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Tamron 100-400 mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD

Manufacturer Tamron
Model 100-400 mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 100 - 400 mm
Maximum aperture f/4.5 - 6.3
Angle of view 24.2 - 6.1 o
Closest focusing distance 1.5 m
Maximum magnification 1:3.6
Minimum aperture 45
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type USD
Lens Construction 17 elements / 11 groups
Filter diameter 67 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Dimensions 199 x 86.2 mm
Weight 1135 g
Additional information Announced: 15.09.2017
Lenght and weight for Canon version
3 LD (low dispersion) elements, eBand coat
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Owners reviews (2)
  1. Thunder Sizzle
    Thunder Sizzle 10 December 2019, 11:51
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    IP 205.56.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: $700 USD
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Slow max aperture at 300-400mm. Compatibility issues. Corner sharpness wide open leaves a lot to be desired.

    Pros: Relatively sharp throughout the range in the center. Weather sealed. Build quality seems fine.

    Summary: So I bought this lens and enjoyed using it on my D810. There were issues with corner sharpness, especially between 300-400mm. I\'d have to push to f/11 to bring the corners up. Unfortunately shooting at f/11 means you either shoot with a slower shutter speed or higher ISO. Since this lens is typically used for wildlife, slower shutter speeds can mean blur when you don\'t want it. As long as my subject was maintained in the center of the lens I could shoot wide open. The other fly in that ointment is max aperture is 6.3 at 400mm. Boosting ISO is inevitable with such a slow max f-stop. Probably my biggest complaint is when it comes to compatibility. I purchased the lens and the Tap-In console. When I purchased my Z6, I did a firmware update on the lens. It did NOTHING to make it work with my Z6. It wasn\'t that is acted funny on my Z6; the lens did not function. After waiting 6 months for a firmware update I finally gave up, sold the lens and purchased the Nikkor AF-P 70-300mm VR lens (the full frame version).

  2. Gorkhat
    Gorkhat 5 April 2019, 16:50
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    IP 213.243.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 750€
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Heavy(ish) Only 400mm at the long end..

    Pros: Surprisingly sharp and contrasty Very quick AF compared to Sigma 100-400 C which I had. The AF is also quite accurate (more keepers than with the Sigma for this reason as well)

    Summary: I was considering a Pana 100-400 and Oly 300 PRO for my m4/3 equipment, when I realized that the m4/3 advantage is lost when those pieces weigh more than this one for the Nikon FX system. I can shoot the D800 in DX mode, giving 24mp images @600mm equivalent AOV. And that is enough. That said, I owned a Sigma 100-400 C before this, and I have shot theree copies of Panasonic 100-300 lenses. I was never satisfied with the IQ of Pana-100-300 beyond 200 mm, and the AF speed @accuracy was hit or miss with E-M5 I & II and E-M1II which I still have. The Sigma 100-400 is just slow and inaccurate to AF on any moving targets. Funny thing, it was more accurate on D7100 than D800. This Tamron 100-400 just nails when it hits, and it does hit more often on the D800 than any other device in the same price range, so I am really happy with it.

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