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  1. #1
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    Tamron 150-600mm G2 Problems

    Here we go again. After constant problems with intermittent refusal to AF on my 150-600mm a011 (the first generation of this lens) I bought the new G2 version and sold the old after a complete overhaul by Tamron. Now the new one is giving me more problems than the old on ever did.

    1. Complete refusal to autofocus, I have to turn the camera off, wait a couple of seconds, and restart.


    2. Autofocus goes to infinity and sticks there until restart, or goes to minimum distance and sticks until restart.


    3. Autofocus goes back and forth from infinity to minimum over and over and will not stop until camera restart.


    4. "Clanking" sound and aperture stays at max for a shot rather than the selected f/stop.


    All autofocus problems occur in good light with a subject with sufficient contrast. I have not seen any pattern as to when these problems might occur.


    I have used the lens on my D500 and D7200. My Tamron 100-400 and 17-50 work very well on both cameras.

    I went to the store where I bought the camera and they were initially willing to exchange the lens, but then the manager saw a small scuff on the lens barrel and said he could not take it back.

    I have sent an email to the local rep for Tamron. I asked for a refund or a lens that works, since this has kind of been an ongoing thing for a while now. I'm betting he'll say to send to Tamron for warranty repair. I'm just afraid that I will get it back with the same problems as happened with my old lens.



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    Woody Green

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    Re: Tamron 150-600mm G2 Problems

    Wow! What a royal pain, Woody. I remember all the problems you had with the first version. I wonder if @wev has encountered any problems. Didn't he also get the newer version of the lens?
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  3. #3
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    Re: Tamron 150-600mm G2 Problems

    That really sucks Woody. I am still struggling with my V1, your problems with V2 means I won't get one of those to replace mine.
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  4. #4
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    Re: Tamron 150-600mm G2 Problems

    Boy, from the sound of these issues, sure glad I chose the Sigma 150-600mm C over the Tokina.
    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  5. #5
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    Re: Tamron 150-600mm G2 Problems

    I exchanged email with the Rocky Mountain area rep. He was VERY helpful and long story short, I sent the lens and my D500 to Tamron for evaluation so we can see where the problem is and get everything corrected. I have thought for a long time that working on the lens independent of the main camera that it is used on is less than ideal. Do I feel nervous about sending off my D500? Yep. Was it expensive to ship with full insurance? Yep. But by sending the lens AND camera to Tamron, I feel like I am much more likely to get a resolution to this.

    Tamron turns around all repairs in 3 days, so I won't be waiting too long. The local rep has a tag on this repair, and will be notified of everything from the repair tech. The company really is trying to get this right.

    The G2 version of this lens has a very good reputation, and I know several other photographers who have used this lens with no issues at all.

    My 100-400 is a fantastic lens, as is my 17-50. I want to be clear that I am not slamming Tamron in any way. Most of my best wildlife shots were made with Tamron lenses.

    Now I will compulsively check the package tracking until it gets to Tamron.
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    Woody Green

    Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose

    D500, D7200, D7100, D70

  6. #6
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    Re: Tamron 150-600mm G2 Problems

    Dang! I hate to hear that you're having this problem. Robin's G2 hasn't given us any problems so far with about 11 months of use.
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    D7200; AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR; Sigma 150-600mm C
    D810; AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR; AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; AF-S 85mm f/1.8G
    Old non-AF; 105mm f/2.5; 28mm f/2.8
    Godox V860II

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    Re: Tamron 150-600mm G2 Problems

    Woody, did the lens give you the same problems when paired with your D7200? At least you have that body to use for now! I hope it all gets sorted out quickly and to your satisfaction.
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  8. #8
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    Re: Tamron 150-600mm G2 Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy W View Post
    Dang! I hate to hear that you're having this problem. Robin's G2 hasn't given us any problems so far with about 11 months of use.
    Thanks, Andy. Yeah, I really think I just had bad luck. Everyone seems to love this lens, and I certainly have gotten great pictures when it was working properly.

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Woody, did the lens give you the same problems when paired with your D7200? At least you have that body to use for now! I hope it all gets sorted out quickly and to your satisfaction.
    Thanks, Cindy. It refused to AF a couple of times on my D7200, but I didn't use it very much on that camera.
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    Woody Green

    Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose

    D500, D7200, D7100, D70

  9. #9
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    Re: Tamron 150-600mm G2 Problems

    Hope you get a swift and complete resolution to this situation, if you remember I was the first one to shout about the first version and its focus problems, a lot of folks thought it was me.
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    Mike

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  10. #10
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    Re: Tamron 150-600mm G2 Problems

    If I had seen these types of complaints before, I never would have bought a used copy of the first version. I consider myself lucky it works so well, though I don't put it through the paces trying BIF and other stuff you hardcore shooters are doing.





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