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Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon

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Product Highlights

  • Canon EF Lens Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/5 to f/40
  • Three Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive Autofocus Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Mechanism
  • Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Removable Tripod Mount
  • Includes SILKYPIX Developer Studio
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The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon is an expansive telephoto-zoom lens designed for both full-frame and APS-C-sized image sensors. Its 4x zoom design covers standard telephoto to super telephoto perspectives, making it ideally suited to working with a wide variety of subject matter. Benefitting this range is VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization, which helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake to enable the use of longer shutter speeds or smaller apertures when hand-holding in low-light conditions. A USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) autofocus motor provides quick and precise focusing performance, with high torque, low response times, and quiet operation to benefit both still and video applications. Additionally, a full-time manual focus mechanism enables manual fine-tuning of focus at any point, even when the AF system is engaged.

The optical design integrates three low dispersion (LD) elements within its construction to minimize optical aberrations throughout the zoom range, particularly at the longer focal length positions. Individual elements also feature an eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular Dependency) coating, as well as a conventional BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating, in order to reduce lens flare and ghosting to produce more contrast-rich and color-neutral imagery.

Expansive telephoto-zoom lens is well-suited to nature, wildlife, and sports photography and can be used on both full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
Three low dispersion elements are integrated into the front group of the lens construction (two in the first group, one in the third) to effectively compensate for on-axis optical aberrations throughout the zoom range, notably with longer focal length positions.
eBAND and BBAR coatings have been applied to lens elements to minimize lens flare and ghosting in order to maintain high contrast, clarity and color fidelity.
VC image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake to enable greater hand-held shooting capabilities in low-light conditions.
A USD autofocus system provides quick, quiet, responsive and accurate focusing performance that is suited to both still image and movie shooting.
A full-time manual focus mechanism allows for manual focusing at any time; even when working in AF shooting modes.
The optimized optical design reduces the movement of lens groups during focusing and zooming in order to maintain a relatively compact and lightweight form-factor.
A redeveloped external finish, with linear patterned zoom and focus rings, enhance the overall handling of the lens as well as its cosmetic appearance.
A nine-blade circular diaphragm produces an aesthetic out-of-focus quality that is especially beneficial when working with selective focus or shallow depth of field techniques.
A removable tripod mount is included for use of the lens when working from a tripod.
SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron software is included with the lens, which, aside from enabling basic RAW processing and image adjustments, works to specifically correct for chromatic aberrations of magnification, distortion, and peripheral light fall-off using dedicated optical data from Tamron's SP-series of lenses.
Performance
Focal Length 150 - 600mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 240 - 960 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/5 - 6.3
Minimum: f/32 - 40
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Canon (APS-H)
Angle of View 16° 25' - 4° 8'
Minimum Focus Distance 8.86' (2.7 m)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 20/13
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:95 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 4.16 x 10.15" (105.6 x 257.8 mm)
Weight 4.30 lb (1.95 kg)
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Detachable Tripod Mount
  • SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron Software
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    TamronSP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon
     
    4.6

    (based on 155 reviews)

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (84)
    • Strong construction (64)
    • Consistent output (55)
    • Easily interchangeable (47)
    • Nice bokeh (45)

    Cons

    • Heavy (52)
    • Poor in low light (26)
    • Lens creep (6)
    • Slow focus (6)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (107)
    • Sports/action (57)
    • Landscape/scenery (34)
    • Wildlife (7)
    • Birds (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (67), Semi-pro photographer (39), Casual photographer (9), Pro photographer (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Super Value

    Finally got delivery of this lens a week ago from B&H. I use is only for taking shots of birds so consider that when reading my review. I have been able to...Read complete review

