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Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« Reply #75 on: March 19, 2013, 01:17:44 PM »
Finally, here is a straight out of camera sample of what I mean by the smooth transition from focus to ooF.  I found this little blossom in the forest floor detritus last week in Virginia.  All of the loose sticks and bare branches of late winter/early spring are a bokeh challenge, but I think this shot demonstrates how effectively the Tamron handles this, particularly for a mid-range zoom.

P.S.  I've attached a fairly large image (2000px on the long side) so that you can look at it more closely.
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« Reply #75 on: March 19, 2013, 01:17:44 PM »

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Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« Reply #76 on: March 19, 2013, 01:45:03 PM »
Of course, the big advantage of the Tamron comes either in low light situations (this link has an image I took in the DC Metro handheld at .8 seconds!) http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/03/metro-arrival/ or when you want shallow depth of field.  I really love the lens for that type of shot because I find the transition from focus to ooF very smooth with the Tamron.  I often will pack a prime with me for this types of shots, and I didn't miss not having one with me at all on this trip.
Love the shot in the DC Metro!  I took one similar to that when I was there a couple years ago but I like yours better for the way the train is almost invisible.  My shot has a "standard shot" blurred fast moving train with my family in the foreground.

Great responses!  Thanks!  I suspect this may be my next lens - eventually.
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Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« Reply #77 on: March 20, 2013, 08:40:47 AM »
This shot illustrates why having VC is pretty great in a standard zoom.  I was traveling light, with family, walking approximately 10 miles throughout the day in D.C.  I had a sling backpack with a 6D, the Tamron, a Canon 70-300L, and some filters.  No space for a tripod of any kind.  I saw the great ambiance in the Metro and thought it would be cool to capture the arriving train, blurred, with the station sign as the focal point.  I was able to effectively handhold this nearly 1 second exposure (.8) and get the shot I was looking for.


Metro Arrival by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
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Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« Reply #78 on: March 20, 2013, 10:12:29 AM »
Impressive Dustin. VC/IS really makes a lot of sense for general purpose lens like the 24-70 especially when you are travelling, and especially when with family.

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Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« Reply #79 on: March 24, 2013, 01:22:27 PM »
Here's a strongly processed couple of images, but all within Lightroom, that I have taken in the last week.  I really like the versatility of the Tamron:


Winter Rails by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr


IceFall by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
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Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« Reply #80 on: March 28, 2013, 08:32:28 AM »
I spent time in Washington, D.C., and found the Tamron to be a very effective street lens.  Distortion is there, but not as terrible as other zooms in the same class:


Render Unto Caesar by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« Reply #81 on: April 04, 2013, 09:26:39 AM »
The Tamron does a great job of retaining contrast and dynamic range when shooting into the sun.


Lead Me On by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
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Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
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Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« Reply #82 on: April 06, 2013, 08:01:32 AM »
I used the lens in a way that I haven' done a lot of - I got a 6 stop ND filter and hand-blended (with luminosity masks) three bracketed exposures to produce this shot:


Still Winter, Still Beautiful by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« Reply #83 on: April 06, 2013, 08:39:46 AM »
Great review and follow-up pictures and comments here Dustin.  This lens is next on my wish list (to replace my 24-105).  I would love to have the Canon 24-70 2.8 II, but I would need to save considerably longer for that and would give up image stabilization. 

Awesome landscapes by the way.  I shot some of these same places in DC, but my shots are not as well conceived or composed.  You have an excellent photographers eye, something I'm still trying to develop.
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Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« Reply #84 on: April 06, 2013, 08:43:39 AM »
Great review and follow-up pictures and comments here Dustin.  This lens is next on my wish list (to replace my 24-105).  I would love to have the Canon 24-70 2.8 II, but I would need to save considerably longer for that and would give up image stabilization. 

Awesome landscapes by the way.  I shot some of these same places in DC, but my shots are not as well conceived or composed.  You have an excellent photographers eye, something I'm still trying to develop.

Thank you.  You've got a nice kit, and the Tamron will fit in nicely.  You may find, like I did, that the 24-105L gets squeezed out, but that nicely helps fund the Tamron anyway.
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Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« Reply #86 on: April 06, 2013, 11:18:24 AM »

A Slice of Virginia by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
AWESOME colors ... great image

Thank you.  It's great when you have chance to be out shooting when lighting ISN'T a challenge!!
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Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« Reply #87 on: April 10, 2013, 09:16:40 AM »
Here's one from a trip to D.C.  Great lens for capturing the monuments inside and out.  VC allows for very low shutter speeds on something like that which isn't moving.  Outside, the lens goes nicely wide, enough so to capture some tall things like this:


Renovating History by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« Reply #88 on: May 07, 2013, 08:54:50 AM »
I did a head to head this morning with my 17-40L at the same aperture (f/11) and focal length for a big landscape with a deep depth of field.  I expected the 17-40L to be much better at resolving distance and throughout the frame.  Very surprised to find that not the case, and the Canon still exhibited some CA at f/11 (I find the low CA a real strength of the Tamron).  This lens continues to impress.  Here's one I took this morning (not the BIG shot)


Salute the Dawn by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
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Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« Reply #89 on: May 07, 2013, 10:45:42 AM »
@ Dustin Abbott, so I take it you like this lens and highly recommend it :)

Really impressive photos overall and you make a seriously strong case for this lens. Tamron should sponsor you ;)
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