TAM­RON SP 150-600MM F5-6.3 DI VC USD G2

Aim­ing to take ev­ery­thing to a whole new level, here’s Tam­ron – the next gen­er­a­tion

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As with the ex­cel­lent 24-70mm and 70-200mm G2 zooms, this one boasts im­prove­ments in fea­tures, han­dling and per­for­mance. A re­vised op­ti­cal lay­out in­cludes three LD el­e­ments rather than just one, and a mix­ture of both con­ven­tional and nano-struc­tured coat­ings. A full set of weather seals is added, plus a flu­o­rine coat­ing on the front el­e­ment.

Use­ful fea­tures in­clude a short/longdis­tance aut­o­fo­cus lim­iter, which can lock out the range ei­ther side of ten me­tres.

The ring-type ul­tra­sonic sys­tem has the same man­ual-pri­or­ity over­ride as in the Nikon lens, but lacks the Sigma lenses’ auto/man­ual-pri­or­ity se­lec­tion switch.

For sta­bil­i­sa­tion, the Tam­ron has a three­p­o­si­tion VC (Vi­bra­tion Com­pen­sa­tion) switch. It cov­ers all bases with static and pan­ning modes, plus a mode for ap­ply­ing sta­bil­i­sa­tion only dur­ing the ex­po­sure.

This makes it eas­ier to track er­rat­i­cally mov­ing sub­jects through the viewfinder. The sys­tem de­liv­ers 4.5-stop ef­fec­tive­ness, match­ing that of the Nikon lens and edg­ing ahead of the Sigma lenses. And where you can lock the Sigma lenses’ zoom ring at any marked set­ting, the Tam­ron has a push-pull zoom ring en­abling it to be locked at any fo­cal length.

In a re­ver­sal of for­tunes to the Sigma Con­tem­po­rary lens, sharp­ness is very good at the long end of the zoom range but less im­pres­sive at short to medium fo­cal lengths. Ul­ti­mately, if you want a lens that de­liv­ers ex­cel­lent 400-600mm per­for­mance in a strong, weather-sealed yet rea­son­ably light­weight build, all at a keen price, this Tam­ron is a smart buy.

left A HIGH-QUAL­ITY BUT REA­SON­ABLY SIZED BUILD Smaller and lighter than the Sigma Sport lens, the Tam­ron is nev­er­the­less strongly built and fea­tures an Arca-Swiss com­pat­i­ble tri­pod foot left 150mm Lev­els of sharp­ness are a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing in the...

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