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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:26 pm 
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Looking forward to seeing some shots.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:02 am 
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Any more experiences to share after a couple of months of playing around with it? I am mostly interested in it's capabilities and usability with birds in flight. So mostly autofocus. Can anyone elaborate on that? A 500/4 is just so damn expensive that I can't see myself buying one the next 5 years or more, but I do want to have a longer focal length available. And since the 300/4 with a 1.4x extender has somewhat disappointed me in the autofocus for birds in flight department, this could be a nice addition to my arsenal.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:09 pm 
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I FINALLY got my Sony-mount version of the lens last night!

I had experience with the 200-500mm Tamron...I normally shoot with a 300mm F4 as well, but really wanted the reach of the 600mm Tamron, in a package that can be easily handheld. The 150-600mm is beautifully built, very solid, smooth action, all rings nicely damped. Most important to me was usability at the 600mm end and F6.3, because honestly I'll be using the lens in that range probably more than 1/2 the time. I was limited to testing it last night upon arrival in failing light and only in my backyard, so it isn't a true test yet - but still let me get an idea how it will handle. The two shots below are with my A580 DSLR, handheld, F6.3, ISO1000 and 1600, and 600mm, shot in JPG, unedited from the camera...just wanted to make sure everything was aligned and focus was accurate, and nothing damaged in shipping:
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The squirrel was about 25 feet away. The knight anole lizard was about 30-35 feet up a tree, and the tree was about 20 feet away from me.

Not bad - looking forward to really testing this lens out in the 'real world' this weekend. I should have plenty of opportunities with BIFs and other birds.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:28 pm 
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Very impressive, especially #1. The IQ seems to be up there, what put me off the sigma 500 mm was low IQ and everything seemed to soft from the shots I saw.

Looking forward to more.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:54 pm 
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Have fun with your new gear, Justin! And great images btw.!
The success of tamron has spurred Sigma to come up with an identical offering now. See the following thread.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:28 am 
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Looks awesome. Made some awesome pics myself with this lens too. It really performs well at 600 in good light. With bad light it becomes a lot more difficult to get great results, but that's not different for any other lens.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:01 pm 
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I've been very pleased with the big Tamron on my first 'real' outing this weekend - not just shooting in my backyard. I had the chance to take the lens out to the wetlands, and shoot a variety of direct sun and heavy shade, to try it in all conditions. I find the lens very very sharp, even wide open, at 600mm - actually better than my Tamron 200-500 was at 500mm F6.3...which is saying something. I wonder too if the Sony version of the lens might have a very slight advantage not having stabilization in the lens - that's one less moving element inside, and I often heard the same comments from Canon and Nikon shooters that the 200-500mm wasn't very sharp at the long end, while mine was always quite good. Here too, the 150-600 seemed to get a little comment from some early on not being too sharp at the 600mm end, and I'm finding that to not be the case - it's almost matching my 300mm F4 APO lens' sharpness and detail level, but at 600mm and wide open...and that lens is near-perfect for sharpness. Anyway, whatever the case, this lens is certainly a keeper for me and usable in all situations I've encountered...some quick resized snaps from the wetlands this weekend:

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:23 pm 
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Thank you for this beautiful selection of bird-shots, Justin! Seems like you were having fun.
Could you post some 100% crops or links to the original sized images?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:22 pm 
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I can work up some 100% crops - It'll have to wait until I can get back on my desktop at home where the originals are stored - may be a day or two as I'm traveling on business - then Friday heading on vacation.

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Sony A6000 / 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 / 55-210mm F4-6.3 / 10-18mm F4 / 35mm F1.8 / 16mm F2.8 / via manual adapter, lots of Pentax K mount, Konica K/AR mount, and Leica M mount manual lenses

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:01 am 
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For the price that lens seems to beat all others, great IQ. Love your birding shots.


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