Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 review

The next-generation Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 has mighty pulling power

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
(Image: © Tamron)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The G2 (Generation 2) edition of this full-frame compatible super-telephoto zoom lens available in Canon EF and Nikon F mount options. It’s not as impressive as the Sigma 150-600mm Sports, but has effective autofocus and stabilization systems, and is much more manageable at just over two-thirds of the weight. Performance is good overall but sharpness could be better at the short end of the zoom range.


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    Sharp at the long end

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    Good AF and stabilizer systems

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    Extensive weather-seals


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    Not particularly sharp at the short end

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    Fairly basic handling

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The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 goes head to head with Sigma’s two 150-600mm Contemporary and Sports lenses. Whereas the Sigma Sports lens is much bigger and heavier than the Contemporary version, weighing in at 2.8kg, the new Tamron packs its enhancements into a leaner, lighter package weighing almost exactly 2kg. It’s therefore much more comfortable for prolonged periods of handheld shooting.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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