Tamron’s New 150-600mm is the Sharpest ‘Budget’ Birder Lens

by on February 21, 2014

in Lenses,Tamron

Tamron 150-600mm Lens DxO

DxO Labs has ran the new Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens through its DxO Mark tests and indicates that it beats out other “budget” super-telephoto lenses, including Canon’s classic (and more expensive) 100-400mm L lens. Of course, it offers an additional 200mm on the telephoto end over the Canon lens as well.

The Tamron lens was also pitted head-to-head against the Sigma 150-500mm and edged it out as well. Check out the entire comparison and test results over at DxO Mark.



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1 David Garmont February 21, 2014 at 3:41 am

The Canon version has been out for a few weeks now but when will the Nikon version be released? There is a big price differential between it and the Sigma but not much in the way of better performance and quality drops rapidly after 500mm. I think Tamron have missed out on the Nikon owners who will now see that owning the Sigmas is just as good and cheaper. Poor marketing Tamron.


2 Radek February 28, 2014 at 1:17 am

Where can the Canon version be bought? I just checked at B&H and they still don’t have it. It only supposed to be available from January 17th.
I am on a lookout for a good long zoom for couple of years and until now there is simply nothing with decent quality and affordable price out there. My only hope is with this Tamron. I will buy it as soon as I will be able to, unless Sigma will come up with something totally new. Their latest lenses are very promising.


3 forkboy1965 February 21, 2014 at 10:50 am

Just went to the site to read up on it. I’d like 600mm for my birding work, but I already have the Canon prime 400mm f/5.6 (I’m too poor for anything nicer ;-)

Reading the review when mounted to a 7D, like mine, the case kinda disappears. Were I looking for my first budget zoom then it may be a serious consideration, but not so much after reading and being an owner of a 400mm.

But still.. credit to Tamron for getting out there a sweet 600mm at a very attractive price and with easily comparable performance.


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