    Finally got delivery of this lens a week ago from B&H. I use is only for taking shots of birds so consider that when reading my review. I have been able to get some fantastic shots with it at 600mm, hand held. In fact I think the shots are sharper then what I get with my 400mm L 5.6. Perhaps it is due to the added pixels I am getting on the birds and less of a need to crop. It needs plenty of light so consider yourself warned. I have not experienced any of the focusing problems that others have written about. Locks into focus very quickly in all 3 modes on my 70D. There are plenty of unsharp, soft and out of focus shots floating around the web from people using this lens. All user error as far as I am concerned. Most people are coming from using either the Canon 400mm f5.6 or the Canon 100-400mm zoom trying to go from 400mm to 600mm and shooting at low ISO's, etc. There is a big learning curve when adding 200mm. The lens is heavier than what they are used to and the extra reach exaggerates any shake while taking photos. I am extremely pleased with my results. Next up is to test it in lower light conditions at 400mm is IS (called vibration control with this lens) and see how it compares with my Canon 400mm L.

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    Has promise but not there yet...

    Although I own 2 of Canon's "big whites", I purchased this lens for those times when I needed to travel lighter. Build quality is quite nice, but operationally, it needs...Read complete review

    Although I own 2 of Canon's "big whites", I purchased this lens for those times when I needed to travel lighter. Build quality is quite nice, but operationally, it needs some tweaking! I ran it through it's paces both handheld and on a tripod with a Canon 1D Mark IV. This lens needs A LOT OF LIGHT (an aperture of f8 or f11 is a virtual necessity) and a high shutter speed (1/1600 or above) to get decently good crisp images. For static shots, it works quite well; for shots when the subject is moving, not so much. For my short time with the lens, I found it difficult to get focus lock within the telephoto range of 400-600mm, regardless of subject matter. And since that's the range where I shoot the most, I found the lens unacceptable for my purposes and returned it. I might reconsider a second generation of it at some point in the future.

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    4.0

    Good enough

    By Dede

    from Turkey

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    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

    I used it for shooting birds. A little bit soft at 600 mm and needs to much light as expected. But the results are very good for the money I paid.

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    4.0

    Passed the first, worst test!

    By Rocky

    from Everett, WA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Great Value for the Price
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Sharp Clear Images
    • Very Good Stabilization

    Cons

    • Focus ring feels loose

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

    I do a lot of bird photography. I've been shooting with a Canon 100-400L for the past 6 years, and when this lens came out, the idea of a bug step up in "reach" really appealed to me, but the early units suffered from problems with focus tracking in AI Servo mode. With that problem corrected, I finally ordered one. I received the lens about a week ago, and promptly took it out for a field test. I'd heard there were pygmy owls nearby, and wanted to try the new lens on them. The weather was supposed to be partly sunny, but the fog never burned off, and by the time I found the owl in a decent setting, it was very late, almost dusk. I wound up shooting under just about the worst possible circumstances for a lens of this type... low light, slow shutter (1/160-1/250), hand held, max aperture at full zoom... yet the lens performed very well. I got clear, sharp images in spite of the conditions! I can only imagine what this lens will do with good light and proper shutter speeds! The only question remaining is how well it will track moving targets. The only niggle I have with the lens so far is that the focus ring seems much looser, or easier to turn, than the zoom ring; I would have preferred the focus ring to be a bit more damped, but since I use AF all the time anyway, it's not a big problem. I'm also a little concerned about the hood... there seems to be very little in the way of a detent to hold it in place, and I fear that after a time, it'll become worn enough that it will no longer "snap" into position. Those are minor concerns, though; overall, so far, I am thrilled with this lens!

