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Tamron 150-600MM F/5-6.3 DI VC USD

884479
Review Date: Sep 1, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,069.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, well built, VR works great, auto focus works great.
Cons:
Heavy, not really a hand hold use lens

I have had this lens since June 2014 and each day I use it I'm more impressed. It has taken a while to get use to shooting at 600mm, but now that I have I'm in love. It focuses very fast for a zoom lens, (much faster than my Nikon 80-400), I've also noticed it focuses on small critical areas more accuratly than my Nikon, (IE: small birds buried in tree branches etc.) Yes it is F-6.3, but with the new low noise digital cameras, I don't see this as a problem. I use it at ISO 400-1000 on my Nikon D7000 and D7100 and the result are fantastic. Of course if I have good light I can reduce the ISO for even better noise results. It also focuses very quite, does not hunt as much as my Nikon and the VR works very well. I must use it with a monopod to get consistent excellent results, although I have occassionally had good results handheld. Good long lens technique is a must and until that is learned you will be disappointed in this lens...but that will be the photographers fault not the lens. My conclusion...great lens at a great price.

 
Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR

2145NCP_180
Review Date: May 9, 2005 Recommend? | Price paid: $589.00

 
Pros: Nikon Quality and feel, great focal length range, very fast and silent focusing and sharp!
Cons:
None this time!!!!!

I reviewed this lens on March 18, 2005 and rated it a 2...I now have to eat crow after being convinced by friends to give it another try.

I purchased another 24-120mm VR lens on April 29th to use the week of the Kentucky Derby. It worked flawlessly! The focal range was ideal, the focusing was very fast and quite, the VR work as advertised and most importantly the images were very sharp.

I'm sorry if I have discouraged others from considering this lens with my previous review, but I did have a bad copy the first time around. Being a loyal and satisified Nikon user for years I finally realized the chances of me getting two bad lenses was slim.

The forum won't let me rate this lens again, but I give it a 9 now.


 
Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR

2145NCP_180
Review Date: Mar 18, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $589.00 | Rating: 2 

 
Pros: Nikon Quality and feel, great focal length range, very fast and silent focusing.
Cons:
Soft, VR not working

I really wanted this to be a good lens...unfortunately I must have received a bad one. The sharpness was very inconsistant. I found it very seldom gave me what I would consider a sharp image. Also I could see the VR working in the view finder, but it didn't seem to translate to the image. After three months of on the job use I finally tested this lens against another of mine that I know is sharp and it failed miserably. It appears that the images were sharp about 25% of the time, and they actually were sharper with the VR off.
Yesterday I returned this lens to my camera store and replaced it with the 28-70 Sigma f-2.8 DG. I did an in store test on 7 different lenses they had in stock and the Sigma was the sharpest. I'll use the Sigma for now but I'll probably purchase the Nikon 28-70 f-2.8 ED-IF AF-S in the future.