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First Sample Images From New Tamron 150-600 Hit The Web, Pretty Impressive

By Anthony Thurston on November 14th 2013

Tamron’s 150-600mm F/5-6.3 that was recently announced doesn’t have an official price or release date yet, but some sample pictures shot with the new lens appeared online recently. The shots are not full res, so it can not be used to tell exactly how good this lens performs, but these web res images look to be sharp and of high quality.

These images, which first appeared on the Korean site, were shot with the Canon 5D Mark III at Yellowstone National Park. If I am being honest I was surprised to see such good results coming from a lens with such a long zoom range. Lenses like this have traditionally suffered from bad distortion, or ended up really soft at certain focal lengths. This lens appears to handle those issues really well.  Take a look for yourself below:


Artists Paintpots, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

158 mm 1/60th  f /16 ISO 400 


Bison backlit behind screen of leaves, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
329 mm 1/160th f /5.6 ISO 400 


Bison walking through frosty field, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
600 mm 1/200th f /9.0 ISO 800


Frosted bison portrait, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
600 mm 1/100th f /9.0 ISO 800


Grizzly bear walking past reflections in river, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
483 mm 1/320 f / 6.3 ISO 800


Tundra swan stretching wings, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
600 mm 1/640 f / 9.0 ISO 800

So what do you guys think? Obviously a full review of full res images is needed to formulate a full opinion, but what are your thoughts based on these images? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

[via Naver]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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    mmm..pretty tempting! good zooming, sure I need one for the wild but I will wait for more reviews!

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  3. Honza

    Look at comparison between Sigma 150/2,8 macro vs Tamron 150-600 with Canon 5d2. All at 150mm. 100% crops:

    (I will add new images of tamron vs Canon 400/5,6L soon)

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  5. Harry

    Soft huh? I’ve been looking at photos for 50 years and these look sharp enuf for these old eyes!

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  6. Mflyer

    I am going to get one for wild, the coming spring, if price below $1500.

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  7. Patrick Verpaelst

    I own the Nikon 300mm f4 and shoot with the Nikon D7000. I am considering the FF D610 and am interested in third party offerings with a long zoom. These photos actually look quite soft to my eye. This lens falls short of the optics of the 300mm prime. I would keep my existing set-up and use the D610 for landscapes and architectural shots.

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    • Sky deLight

      I agree, Patrick~~I’ve been shooting with Nikon D7000 with a Sigma 150 X 500mm for 5 years now, and except for the close up of the face of the Bison, these all seem soft to me. It makes me really wonder what a larger format photo would look like.

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    • vin

      I don’t see how you can judge sharpness with such poorly output jpgs on a web page. If it was properly sharpened for “web presentation” it would appear much sharper. Just saying….

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    • T. Martin

      This lens falls short of a 300mm Prime, it will every time. The big telezooms will never be as sharp as a prime in any size, and most 2.8 300mm primes start around $6500.00 and go up from there. No use in trying to compare because they are not anywhere near the same lens. I will wait for the lens to be released and see what the reviews say about it and by then there should be plenty of photographs available from this lens. I am interested but need to be patient …

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  9. Black Z Eddie

    Ok, I’m cutting off a leg right now.

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  10. Rodrigo

    Can I get one? … please daddy?

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  11. Mississauga Photography

    If Canon 5D Mark III shows this type of clarity in zoom range at Yellowstone National Park then it performs really fabulous job.

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  12. Ricardo Vaz

    Pretty impressive, if the price is in the 1k range I’ll be all over it!

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I agree, at around 1K this lens would be a steal. But given Tamron’s pricing on their newer lenses, I would say this will probably fall closer to 2,000 than 1,000.

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