David Johnston

Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7

David Johnston
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If you are an outdoor field photographer, you know the advantage of carrying a lightweight telephoto lens in your backpack. As a photography instructor, Outdoor Photography Guide’s pro shooter David Johnston gets a lot of questions about how to evaluate lenses. In this free video lesson David analyzes the Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 and shows you why it’s the best zoom lens for your buck.

David likes the amazing build quality of the Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7, small, lightweight and still durable. It easily fits into your camera bag. And yet, this lens is $300-400 cheaper than the big name brand lenses like Sony. If you are using a standard 70-200mm lens, you are limiting your photo ops. The zoom lens allows you to gain access to distant wildlife. Some pros use a 600mm lens, but it’s difficult to transport because of its length. With its lockdown feature, the Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 gives you more options. This is also a fast lens that goes well with sports photography.

But is it a practical lens that you can regularly carry into the outdoors? David packs his Tamron on almost all his field trips, especially at National parks, state parks, or a location where wildlife is present and he needs to compress the distance. Another question is how does the quality of the Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 compare to the larger 150-600mm lenses from other camera makers. When using a 600mm lens, David sometimes feels he is too close to the subject matter. The Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 gives you the zoom feature which allows you to pull back from a subject that overwhelms your composition.

In this video lesson, Outdoor Photography Guide’s David Johnston takes you through the many reasons he recommends this versatile lens. Whether you shoot landscapes, wildlife, or even small details, this is a powerful lens.

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