The TAMRON 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008) is quite a controversial lens. I just had to get one to find out for myself what this lens is all about. Follow my blog as I use this lens on a daily basis and discover for yourself if this lens is indeed a diamond in the rough, or if it simply just another average, try to do it all, kit level lens.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Libertia ixioides

Took this photo in wind the weekend while my kids were injoying a play at a park. I just love the colors of the background and how focus causes your eye to automatically be drawn to the little flower. Image taken at very shallow depth of field to force a high shutterspeed to make up for the movement due to the wind. The added benefit is that the rest of the photo is not too distracting due to the narrow focus.

I believe this specific veriety is Libertia Goldfinger. "A native NZ plant. Stunning all-year colour! This Libertia ixioides selection is named for its bright golden strappy leaves. White flowers nestle among the leaves in spring followed by golden seed pods which remain on the plant for some time. Planted en masse it makes a sensational landscapr feature especially when used as an underplanting for slender natives such as lancewood and cabbage trees. Grows to 80cm Height 80cm."

The very good vibration control on my lense helped a lot as well since I've had to take a funny stance to be able to make the shot.

Canon 7D, Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD, Focal length 270mm, Exposure 1/800sec at f8, ISO 400, Focus auto, VC on, Flash external, Filter none.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tiger Lilly Stacked

Played with focus stacking in Magic Lantern on my Canon for the first time. Not my best photo but posting so I can share how useful this tool is. Subject is a bunch of flowers I had to get my wife after I did something I shouldn't have. That plus 2 boxes of chocolates got me back into the green :-)

So what is focus stacking you may ask?

Well, when you take closeup photos of subjects like flowers and insects your camera has a very shallow depth of view. The higher the magnification the less foreground and background you will have in focus. I've shot many photos where my depth of field is no more than 1-2mm! Sometimes this is desirable but more than most not. The lilly below would have had some of the background and possibly deeper bit in the inside of the flower out of focus. To rectify this I set my camera up on a tripod and took 7 photos each one 2 focus steps deeper than the one before starting from the front of the flower slowly working deeper.

Now, this would have been difficult with a manual lens but, with an autofocus lens en Magic Lantern installed on your Canon, you can let the camera do all the calculations, change the focus and take the shots for you. All that is left is to do some basic exposure and saturation editing in Lightroom, then import the photos as Layers into Photoshop. Use the Photoshop Auto Align tool and then the Auto Blend tool to stack the photos by focus point.

The end result is a close-up photo where the whole subject is fully in focus!

Canon 7D, Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD, Focal length 54mm, Exposure 1/60sec at f5, ISO 1250, Focus auto, VC off, Flash external, Filter none.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Te Papa Seagull

Another 15 minutes lunchtime trip to have a play taking bird snaps. There is this nice area behind Te Papa museum where seagulls and other birds come together to bathe and drink in a fresh water stream flowing into the sea.

Canon 7D, Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD, Focal length 85mm, Exposure 1/1000sec at f13, ISO 1000, Focus auto, VC on, Flash none, Filter none.

Friday, September 26, 2014

1895 Benz

This charming vehicle is the oldest New Zealand car and has been restored to its original condition by Daimler Benz museum in Stuttgart and is one of only two remaining models in the world!

This photo is a 5 shot HDR to pull in the background taken at the Southward Car museum.

Canon 7D, Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 Di II, Focal length 10mm, Exposure 1/800sec at f3.5, ISO 1600, Focus auto, Flash none, Filter none.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pointon Rusty Old Austin

This rusty Austin was taken at the Pointon Museum earlier this year:

HDR processing was mainly done in Photoshop CC as a 32bit image. Photomatix was used to add the final touches.

Canon 600D, Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 Di II, Focal length 13mm, Exposure 1/500sec at f8, ISO 400, Focus auto, Flash none, Filter none.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pointon Collection

The Pointon Collection is hosted in a self run museum in Masterton. See This museum is a fantastic trip out and you will not be left disappointed. The image below was taken inside, hand held and with natural lighting only. This is a panorama of 4 images stitched together and each individual image in turn is made up of 3 bracketed photos to generate HDR equivalents using Photomatix. Size is a constraint and I whish you could see the original!

Canon 600D, Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 Di II, Focal length 10mm, Exposure 1/20sec at f8, ISO 6400, Focus auto, Flash none, Filter none.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Walden Guitar Saddle and Bridge

Got my secondhand 7D off and played a bit with my Nissen wireless flash and Tamron lens. This image would have been sharper using my nifty fifty aka. Canon 50mm f1.8, but, since this is a Tamron blog, it limits me to a specific tool set. Yes, a 7D can do with some high dollar primes or L glass but keep in mind I specifically choose my Tamron lenses based on flexibility/cost and not sharpness. In this regard, they truly shine. Between my 18-270mm PZD and my 10-24mm I've only spent about NZD1200.00 which covers 95% of the subject matter I like to shoot. I don't shoot for print or media, so the sharpness I can get based on web publishing is more than good enough for this self proclaimed photography fan!

Hope you enjoy my latest effort.

Canon 7D, Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 VC PZD, Focal length 130mm, Exposure 1/160sec at f13, ISO 400, Focus auto, Flash On Camera + Nissen Di622 Mkii, Filter none.

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