Like the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 HSM DG OS Contemporary lens that came before it, the Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD proves a compelling option for photographers keen on nature and wildlife photography looking for a budget 400mm lens. With its $798 price tag being just a bit more expensive than most consumer-grade 70-300mm zoom lenses, the choice comes down to whether you can use the extra 100mm at the telephoto end – and in most cases the answer is an unequivocal yes.
Optically, the Tamron lens turns in a convincing performance with high sharpness in the center of the frame at all focal lengths and good control of both chromatic aberrations and vignetting. It also offers other quality features, including a fast and accurate USD autofocus system, a sleek and moisture-resistant construction, and a useful vibration compensation system. The lens struggles to maintain good sharpness in the corners of the frame, which can be downright soft at times, but this to be a reasonable compromise given the strong performance in almost every category. Overall, there is little doubt that the Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD is a good lens, with a rich feature set, consistent performance, and attractive price tag that ought to place it on every photographer’s radar.
Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD
- Optical Performance
- Bokeh Quality
- Build Quality
- Focus Speed and Accuracy
- Image Stabilization
- Size and Weight
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