.
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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2017, 10:21:43 AM »
Here's an example of stopping some very fast action with the lens:

Stopping Action (Tamron 100-400mm VC) by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2017, 10:47:32 AM »
Looking at it again I think the foreground bokeh is perhaps a tad busier than the background.  But in all, quite nice.

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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2017, 10:47:32 AM »

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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2017, 11:12:16 AM »
Great review Dustin. I've been thinking (GAS) about that Sigma since it's release but now I will get the Tamron instead. Have to save up my pennies so it will be a few months but looks like it'll be very worth the wait.
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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2017, 11:41:57 AM »
Thanks for review, good that I held on ordering Sigma 100-400mm lens. Tamron has released it in India just in time for the birding season.

I wish I had gotten a little better tracking results with the Sigma, as it was in most every way a very good lens otherwise.
The only reason why I wanted a 100-400mm sized lens was they are smaller compared to 150-600/200-500(nikon) lenses and considerably lighter to travel with. Sigma has a big problem in India that they do not have official presence unlike Canon/Nikon/Sony/Panasonic/Tamron which makes their lenses considerably more expensive to purchase here and they dont have service centres run by them rather they rely on importer to provide service. Sigma 100-400mm is priced at 69000 INR(~1070$US) while Tamron is 68000 INR(MRP) and can be purchased for 61000 INR or less(~950$US). AF performance was important factor in deciding other than price as I will be using this lens for butterflies(canopy species like birdwings and others.) , raptors and mammals.

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Re: Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC USD Review | Dustin
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2017, 11:41:57 AM »