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Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 : Specifications and Opinions

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2

The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 is a supertele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2016. The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it has image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 1047 €;
78 users have given it an average vote of 9.1 out of 10.

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This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.

Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Nikon.

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 Focal lenght   150-600 mm
 Angle of view   16.4 - 4.1°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/5.0-6.3
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   21 elements in 13 groups
 Min. focus distance   2.20 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.25x

 Zoom type   Ring, external
 Stabilization   Yes (built in lens)
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   Yes
 Extenders   Yes
 Filters   95 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   2000 g
 Dimensions   108 x 258 mm
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sent on August 24, 2019

Pros: Construction, super stabilizer, tropicalization, fine calibration dock, integrated swiss ark attachment, focal range (and maximum focal), lock to any focal, magnification ratio, fast, blurry autofocus, optical yield

Cons: color aberration (red-blue), slight sharpness drop from 550 to 600 (especially when used on apsc)

Opinion: I write the review after about 1 and a half years of use on canon 7D mark II and 5D mark IV. I start from the cons, both more accentuated on the dense sensors of the apsc: 1) the chromatic aberrations are removed with a click, and decrease by closing the diaphragm, so it is not a big problem. 2) the sharpness drop is quite physiological for all extreme focal zooms, when I had the 7d I often snapped at a maximum of 550mm, which in fact does not change anything as a field angle compared to the maximum focal, while on the 5d this drop is not visible and therefore not m I'm having trouble getting to the limit. These small defects are opposed by many pros, I dwell only on some of the written ones: "the autofocus holds very well the tracking of the subject (it also depends on how the machine is set) and is very fast (in my experience faster than the canon 400 L, of which In my opinion it is also sharper on two specimens tested). The stabilizer allows extreme shooting times for a 600mm (I paying attention and without leaning I managed to shoot at 1/40). The last treat, recently discovered and only on the 5d mark IV, with the canon 2x III is maintained the focus both from the viewfinder and in live view; in addition, the optical yield at 1200mm, even at full opening, is respectable (I published 2 with this pairing, marmots and gruccione), among other things the extender also corrects the chromatic aberrations. I didn't buy the 2x to use it with tamron, but given the quality I can get, in extreme cases I don't have any trouble using it. Let's be clear that the quality does not remain the same, but compared to a 2x digital crop the detail is much higher and keeping the whole file, this will be much more workable! A small comparison with the main competitors that I made before deciding which one to buy: the tamron g1 has a slightly lower cost, but loses many of the pros of the g2 version (af slower, no dock, no tropicalization, lower construction, nothing ark swiss... and the quality over 400mm decays much more consistently than the g2. The contemporary sigma I considered it a middle ground between the g2 and the g1 tamron, in the sense that it has some of the modern features that the g1 tamron does not have, but the optical yield and construction are very similar to the g1, it did not convince me even for the very cold colors it churned out. The sport sigma did not really take it into account because of the weight (1kg plentiful more than the others), it definitely has a superb construction, many features, but the optical quality of the specimen I tried was still lower (and the higher price). These are the considerations that led me to choose the G2 tamron, the fact remains that these zooms are often subject to optical variability from one specimen to another, so I am well aware that my comparison has no absolute value.

sent on August 24, 2019

Pros: Price in used - AF fast - focal range - weight . Stabilizer - Arca swiss trescan attack.

Cons: Difficult to use at 600mm - AF sometimes loses the subject and then hangs it up - soft 450-600mm - very expensive protection filter -

Opinion: I replaced my 500mm Canon L first series for this newer zoommone where they say it's a big lens. Bo personally I thought that coming from the 500mm use a focal a longer hair I would not have problems to keep framed the bird but unfortunately it is not my focal I can not.... 4 degrees of field angle are very few. Then there is the question that the static subjects at 600mm are sharp but not very sharp and to me this does not satisfy me , if then the subject is moving then you lose definition ... this happens from the focal 450 to 600mm. if it is used from 150 to 400mm then the sharpness of the cè... To have a decent sharpness at 600mm you have to find the right compromise between shooting times and iso .... if we raise the iso too much we lose sharpness and if we go down too much time we risk the photo being moved (this applies when you want to make a bird in "flight").. difficult to find in certain situations the right compromise....... The value for money is there .... Cè if you need a low cost 600mm focal range. Maybe Better to wait a few more months and take a canon fixed 500mm or the 100-400 version II .... something more professional, they are much more expensive but more defined optics. As for the protection filter a good brand 95mm UV costs 120-150 euros a little caruccio . The weight is ok 2kg you handle well even without easel, the buttons for The focal draft are pen balanced, even the stabilizer does its job well, with 3 variants .

