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| p.4 #6 · Cicala and Dustin Abbott's Tamron 150-600 reviews |
Chris B. - Thanks for your experience compared to a 400mm DO + 1.4X TC. One aspect of the various lens choices that has not gotten much attention is the weight of the various choices. For me, particularly when doing international air travel (e.g. some airlines limiting carry-on to 7 kg), weight is a big deal.
If memory serves, the 150-600 is 4.3 pounds. This makes it comparable in weight to the 400 DO (w/o a 1.4X TC), 40% heavier than the 100-400, but only HALF the weight of each the 500mm f/4.0 I and the 200-400 IS lens, (and that is not even counting the weight of the heavier tripod and gimbal that I find necessary for the 500mm).
I like the 400mm DO w/ a 1.4X TC. However, when that becomes to big a focal length, I don't like having to take the TC off, find the caps, re-attach the camera without letting dust, etc. Being able to zoom back from the 600mm when a large animal approaches without having to switch lenses of cameras is a major benefit (and why so many shooters drool at the new car priced 200-400). I think of the Tamron 150-600 as being a poor man's (or a modest man's) 200-400 for 1/10th the price, HALF the weight of either the 500mm f/4.0 or the 200-400mm lens with built-in TC.