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    Posted: 29 April 2022 at 13:36
As we all know there is no way to use a conventional TC with the new Tamron 150 - 500 Fe. However you can use the built in sony digital zoom feature. What are the results going to look like. Well I did a little video to show you. I use the digital converter often in the field for small birds up to 1.4x with very good results. Have a look if you're interested. By the way the Tamron 150 - 500 is EXCELLENT. I will do a lens review in a month or so for our database. I own and shoot the 150 - 600 G2 with the laea3 and it is also excellent. The older lens cannot compare to the new one for AF speed and focus tracking...both are fantastic lenses though.

https://youtu.be/ug-htFjTkTI
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Many thanks @Fivepin

I've been using this lens a lot this year, and have been very impressed with its combination of size and performance.
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mestari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2022 at 20:11
How does it compare to Sony 200-600? Anyone had a chance to shoot both?
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@Mestari - I can't say that I've used both, but I did read a lot of reviews comparing the two lenses. Optically both are excellent and I've been more than happy with the birds-in-flight shots I've taken with the Tamron.

The advantage of the Tamron is it is cheaper, has a wider end (150mm vs 200mm), and is light and compact enough to use hand-held (just). (It also has a more common filter-size and Acra-foot on the detachable tripod mount- but these aren't compelling reasons, just convenient).

The advantage of the Sony is it has a longer end (600mm vs 500mm) and can take teleconverters and isn't limited to 10fps on cameras able to shoot faster. It is however, significantly heavier, and more expensive.

So I think it comes down to what you consider are the most important factors for your shooting.   

IMHO, the trade-off isn't really in the optics, but the other properties of the two lenses.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mestari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 May 2022 at 08:03
Thank you very much for the comparison, I have some food for thought and even more options to consider. I am still on a900 (yes... I am slow to adopt E mount although I do have a600 with 35/1.8 ;) ) and starting to think what to land on with E mount gear when I switch.
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Dustin Abbott did a comparison video between the two. Might be helpful.
Looking at the specs, I noticed the Sony has a 1:5 magnification, the Tamron is 1:3.1. Depending on your use this might be important.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 May 2022 at 08:39
Seeing some reviews I seem to recall that the Tamron's max magnification happens at the 150mm end, something that also might be worth remembering as important.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 May 2022 at 09:06
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Dustin Abbott did a comparison video between the two. Might be helpful...


Agreed. He’s one of my preferred reviewers to inform purchases. I used both of his reviews.
The other one I like is Phillip Reeve (not the author)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AsD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 May 2022 at 10:58
Very interesting video @Fivepin, TFS.

@Mestari this comparison test by Christopher Frost might also be of interest to you.

https://youtu.be/KipnQg8DnTU
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fivepin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 May 2022 at 11:59
Hey Addy, No I did not notice the new dedicated video forum...good to know. Thx.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mestari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2022 at 21:46
Thank you!
As always, lots of reading and viewing before the purchase. I have been slowly preparing for the switch since over 2 years now.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2022 at 22:34
Originally posted by Mestari Mestari wrote:

Thank you!
As always, lots of reading and viewing before the purchase. I have been slowly preparing for the switch since over 2 years now.


Enjoy. In the end I found the switch to E-mount to be easier than when I first got into DSLR photography. The combination of having a much clearer idea of what I liked to photograph, what lenses I needed, and the choice we have (compared to 2007/8) is completely different. And I'm better at reading reviews and focusing on the parts that matter for my shooting style.
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2022 at 08:18
Thanks for the video Gary, indeed looks good but for me the drawback is that it only works for jpg's and I shoot raw 99% of the time and secondly (less of a drawback for me since I shoot a lot of manual focus) you lose all kind of AF functions.

I'd be interested to see how using the in camera teleconverter compares to just simple upscaling in Photoshop or maybe using one of the fancy new programs like Gigapixel AI. In case that's comparable (which I expect) then you can also do the teleconversion at your computer and still shoot raw and use all the AF gizmos.

Obviously for Video it's a different story, I can see this option being much more valuable there than for stills shooting.
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