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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Tamron 150-600


What does the serial number have to be to know it's got the latest firmware?


Aug 21, 2014 at 06:21 PM
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There was a wave of good ones starting with serial number 0090xx.

Mine that came recently was 0050xx which made me think it was a frequent flier and might have been your passenger at least a couple of times

superblue wrote:
What does the serial number have to be to know it's got the latest firmware?





Aug 21, 2014 at 06:50 PM
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superblue wrote:
Don't know if anyone is still waiting for theirs but I ordered one on April 24th & it's on it's way from B&H to my friend in AZ as we speak would imagine it has latest firmware on it.


Wow so it takes 4 months to get one from B&H. I assume this is a Canon mount? I just ordered mine...I guess I have to learn patience then...




Aug 21, 2014 at 08:40 PM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Tamron 150-600


I bought mine in Miami and immediately handed.


Aug 22, 2014 at 06:44 AM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Tamron 150-600


I asked Tamron about the serial number thing & got this reply:

Hello......

Thank you for contacting Tamron. I'm very sorry about the wait on this lens. Unfortunately we cannot tell from the serial number but this lens will already have the update. All lenses sold after June will have this update already installed.

Kind regards,

Brian Marley
Customer Service Supervisor
Tamron USA, INC
10 Austin Blvd
Commack, NY 11725
www.tamron-usa.com



Aug 22, 2014 at 07:41 AM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Tamron 150-600


Tamron has been a mess handling this lens. They should know which lenses have the new firmware by the serial number....its ridiculous that they dont.


Aug 23, 2014 at 03:36 AM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Tamron 150-600


That was my thinking too Oscar.......will find out soon


Aug 24, 2014 at 08:34 PM
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Lens was ordered from Vistek in Toronto on Aug. 14 and arrived on Aug. 22. Serial #0161xx




  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011 lens    600mm    f/8.0    1/125s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011 lens    600mm    f/8.0    1/125s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011 lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/1000s    3200 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011 lens    150mm    f/5.0    1/1600s    3200 ISO    -0.3 EV  




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Impressive Tony, thanks so much for posting. I truly hope that the third one is a winner for you.


Aug 24, 2014 at 10:12 PM
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I have had mine for several months now. I don't know what firmware it has but it works so I don't care. Got it from a local camera shop.

I use it on a 1D Mk IV and a 1Ds Mk III.

It is a A011, no letters. It's serial is 013xxx. I love it and am very glad I bought it. I did pay a little more, $1099, Than B&H charges but I got to try it in the store first. Well worth the $30 bucks to me.



Aug 25, 2014 at 02:58 PM
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FWIW, I bought one last Thursday here in the Netherlands.

Can confirm it's the "E"-model, A011E so it appears this is for Europe indeed.
Serial number is 018xxx, seems fairly recent going by previous comments (which makes sense I guess as it was sold out for a long time, and still is at some shops here).

Haven't really had time to put it through its paces yet, due to sucky Dutch weather and a fulltime job.

I don't think I'll use it *that* much, but autofocus does seem swift for what it is (using a Canon 7D) and it everything seems to work fine. Using it with an extender seems problematic; the focus racks but has a big problem finding focus. Enabling all focus points seems to help.

Some sample shots (edited), from earlier today, heavily overcast (click for 1920px-pix):

Do birds yawn?? ISO 1250, 600mm @ f8, 1/800th
Birds - Black-Headed Gull - HSK_0892

ISO 5000, 600mm f8, 1/800th
Birds - Eurasian Jackdaw - Hasan Karagülmez - HSK_0931

ISO 2000, 600mm f8, 1/800th
Birds - Black-Headed Gull - HSK_0909


By all means, don't see this as what the lens is capable off, rather what someone does with it who has never used a lens > 280mm (70-200mm + 1.4 extender).


For the rest, have to say, for me it feels rather heavy, can definitely feel it - so I guess I need to work out and also work on my long lens-handholding technique. Longest lens I had up until now was the EF 70-200mm F4 L IS, which I love.
Also, the shallow depth-of-field even at f8 takes getting used to - I don't normally shoot at such apertures. Combined with a fast shutter speed means high ISO's unfortunately...


Oh yeah: I payed 1200 Euro for this lens, which is about 1583 US Dollars. Yes, we get shafted like this all the time in Europe. No, we don't like it




Aug 26, 2014 at 07:49 PM
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Second shot is with a Kenko 1.4x TC, which does not report the correct focal length, 840mm.

For a 150-600 lens, it certainly can't be considered heavy compared to other options.




