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All I was trying to do was be helpful and share my findings with others dealing with the same issue. Instead of saying that it doesn't work at all, I dug a little deeper and found that it works at certain focal lengths and not others. That is it in a nutshell. Nothing more, nothing less.


Feb 22, 2014 at 02:00 AM
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HDRGUY wrote:
I have read the other threads.


Then you would have read of others reporting similar problems.



Feb 22, 2014 at 02:20 AM
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HDRGUY wrote:
All I was trying to do was be helpful and share my findings with others dealing with the same issue. Instead of saying that it doesn't work at all, I dug a little deeper and found that it works at certain focal lengths and not others. That is it in a nutshell. Nothing more, nothing less.


And nobody said you were not trying to be helpful, nor do I recall anyone saying it doesn't work at all.



Feb 22, 2014 at 02:23 AM
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Imagemaster wrote:
Cool. Now tomorrow, put your 400mm on your 5D III and put it in AI Servo mode. With the shutter button held half-depressed, focus on a car moving away or towards you. The car should remain in focus all the time because the lens continuously changes focus. The problem myself and some others are having is the Tamron 150-600 is not doing this.


Probably operator errors.
Keep practicing.



Feb 22, 2014 at 02:32 AM
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Imagemaster wrote:
And nobody said you were not trying to be helpful, nor do I recall anyone saying it doesn't work at all.


Imagemaster wrote:
Since my copy will not even change focus in AI Servo, I am unable to post any examples.



Feb 22, 2014 at 03:48 AM
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Very good, you just registered on FM today and you know how to post quotes.

What's your point, since "not even changing focus in AI Servo" is certainly not the same thing as "it doesn't work at all"?

I already posted images showing that it works very well in One Shot mode.



Feb 22, 2014 at 04:13 AM
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HDRGUY wrote:
Canon 5D Mark III:
AI Servo DOES work from 150-300mm. Anything above that, it fails to focus.
Focus seems to stick a lot of the time when zoomed out to 600mm, even when letting up on shutter and pressing it again.

I would be very interested in knowing if it is just this lens or if people are finding similar issues.



Hi, could it be related to the camera firmware?

In my case the Tamron has worked fine tracking BIF at 600mm in poor lighting and contrast conditions. This is also true for the side AF points.

It's not as fast as an f/4 L lens, but it is definitely usable.



Feb 22, 2014 at 08:53 AM
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Anyone know if new posts are of same 1st batch or how to tell if 1st batch or 2nd ?
Not owning a Tammy , I don't even know where to look for serial number and if they have date codes .



Feb 22, 2014 at 03:29 PM
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No idea, but the serial number on the one I had was listed in the materials with the lens. I do remember it was 570 something, I think 572 but not positive. For sure would have been one of the first. It did not focus well or consistently, even on static objects. I wanted to return it for a swap but they could not commit as to when they could ship a replacement. I would just go on the list. Then if the replacement did not work out they could not say what the process would be. So, mine got returned. I would love to find one "in stock" to try before buying. I, personally, think there is alot of variance in copies. I took about 20 pics of a couple of eagles perched on a limb, not that great a distance, in sunlight, and only 2 of the 20 or so were even usable and they weren't perfectly in focus. I would have had those shots with my 300 2.8 and a 2X even with its added 2 pounds. That was it for me.


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Thanks , It will be end of March . April before I can afford one . I am a touch-ee feel-ee person , so will buy from local store [ that will add 10 % for tax ] and try out 1st .
I don't really do BIF unless that includes humming birds , running rabbits maybe a coyote .
More into plants / flowers you can not get to , - family candid shots .
I kind of though the 1st run of lenses would be around 1000 - 10 each to 100 stores .



Feb 22, 2014 at 04:07 PM
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Had to be wayyyyy more than that. I wasn't on the wait list until about 2 weeks before they shipped and I got one on the first shipping with a 500 series serial. More like hundreds or thousands each to big stores like B & H and Adorama etc.




Feb 22, 2014 at 04:34 PM
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Thanks , I was kind of going by the number of people posting .
Bunch were on list waiting , but for the 3 sites I watch , not that many posted .



Feb 22, 2014 at 04:45 PM
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lescrane wrote:
In fact, at one time had a 1.4x T.C and 100-400L and did the "taped sensor trick". It allowed AF, but didn't do much for the IQ.


