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Lenses / Re: Need a 600mm. Don't want to pay for one
« on: June 05, 2014, 11:08:16 AM »
This was shot at 600mm too....


Glasgow Airport 2014 by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr


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Lenses / Re: Need a 600mm. Don't want to pay for one
« on: June 05, 2014, 10:45:59 AM »
Northrup's review of the Tamron 150-600mm is terrible - I don't know what he was doing with that lens but almost everyone else I have spoken to that has one comments on how excellent it is.

The shot I posted above was taken at full 600mm - like any long lens it will always perform better stopped down but I am really delighted with this lens and would recommend it to anyone.

Have a look at my Flickr account - all the newer aviation pics were taken with the Tamron 150-600mm.

Try one and make your own mind up but for me there is nothing to touch it anywhere near the price.

http://www.flickr.com/scott_mcphee

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Lenses / Re: Need a 600mm. Don't want to pay for one
« on: June 05, 2014, 10:24:26 AM »
Get the Tamron mate - I have one and I am really delighetd with it.

This was shot with the Tamron at full 600mm - see what you think:


Glasgow Airport 2014 by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: Lens choice for airshows
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:02:28 AM »
Anyone worried about sharpness - this was shot at 600mm

Glasgow Airport 2014 by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr

Super aviation lens....

Pretty in pink by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr

Easy sundown II by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr

BA landing by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr

Nuke by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr

Into landing by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr

Glasgow Airport 2014 by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: Lens choice for airshows
« on: May 21, 2014, 07:43:37 AM »
From what I have experienced with it so far, nothing comes close to the Tamron at this price.

Excellent lens and superb reach for the money, if you can get hold of one.

Haha told you so :D

glad its working for you
seriously good bang for buck isn't it?

Yes my friend, really impressed with it, quality is superb.
Got a surprise call from the camera store to say there was one waiting for me so took the 5D3 in and tried it out.
Bought it 5 minutes later.
To get this quality and reach at the price is unbelieveable.

Now, can it track a Eurofighter?  Let's find out!    :D

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Lenses / Re: Lens choice for airshows
« on: May 20, 2014, 10:09:10 PM »
From what I have experienced with it so far, nothing comes close to the Tamron at this price.

Excellent lens and superb reach for the money, if you can get hold of one.

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Lenses / Re: Lens choice for airshows
« on: May 20, 2014, 03:39:51 AM »
My Tamron arrived - first shots with it at the local airport:

(The forum has cropped the right side of the shot off so click on it to view it on my Flickr in full size.)

Glasgow Airport 2014 by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr

Glasgow Airport 2014 by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr

Glasgow Airport 2014 by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr

Glasgow Airport 2014 by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr

Glasgow Airport 2014 by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr

Glasgow Airport 2014 by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr

Glasgow Airport 2014 by Scott_McPhee, on Flickr


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A good photographer wouldn't need to worry about amateurs

I object to that one!  Go look at my pictures before you start slagging me off.
This is something that is effecting us all.

Apart from the above comment, there are some great views in response to my original post.

I do charge a sitting fee and include in that a set of mounted, fully finished prints that the customer gets to choose and keep.
If they want extra prints or shots on canvas they pay for them.
To me, this is fair because the one hour sitting fee always goes beyond it, the shots are taken in their own home and they get virtually every shot I take to choose from.

To get clients in I could drop my prices or give "offers" but a friend of mine tried this by doing very low priced "intro" shoots - he then got a lot of backlash from customers wanting to know why his prices has suddenly gone up and from others who were not getting the same deal.
You can get stuck in budget-zone here and it can become very difficult to get your prices back up to a decent level.
I would rather shoot less for more than more for less.

All around us there are people with cameras launching themselves as "Photographers" and it will continue to impact on the photography industry.
The attraction of "Instagram" type photos has taken the professional quality away from our work - as I seen on a recent shoot done by a rival that I thought had been shot on a mobile phone!

anthonyd - I work in the same way as you my friend, I respect your views  :)

This was really aimed at other opinions and methods for combating the pro-beginner as I call them.

For example, two photographers take a clients picture, one professional one pro-beginner.
Both shots are presented to the client - pro's looks amazing, costs $200 pro-beginner, rough $20.
Which print sells?

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I am trying to get my photography business running but I am encountering a problem I am sure we all have:

"Everyone's a photographer!"