sent on August 23, 2019

Pros: good optical quality - overall weight still acceptable for those who shoot freehand in slit support and who do not want optics split back - stabilizer present and useful of course as needed - price

Cons: af discrete performance (not at the levels of optics usm canon to understand us) but still does overall its duty - possible problems of f---b focus

Opinion: So, I write after a year of use basically in sheds and always TO MANO FREE with simple support to the slit to unload the weight. So optics never used on TREPPIEDE ! The machine body on which I shoot is the canon 80d. As soon as the optics arrived I sent it to have it calibrated with the body in a store, because I noticed some problems of f---ing focus. Anyway what to say, the optics is already discreetly sharp at 600mm f 6.3, if you can close a little much better of course. For the rest it always applies the rule to try to expose the best possible during the shooting and to make a simple but well-groomed postproduction. I come from the canon 400 5.6, very light optics, qualitatively superb and also excellent as autofocus performance. Obviously in terms of pure visual quality this g2 tamron is a little below, but believe me it defends itself really well considering the range of excursion. The autofocus on the whole gets quite well, the flaw that you feel a little more is that I see a little difficulty in keeping the subject hooked (the maf tends to detach and then hang up, generating a number of shots not well in focus). This could partly come from the fact that I use freehand optics, so to test the nine you should try the tripod optics to avoid the shaking and "instability" due to freehand use. Personally I'm quite picky, my bird photos have to have a good detail, and if you browse through my galleries I think you can get an idea. As value for money, I find the lens as a whole ! Basically I made the change because I needed the 600mm. On the other hand, using the 400 5.6 and then always cropping a mess does not make sense..... moral of the fairy tale for what is my use I enjoy more now, although at the level of performance af I lost a little compared to before. Anyway The photos get nice even without fixed lens and ff believe me, it's all about having a little handle ! I often see people with "monsters" of optics in their hands, shooting in uncomfortable positions and without a real conspection of what they have in their hands. Learn about your needs and make sensible purchases !!!

sent on August 21, 2019

Pros: Minimum MAF distance, stabilizer, MAF speed, all focal zoom lock, calibration docks and fw updates

Cons: F/B focus, support

Opinion: Taken with an opportunity on the market replaced the old version that I have used for 3 years. I was a bit fearful because of certain reviews read, and that's why for a couple of months I kept them both. Squeezed well in various situations, from the stalking to the wandering hunting, it proved superior to the old version in many respects. 1. Sharpness. The old at 400mm became soft, this up to 500 holds up well. 2. MaF speed and accuracy. Compared to the previous series, it holds up the chases better even on uncontested backgrounds. In AI-Servo, it keeps the subject hooked until you follow 3. Reduced minimum MAF distance from 2.7 to 2.2 meters. For some a minor detail, in my opinion half a meter difference is felt. 4. Tripod ring already with Ark cut, comfortable and without needing to add plates. I think it's more stable to mount it like this. 5. Improved and customizable stabilizer via dock, with three options depending on the situation. 6. Zoom the die to the desired focus. Of the old Man I appreciated the possibility (random?) of being able to block at 400mm the distance. Now you can do it at any length. Convenient when shooting remotely, setting the machine as if it were a phototrap without worrying that it might change the framed field. 7. Ability to adjust the af and update the fw autonomously, without resorting to assistance with biblical times. The weight has remained the same for the G2, and unfortunately also the Polyphoto assistance. Basically a great lens for those who do not want to spend too much, and also for those who want to have more versatility sacrificing a bit of sharpness.

sent on May 18, 2019

Pros: Ease of use freehand, lightness, autofocus speed, stabilization, sharpness, tropicalization, focal range

Cons: Diaphragm at 6.3 at maximum focal (but otherwise it would not have been so light), some chromatic aberration at 600 mm

Opinion: Despite the many criticisms read on the net I decided to buy the lens considering it perfect for the use that I do. I needed a zoommone for birdlife and wildlife that could be manageable in the shots on the fly, lurking in the cabin, in itinerant hunting. This well built and lightweight lens allows all of this with enviable image quality. The price has dropped a lot lately, so reading the features at the present time is unthinkable to find anything else on the market that can compete. Unbeatable price quality at the moment, functionality above the two closest competitors.

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