Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di USD G2 A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 6   
reviewer#45785 date: Nov-8-2021
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 400mm F4.5 HS APO G
Sigma 500mm F4.5 EX DG APO
price paid:€ 875
positive:Fast AF, especially in combination with the AF limiter
Reach
Solid built
Smooth and fast zoom
Sharpness at 600mm (after AF microadjustment)!!!
Zoomring can be locked at every position
negative:Heavy
Tripod collar not compatible with manfrotto 393 gimbal head
No attachment for a carrying strap
Little bit soft at 600mm
Largest aperture opening at 600mm is 6.3
comment:I bought this lens second hand because I wanted a little more reach. I use this lens on the Sony A77 II. I doubted whether I should switch to the Olympus OM-D system with lenses such as the 100-400mm f5-6.3 and the 300mm f4, but in the end I chose to stick with Sony A mount. The prices of the OM-D system scared me off.
At first the results of this lens were sadly bad, but after an AF microadjustment of -12 I got much better results. Now I'm quite satisfied.
This lens can still just be used freehand for me, but I usually take a monopod with me for some extra support. It is a pity that the Sony version does not have a built-in VC, the IBIS of the Sony A77 II falls short, with at most 2 stops of compensation. The AF is faster than the telephoto lenses I also own (Minolta 400mm and Sigma 500mm), especially if you use the AF limiter. Sharpness and colors are not as good as those of the Minolta 400mm. In terms of sharpness at the long end, the Tamron can compete with the Sigma 500mm. At 600mm, the colors of the Tamron are slightly less than the Sigma 500mm and the results at 600mm of the Tamron are also a bit softer than the Sigma 500mm. This lens needs a lot of light for the largest aperture opening is only f6.3. This lens works well for static subjects. I'm still improving when it comes to photographing birds in flight.
reviewer#45607 date: Oct-24-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta/sony 70-200 f2.8
minolta 80-200 f2.8
price paid:1200USD(new)
positive:long reach
price
optical quality
negative:not weather sealed
comment:You just can't beat its value and performance, I mean you are getting 600mm focal length for under 1500USD. The next best option to achieve such focal length would be either using a teleconverter/stacking multiple teleconverters or spend a lot more and get a minolta/sony 600 f4 prime.
As far as optical quality goes, it's definitely in the top tier. It's as sharp as the two tele lens I mentioned above, IMO this lens has better flare control than the 80-200. It's a shame that Tamron discontinued this lens.
reviewer#45559 date: Jul-31-2020
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 600/4
Sony 70-400 G
Minolta 400 /4.5 with 1.4X TC
Sigma 500 /4.5
price paid:$1400 USD
positive:Can't beat the range/price/image quality ratio
Arca Swiss mount on lens foot
Multi-position zoom lock
Hand holdable, but I like to use a monopod or tripod when ever possible
Weather resistant
Fast to focus
Much easier to handle than a 600/f4, but then again, that lens is in a whole different league
negative:Slightly soft at 600 mm, but still very usable
Would prefer in lens VR
Too much plastic makes me wonder about the ability to stand up to heavy long term use
comment:This is a great lens for wildlife when I don't want to haul around the beast that is the the 600/4. Flare and distortion are non-existent. It is fast to lock focus, even in less than ideal lighting. Using it with the in-camera range limiter of my A77ii makes it even better.

They say you can't have reach and quality images at a low price, but this lens sort of blows that line of thinking out of the water.
reviewer#44516 date: May-12-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 50-500 F4.5-6.3 OS HSM
Sony 70-400 F4-5.6 G SSM
Sony FE 70-300 F4.5-5.6 G OSS
price paid:$1,200.00
positive:This is an excellent affordable lens for wildlife shooting. Price and weight were pluses. It works native on Sony A Mount cameras, and with the LAEA3 adapter, it worked great on my A7RIII, and now my A7RIV (as well as my A6500). On 24MP and 42MP cameras, it can't be beat.
negative:It's not weather sealed, but neither am I, so both of us stay out of the rain! It's resolution doesn't take full advantage of a 61MP body.
comment:Even handheld this lens was easy to shoot with. For the price, it's exceptional.
reviewer#42996 date: Jan-25-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-200 F2.8 ssm G1
price paid:1800 CAD
positive:Solid build, smooth zoom mechanism, Fast AF, Range
negative:A bit heavy, I got some hunting on a busy background at 600mm
comment:I'm not a big user of tripod, so I need to learn to bring one with this lens because it is 2kg in weight, I did not see flares even shooting quit close to direct sun. Rating of 4,5 in sharpness but not sure maybe I'm the one at fault. Limited testing but quite satisfied with it in general.
reviewer#42984 date: Jan-14-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 70 - 400 G1
Tamron 300 f2.8
Tamron 200 - 400
price paid:1800 CAD
positive:Range
Value
Sharpness at 600mm
negative:Doesn't play nice with Kenko TC (For AF)
The weight for Handholding
comment:This lens is complimenting my Sony 70 - 400 G1. I purchased this in hopes of better AF consistency and speed and for the additional 200mm on the long end. Anyone looking to upgrade for these reasons will not be disappointed in this lens. The image quality is very much on par with my 70 - 400 right through and past 400mm. At 600mm the quality comes down a touch, but is still better than very good. No CA or flare to speak of. No distortion. In Canada you can register with tamron and your 6 year warranty becomes 10 years. Check out my video review here:
https://youtu.be/9BboL3XvId8
reviews found: 6   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.83
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.88

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