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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:36:45 AM »

Roman Mail by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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've not seen anyone bash it.

Really?  It happens all the time on this forum - usually by the owners of the 24-70LII.  I had a guy post on my review page here the other day that the lens "fell into pieces after a few months light use" (now that is quite likely ::) )

I've never seen you bash it, so that's something  ;D

Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:34:42 AM »
Here's another shot from this lens:

Frozen by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

This lens is going to be in short supply and a big seller for a long time. It's appealing for two distinct types of photogs, those like the reviewer that don't primarily use the long lenses and those that do who want a packable alternative.

I think you are probably right.  We saw the warning signs when it  jumped to the top of the best selling charts in Japan.  I think it will take several months before supply stabilizes.  I won't be able to get one for myself (to own) for a while, although I will get another run with a loaner in February.

I find it encouraging that other reviewers are coming to similar conclusions with me.  I think that will help those interested to feel more confident about moving ahead.

Other than perhaps the propagating for some countries, I think we have all the content back on line. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: January 21, 2014, 05:00:12 PM »
spoke with someone in the buying dept at bhphoto, said they did get a shipment in that went out to the first ones on the pre-order list, they are expecting another shipment in by the end of the month but don't know the quantity  if it will cover all the backorders.

looks like this lens will be in short supply for a while

Same situation in Canada.  This month's shipment is all again, and almost all of next month's shipment is presold.  Tamron is going to move a LOT of these.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ephotozine weighs in
« on: January 21, 2014, 04:57:11 PM »

well, we've got 3 highly respected "heavy hitters" weighing in now (Roger, Dustin and now Ephotozine)

All systems are go.  a lot to like, no real red flags....Can't wait to get mine unboxed(came today) and out to take some very cold ducks.

Great to read the ePhotozine review.  They seems to get Tamron stuff pretty early, and I like the inclusion of the test charts since I don't do that kind of thing.

Dustin, thanks for doing the review.  Looks like you put some effort into it.

Are the sample images cropped at 1:1, or are they downsampled?  I notice they seem to be about half size.  Would have been nice to see outdoor shots at full resolution and no cropping...to see where sharpness begins to fall off toward the borders...especially toward the long end.  Also to see what the bokeh looks like.  And most important of all (to me), how sharp is it at infinity focus at the long end?

It seems to me that with this lens, the main question would be, how sharp is it at 600mm?  Did you compare it directly with anything else at or around 600mm (or even 500mm)?  Like perhaps the Sigma 150-500?  I notice Lensrentals compared it to the Sigma 50-500.

It appears the CA is low, so that's very good for Tamron. 

Did you happen to discuss (with Tamron) whether they are actually making money off this lens at its introductory price?

Btw, I had no problems viewing your review just now...I clicked on the link at the top of this thread...not sure if the rest of your site displays.

The smaller images are crops, not downsized images, and are all within a few percentage points of 100%. 

The problem has been having TOO much content in the review (and too many people looking at it), so I was breaking servers.  I moved well over 500GB of info in about half of yesterday before things went down. 

For everyone:
  We have good stability now, but not all of my content made the transition, so the work is not done yet.  The review is missing quite a few galleries, but the majority of the text and some samples are there.

I am not a web designer, so I am treading water here.  Thanks to all of you who have been understanding during this transition.  People from around the world are looking (which is great!) but my website is far from the enterprise level in design.  So far this review is costing me money  :o

Lenses / Re: Dustin Abbott's Site/Review Hacked?
« on: January 21, 2014, 08:15:29 AM »
We're in the middle of transiting hosts to handle the traffic, and its a little ugly in between.  Sorry about that.

Lots of traffic? So it's actually good news ;)

Let's say good news/bad news. I'm not a web developer, so it is stressful for me.  We migrated the site, but now I have a lot of work to repair missing plugins, pieces, and content.  The good news is that you should be able to read the review (although it is missing some of the gallery content that was on a missing plug-in).

Good morning, everyone, we are up and running but still missing bits and pieces that did not survive the transition. Some of the galleries are affected because the the plugin didn't make the transition.  We will be working through the day to rebuild the missing pieces, but on a plus note, the site does appear to be stable.

Hopefully by tomorrow morning everything will be migrated and problems will be solved.  Too many big images in the review, and too much traffic.  Took us all a bit by surprise  ;D

Lenses / Re: Dustin Abbott's Site/Review Hacked?
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:20:30 PM »
We're in the middle of transiting hosts to handle the traffic, and its a little ugly in between.  Sorry about that.

Congrats on the very popular review! I wish I could read it haha but its not loading.

Sorry about that.  The transition to the host and servers is moving a little slowly (perfect storm of traffic right now - at least for a little guy for me.  I'm hoping that somewhere within the next few hours everything will stabilize, but I have no guarantees.

Just as an update for everyone that has had a frustrating experience trying to access the review.  I am migrating to a new server with more dedicated processes.  This will (hopefully) solve the problem.

the photo above looks soft or is it blurred/not focused correctly?

Looks to me like it has about 4 pixels of handshake-induced motion blur, up and to the left.

That is entirely possible (in fact, likely).  I got better results when I learned to up the shutter speed beyond what I normally have (I was shooting with a longer focal length than ever before).  That was shot at 1/250th second in fairly extreme cold (well below zero Fahrenheit) at 600mm.  In later outings I increased my shutter speed at longer lengths and saw more consistent results.

You can't engineer out human stupidity entirely  ;)

We're all grateful for your efforts, and what I said wasn't meant as a criticism.  It's a valuable piece of work you provided.

I'm attaching a version after 4 pixels of motion blur correction.  If this is objectionable, let me know and I'll remove it.  Either way, I'll remove it after a couple of weeks.

No problem at all.  I intentionally didn't really edit anything so people could see what the lens itself could do without "intervention".

Sorry again to everyone for the issues.  Server migration is in process.  The review is going somewhat viral, so there are a lot of people from a lot of places accessing it. 

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