...I love this lens as is well known here......it has the lot at an affordable price!
This lens never made it to a major review site.......so permit me to give my review here!
The question everybody wants to know is: is it sharp at the long end?......well most tele-zooms suffer to some extent, but the G2 holds it's own very well at 600mm.........better than the G1 version.
What does that mean? If the air is clear and stable you "will get good sharp images" at 600mm, this year with the still on going heat wave (forecast for 30°C again here today) makes things difficult.......in the end I've found air quality to be the limiting factor not the lens, I get less good results with the Nikkor AF-S 500mm ED F4D!
If I can, I shoot at F8, very sharp, F7.1 is sharp....F6.3 is decent. At all other FLs and apertures it's just sharp sharp sharp!
Remove the tripod foot and it weighs a well balanced moderate 1.9 Kgs, focus is fast and more importantly very very accurate......mine just doesn't miss at any FLs......VC is good if a little jerky at 600mm.....but it works well enough.
Only mode 1 stabilises the view finder, mode 2 is for panning, which seems to work fine...mode 3 doesn't seem to improve anything, no one seems to understand it. I don't use VC at shutter speeds of more than 1/350 sec at 600mm.
It has a mostly metal exterior which seems solid compared with the G1 plastic version, so nice.
The bonus is MFD is 2.2 mts, we are getting towards macro here (1:35 I think) and there's no loss in IQ either.
Arca swiss tripod foot, weather sealing (no dust after two years), flourine coated front element, flare is well controlled, 3 position distance limiter. The zoom has a push pull lock for "all focal lengths" plus the 150mm slide switch lock
I purchased the USB dock....this allows 4 focal lengths to be calibrated at 3 distances, (I didn't need to) and various changes to focus limiting and FW updates. I never use it!
All in all, it's a great bargain lens, Tamron is becoming known for having quickly updated their already good glass with the G2 versions and with this one they gave all that was a shortfall of the original version.
I had it for two years now and it's never put a foot wrong, it's my go to lens for 90% of my shooting.....I don't think I could breathe without it!
Am I biased? Not at all, I just tell it like it is!
I had purchased the Sigma sport, unfortunately it was horribly de-centered, JoJu claimed it to be maybe a little sharper, maybe, my copy was a dud so I cannot say otherwise, sufficient to say that it's much heavier, with most of the weight at the front end including the heavy metal lens-hood, it was just too cumbersome to be hand-holdable for any length of time.
Don't be tempted by the cheaper G1.....It's dust sucker with unpleasant bokeh and the AF keeps stopping, requiring lens removal to restore it, after a year I could no longer get sharp images, something (wear?).......it just couldn't take heavy usage.
IMHO. Your 7D MKII will be the ideal companion for it Toni!
Most of the shots on my Flickr site are taken with it: