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Keywords: Tamron Micro-Four-Thirds Wide Mid Tele Zoom Di-III VC Stabilized


Registered: July 2014
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Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III VC (C001) review by fpabernard
Review Date: 7/29/2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $589.00| Rating: 8 

Pros: Ratio size / weight / price ; Goog IQ given the range and price
Cons: Needs in-body stabilization ; IQ doesn't match HQ zooms or primes

The released version of this lens is without stabilization, then it mainly addresses owners of Olympus or GX7 bodies ...

I suppose Tamron made this choice because of price, size and weight and it makes sense (according to me as an owner of two Olympus bodies !)

My feeling about using the lens :

- wide angle : very sharp in the center, good in the edges, a little soft in the angles, huge CA (one-click to correct on post-production)

- at the best at 35/50mm : sharper in edges / corners, less CA

- remains good at 70/80mm,

- slightly decreases from 100mm to 150mm

You can apply easily moderate sharperning on raw files without degrading too much the IQ

Usual and strong distortion, but corrected by the body (tested on E-PL5 !) or in post-production

AF is excellent, remarkable on video and continuous tracking/shooting (on an Olympus E-PL5 !)

Zoom ring a little hard for video use

Proxy photo is difficult as you must use max focal for max ratio, and it becomes difficult to frame the subject (it moves a lot !). And the lens is not at its sharpest !

Olympus 14-42 IIR and 40-150 have slight better IQ on JPEG (less CA for the 14-42, sharper for the 45-150)

Olympus 14-42 EZ is sharper, but AF is less reliable

I'm curious to see the improvement that the DxO module will bring to sharpness, etc. I made some tries with manual corrections and the results are very close to the IQ of the Olympus 14-42 IIR and 40-150 : distortion and CA is easily corrected and sharpness can be significantly improved on the edges.

I don't have much experience of big zooms, but I think the lens presents the usual compromise for this type of lens. Sharpness is good at the most useful range for street or landscape shots (14-90mm). Above, it remains usable especially outdoors for portraits or family shots, where you generally don't mind for absolute sharpness, especially on the edges. You may be ready to shot RAW and apply automatic software corrections (Hurry up DxO !)

AF performance is above average, so it has very good ratio price/size/performance.

It won't replace my Olympus 12-40 when I want to bring back top IQ (on journeys for example), but for family shots and video, it's just right. It is the lens you can let on your body when you don't know in what context you'll take your next shots.

It can replace without compromise two kit lenses.


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