Maybe my self-esteem was dipping that day or maybe I was just feeling like seeing how the little people lived. Whatever the reason I decided I needed to humiliate myself a bit so I decided to slap a third party lens on my Ferrari, er, I mean Nikon D4s. The choice – the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 VC USD. For the last 30 years I’d never shot anything but Nikon glass – no cheap third party lens would dirty up my cameras.
When I first picked up the Tamron 150-600mm it felt pretty solid but not excessively heavy – pretty similar in weight to the Nikkor 80-400mm I shoot, but longer and slimmer looking. The next impression was at how quick it focused – right up there with the Nikkor 80-400mm. A squirrel ran past and I ripped off a sequence. Did this third party pretender actually just lock on and follow that?