Seems these days if you buy yourself a cheap DSLR and know how to press the shutter you can call your self a professional photographer.
The quality of the prints doesn't seem to matter, or does the fact that they are pricing their "services" so low they are killing the decent photographers out there.

I am surrounded by these, one who tapes a white sheet to the wall, sticks a light on it and claims to shoot "state of the art high-key!"
Another is offering shoots at 50% of my cost and giving the client a CD with all of the shots on them.

Clients seem to be going for the cheaper price and ignoring the fact I am producing very high quality, professionaly shot photographs for only marginally more cost.

How do you deal with this in your location?

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Lenses / Re: Lens choice for airshows
« on: May 04, 2014, 07:15:48 PM »
Great pics mate - I have one on order so fingers crossed I get it soon - before the airshow season anyway!

:)

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Lenses / Re: Tamron 150-600 mm with 5dIII: Menu setting critical
« on: May 02, 2014, 09:55:43 AM »
Were you hand holding the lens or did you have it on a tripod?

I have heard of focusing issues when panning and you have the VR on.
I will be using it virtually all the time on a gimbal mount, so I will have the VR off.

I've been phoning Tamron to see when I can get one - it's just a case of wait and see as the worldwide stock it very limited due to the very high demand for this lens.

You did well to get one in a month mate  :)


I waited over a month to get it.  It was well worth the wait.  I love this lens.  Feel like all of a sudden I am a much better photographer.  In reality, I just have more reach and vibration control and need to do less cropping.  Result is sharper pictures.

Only thing I would warn you about is that the lens is not as good for photographing flying birds as it is for more stationary birds.  It does not snap into focus as fast as the Canon 400mm 5.6 L. So I do not know how that will translate towards flying planes.

Hope it works out for you.

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Lenses / Re: Tamron 150-600 mm with 5dIII: Menu setting critical
« on: May 01, 2014, 03:31:51 PM »
I have put a deposit on one today - sadly I am 40th on the list with only 8 coming in next week   :(

I might be waiting a long time....

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Lenses / Re: Lens choice for airshows
« on: May 01, 2014, 08:51:22 AM »
Brilliant post mate - tells me everything from someone who actually owns the lens.

I was worried about the scaremongering with regards to the softness at 600mm and the focusing problems - especially as I will be shooting at airshows, but you have cleared this up.

The focal length is perfect for me on the 5D3 as I have such a zoom range I can leave the lens on the camera constantly.

I just need to get my hands on one, they are impossible to get just now.

Did you find that you are able to correct any 600mm softness in post?




biggest negatives of the tamron are

no panning mode IS (probably not an issue for airshows)

the throw of the zoom ring is ridiculously long

the zoom ring goes the wrong way the canon zoom direction is ergonomically much better than the nikon direction especially for starting at the long end and zooming wider as the object approaches. You do get used to it but its an annoyance.

the zoom ring is also quite stiff at the wide end I think its loosening up over time though.

Benefits of the tamron

ITs bang for buck is unequalled

it has stunning IQ from 150 to 500 and 600 is still excellent (there is WAY too much internet hype about 600mm being "Soft")

The AF is amazingly good it is fast and tracks superbly it leave any other lens i have used with TC in its dust including the 70-200 II with 2XTC mk3

Its VC is good and works well if you are not panning

105mm B&W UV filters cost 25% of the price of the lens itself...

Build quality feels excellent IMO its alot of plastic but the good sort and feels similar to my 100 f2.8L IS macro

Its easily hand holdable for long periods

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Lenses / Re: Tamron 150-600 mm with 5dIII: Menu setting critical
« on: April 30, 2014, 06:38:19 PM »
Some nice, tack sharp pictures here taken with this lens, rather contrary to the reports I had heard about it being very soft at the 600mm end constantly.

Also, the AF has been criticized for being slow and unresponsive - this looks false as well.

I will be using the lens for photographing at airshows - some fast jets, so need to know if it will give me the results I am after - thanks for everyone that has contributed to this thread - keep the info coming.

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Lenses / Re: Tamron 150-600 mm with 5dIII: Menu setting critical
« on: April 30, 2014, 06:19:48 PM »
How do you find this lens for sharpness at the 600mm end?

I am thinking of getting one for shooting airshows but I've seen it heavily criticised for bad softness near the long end of the zoom.

How is yours for sharpness near the 600mm end?

I will be using it on a 5D3 body.

really?

you did not notice the threads we have here about this lens... with example pictures?

No I didn't, no.
i was looking for owners opinions.

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