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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!

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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


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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.

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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 :)

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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.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:37:22 AM »
Here's one taken with the Tamron 90mm Macro VC.


Frozen by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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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

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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

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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.

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

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