I did some reading before buying the Tamron 70-200mm SP f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom lens. Most everyone agreed it was a good sharp lens. Several said it was as good as the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8, but a $1000 less. I’m not rich.
I also have spent enough years seeing great photos from photographers on really poor cameras and photographic equipment, to realize it is also personal preference and ability.
I was at the L.A. Big Photo Show and one of the venders had the Tamron 70-200mm SP f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom lens on hand. Put it on my camera. Shoot some shots and zoomed in on the LCD on the camera to see what I thought. I liked it enough to buy it on the spot.
After going out in nature and realizing that I wanted further reach for some bird or animal shots, I read up on teleconverters.
Canon’s 2x converter would only work on the 70-200mm. The Tamron not only matched my lens put claimed to work on other lens as well. It was a little less expensive too.
So I got it in and around that same time my Dad tells me he wants to go to an Air Show. One of my Meetup.com camera groups sends me invite to shoot Chino Planes of Fame.
I’m not too slow or dumb, Hey Dad, Here’s an air show! It may not be an animal or bird but I was going to have lots of moving targets.
All of these shots are manual focus, no the auto focus with the 2x just doesn’t handle it. It was easy enough to zone focus to get ready and adjust as the planes came in to the shot I wanted.
That first shot of the jet was 374mm effective focal length, 1/250 a sec, f/13. Hand held, manual focus. I shot a little on the ground of planes but, I spent the afternoon shooting flying planes. I’m going back through them for this post, and yes I still think it is a great lens specially at the price.
I will be selling prints and ? of photos from this show on my e-commerce site. More info coming soon.
Here are some more photos:
A couple of group shots
But I like this one better, note the focus is on the nose of the jet.
Anyway, as you can see, for being a test, I got some good shots. With a bit of practice on that combo I know I would be having a lot of fun. Sure I’m getting old, reflexes aren’t what they use to be. Birds are tough to follow, got hummingbird season coming. So, yes I do need tight and sharp focus with some speed as well as the f/stop being fast too.
I’ll be out there shooting, practicing for a up coming visit to a botanical garden to see the annual return of the hummingbirds.
Hope this post helps someone decide if this lens is for them.
No, I don’t get anything from Tamron for this post. If they say Thank You it would be nice.
Till the next post,
Update Feb. 25, 2015: I should also note that these are the full frame shots shown. Not cropped. All shots taken on Canon 7D (APS-C sensor 1.6 crop factor would make the 374mm lens focal length a equivalent crop of 560mm+). You are seeing what I was seeing and shooting in this test. Click on photos for a larger view.