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    5.0

    Best bang for the buck

    By Desert Lover

    from Tucson, AZ

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

    A long zoom or prime was the only lens missing from my bag. This lens fills the bill nicely. I am ecstatic with the results I'm getting so far. I've shot at least 200 photos with this baby, and a good 75% are keepers. Most hand held. The lens has a nice feel, quality build, and the zoom and focus rings are IMO perfectly damped. The zoom lock at 150 & 400mm is nice to have to prevent lens creep, but the lens is damped that you really don't need it on. Possibly after a lot of use it may be needed.It's almost too good to be true, at the price its going for. I'm shooting it paired with a Canon 7D, and most shots look great until I go above 500 ISO, and even then the noise is negligible. I have even taken a few at less than 1/60 ps, and they've looked great, tripod mounted of course. Some reviews have mentioned CA at the long end, I shoot strictly in RAW, and have not noticed any so far. Some shots seem soft, but it could be the photographer and not the lens. All I can say after owning this for a few weeks is I am extremely pleased with the quality of Tamron, and the helpful folks at B&H. If you're looking for a zoom with this kind of reach, I feel Tamron has nailed it with this lens, you'll be happy you made the purchase. This is the only non Canon glass I own.

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    3.0

    Incompatible with Teleconverters

    By Bird Photographer

    from Chula Vista, CA

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          Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

          I wanted to like this lens and buy it but I could not consider it for my intended use. I wanted to use it for wild bird photography,often with small song birds. For this use even a 600mm focal length on a camera with a APS-C sensor and 1.5X or 1.6X image enlargement factor is not sufficient. Therefore, I intended to buy Tamron 1.4X and 2.0X teleconverters for use with this lens. I contacted the Tamron support department and to my disappointment they informed me that "Tamron teleconverters may not be compatible with newer digital lenses including the 150-600mm".
          Therefore, I returned the Tamron lens and plan to purchase a Sigma 150-600mm lens which is compatible with teleconverters.

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          4.0

          Fantastic for the price

          By Gbbudd

          from CT.

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

          I have other much more expensive prime lens and for the price the weight and the sharpness I'm very pleased. i've seen others say weight is an issue for them but take my word for it it's about half that of a prime 600mm. The lens was purchased for a trip out west and i was very surprised and pleased here's two examples.

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          5.0

          Outstanding for the price.

          By Bob

          from Illinios

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged

          Cons

          • Required Focus Adjustment

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

          I have used this lens for over a month now. I am very happy with the results from this lens. I do wildlife and bird photography.I was a little concerned about purchasing this lens due to internet reports of poor performance using AI servo. I have used this lens on both a 1DMK3 and 1DMK4. I have had no issues with focus tracking of birds in flight with either body. My copy did require autofocus micro adjustment but that should be done with any telephoto lens of this length. I was using a Canon 70-200mk2 with 2xMK3 teleconveter and the Tamron at 400mm is better.The 150-600mm does loose a little sharpness at 600mm but not bad and still better image quality than cropping. For the price of this lens I don't think one can find anything better.I would highly recommend this lens to any wildlife/bird photographer that is on a budget. It truly brings reach and image quality to photogs that don't have many thousands of dollar to spend on a lens.One does need to take the time to learn to use it though. Even going from 400mm to 600mm does require a bit of a learning curve.

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          4.0

          Great Lens For The Price

          By Diverhank

          from Huntington Beach, CA

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Portable
          • Sharp

          Cons

          • Flimsy Hood Attachment
          • Lens Creep
          • Zoom Dir Opposite Canon

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

          I'm a bird in flight (BIF) shooter. My previous BIF lens was a Canon 400mm f/5.6L prime lens. I needed a little extra range but still want portability (=hand-holding), hence the reason for getting this lens.I must admit, it's good having a zoom. I do make more shots being able to zoom.My feeling is mixed on this lens. For static shots, this lens is phenomenon, clear, sharp all the way to 600mm. It's a lot sharper than I expected after reading the online reviews. But it's not so good for birds in flight pictures, at least initially. I shoot everything at 1/2000 so speed should not be an issue. There were 2 issues I faced with. One, the VC (Image stabilization) actually blurs my moving pictures, unlike the Canon lens where you can use IS without problems for moving objects. I solved this problem by turning off VC. Two, at 600mm the lens back focuses a little - it focuses about 1 inch behind the point of aim. At f/6.3, an inch makes the point of aim, which is the bird eye, slightly out of focus. I solved this problem by micro-adjust via the Canon 7D2.I can tell you that this lens can produce BIF images at 600mm as good as images from my 400mm f/5.6L at 400mm. It's a keeper.Two things I dislike about this lens: 1. The hood is flimsy and one day, I'm afraid that the hood will fall off into the water if I accidentally bump it however slightly. 2. The zoom direction is opposite with the Canon Zoom lens (like my 70-200mm f/4L IS lens). This makes me repeatedly zoom in the opposite (wrong) direction...missing a few shots.