  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011 lens    552mm    f/8.0    1/800s    800 ISO    -0.7 EV  






  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011 lens    600mm    f/8.0    1/500s    800 ISO    -0.7 EV  






  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011 lens    500mm    f/7.1    1/2000s    800 ISO    -0.3 EV  




Aug 28, 2014 at 12:03 AM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · Tamron 150-600


Results look great in this thread. Are you guys happy with the results from the Tamron?

It appears to be a lot of lens for the cash. $1000 is cheap for a telephoto, but still a fair amount of money in absolute terms.

Dave



Aug 28, 2014 at 12:34 AM
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dthrog00 wrote:
Results look great in this thread. Are you guys happy with the results from the Tamron?

It appears to be a lot of lens for the cash. $1000 is cheap for a telephoto, but still a fair amount of money in absolute terms.

Dave


I guess I can't complain (other than paying a lot more than you guys on the other side of the pond!) for what it is. There just appear to be not many players on this side of 400mm. Let alone be "affordable".

I agree that it's still a lot of money (and note that I paid almost 1600 US Dollars for it), and this is what held me back from immediately snatching it up as well.

For not much more, I could buy a Canon 6D (and yes, I do really want Full-Frame goodyness). An 85mm f1.2 isn't THAT much more either, and a nice EF 135mm f2 wouldn't look too bad I suppose. Heck you can buy either the Sigma 50mm 1.4 ART or 35mm 1.4mm ART. (whispers: or lay some money towards a frankly amazing Nikon D810 :X)

So, yes, for sure it's a lot of money.

For me, I bought it because I could relatively easily afford it, and because I hope it gives another dimension to my photography. Perhaps take some course in bird-photography, or perhaps going to races. You know: do some new things.

In practice I probably won't, but that's then due to laziness, rather than not having a lens that isn't long enough :P


I know it's not fair nor realistic to expect, but I really wish it was brighter, shooting at f6.3 as the biggest aperture at 600mm just requires lots of light when trying to keep the ISO low. That said, I don't expect to do much other than posting online.

Autofocus does seem spot on to me, without doing any kind of AFMA. I can't say much about tracking speed yet, I've simply not encountered such a situation yet - I can't say anything about BIF.

Shooting at Av-mode btw, the camera does seem to take sane shutter-speeds when using Auto-ISO.


Not as nice as the pictures of Imagemaster, but here are some I took yesterday after work. It was nice and sunny but unfortunately already rather dark at the park (due to trees and such) I went to:


Of course, these were shot in RAW with the aforementioned lowly Canon 7D and massaged in 'Shop (click for 1920px pix on Flickr)

ISO 4000, 600mm f6.3 at 1/250th (don't expect too many keepers at this shutter-speed, got lucky here).
Birds - Coot - Hasan Karagülmez - HSK_0957 by Hasan Karagülmez, on Flickr

ISO 4000, 600mm f6.3 at 1/500th
Birds - Mallard - Hasan Karagülmez - HSK_0983 by Hasan Karagülmez, on Flickr

ISO 4000, 600mm f6.3 at 1/400th
Birds - Mallard - Hasan Karagülmez - HSK_0972 by Hasan Karagülmez, on Flickr

ISO 4000, 600mm f6.3 at 1/400th
Birds - Coot - Hasan Karagülmez - HSK_1009 by Hasan Karagülmez, on Flickr



Aug 28, 2014 at 09:29 AM
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p.2 #15 · p.2 #15 · Tamron 150-600


I have seen some crazy prices over here for it also. Even used ones are bringing over new prices.
There was one one Craigslist the other day for way more than B&H.
I paid $30 bucks over what B&H wants. But I got to play with it, in the store, before I bought it so I am happy.
Mine has been very good. I have the Sigma 150-500mm and the Tamron easily blows it away. I say that with a heavy heart as I muchly prefer SIgma to Tamron in general. But not in this case !



Aug 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM
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Imagemaster wrote:
Second shot is with a Kenko 1.4x TC, which does not report the correct focal length, 840mm.

For a 150-600 lens, it certainly can't be considered heavy compared to other options.


Thanks for the shot with the Kenko 1.4TC. How does the 1DMKIV react to the Tamron and 1.4TC? I don't (yet, but soon) have a body that will AF at f/8, so I was curious how it did compared to, for example, the 100-400, which I know you've used with a 1.4TC. There are some odd variables in place since the Tamron is technically at f/6.3 at 600mm, and the Kenko doesn't report to the body. So curious how your body sorted all of that out AF-wise.

With my 6D it doesn't do too bad of a job with the 1.4 TC for still objects, but I haven't played around with it enough to confirm it's overall accuracy.



Aug 28, 2014 at 05:41 PM
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