Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Canon EOS) - Review / Test - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (Full Format)

Sample Images

Please note that the following sample images were taken with the old Canon EOS 5D II thus at 21mp. The results on the EOS 5Ds R will be somewhat softer as you may imagine.

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 500.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/800s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 250.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/160s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 600.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/500s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 256.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 600.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/500s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 300.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 309.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 450.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/200s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 329.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 600.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 552.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/320s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 600.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/160s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 309.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 428.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/800s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 273.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/200s

Verdict

Before summarizing the performance metrics let me make a clear statement here. Tamron did something awesome with the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD - they managed to produce this lens at a very moderate price tag of less than 1000 US$/EUR. As such they were the pioneers who democratized a 600mm lens for the masses. This was unthinkable a few years ago!

However, regardless of what the Tamron marketing would like to make you think, it also means that this is a budget lens with corresponding compromises. The most obvious one is the slow speed although from a real world perspective that's probably of lesser concern for most. A bit more unfortunate is the fact that the quality isn't really great at 600mm. You should stop down to f/8 to make the most of it but so then the results aren't tack sharp. Given the typical target application (wildlife), the rather soft borders/corners are probably not overly important. As usual the quality is much better in the low to mid range. Besides the higher resolution, there's also a slight kick in contrast compared to the 600mm setting. Lateral CAs are generally well controlled although they can be visible in the upper range. The vignetting is moderate which is typical for such long tele lenses. The quality of the bokeh is decent for a tele lens although not comparable to the best lenses, of course. Bokeh fringing is not an issue due to the relatively small max. aperture.

The build quality is on a surprisingly high level for such an affordable lens. Tamron used some plastic components but only where it didn't hurt the structural integrity of the lens. Tamron's USD AF offers both high speed as well as low noise emissions.
Let's be realistic - most of the users will probably never carry a tripod so an image stabilizer is a must-have in this lens class. Tamron's VC is pretty good till about 500mm but it struggles to keep a steady image beyond. Both Sigma as well as Canon have an edge here.

Thus in the grand scope of things, the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USDis a great super-tele zoom lens relative to its price tag. However, if you require outstanding image quality at 600mm, you still have too look elsewhere.

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