Well, I ordered a TAMRON SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD from B&H Video, on Saturday night ... it arrived today, via UPS ... looking like this:
then, upon opening said packaging ... I found this:
BTW: If you look through my truck's windowshield glass ... you will barely make out the UPS truck behind it ... the golden UPS logo on the side, because I had the UPS driver "standby" as I "documented" and opened the darn thing. Happily, the lens survived this treatment. And, oh, speak of the devil ... here it is!
One thing is for certain, it'll be a while before this lens suffers from "zoom creep" ... it's good and stiff.
And this ... is my dog ... with that lens, handheld, cropped at 100%
Out of this original
EXIF: A700 w/ 200-500 f/5-6.3
@ 200mm - f/6.7 - 1/30 sec - ISO-400 - Reflected light - M
Uh, guys ... that's HANDHELD ... at 200mm ... 1/30th ... of ... a ... second? Hey ... no photoshop magic, either. Just a crop and a raw lens.