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

DCfever.com published some sample images taken with the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens ($1,069.00). The lens is expected to start shipping on January 17 on the US. The detailed technical specifications can be found here.

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  • Discontinued

    Samples look OK. I am curious to see some lab testing. Tamron’s latest 24-70 and 70-200 did rather well.

  • AR

    Whats this about? Focal length : 500.0mm (35mm equivalent: 485mm)

    • MB

      It seams thay have used custom made Canon EOS 5D Mark III using CCD width : 37.11mm, so if you compare this to standard CMOS sensor that has 36mm width it is obvious … or is it?

  • itsmyname

    Tamron Just don’t make good lenses….

    • BP2012

      Tamron has a long history of cheap and above average lenses but they always have a few good ones. As example, 17-50 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8, 90mm f/2.8 macro are good as any other much more expensive similar Canon or Nikon lens. So you should be careful with those kind of statements.

      • itsmyname

        Tamron has a long history of cheap and above average lenses…
        That,s why I wouldn’t even think about putting any of them on my Nikon Camera,s.

        • Dpablo unfiltered

          Yes. Your eloquent writing style suggests you would prefer expensive and below average lenses for your camera.

          • itsmyname

            Hey you like them I don’t.
            Nikon,s Prime,s rule my world.

            Case Closed.

    • Spongebob Nopants

      I think it depends on what you want. If you are insistant upon having as much range for your buck but don’t care about image quality then this is fine. (but a superzoom camera would be cheaper, way lighter and just as good).
      The shots I see from tamron lenses always seem a decade or so out of date. What I’ve seen looks an awful lot like what one would see in a magazine or nice cookbook from the 80’s or 90’s. Might be fine for olden timey times but we live in the now.

  • Spongebob Nopants

    I was very exited about this lens but now that I’ve seen more images my ardor has somewhat cooled. What I’ve seen so far is grey, poor contrast, poor color and soft compared to other choices.
    For example I’ve looked at the Sigma 50-500mm image pools on flickr, and those shots are sharper, more vivid etc.
    Another option for amateur birders would be a recent model consumer superzoom because they are a fraction of the cost and weight with similar iq and longer reach. Some now go up to 1200mm without digital zooming.
    But I’ll keep looking at sample images as they appear and might change my mind.

    • Dpablo unfiltered

      That lens rocks. I’m getting one.
      How many 600 mm lenses have you used?
      Look at the depth of field you get on the shot with the two lamps…

    • Johno

      what I see with these images is photos taken somewhere on the coast of China. I’ve photographed there with Canon L lenses on a 5D Mark II, which does nothing when the fact is the color palette in that region is simply very grey and muted. What I see with these photos is what looks like fairly neutral color temperature (versus the Sigma yellow cast) with pretty accurate color rendition, nothing really jumping out as oversaturated.

      • Spongebob Nopants

        Good point. Most people who’ve posted shots have been taking pictures in overcast weather so far.
        Still I’ve found bird shots from this to also be soft, low contrast and without appealing color. Just a bit mushy in general.
        Fine for an amateur but so are the sigma’s similarly priced lens or newer superzoom cameras by Canon or Fuji (for portability and price).

        • Johno

          Yeah, it needs to outperform the Sigma bigmas in sharpness, bokeh, and AF accuracy for it to be a true value lens. Looking forward to seeing some sites do thorough testing on it

    • Zak

      Take a look at someone who knows how to use this lens and your passion about this lens will be alive again. http://www.flickr.com/photos/66682425@N02/

      I found these while searcing samples because i would hate to give 2,5 times more money on the nikon 80-400

  • Wesley

    The shutter speeds used for this ‘test’ render it virtually useless.

  • SmarterEnu

    wow. So many opinions. The cheapest pocket camera in the hands of a professional will always produce superior photographs to the gadget dependent, pixel counting amateur.
    Crude paintbrushes, like a cheap camera in the hands of an artist will make amazing works. Just ask Michelangelo and your house painter..

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