First shot with 1.4x TC, second shot with 2x TC.





  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM +1.4x lens    560mm    f/8.0    1/400s    1600 ISO    +1.7 EV  






  Canon EOS-1D Mark III    620mm    f/11.0    1/200s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  




Feb 22, 2014 at 07:48 PM
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Roy Morales wrote:
Thanks , I was kind of going by the number of people posting .
Bunch were on list waiting , but for the 3 sites I watch , not that many posted .


In my experience online forums are not indicative of the general photographic community. I know of about 15 to 20 of these lenses in the greater Tampa Bay Area. I'm the only person out of that group that posts on forums and I haven't been a regular on FM since 2006.



Feb 23, 2014 at 02:08 PM
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I figured the ways people hear about ' New lenses - stuff ' is either thru Magazines , stores or on web sites .
Last month was 1st ad in a Magazine .
I get 4 different Magazines - so far 2 ads for the tammy this month . When I went in to camera store - I had more info on lens than they did [ I went in to check on when Tax sale was - no taxes- they pay - They stopped and now just give a store credit . ]
There are 6 web sites I visit regularly . I haven't been a regular on FM till Dec. last year - maybe at about 100 posts . I was coming here to the buy / sell forum [ I don't sell - just buy . ]
I only know 5 people w / DSLR's - 3 canon - 2 Nikon - rest of family / friends use P & S .[ Some - like my wife - still use film . ] No one had heard of the new Tammy .
OH well learn a little every day



Feb 23, 2014 at 04:46 PM
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p.16 #16 · p.16 #16 · Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Review


Hi guys - newbie here.

I have a Canon 7D and a Canon 550D/RebelT2i. I mainly use the 7D for bird photography. I currently use a Canon 100-400L and a Canon 400/f5.6, occasionally with a Kenko x1.4 teleconverter.

I would love to have more reach but can't afford a Canon 500/f4 or a Canon 600/f4. I did try the Sigma 150-500 zoom, but found it too soft above 400mm, so I sold it.

I am very interested in the Tamron 150-600, as it appears to offer reasonably good performance in the 400-600mm range at a budget price.

Notwithstanding the ongoing issues about BIF shots using AI Servo AF mode with the Tamron, I wanted to ask you knowledgable folks the following queries:

1) Is the consensus that I should get superior results with the Tamron at 500-600mm compared to using the Canon 400/f5.6 with either cropping and/or use of the teleconverter?

2) Will I get decent results using the Tamron 150-600 with my Canon 7D? Some posts seem to suggest inferior performance of the Tamron with the 7D, and crop sensor cameras in general. Would I be better moving to a FF camera such as 6D or 5DMk3.

Finally, do people think that the compatibility issues with this Tamron zoom used with Canon crop-sensor cameras will be resolved with future batches of the Tamron lens? After all, Tamron say that the 150-600 should be fully compatible with ALL Canon bodies.

Nick




Feb 28, 2014 at 06:31 PM
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p.16 #17 · p.16 #17 · Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Review


From what I have read , the problem in AI servo is when object is coming at you or going away from you . Not left to right .
I discount about 10 % of the " great lens " [ from Tammy reps ] and suck-a - matic lens [ canon reps or die hards ]
This lens [ 150-600 ] is a long lens , needs different skills developed and really - there is nothing to compare to .
You have the 100-400 - you did not stick on camera and get great shots - had to learn lens .
With me the 70-200 is different than the 70-200+2X III . Same with the 135-400 and the 70-300 .
I think a lot of them will be returned because people won't take time to learn .
I am lucky in that respect , I want it for flowers I can not get to [ bad knees ] , maybe a coyote , rabbit , turtle , etc .
" Will I get decent results using the Tamron 150-600 with my Canon 7D? " Depends on your definition - blow it up 100 % and print - again why ? Printing an 8.5 X11 - should be no problem unless the IQ is more important than shot .
I am going to put a my tripod , go across street shoot a couple of roses in front yard , then hand hold to see the results . IF shots are OK on 'pod - the lens is mine .
As for Tammy fixing problem - they [ tammy ] pays canon for AF , IS and other info . BUT , I think just for EF lenses , not EFS .
Unless a lens is designed for crop , most of time it is better on a FF .



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