Tam­ron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD £900, $1070

A rel­a­tive new­comer, this is a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade from Tam­ron’s older 200-500mm f/5-6.3 lens

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Tam­ron’s 200-500mm su­per-telephoto lens de­liv­ered de­cent im­age qual­ity but had a very ba­sic fea­ture set, with­out any op­ti­cal sta­bil­i­sa­tion or even a built-in aut­o­fo­cus mo­tor. By con­trast, the new 150-600mm boasts typ­i­cally fast and whis­per-quiet ring­type ul­tra­sonic aut­o­fo­cus and Tam­ron’s VC (Vi­bra­tion Com­pen­sa­tion) sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

De­spite the ex­tra 100mm in max­i­mum fo­cal length com­pared with the older 200-500mm lens, this one is not much big­ger or heav­ier, at 106x258mm and 1.95kg. In­deed, it’s no­tice­ably smaller and lighter than the com­pet­ing, more ex­pen­sive, Sigma 150- 600mm lens. Then again, the Tam­ron lacks a cou­ple of the Sigma’s more ad­vanced fea­tures and, while it does have a weather-sealed mount, other parts are not sealed.

Per­for­mance

Con­sis­tently sharp shots are com­fort­ably achiev­able when shoot­ing hand­held, thanks to the sub-2kg weight and the op­ti­cal sta­biliser, which we found equal to about 3.5 stops. At least, this is true for static shots – VC proved slightly less ef­fec­tive when pan­ning. Out­right sharp­ness isn’t quite as good as from com­pet­ing Sigma lenses, es­pe­cially at the long end of the zoom range.

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