Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD

Well, now I’ve had my first “real” day out with the new Tamron megazoom. I can’t really do any attempt at a review, I mean the lens is one of two things – good enough, or not. It would be foolish to even try to compare sharpness to the Canon 300/4. I’m not interested in how sharp the Tamron is at 300mm, I want to know if it’s sharp at 600mm! Stuff like distortion and corner sharpness and vignetting do not even need to be discussed.

Reindeer
Reindeer

With that said, the lens is good enough for sure. I can’t see anything to complain about! The only problem I have with the lens is that it’s a zoom lens. I’m used to a fixed tele, and both fixed and zooms have their pros and cons. With a fixed lens, it’s simple – if it’s too short, then it’s too short. If it’s too long, then it’s too long, or you can try to come up with some creative closeups (some of my favourite pictures were born out of necessity – when I couldn’t zoom out, I created some framefillers which I’m really happy with). But now with a zoom, I suddenly have to decide which is the best focal length in any given situation. The easiest way to work with it is to put it at 600mm and only zoom out when absolutely necessary. But oh, what a difference 600mm makes… it took me a while to stop being so impressed at how far it reaches!

Golden eagle
Golden eagle

Unfortunately the animals were not were not so impressed with the lens so I didn’t have a lot of opportunities. It wasn’t the best of days anyway, with the snow dripping from the trees so I was really worried at one point when the lens got a soaking. But the lens has weather sealing so I will assume that it didn’t suffer from the experience.

53/365
53/365

This lens is probably the best value for money of all the lenses in my kit. I read somewhere that Tamron is selling it at a loss, in order to gain brand value. It works for me – Tamron sure have a winner with this one!

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