Tamron 150-600: Review round-up

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Tamron 150-600 @ 600mm

Update Only one left – 2014-01-22: Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC SP USD Zoom Lens (for Canon EOS Cameras)

Some reviews has been popping up the last few days, wish i could do one myself, but i prefer just helping out people with unedited samples.
Dustin Abbot’s review http://dustinabbott.net/2014/01/tamron-sp-150-600mm-f5-6-3-di-vc-usd-review/
Lensrentals Shoot-out http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2014/01/tamron-150-600-telezoom-shootout
ePhotozines Technical test http://www.ephotozine.com/article/tamron-sp-150-600mm-f-5-6-3-di-vc-usd-lens-review-23866
Chewyenfook’s Shoot Out  http://chewyenfook.smugmug.com/Photography/Tamro-150-600-VS-Canon-400mm/36134215_3P9q3W
New http://theamazingimage.com/wildlife/field-test-new-tamron-150-600mm-super-telephoto-zoom/#prettyPhoto
New http://it.wyswig.com/2014/01/02/review-tamron-sp-150-600mm-f5-6-3-di-vc-usd-english-review/

 

I can really back up Dustin Abbot’s Pro’s & Cons-list. Pretty much spot on.

Finally: Tamron 150-600 vs Canon 400 f5.6L

First off. I got to be honest, i simply haven’t had that much time with this lens so far. Busy weeks after Christmas. But today, i had an hour. The sun was out and settled this once and for all. Finally some low iso samples. This time i manually focused the Canon 400mm since it the focus was off. Might need to get that fixed before i sell it 🙂

Update: Available at Amazon here:
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC SP USD Zoom Lens (for Canon EOS Cameras)

Something worth noting is the Canon being like half a step brighter than the Tamron. The contrast is a lot better on the Tamron.

Tamron 150-600 - f5.6 - 1/250 - ISO 400 - 5D Mark III

Tamron 150-600 – f5.6 – 1/250 – ISO 400 – 5D Mark III

Canon 400mm - f5.6 - 1/250 - ISO 400 - 5D Mark III

Canon 400mm – f5.6 – 1/250 – ISO 400 – 5D Mark III

The final 100% Crops.

Tamron 150-600 - f5.6 - 1/250 - ISO 400 - 5D Mark III    - 100% Crop

Tamron 150-600 – f5.6 – 1/250 – ISO 400 – 5D Mark III – 100% Crop

Canon 400mm - f5.6 - 1/250 - ISO 400 - 5D Mark III - 100% Crop

Canon 400mm – f5.6 – 1/250 – ISO 400 – 5D Mark III – 100% Crop

So, this is the bonus part. I got my hands on a 70D. Finally some crop sensor comparisons as well.

Canon 400mm - f5.6 - 1/250 - ISO 400 - 70D

Canon 400mm – f5.6 – 1/250 – ISO 400 – 70D

Tamron 150-600 - f5.6 - 1/250 - ISO 400 - 70D

Tamron 150-600 – f5.6 – 1/250 – ISO 400 – 70D

And the 100% Crop

Tamron 150-600 - f5.6 - 1/250 - ISO 400 - 70- 100% Crop

Tamron 150-600 – f5.6 – 1/250 – ISO 400 – 70- 100% Crop

Canon 400mm - f5.6 - 1/250 - ISO 400 - 70D - 100% Crop

Canon 400mm – f5.6 – 1/250 – ISO 400 – 70D – 100% Crop

Tamron 150-600 f6.3 @ 600mm - 70D

Tamron 150-600 f6.3 @ 600mm – 70D

 

Revisited: Tamron 150-600 vs Canon 400 L

Update: Please check out the newer post http://camahoy.com/2014/01/13/finally-tamron-150-600-vs-canon-400-f5-6l/

The weather is so bad this year. No sun, no snow, just grey clouds. Thats why this was shot at ISO 3200. I promise you to make something at ISO 100 or similar, wont make much of a difference.
The Canon lens doesn’t have a UV-filter anymore, from the initial test in my appartment, they looked equally good when UV removed. But outside, the same thing appears again, Tamron looks sharper.

Canon 100% Crop

Canon 100% Crop

Tamron 100% Crop

Tamron 100% Crop

Ive tried to test out the auto focus as well, but there simply aren’t that money birds around this time of the year. But all i can say is that it does hunt sometimes, but so does the Canon. It take a while to figure out how a lens behaves, so i need more time for a verdict.

I promise to update more as soon as ive got something to show. I work crappy hours for me to do day light shooting the next few days. But i will borrow a Canon 70D to show how it looks on a crop sensor for the people rocking the 7D and similar.

Updated: Tamron SP 150-600mm VC SP USD vs Canon EF 400mm f5.6L USM

Update: Please go to this post instead. http://camahoy.com/2014/01/13/finally-tamron-150-600-vs-canon-400-f5-6l/

Finally had the time to put these bad boys head to head. And the results are really stunning. The Tamron delivers sharper equal images at 400mm than the Canon L lens. The bokeh is beautiful.

*Update: Some smart person commented about me having a filter on the Canon 400. How stupid of me. I actually forgot. Was using a Kenko PRO UV. Honest misstake people. Did a quick test at home here. Will try the same scenario tomorrow as i did today without the UV 😉

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Canon 400 f5.6L without UV-filter 100% Crop

Canon 400 f5.6L without UV-filter 100% Crop

Tamron 150-600 without UV-filter 100% Crop

Tamron 150-600 without UV-filter 100% Crop

You can ignore the photos below.
Both photos shot at 1/250 ISO 1600 (It’s dawn) f5.6. On a tripod on a 2 second timer.
No image stabilization. No sharpness added. Download the raw files here

Canon EF 400mm f5.6L USM

Canon EF 400mm f5.6L USM

Tamron SP 150-600 f5-6.3 VC SP USD

Tamron SP 150-600 f5-6.3 VC SP USD

For easier comparison, these are 100% crop images.

Tamron SP 150-600 f5-6.3 VC SP USD - 100% CROP

Tamron SP 150-600 f5-6.3 VC SP USD – 100% CROP

Canon EF 400mm f5.6L USM - 100% CROP

Canon EF 400mm f5.6L USM – 100% CROP

To end this, i give you the Tamron at 600mm.
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Samyang (Rokinon) 35mm f1.4 vs Sigma 35mm f1.4

Ive finally gotten around selling my Samyang 35mm since i got the Sigma.
I had a few hours left with the Samyang so i thought, what the hell. Put them head to head in a few short clips.

There are 2 things i haven’t noticed before doing this test.The Sigma has a wider field of view which i found pretty odd. It’s easily noticeable in my clips. The tripod was never re-positioned and the settings was never changed. I personally prefer it was wide as possible.

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But on the plus side the Samyang seems to be maybe a 1/3 step brighter.

Give and take i guess. If you want some real field use out of the lens i would go for the Sigma, in a heartbeat. But if you want it for landscape, night or video.

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