Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di USD A-mount lens review by Balisongman07

reviewer#11984 date: Sep-16-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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 150-500, Rokinon 800 F8
price paid:$1,250 (new)
positive:It's sharp and smooth, and feels rock solid. it also has a generous share of focus throw (but that can also be a negative depending on the subject being shot.
negative:A lens this size really should have been weather sealed, in a dusty or moist area, zoom in extra slow, of you zoom out quick enough you can easily feel the air blowing out, which means you'll get suction when zooming in. Obviously this lens is on the slow side so focusing in dimmer situations is a hassle. It's size and weight can be a surprising burden to shooters not used to large lenses like this, but a simple monopod will help. Also the lock only locks at 150 and with a zoom that slides that easy, I find that disappointing.
comment:Definitely a great choice for wildlife and sport enthusiasts who cant justify blowing a couple grand on a lens. I have not yet tried out the software the lens comes with, I would rather prefer lens profiles for Lightroom though. With my A77 attached, lens hood on, and fully zoomed, it goes just a bit over 20".

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 15
  • sharpness: 4.67
  • color: 4.73
  • build: 4.87
  • distortion: 4.87
  • flare control: 4.60
  • overall: 4.75
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