Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Review

October 10, 2016 | Mark Goldstein | |

Conclusion

The second-generation Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 offers better image quality, more features, faster auto-focus and more effective image stabilisation than the 2013 version, but the price has increased significantly, so it's not quite the out-and-out bargain that it once was.

The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 offers improved image quality with smooth bokeh and excellent sharpness, a very effective and versatile image stabilisation system, and a fast, quiet and reliable auto-focus system. Despite a modest increase in size and weight, Tamron's optic is still smaller and lighter than the Canon and Nikon equivalents, despite offering a bigger, more versatile focal range.

Image quality is very good throughout both the focal and aperture range, with excellent sharpness consistently achieved by stopping-down one stop from the maximum aperture. Chromatic aberrations are very well controlled and flare is only ever an issue when shooting directly into the sun. The only real optical issues are a little corner shading at the maximum apertures and some mild pincushioning at the 150mm focal length.

In terms of the competition, little has changed since the first version of this lens was released in 2013. The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 is a lot cheaper than the nearest Canon and Nikon alternatives, and currently similar in price to the pro-level Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Sports zoom. Despite the price increase, we have no hesitation in highly recommending the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens, as it offers a lot more bang for your buck than the older version.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 4