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 Post subject: Canon 100-400mm vs Tamron 150-600mm
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:41 am 
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Have Canon 650D and can only buy one and cannot upgrade camera or lens in future. I want to shoot birds in flight. Which of these will serve me best?

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 100-400mm vs Tamron 150-600mm
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On face value, it looks like a case of 1-stop quicker vs reach of Tamron.

Personally, I would go with the Tamron that gives extra reach. Don't think the 1-stop is significant enough. BUT, this is based on what I have read and have not actually used either lens as I am a Nikon-shooter.

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 100-400mm vs Tamron 150-600mm
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Hi Luislang
I have the 100-400 and is very happy with it. I'm thinking about getting the Tamron for the extra reach but won't let the 100-400 go. I just think the extra reach will be wonderfull.

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 100-400mm vs Tamron 150-600mm
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Hi Luislang,
Dont know if you have already purchased a lens, but the Tamron
tests beter then the Canon
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While the Tamron may not be at its best at 600mm, none of the other lenses we're looking at reach that long at all. So to make a fair comparison, we have to look at how they match up across their shared focal length range. For example, in these tests the Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM is no sharper at 500mm than the Tamron is at 600mm. Meanwhile Canon's ageing EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM simply can't keep pace with the Tamron's far more modern optics; it's simply not as sharp when compared like-for-like on the EOS 7D.


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http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/tam ... -600-5-6p3

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 100-400mm vs Tamron 150-600mm
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Hi Bert
the problem is not the reach , I tested this lens with a Nikon D7100 , the problem is to get optimal sharpness you need to be F8 to F11 and to achieve that with reasonable speed in anything other than optimal light conditions you have to crank up the ISO which creates grain issues. the images at best are acceptable as quick pics but certainly will require a huge amount of post processing and sharpening if you want to do anything with them. I will try and post a few as they are taken off Malelane bridge using a bean bag rest and hand held. the detail simply is not there.


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 Post subject: Re: Canon 100-400mm vs Tamron 150-600mm
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I will watch this space with great intrest wingman :thumbs_up: :D

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 100-400mm vs Tamron 150-600mm
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Herewith some pics taken with the tamron all on similar settings but the iso and focal lengths vary i will put the basic info in.

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F8 ISO 1600 Speed 1/3200 260mm

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F8 ISO 800 Speed 1/100 600mm

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F8 ISO 800 speed 1/200 400mm

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F8 ISO 800 speed 1/125 600mm

these are straight jpeg conversions of the raw files resized to 800 on the longest length not even at 50% or 100% they are all at +1/3 ev they are all taken at about 16h45 with a bit of cloud but a bright sunny day, I havent done any processing on them at all and havent chosen only the best shots they are a general selection. the eagle is about 75m from the road all the other subjects were within 15 to 20 from meters of me.


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 Post subject: Re: Canon 100-400mm vs Tamron 150-600mm
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Wingman,

Very nice photos. :cam:

Were these hand held?
Or were you using a tripod or similar support?


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 Post subject: Re: Canon 100-400mm vs Tamron 150-600mm
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all using a bean bag rested on the bridge rail or the car door. there is very little if any feather definition and the pics are very flat. I returned the lens after 7 days and was fully refunded.
Ive used the canon 100 -400mm L IS on various bodies up to a 7D and 70D, and the nikon 80-400mm both versions, I have the new nikon 80-400mm afs with the D7100 and my daughter uses a canon 60D with the 100-400mm L IS so I know both systems and can easly say stick with your 100-400mm or 80-400mm for the moment, the additional reach is not worth the loss in quality. It will be interesting to see what Sigma come up with.


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 Post subject: Re: Canon 100-400mm vs Tamron 150-600mm
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I have the Tamron and have been very happy with it. (specially if you compair the price with the same Canon) I bought mine from the web based store that name starts with take----.com.

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 100-400mm vs Tamron 150-600mm
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Price vs Quality - you always pay for what you get; you may not always get what you pay for!

The local price of the Tamaron is around R14,000, the older Nikon 80-400 is around R22,500 and while the new Nikon is a very highly rated lens, it is priced around R38,000. Locally, the Sigma Sport (150-600) is around R27,000 and only available later in November, while the Sigma Contempory (also 150-600) will only be available next year. Currently, the Tamaron is simply the best priced lens in this category, and certainly beats the output quality of both Canon and Nikon lenses beyond 400mm. Maybe the new Nikon could match it with a converter added, but that would be a package well above R40,000 - price wise - no comparison.

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 100-400mm vs Tamron 150-600mm
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Great test review from the field
http://dustinabbott.net/2014/01/tamron- ... sd-review/

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