For the most part, this lens seems to be lacking in sharpness. My Canon 70-200L ver. 1 is sharper.
I wouldn't say that any test charts by any reviewer would agree with this statement. The consensus seems to be that other than 200mm the Tamron is actually a hair sharper than the MkII.
Doesn't look like the Tamron lacks sharpness to me. However I personally don't like black and white images so much, especially of flowers. The other shots are nice, Dustin. As for glorifying the iPhone as a "symbol of the era", I have a feeling decades from now, it won't be seen in such a positive light.
I disagree. I'm not saying that an iPhone is a "good thing", but the current generation values a smartphone over almost every other single thing, including cars. In fact, the car industry is afraid because fewer and fewer young people by percentage are even getting their driver's license. A symbol that defines a generation (like the free love and drug culture of the 60s) doesn't have to be a positive thing to be defining.
Indeed, but if it's not a positive thing, it should not be part of a wedding photograph in my opinion. Wedding photos aren't just for the bride and groom, but for the family and friends to look at also. And one day the children and grandchildren of the couple, will mock them for placing such importance on the device, as if it is a living thing to be adored as much as each other on the wedding day.
I don't want to get into a debate over the impact and virtue of smartphones. Also not looking to get ganged up on for it (which is known to happen to me on here!) All I can say is, the perceived value is misplaced and in error. They eat into productivity and even hamper creative thought, not to mention social interaction. A little box should not come between people.
The whole propaganda about how cars are not as important as smartphones to young people today, might be true in part. However, for anyone who actually needs to drive somewhere everyday (and does not or cannot take public transport)...a car is vital. Most young people nowadays, do not work, so they have nowhere to go anyway. If they live in a city, they either walk, ride a bike, skateboard, take public transport...or get a ride. So it's not difficult to see why they would place a smartphone higher than a car in importance.
Certainly as a tool a smartphone has high value. The problem is...99% of the time, it's not used as a tool,
but rather a crutch and a time waster. The person using it places it at a higher priority than work, family, coworkers...and for what? For playing a game usually, or commenting on twitter.
Not that I think Quentin Tarantino is quite the genius many of his fans think he is, but I do agree with his stated policy of no cell phones or smart phones allowed on his movie sets. One thing Tarantino is not, is "backward thinking".
Intelligent people can disagree, but really all you are doing is catering to your customer. That's fine for you, and for your business model. It's just not so great in the grand scheme of things, in my opinion.
I apologize for not falling in line here, but as you know, I am opinionated. I hold nothing against you or your work personally, and I think most of it I have seen, is quite nice.