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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:26 pm 
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Looking forward to seeing some shots.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:02 am 
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Any more experiences to share after a couple of months of playing around with it? I am mostly interested in it's capabilities and usability with birds in flight. So mostly autofocus. Can anyone elaborate on that? A 500/4 is just so damn expensive that I can't see myself buying one the next 5 years or more, but I do want to have a longer focal length available. And since the 300/4 with a 1.4x extender has somewhat disappointed me in the autofocus for birds in flight department, this could be a nice addition to my arsenal.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:09 pm 
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I FINALLY got my Sony-mount version of the lens last night!

I had experience with the 200-500mm Tamron...I normally shoot with a 300mm F4 as well, but really wanted the reach of the 600mm Tamron, in a package that can be easily handheld. The 150-600mm is beautifully built, very solid, smooth action, all rings nicely damped. Most important to me was usability at the 600mm end and F6.3, because honestly I'll be using the lens in that range probably more than 1/2 the time. I was limited to testing it last night upon arrival in failing light and only in my backyard, so it isn't a true test yet - but still let me get an idea how it will handle. The two shots below are with my A580 DSLR, handheld, F6.3, ISO1000 and 1600, and 600mm, shot in JPG, unedited from the camera...just wanted to make sure everything was aligned and focus was accurate, and nothing damaged in shipping:
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Link to the original size (click on 'original' under the photo): http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/37021 ... -tests-001

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original: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/37021 ... -tests-029

The squirrel was about 25 feet away. The knight anole lizard was about 30-35 feet up a tree, and the tree was about 20 feet away from me.

Not bad - looking forward to really testing this lens out in the 'real world' this weekend. I should have plenty of opportunities with BIFs and other birds.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:28 pm 
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Very impressive, especially #1. The IQ seems to be up there, what put me off the sigma 500 mm was low IQ and everything seemed to soft from the shots I saw.

Looking forward to more.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:54 pm 
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Have fun with your new gear, Justin! And great images btw.!
The success of tamron has spurred Sigma to come up with an identical offering now. See the following thread.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:28 am 
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Looks awesome. Made some awesome pics myself with this lens too. It really performs well at 600 in good light. With bad light it becomes a lot more difficult to get great results, but that's not different for any other lens.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:01 pm 
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I've been very pleased with the big Tamron on my first 'real' outing this weekend - not just shooting in my backyard. I had the chance to take the lens out to the wetlands, and shoot a variety of direct sun and heavy shade, to try it in all conditions. I find the lens very very sharp, even wide open, at 600mm - actually better than my Tamron 200-500 was at 500mm F6.3...which is saying something. I wonder too if the Sony version of the lens might have a very slight advantage not having stabilization in the lens - that's one less moving element inside, and I often heard the same comments from Canon and Nikon shooters that the 200-500mm wasn't very sharp at the long end, while mine was always quite good. Here too, the 150-600 seemed to get a little comment from some early on not being too sharp at the 600mm end, and I'm finding that to not be the case - it's almost matching my 300mm F4 APO lens' sharpness and detail level, but at 600mm and wide open...and that lens is near-perfect for sharpness. Anyway, whatever the case, this lens is certainly a keeper for me and usable in all situations I've encountered...some quick resized snaps from the wetlands this weekend:

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:23 pm 
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Thank you for this beautiful selection of bird-shots, Justin! Seems like you were having fun.
Could you post some 100% crops or links to the original sized images?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:22 pm 
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I can work up some 100% crops - It'll have to wait until I can get back on my desktop at home where the originals are stored - may be a day or two as I'm traveling on business - then Friday heading on vacation.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:01 am 
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For the price that lens seems to beat all others, great IQ. Love your birding shots.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:27 pm 
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Some great images there Justin. 8)

Got to say I'm fairly pleased with this lens....especially for the money!
In good light I haven't found any issues at all. It seems better stopped down to F8 when fully extended, but more than acceptable wide open if shooting less than 500mm, or nearer distance allows for subject DOF.
VC (VR) works great & the ultrasonic drive fast & responsive.

Got to say I do think I preferred the new Nikon 80-400mm for sharpness/clarity SOOC, but having 600mm when needed & being around 50% of the cost is a no-brainer.

The new Sigma 160-600mm looks interesting too.

These have been cropped, sharpened & tweaked in PS E10 to varying degrees.

ƒ/6.3 @ 420 mm. 1/1600th sec. ISO 250

ImageWaiting patiently for my dinner. by Carl B.1, on Flickr


ƒ/6.3 @ 200 mm. 1/800th sec. ISO 180

ImageJust pop it in here, mum! by Carl B.1, on Flickr



ƒ/6.3 @ 500mm, 1/400th sec. ISO 1250
Severe crop (less than 1 Mp)

ImageAll seeing. by Carl B.1, on Flickr



Another crop. ƒ/9.0 @ 600mm. 1/800th sec. ISO 720

ImageG-SLAC Scottish Life, balloon by Carl B.1, on Flickr

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:04 pm 
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I think the IQ is up there, I was surprised the –2/3 EV on the with balloon shot, on the D7000 the sky would have been blown out.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:41 pm 
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4xxxx wrote:
I think the IQ is up there, I was surprised the –2/3 EV on the with balloon shot, on the D7000 the sky would have been blown out.
Cheers


IQ is pretty decent, I have to say.
The balloon shot was quite late in the day & the sky actually not as bright as in the pic (lightened shadows slightly in PS E10 on the balloon) hence +2/3rds EV.

Cheers.

This is a 4.2MB jpeg SOOC taken from about 100mts away.
600mm. Hand held 1/400th sec (VC/VR on) ISO 160 @ F8.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 8:46 am 
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Some examples of pictures I took. They are not at 100%, but if you want examples of the full files then I can always share those later.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:31 pm 
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Thomas wrote:
Thank you for this beautiful selection of bird-shots, Justin! Seems like you were having fun.
Could you post some 100% crops or links to the original sized images?


Sorry for the delay! I completely forgot I was intending to post some 100% crops, and just never got around to it - then I went back and saw this thread which reminded me. Here are some 100% crops from some of my shots, for reference...first the original resized version as posted, followed by a link to the photo in a temporary gallery with the 'original' size being a 1600-pixel longest edge crop from the 100% viewable, and then the posted 100% crop from that gallery (I'm including the link only because I don't know if the hotlink version of the photo I can post from that gallery is compressed or altered as it only lets me direct-link the 'large' size, so just in case, you can follow the link to the gallery thumbnail, and click on 'original' underneath it to see the uploaded version) (note most of the posted shots also had some cropping involved already - and all were shot in JPG mode in camera and are unprocessed other than the resize and crops):

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Link: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/37021 ... 3sep14-101

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Link: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/37021 ... 4sep14-192

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Link: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/37021 ... 4sep14-187

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