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What a Difference a Lens Makes
18 June 2014

If you’ve followed previous posts, you will remember that we have been photographing Sean Cameron’s range of beautiful Celtic and landscape-inspired jewellery. You may also remember that we had posted a list of our current photographic equipment including the Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Macro lens and stated of this that our jury was still out.

We have both been using the Canon 6D for the jewellery project because, having the anti-aliasing filter removed, the cameras are extra sharp. Roz has been using the Canon 24-70mm F2.8 Macro lens and it is blisteringly sharp, ideal for macro work. I was content to work more as a second shooter and have been using a Canon 6D, 5D III and the Tamron lens. Shooting at F16, the Tamron has been astoundingly good. Zooming in, it’s crisp, sharp and detailed. Having always thought the camera brand’s own lenses were best, I have been pleasingly surprised by this one. I graduated from second shooter!

Like many other Canon 5D III users, I have noticed the camera’s tendency to underexpose images and I have been experimenting with a Nikon D600 and the Tamron 28-75mm, Nikon fit. Here was another surprise for me - the Tamron was not sharp! I tested to see if there was a back/forward focus issue. No, it just isn’t sharp. It seems to hit its sweet spot from F4.5-8 but, even then, as I zoomed in, the lens simply wasn’t performing like its Canon-fit brother. Having Googled this lens, it can be a bit hit and miss. If it’s a lens you had been considering for your own equipment arsenal, it would definitely be wise to run off some macro test shots from several lenses to be sure to get the “hit” one - then it really is well worth it!

Norma x


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