Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di USD A-mount lens review by skm.sa100

reviewer#44554 date: Jul-27-2020
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 70-200/2.8
Sigma 100-300/4.0
Minolta 85/1.4 GD
price paid:USD500 (used)
positive:Range.
Weight.
Price.
negative:Not much in particular, considering the price point.
Not sharp enough, especially for birding, which is what I use it for. The feathers can be extremely demanding in asking for a highest level of resolution.
Actually, that's my only complaint; I do wish it was sharper.
comment:This is a budget zoom that goes to 600mm. Such a lens wasn't even available just a few years back.
"Budget" and "600mm" simply don't go together, unless for a Cat lens but those tend to be fixed aperture and donut bokeh, like 500/f8.
I'll get straight to the point: at 600mm/f6.3 it's good enough but simply can't resolve the feather detail of a bird.
It works extremely well for almost all other photography but birding is very demanding.
That being said, this lens is quite capable of delivering really good results in line with its price. A bit of tweaking in post can really make it shine.
f/8 to f/10 is where I tend to keep it at and it gives me good results.
CA seems to be nonexistent and I've shot a good bit under harsh conditions. Flare is also not an issue, especially with the deep hood. Since it's a tele, distortion isn't usually a problem but I haven't tested it out specifically for that.
For the price and given the range this lens provides, it's a winner. That's the bottom line.

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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