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Front view with my Sony A900

Front view with my Sony A900

Side view

Side view

Top view

Top view

Got this lens for two weeks now and been out shooting a bit the past two weekends.  Initial feeling towards the lens – great F/2.8 lens at this range, not a fast lens, great for portrait but okay with sports.  Tamron Hong Kong now offering firmware upgrade to the lens but they can only do so by sending the lens back to Japan and it will take up to four weeks in doing so.  Reviews on the firmware upgrade from the local forums indicated that the lens focus a lot faster and more quiet.  Think I’m going to check it out after my two trips next month.

Will post up some pics I took with the lens later this week.  So far I can say, for a third of the money in getting the G lens from Sony, I’m happy with this Tamron.

[Update: 8:30pm] Finally have time to take some more daytime shots, well afternoon shots to be exact, again of the Victoria Harbour.  The distortions on the edge of the frame does not look too shabby at all, what do you think?
1/500 sec @ F9.0, ISO 200, 16mm

1/500 sec @ F9.0, ISO 200, 16mm

1/80 sec @ F8.0, ISO 200, 16mm

1/80 sec @ F8.0, ISO 200, 16mm

1/80 sec @ F8.0, ISO200, 16mm

1/80 sec @ F8.0, ISO200, 16mm

1/60 sec @ F5.0, ISO 200, 35mm

1/60 sec @ F5.0, ISO 200, 35mm

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5.0 sec at F14, ISO 400, 16mm on Sony A900

5.0 sec at F14, ISO 400, 16mm on Sony A900 (click on pic to see full view)

Got the lens last night and hopped right out to the harbour side to take a test shot of the Victoria Harbour.  The above pic was shot in RAW, straight out, no post-processing.  Will try to shoot some daytime landscape pics today.  Below I attached some closeups of the lens together with the other Carl Zeiss lenses I have.

The 16-35mm and 24-70mm side by side

The 16-35mm and 24-70mm side by side

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the 85/1.4 on the left, 16-35/2.8 in the middle and 24-70/2.8 on the right

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The hoods though look alike, are in fact different in size, ALC-SH106 on the 16-35mm and ALC-SH101 on the 24-70mm

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Woot, loving the lens.  Will post some test pic tonight or tomorrow, stay tuned.

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Image from DCFever

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Image from DCFever

Wow, look at this cannon, well, it’s the all new Sigma APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG for the Nikon.  Not the usual white but of a military green. According to DPReview, “it’s the

  • The world’s first ultra telephoto zoom lens that offers a fast aperture of F2.8 at the 500mm focal length.
  • The dedicated “Attachment” ensures autofocusing at the 1000mm focal length.
  • SLD and three ELD glass elements provide high image quality from the maximum large aperture
  • Supplied with ø72mm filter holder at the rear

This lens is the world’s first ultra telephoto zoom lens that offers a fast aperture of F2.8 at the 500mm focal length and F5.6 at the 1000mm. It covers widely used focal lengths from 200mm to 500mm and as a large aperture of F2.8 throughout the entire zoom range. This lens can be used to create amazing image expression with various types of photography such as astrophotography, portraits, wildlife, sports. SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass and three ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for all type of aberrations.

The super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides high image quality from the extremely large aperture. The lens hood, designed exclusively for this lens, blocks out extraneous light. A 72mm filter can be inserted at the rear of the lens, and a circular polarizing filter can be used in situ thanks to the ingenious internal rotation mechanism. The dedicated Li-ion battery BP-21 is used to power the zooming and AF operation. This battery is built in the lens barrel. For the convenience of the photographer, focusing distances and focal lengths can be viewed on the lens`s built-in LCD panel.”

This baby will be launched mid-December at a price tag of US$34,000. This one sure gives me the chill.

Source – DPReview, DCFever