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          4.0

          Great lens for the money!

          By Andyw570

          from St. Charles Mo.

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

            Lens is large but not as heavy as expected. Focus is fast and the zoom is smooth. It will make a great addition to my camera bag.

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            5.0

            Best Bang for your Buck!

            By Luds

            from Minneapolis, MN

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

            If someone would have said you could get a 600mm lens for a grand just a few years ago you would have told them they were crazy. I'm no expert in the super-tele range and almost all of my photography is all under the normal zoom range. However, looking to expand a bit I decided to pick up this lens to fill a spot in my kit. A buddy took me out right at sunrise to shoot some wildlife. Even with my inexperience with the lens and super tele, I was able to walk away with some excellent shots. This was definitely due to the excellent VC (IS) in this thing. I was able, even at 600mm to get great results at 1/120th of a second. I have even pushed to 1/80th with good luck. All in all a great lens.

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            5.0

            Best value

            By Jules

            from Hawaii

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

            I had to wait a few months for this, but it was worth it. I use it mostly for action water sports and it holds up great. The stablization is very good and I have so far had no problems with the auto focusing. Great value.

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            5.0

            Great For the Price

            By RS

            from RI

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            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

            I could actually afford to buy this lens! Very sharp. I try not to use at the full 600mm (as all zooms have some issues at full length) or wide open (same thing). Just arrived after long back-order and used for birds in my backyard, landscapes across canyons in Los Angeles, and "macros" of plants flowers. Autofocus works well (and fast) with Canon T5i body. Mostly using manual exposure to maintain control over aperture and shutter speed. Handheld shots OK (e.g., 1/320 at 500mm), monopod helps, tripos better.

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By Chris

            from Beverly Hills,Florida

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

              Bought this lens for the reach and price. I couldn't be more pleased. I use this lens with the new Canon 7D Markii. The combination produces fantastic pictures--even at 600mm!
              The placement of focus rings takes a bit of getting used to. So far I have found nothing I could possibly complain about.

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              5.0

              Too Good Too B Good

              By Job Billings

              from Baltimore , Maryland

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction
              • Worth The Investment

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Eagles

              Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

              I am a amateur photographer and when I heard about this lens and the price of the lens, I had to buy this lens. I take pictures of eagles at Conowingo Dam in Harford County, Maryland. There are any where from one hundred to over two hundred photographers that spend all day each day trying to get that one picture that wows you. Most of the photographers have lenses that cost several thousand dollors to over Thirty thousand dollars. I've only been able to used the lens at this point two days because of the weather conditions. The pictures that this lens has enabled me to take are excelent. The lens is light enough for me to use with out a tripod, which gives me the advantage over the heavy duty expensive lenses that you have no choose but to use a tripod. I'm still looking forward to useing this lens every chance I can get.

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              5.0

              Great product for the money

              By BarryB

              from Sherman, TX

              About Me Casual Photographer

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              Pros

              • Completely Compatible
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

              I bought this lens instead of a Canon lens primarily because of the cost. I volunteer at Fish and Wildlife refuges and there is nothing more frustrating than to miss a prized picture because the subject was too far for my existing 250MM lens. I have a Canon T3i body so I began searching for Canon lens replacement. I was looking for a 400MM when I came across the Tamron 150-600MM. I was skeptical at first because it was considerably cheaper than the Canon, even though it had a greater range. As a disclaimer, let me state that I am a novice photographer, not a professional or even one with many years of experience. But I am very happy with the lens. To my eye, the quality is as good as my Canon 250MM lens.

