« on: June 16, 2014, 07:11:19 AM »
Bear in mind that the Tamron is not the sharpest lens on the block, but is sharp enough and provides more fun per $ or ounce than most telephotos. One of its greatest advantages is its light weight and zoom. You nullify these by adding massive expensive gear that might get the best of a supersharp heavyweight that outresolves the sensor but might not increase the sharpness of a less refined lens.
I think we will have to agree to disagree on this point.
Whilst I don't think a 5 series Gitzo is necessary a good Feisol 2/3 series (or similar) with a decent Gimbal would net the best results without spending silly money.
Whatever the price or weight of the lens, it is the focal length that matters. You state that the Tamron is not the very sharpest lens going, surely this makes getting the very best out of it even more important?
If light levels are good then no support is necessary, but that isn't always the case.