July 31, 2014, 01:47:05 AM

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - TWI by Dustin Abbott

Pages: 1 ... 9 10 [11] 12 13 ... 103
151
I can't speak for everyone, but I own multiple teleconverters and frankly I kind of hate using them.  In the field or at an event, I often don't bother with changing it out because of the environment, the amount of time for the switch, or the risk of getting gunk in my body during the change.  The 135L takes a 1.4x quite well, and I do use that combination, but let's be realistic; it is only 189mm, and an unstabilized 189mm at that.

The 70-200L II takes teles very well well, too, but even on it with a 2x there is quite a degrading of image quality, and it is a 400mm f/5.6 by that point.

If you want reach, the Tamron is the best bargain option on the market.  I'll certainly be adding one to my kit.  And for those saying it is only good up to 400mm - they haven't used it.  I thought I was taking this wide open, but it is actually f/7.1 (stopped down 1/3rd a stop).  But it is 600mm, handheld, and ISO 2000.  How exactly is this not usable?

152
Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Sony A7R With Canon Glass
« on: January 28, 2014, 05:33:59 PM »
Those are very compelling images.  It doesn't sound like dealing with adapters is ideal, yet, but the A7R sounds like a great platform for using vintage glass! 

I have to say again, though - those are some great looking landscapes, and the shadow recovery section is also very impressive.

153
...
Excellent review.

I am definitely putting this lens on my shopping list.  An extra 200mm over the 100-400 is just what I could use for bird photography.

That extra 200mm certainly makes a difference.  I haven't really shot the lens on a crop much (other than the M ::)), but the reach on a 70D/7D would be amazing.

...

So what was your experience with the Tamron on the EOS M?

It's mostly about logistics.  The M is so small that the balance is really weird, as is trying to operate the camera with such a small grip.  It would be better on a monopod or tripod, obviously.  As this pictures shows, it is very much a case of the "tail wagging the dog"  ;D

Is that a camera, or a rear lens cap on there?  :P

Exactly.  Pictures look fine, but logistics are pretty brutal.

154
...
Excellent review.

I am definitely putting this lens on my shopping list.  An extra 200mm over the 100-400 is just what I could use for bird photography.

That extra 200mm certainly makes a difference.  I haven't really shot the lens on a crop much (other than the M ::)), but the reach on a 70D/7D would be amazing.

...

So what was your experience with the Tamron on the EOS M?

It's mostly about logistics.  The M is so small that the balance is really weird, as is trying to operate the camera with such a small grip.  It would be better on a monopod or tripod, obviously.  As this pictures shows, it is very much a case of the "tail wagging the dog"  ;D

155
6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 27, 2014, 10:06:41 AM »


Tamron 24-70 VC  I love listening to people on this forum bash this lens while I take it around the world and make photos like this with it :)

I hate all 24-70 lenses regardless of brand. I am an equal opportunity 24-70 basher. =P

Consistency is good  ;D

156
6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 27, 2014, 10:05:22 AM »
Here goes my first post, one of my first photos with my new 6D. Taken in Iceland in December 2013.

Rokinon 14mm, at 2,8, 20sec and ISO 2500.

Nice clean image!  Did you shoot in RAW?  How much NR did you add?  The coma on the stars is admirably low, especially considering this is at f/2.8!

The Rokinon/Samyang has some of the lowest coma of any current lens (up to and including the 14LII).  It's a great shot!

157
It was -11 F when I took this shot, -35 chill factor.

Cool shot, Bernie! (In more ways than one!)

158
Bryan's chart for comparing lens sharpness is one of the best tools of its type I have seen.  He invests a lot of time and effort in those, but it is certainly one of the most valuable resources on the net for adding a visual component to the raw numbers that most sites post.

There are a few exceptions where it seems like he may have not had a copy of the lens that performs as well as the mean, but for the most part it tells the story pretty well.

159
To all of my Canadian friends on this site:  I now have a coupon code posted on the review that will not only get you 5% off your preorder of the new Tamron, but also everything else at Amplis.  It is stackable with other promotions and coupons as well.

Sweet. Although won't help me with B&H here in the US :(

I am debating doing a B&H deal right now.  They are willing to take me on, but it could endanger my Canadian connections, so I am in a bit of a quandary.

160
To all of my Canadian friends on this site:  I now have a coupon code posted on the review that will not only get you 5% off your preorder of the new Tamron, but also everything else at Amplis.  It is stackable with other promotions and coupons as well.

161
Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« on: January 24, 2014, 01:51:28 PM »
Personal lens status update: Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro sold, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM bought! I'm expecting it in the mail tomorrow :)

Congrats!

162
Here's a coyote "portrait" from the lens.  It obviously has a B&W conversion and a light (white) vignette along the edges.


163
Another complimentary review with some good bird pictures.

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=nl&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fvogeldagboek.nl%2Fnode%2F1336


Thanks so much for this review. His flickr site contains higher resolution photos (1600x1067) http://www.flickr.com/photos/transcontinenta

Just what I wanted to see - this guy really knows how to take bird photos and how to handle a 600mm. The lens looks very good to me. He says that it is similar to his 300mm f/2.8 + 2xTC (I guess it must be the older version). I have taken some similar photos recently using the same camera (7D). I'll see if some are really comparable, reduce them to the same size as his and upload for comparisons.


This guys gets his hands on Tamron gear very early.  He had the very first shots I ever saw with the 24-70 VC.  I think he has a similar arrangement with Tamron, but in Europe.

164
another awesome review dustin!

if those images are largely as they came out of camera then i'm going to say you missed mentioning the great colour rendering of the lens!

i'm definately gonna check it out when it hits the shelves...

I did mention it, but perhaps I didn't elaborate on it enough :)

165
Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« on: January 22, 2014, 01:27:59 PM »
Here's another shot from this lens:


Frozen by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr


Fantastic! How do you manage at the low temperatures you experience? I went to an ice sculptures festival at -8C and had really painful fingers afterwards ( I was wearing black painters gloves that are sufficiently warm for most of my 0+ C outings).

Now that I'm digging into macro lenses, I find I'm torn between the new Tammy, the 100mm Canon 'L', and the 150 mm Sigma. They all seem to have some benefits to them. For the Tamron it's price and quality, the Canon has a slightly more pleasing bokeh (if I'm correct) and it would help me reduce my variety in filter sizes, the Sigma has the benefit of a longer working distance and it is a super-apochromatic lens but it has no weather sealing.

Knowing that you own the Canon, would you say it gives more pleasing images than the Tamron? I'm looking for the best and most useful macro here, please do not consider the cost of these lenses as I can afford to buy any one of them (but not all of them ;D ).


I really love my 100L, and I do think the focusing is a bit better on it.  The Tamron is just as sharp (if not slightly moreso), but the 100L is pretty special.  If you can get a good price on it, it is still my favorite choice.  If there isn't a deal, I think the Tamron is the better buy.

I sometimes wear two sets of gloves into the field.  One very tight, close fitting pair (basically neoprene) that I use for shooting, and then a second pair that is a little heavier for the "in-between" times.

Pages: 1 ... 9 10 [11] 12 13 ... 103