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    Posted: 16 January 2023 at 19:10
Happy New Year everyone! I finally had a chance to go out to Huntley Meadows to test the Tamron 50-400mm lens on my A6600. Some pictures.

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The birds in #4 and #6 look super grainy, what you have done when processing these? Are these heavy crops or is there some other reason the noise patterns shows so clearly?
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The fourth and six images are heavily cropped and they were underexposed when I took the pictures. I wanted to test the lens not only when the exposure was correct but also when the exposure was way off (and the focusing was off on 4 and 6). A lot of compensation and processing was applied to those two pictures. I think the lens is fine. I just need to learn how to use it better. It's not the 200-600, which focuses faster and seems to be more accurate in focusing. On the other hand, you can't focus closely on the 200-600 and I just don't want to carry a heavier lens in most instances. I really like the 50-400, but there is a learning curve on figuring out how to use it well.

The point of 4 and 6 is to see how much detail was kept (or lost) when the image is underexposed heavily and a heavy crop is applied. This was actually the first time I've had time to take some pictures in months. A lot of people with Sony cameras and lenses walking about.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2023 at 21:50
I expected this to be by Heikki because I know he recently also picked up one. Nice series, #7 is the stand out for me.

I was a bit confused when you wrote "I don't want to carry a heavier lens" when talking about an 1155gr lens, but then I remembered you not only have the A6600 but also an A7m4 that fits this lens as well. Enjoy it!
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

I expected this to be by Heikki because I know he recently also picked up one. Nice series, #7 is the stand out for me.
Weather hasn't been cooperative lately, so I haven't had much chance to use this lens yet.
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

I was a bit confused when you wrote "I don't want to carry a heavier lens" when talking about an 1155gr lens, but then I remembered you not only have the A6600 but also an A7m4 that fits this lens as well. Enjoy it!
I believe Winston has also Sony FE 200-600 G like I do and the about half lighter weight (and smaller size) makes this Tamron lens vastly more portable. Of course, the downside is that the focal length in the telephoto end is shorter, but 400 mm should be sufficient for many uses. Especially if using APS-C crop (sensor).
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Yes, I understand. But I was thinking, if you want to use it exclusively on APS-C the Sony 7-350G is half the weight and not much shorter. That is why I have both the 70-350G for use with my A6400 and the Tamron 150-500 for use with my A7r4. But if you want to use the lighter lens with full-frame as well, the 50-400 makes a lot of sense.

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One thing the 50-400mm shares wtih the 70-350G lens from Sony is the smaller minimum focusing distance. I used to have the Sony lens (which is great), but I sold it since I couldn't use it with my full frame body. The Tamron is slightly larger, heavier, but at 50mm it almost works as a macro lens. Which means I don't have to carry the 90mm macro all the time.

It's not as fast focusing or as accurate in focusing as the Sony though, but it is very good. Now, I can bring the A6600, the Tamron, and go for quick walks without the extra weight. And the pictures of leaves and frozen bubbles in the water would not have been as easy to get with the 200-600mm.

My lightweight kit is the 50-400, the 11mm 1.8 and the Sigma 18-50. Really useful stuff. Now, top find the time and opportunity to use them....

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There was recently a firmware update for the Tamron 50 - 400 mm (end of 2022), which should mainly improve the autofocus. Have you already installed the new firmware?

I also have my eye on this lens as it seems to offer a very good compromise between range and compactness with good image quality.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 18:05
It seems an interesting option, certainly after the update.
I saw a review of that firmware update on youtube, it brought the succes rate of
a dog running towards the photographer from 17 to 75% or so.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 20:48
Originally posted by Robbie Robbie wrote:

There was recently a firmware update for the Tamron 50 - 400 mm (end of 2022), which should mainly improve the autofocus. Have you already installed the new firmware?
I've attempted the update (on multiple computers), but for some reason when I attempt that it fails saying "please connect the cable directly to the computer" (or something along these lines). And other functions of Tamron Lens Utility do work, so I find it hard to believe the problem would be in the cable(s) I use to connect laptops and the lens (and no, there is no USB hubs or like involved).
Originally posted by Robbie Robbie wrote:

I also have my eye on this lens as it seems to offer a very good compromise between range and compactness with good image quality.
So far I find this has been pretty nice, although I have not yet used it that extensively.
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