I found myself with a rare, empty slot on the calendar, no work, no kids, no plans! So I jumped at the chance to take the
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens out to the
RSPB nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs and see what all the fuss was about. A friend offered me the lens for a few days to try it out, it has been on my wish-list for a while now and I was really looking forward to see if it lived up to expectations. I was shooting with my Canon 80D throughout the day.
Before I’d even set off for the trip I knew I was going to enjoy the lens, I took these test shots from my armchair, through the window and I was really pleased with the sharpness and the Bokeh.
As I was going to the coast, I took my full kit. I wanted to make the most of the day and try some coastal landscapes but I was enjoying the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD so much, I didn’t even think about any other lens!
It was my first time at Bempton so I didn’t really know what to expect as I got to the cliff edge, but I found my spot, put my gear down, set up my tripod and put the camera in place. But it wasn’t right.
The tripod was too bulky and taking up too much room, the safety barriers restricted my movements and there were lots of other people all jostling for the best position. I decided to get the best of the day I should use the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD handheld.
This is when the Vibration Control (VC) really was tested, on a cold and windy Yorkshire Clifftop.
It was immense! Even at 600mm the images were sharp and steady, the VC was so good it allowed me to track to birds in flights with no vibration in the images.
With such a big lens weighing in at almost 2kg I thought I’d be limited and need a tripod, when actually, the lens was so well balanced, smooth to zoom and fun to use, the weight wasn’t an issue at all.
The lock on the lens also came in very handy. This gave me the ability to travel from one spot to another with the lens secured at it’s most compact position, reassured it wasn’t going to slip down and collide with anyone or anything else.
The Auto Focus (AF) was so quick! Through the grasses, at high speeds while the birds are in flight and even when the subject is camouflaged, the lens had no trouble adjusting focus instantly to where I needed it. In my opinion, the auto focusing speed of the
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD was just as fast as my Canon L lenses.
This lens has inspired me and really made me want to push more into
wildlife and animal portraits. I can't wait to try more in the Tamron SP range
Beautiful Bokeh, fantastic reach, super sharp images from a quality lens with amazing results!
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