Tamron lens: All-around beast

MANY will say the 200mm+ range in lenses is exclusive only for wildlife enthusiasts prowling the sahara. 

But with Tamron’s 150-600mm f/5-6.3 SP Di VC USD lens, long-range photography need not be reserved only for birds and nature, but for any coverage calling for the need of intimacy in distance.

Telephoto lenses are the ‘big guns’ of photography. These bad boys can intimidate any photographer, scaring any hobbyist or professional. There’s a reason these lenses are kept for specific occasions and used by the seasoned shooter. 

But for Manila Standard senior staff photographer Sonny Espiritu, who was able to use the Tamron 150-600mm for the Miss Universe Pageant just last week, the lens is an all-around glass fit for capturing far-away subjects without compromising image quality. 

“The equipment is an extension of your skills,” said Espiritu after reviewing the lens for the 65th Miss U pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena a couple of days back. “This a once-in-a-lifetime event and the lens helped me capture this very rare instance.”

Manila Standard photographer Sonny Espiritu and his Tamron 50-600mm f/5-6.3 SP Di VC USD lens in action during the Miss Universe beauty pageant. At right, a photo of Philippine bet Maxine Medina using Tamron lens.

“In my more than two decades as a photojournalist, never have I held and utilized such a powerful lens, this is the first time I’m able to use a lens that is high in quality but is also affordable at the same time,” he said of the lens lent by Lightroom Corporation, along with a Benro tripod for the coverage of the coveted beauty contest. 

He added: “I’m not particular with any brand, but I’m really impressed with this Tamron lens. I could say that this lens is perfect for newspapers and suitable for people working for print publications.”

For Sonny, the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 SP Di VC USD lens is the perfect lens for these kind of coverages, especially when he was stationed at the top of the MoA Arena rafters. 

“When I took pictures using the Tamron 150-600, I was approximately 200 meters away from the stage. But I was still able to photograph the girls from head to toe, and I wasn’t even on the first row, we were at the General admission!” 

The lens provides photographers with a tad additional reach to better access wildlife, sports, and other types of photography which require you to capture distant subjects. The lens also provides a Ultra Silent Drive Motor which offers faster auto focus, as well as minimal noise in the AF motor when focusing. It certainly has the 4s of a good lens: speedy, silent, sharp and smooth. 

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But that’s just us talking, here are the specs:

‘Vibration Correction’ optical image stabilization; 150-600mm focal length (225-900mm equivalent on APS-C); ‘UltraSonic Drive’ autofocus motor; F5-6.3 maximum aperture; Camera Mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A;Max/Min Aperture: f/5.0-6.3; f/32-40; Minimum Focus Distance: 8.86 ft (2.7m); Aperture Blades: 9; Removable Tripod Collar; Image Stabilzation, Vibration Compensation (Canon, Nikon); Weighs less than 2kgs. 

“The lens is really easy to handle, I didn’t have any hassles using the lens in my coverage,” added Sonny. “It’s really comfortable, and a very undemanding lens.”

Although there were some chromatic aberrations entering the farthest focal length, there was minimal vignetting at the 600mm mark--a common weakness for some of its counterparts at this point. Consumers can really get a remarkable and high-performance lens that shines in its class. A real heavyweight in its division.

The Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 SP Di VC USD lens as well as other camera equipment and accessories are available at Lightroom Corporation. You can contact the company with these numbers: Mobile Phone: +63917-553-92-47 Telephone: +632-577-90-60. 

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