Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD £740, $990
IT’S BIG ON REACH, BUT AFFORDABLY SMALL IN PRICE
You certainly get a lot of focal length for your money with this Tamron lens, its zoom range stretching all the way to 600mm. That equals the two Sigma lenses in the group and beats all the Nikons. As one of Tamron’s SP (Super Performance) lenses, it’s designed with quality in mind and features an LD (Low Dispersion) and an XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) element, as well as an optical stabiliser and ring-type ultrasonic autofocus. Even more surprisingly at the price, the lens also features weather seals.
The Tamron is reasonably compact for a lens with such powerful telephoto reach, while at less than two kilograms, it’s an almost identical weight to the competing Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary-line lens.
Autofocus speed is fairly quick but not quite as fast as in some of the lenses on test. Image quality is pleasing overall but sharpness drops off noticeably at the long end of the zoom range, beyond 500mm.