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              4.0

              worth the wait

              By Frank

              from Jacksonville Florida

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

              This is my first non-L canon lens. I put this on my 5Dlll and it is fantastic.

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              4.0

              Good lens

              By Mac

              from Oklahoma

              Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

              Great lens, little heavy but that was expected. Long distances can be a little grainy but all and all very satisfied.

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              4.0

              A great value

              By sbeme

              from Sharon, MA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Great value
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

              Big, heavy, lens which feels well-built. Autofocus works well for me on static subjects but sometimes the focus delimiter needs to be moved to optimize focus. IS is very good, but not enough for me to shoot 500-600 mm without careful long lens technique and a monopod.My keeper rate at 600 is low, but likely to improve with technique. The lens needs a lot of light and does well at f6.7. And I have some incredibly detailed, sharp bird images at 600 mm on a 7D. I do not do BIF so I can;t judge that.Less versatile but just as sharp as my 100-400 wth much nicer bokeh. Really not fair to compare with a 5 star Canon super-tele prime, but under the right conditions it holds its own just fine.I rate it at 4 stars because I have not adjusted the rating for price/value. But what a value it is!

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              5.0

              Awesome Lens!

              By K T Bear

              from Perryville, MO

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

              I have used this lens for waterfowl photography and for general use--as long as that use is not too close! Good, sharp, clear optics producing good, sharp, clear photos.Only complaints are that the lens is a bit heavy. And the lens hood a bit flimsy. The removable ring and tripod support add to the weight, but when I tried to remove it, I was going to have to bend the ring to get it off. I want it on when using the tripod, but not for general use as it adds more weight and hangs up on things--like my lens bag, my camera strap, coats, etc., when carrying it.

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              5.0

              Impossible to find but worth it

              By Trying to get good pictures

              from Union, NJ

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

                Lets start off with the positive.This lens blew my mind, I was able to take pictures at 600MM Handheld.I've been on the fence for a while before I made the jump, boy was I happy I did. This lens is fantastic! Its incredibly sharp for a zoom and works as expected. I have a 6D and tried it out on street signs, 600MM is a long reach, at 150MM you can barely see the sign from about 200 feet away, at 600MM the sign fills the field. But the best part is that the whole time you are taking pictures you are handholding the lens. The VC (vibration control) is that good. Its better than the Canon IS on my 70-300 IS USM lens. The lens has the ability to lock at 150 and 400MM (400MM is not in the manual), it has the ability to focus from ~ 10ft to infinity and from 15 meters to infinity. I had it on the 15 meters and trying to take pictures of birds on a tree and it wouldn't focus, then I realized the tree wasn't 45 feet away, once I switched over the lens focused perfectly.Look, I raved about the lens but its not perfect, at 600MM there is some color fringing and its mostly plastic, but its also 600MM and doesn't cost mucho bucks.If you have a crop sensor, I would probably say that its too much reach for you. Also since if F6.3 at the longer lengths, you need the high ISO of a full frame camera.So here is my advice, if you have a full frame get the lens, don't worry about it, its that good.

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                5.0

                Great Long Zoom Telephoto

                By WCman

                from Cleveland, OH

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon:

                This is a great long telephoto zoom lens for the price. It was worth the two month wait while it was backordered. I've only had it for several weeks, but I'm amazed by the shots I've been able to capture. I purchased it primarily for wildlife and nature photos because my 300 mm telephotos never seemed to get me close enough. With my Canon's APS-C sensor, this lens is equivalent to over 900 mm! I've used it at our Metro Park's nature preserves, and while I primarily use it with a tripod, its image stabilization has also allowed for some great shots when hand held. While time will tell about its overall durability, it seems to be well built, it was easy to mount on the camera and then use the adjustable mount to attach to the tripod or hold by hand. The only drawback is its 4.3 pound weight, but that kind of weight is expected for a long lens like this. For example, Sigma's new telephoto zoom lens which has similar specifications weighs more and it costs nearly twice as much. This lens is a great value for the serous amateur that needs a long zoom telephoto.

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