Tamron 150-600mm lens

Exciting new Super-zoom announced: Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 for Nikon FWe’ve been blessed with a number of excellent super-zooms at reasonable prices over the last two years. The , the lens, and the first generation of the . We’ve shot with, reviewed, and raved about the value each of them provide – as reasonable alternatives to the massively expensive and the . Now, Tamron has raised the bar, and the price, of its model with a $1400 .  The new version focuses faster, has a zoom lock, and improved optics. I expect to do a full review of one, but in the meantime you can pre-order the for $1399 from B&H, with shipments expected to start before the end of September.

Super-telephoto Zoom shoot out: Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 versus Sigma 150-600mm Sports

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Nikon FSigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Nikon FThis has been an amazing year for long-lens shooters. For those who don’t want to break the bank and their backs with the Nikon or Canon 200-400mm models, there are now four exciting new options (three of which are available to both Nikon and Canon shooters):

Before we dig into some of the details, having shot with these lenses, they are all pretty amazing for what they provide at this relatively low price point. They are all head-and-shoulders above the older generation super-telephoto zooms from these companies. However, they are also bigger and heavier than the classic 120-400mm and 150-500mm designs they largely supercede. Which lens is right for you will depend on your specific budget and needs, but I can easily recommend all of them as quality products that provide good value.

New value-price wildlife lens champion: Tamron 150-600mm zoom field-tested

Wildlife photographers have some amazing, and amazingly expensive, lens options from Canon and Nikon, but for many the huge price tags – not to mention large size and weight -- make them impractical. Instead, they have needed to compromise image quality to meet their budget. Fortunately, modern manufacturing techniques and lens design software improvements have continued to improve the quality of third-party value-priced lenses. The first of this new breed is the that I field tested in Texas during my workshops this month...