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  1. #1
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    Tamron 150-600 G1 replacement

    I am thinking about replacing my Tamron 150-600 (original) lens. It is having focusing issues. Sometimes it refuses to focus and I have to take it off and put it back on the camera to get it to work again. If you like to shoot birds like I do this is a serious. Other times it just misses focus.
    I will be using the lens on my Nikon D500.


    My main candidates for replacement are:


    Nikon 200-500


    Tamron 150-600 G2


    Sigma 150-600 C


    From the reviews I have read this is what I have learned


    Nikon
    Sharpest image
    "Best" autofocus
    Smaller focal range
    Heaviest of the three


    Tamron G2
    Longer focal range than the Nikon
    Sharper than my original Tamron but not as sharp as the Nikon
    Lighter than the Nikon
    Programmable via the dock


    Sigma
    Least expensive
    The lightest of the three
    Longer focal range than the Nikon
    Not as sharp as the original Tamron


    Any opinions on these lenses would be greatly appreciated.


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    Re: Tamron 150-600 G1 replacement

    I have no experience with anything but the Tamron 150-600. Honestly I wasnít impressed. But I also compared it to my 70-200 2.8Ö.so maybe itís not a fair comparison. Lol I really need to buy the Tamron 2x teleconverter and then compare it to the 150-600 for a fair comparison.


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  3. #3
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    Re: Tamron 150-600 G1 replacement

    I have the Nikkor 200-500 5.6 VR... It's brilliant. I wouldn't consider the others.
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  4. #4
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    Re: Tamron 150-600 G1 replacement

    I think @Woodyg3 had the Tamron but now uses the Nikon 200-500mm. He might be able to offer some insight especially since he's used two of the three you are considering.
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  5. #5
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    Re: Tamron 150-600 G1 replacement

    I debated over the same three for many months before ending up with the Sigma C.
    The extra 100mm was a deal breaker over the Nikon for me.
    The choice between the Sigma and Tamron was easier for me as I have heard of too many unhappy Tamron owners.
    Having had the Sigma 150-600c for a few months now, I can confirm I am happy with it overall.
    Minor complaints would be it doesn't focus as fast as my Nikon 300mm, so if instant focus is important to you then it might be an issue.
    I would prefer an inbuild hood.
    The image stabilsation is probably not as good as some other lenses out there.
    Image quality wise, in my opinion it is very good for such an extended zoom.
    The other thing to consider is if you have been used to 600mm would a drop to 500mm be an issue?
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    D7100
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    Nikon 85mm 1.8G
    Nikon 300mm F4 AF-S
    Sigma 150-600c
    Lee filters
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  6. #6
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    Re: Tamron 150-600 G1 replacement

    I also would recommend the Sigma 150-600 C. I have one and have had no issues. I can't say the same for Tamron.

    OH! By the way, I have not received my posting credits recently except when I post a message like this. Oh well!

    Gee! I actually got an old time posting on this one
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    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
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  7. #7
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    Re: Tamron 150-600 G1 replacement

    I've had the Tamron G1, Tamron G2, and the Nikon. The Nikon is the best of the three. Faster, better autofocus by a bit, and sharper, as well. The Nikon would be my recommendation, although I have never seen or tried the Sigma.
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  8. #8
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    Re: Tamron 150-600 G1 replacement

    I have only had the Sigma of the 3. Personally I like the lens a lot. I have no doubt the Nikon lens would focus faster, better. I cannot imagine a noticeably more sharp lens at the extreme zoom end (and do we ever use the wider settings?). I certainly have had mine out for astrophotography more than birding, but it gets the dual use.

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    D750 24-120mm f/4 Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
    D7000 50mm f/1.8G Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 C
    D600 (infrared converted) 70-200mm f/2.8G VR Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art
    Lumix DMC-ZS6 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
    18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
    500mm f/8 reflex

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    Re: Tamron 150-600 G1 replacement

    The Sigma also has a dock you can purchase.
    The collar on it isn't awesome. It is short with a single screw instead of 2 to prevent twisting, but I think it is made of metal. There is an Arca type plate that you can put on it that has a bumper on it to prevent twisting. I am probably going to order it.
    Maybe somebody can comment on how well it focuses for birds in flight, which is something I am not good at, so I hesitate to comment about it.

    I don't find it to be awesomely quick to focus, but I don't have anything to compare it to.

    This is a screenshot of an image I took with it.

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    Sigma 300mm f2.8, Sigma 150-600mm DG Contemporary, Sigma 50-150mm f2.8
    Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
    Nikkor Nifty-Fifty
    Tokina 11-20mm f2.8
    Bogen tripod with a missing screw and Bogen pistol grip that is eternally stuck on it.
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    Re: Tamron 150-600 G1 replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg Pics View Post
    Maybe somebody can comment on how well it focuses for birds in flight, which is something I am not good at, so I hesitate to comment about it.

    I don't find it to be awesomely quick to focus, but I don't have anything to compare it to.
    In short, not the best. If I was soley wanting a lens for BIF then this would NOT be the one I would choose. However for stationary shots or slight movement eg animals etc it is more than good enough for my requirments.
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    D500
    D7100
    Tokina 11-16 f2.8
    Nikon 85mm 1.8G
    Nikon 300mm F4 AF-S
    Sigma 150-600c
    Lee filters
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