"Game-changer" is an oft-used buzzword these days, but seldom does the product live up to the hype. See why this photographer is adamant the new Tamron 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD lens is indeed a game-changer.
I've long been an advocate for third-party lenses. As I got more serious about my photography and started earning a little more money, I began collecting all sorts of third-party lenses alongside my native lens lineup. I have lenses from the likes of Sigma, Tokina, Tamron, and Rokinon, but if I'm being honest, I've always felt that Tamron was at the top of the third-party totem pole. To be clear, I have no affiliation with Tamron and am receiving no sly brown paper bag kickbacks. I simply love the lenses they create, particularly their zoom lenses that have a huge focal range.
And that brings us to this great video by Dustin Abbott, in which he introduces and reviews the new Tamron 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD for Sony E mount mirrorless cameras. When I initially saw him describe the lens as a game-changer, I cringed a little because it's a word used far too often, usually with little justification. But as he makes his case for this Tamron lens, it's hard to argue with his genuine enthusiasm. With its huge focal range of 50-400mm, its outstanding image quality at all lengths, and its relatively affordable price of $1,299, Abbott makes some pretty good points. The only downside is that it's only available (for now) on Sony E mount mirrorless cameras. What do you think? Is it a genuine game-changer?