The Tamron SP 150-600mm might be the Great White Whale of lenses

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Sigh.  There’s a bird out on that branch.  Boy, is it pretty.  Too bad all I’ve got here is a 70-200mm lens!  I’m gonna have to crop the heck out of this shot to get anything out of it.  SNAP!  Sigh.

Sigh no longer, fellow photographers!  The preliminary reviews are in and the still-up-for-preorder Tamron 150-600mm telephoto lens is a serious hit.  Rated as being better on a full-frame camera than the Canon 100-400 L series lens for about $600 less…with 200mm more reach!

Features include an ultrasonic focus system with full-time manual override, lens coatings designed to reduce ghosting and lens flare, three low-dispersion elements to cut down on chromatic abberation, a 9-blade diaphragm for silky smooth bokeh and a removable tripod mount.  The lens also has a locking mechanism to holds the barrel in place at 150mm to avoid lens creep while walking.  The image stabilization has been said to be so good that you can get exquisite shots fully zoomed out just holding it in your hand.  It also comes with a lens hood.  Just be aware that it has a 95mm filter thread, so your filters are going to boost the price of ownership of this lens a bit…but at $1069 from B&H Photo you can afford to accessorize your new…prrrrrecious…lens.  You’ll have to wait a while to get it, though, it’s on back order and there’s no estimated delivery date at this time.  There is, however, a limited six-year warranty on this lens so once you get it, you’ll be covered for a long, long time.

Go to B&H Photo for more info.

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  • Shel_TK February 28, 2014, 1:43 pm

    And you’ll need that six-year warranty. I’ve had to do three warranty repairs on lenses in the last two years (two of them on the same lens) for the same problem – the aperture control suddenly stops working.

    Tamron makes my absolute favorite lens – the 18-270 VR zoom (the one that’s had two repairs done on it) – but I have to say that when lens shopping these days, I look at other brands first.

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