I have tested a few long lenses here. They were mostly prime lenses. The Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 is one of the latest zoom lenses from this third party lens maker. It is a company with a long history in the photography world. I recently purchased their 70-200mm f2.8 and was eager to try this new telephoto zoom. What mattered to me about this lens most was its performance. During this review period, we were at the tail end of some psychotic weather. Snow was still everywhere. [click to continue…]
You’ve bought your first camera and now you have some good shooting time beneath your belt. You’re waiting to move beyond that kit lens and there is some money burning your pocket, begging to be spent on new glass.
When I’m asked for advice on what a photographer’s next lens should be, my response is usually, “What do you like to shoot?” The answer to this is the best way to determine what the next lens should be. With that in mind, here are my recommendations for the lenses which should follow your kit lens.
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When we found John Thorpe’s “The Renaissance of Heather” we were immediately smitten by it and the inspiration by where it came from. Thorpe started shooting in 2009 and got his start when his first images were published in a three page spread. In addition to his photo work, Jonathan is also part-owner of a “Skyhaq Agency” an advertising firm based out of Northern VA, where he has produced and shot several television commercials. In addition to commercials, Jonathan has also directed several music videos. He is currently represented by Wonderful Machine and in addition to Tamron, is also sponsored by Calumet photo and Holdfast Gear.
But the story behind this image is an even more fascinating one than John’s quick rise up.
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DxOMark is out to resolve another “which lens is better” argument and today it’s comparing the new Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 lens against its super telephoto compatriots. In another third-party lens upset it seems the Tamron super zoom actually outperforms the pricier and shorter reaching Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS lens.
When both lenses were mounted on a Canon 5D Mark III, the Tamron lens scored a better overall according to DxOMark being slightly sharper with the trade off of a smidge of more distortion. The Tamron lens also managed to out shoot the Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 with all the same perks and much less vignetting.
All in all, the Tamron 150-600mm looks like a sure winner for bird enthusiasts, landscape, and sports photographers. This also isn’t the first time we’ve seen a third-party lens win with flying colors. Previously, the Sigma 24-105mm f4 wiped the floor with Canon’s version and the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 did the same against two wide-angle zoom lenses.
It’s definitely looking like official Canon and Nikon glass will have to step up their game in the future, but for now you can take a gander at the super zoom shootout after the jump.
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Egami seems to have found new patents from Tamron showing that they’re trying to go after the more affordable APS-C budget friendly crowd. The patents are specifically for a 30mm f2.8 and a 28mm f2.5. We’re not quite sure why they would create two lenses so close in aperture range and focal length. Perhaps they just put in the patent and will only produce one of them. There also isn’t any major indication of whether the lenses will be a 1:1 Macro or something close.
Many macro lenses are already at the f2.8 aperture and if you plan on focusing in the super duper close ranges at that aperture, good luck. You’ll need to stop down heavily in order to get anything in focus at all due to the way that depth of field works.
When we tested the company’s 90mm f2.8 Macro, we were quite impressed with how it performed. Given this, we’re expecting great results from these upcoming lenses when combined with the new 20+ MP sensors that seem to be coming out and good lighting.
For all you superzoom fans, Tamron just announced a doozy of new 16-300mm f3.5-5.6 DI II VC PZD Macro lens. Tamron is calling the new APS-C crop sensor lens one of their most versatile pieces of glass yet starting as at a 16mm wide-angle and then zooming in by 18.8 times to become a long telephoto lens. The 24.8-465mm equivalent lens also features a minimum focusing distance of 15.3” letting shooters get up close and personal with macro photography and a magnification ratio of 1:2.9.
Although the lens features such a long focal length it only measures a mere 3.9″ long and weighs 19oz. Inside the barrel of the lens there are 16 elements arranged in 12 groups. These glass bits include three aspherical elements, one hybrid aspherical element, two low dispersion elements, and then one extra as well as ultra-extra refractive piece of glass.
The new lens bumps up things up with a Piezo Drive to deliver quieter and faster autofocus action. Fans of the Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 SP VC will be glad to know the 16-300mm also has the same vibration control to reduce camera shake in images and video. As the new crop sensor superzoom the Tamron 16-300mm f3.5-5.6 will compete with the Sigma 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 and Nikon’s 18-300mm f3.5-5.6 G VR lens.
Tamron also announced another new all-in-one telephoto zoom lens for full frame cameras, the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD. The new piece of kit features 19 elements in 15 groups but still weighs the same 19oz as its crop lens brethren. As an added bonus the lens also has advanced Broad-Band Anti-Reflection coatings to minimize flare and ghosting.
Tamron has not announced pricing or availability for either of the lenses but photographers attending CP+ 2014 in Yokohama, Japan will be able try out the lenses first. But for everyone else there are more specs and images past the jump, so check them out. [click to continue…]