I know a lot of people have been waiting so I thought I’d post some high resolution shots. Nothing exciting. I’ve had it for 24 hours and the weather was miserable.
Many of the photos are mediocre. I shoot sports and portraits and it’s not an ideal time to get hold of models for either right now due to the Covid 19 lockdowns.
I got sent it by the local Tamron distributor for a review on Shotkit.com so if you want to read the review, be sure to head across to shotkit as it will be posted there in the coming weeks.
Sadly, I don’t have the lens for long, they need it back soon due to the demand. I won’t go into the full details, I’ll be saving that for the review but the first impressions are very good.
At this point, this isn’t a review, this is just some sample photos for people to view
Okay, f/2.8 is very good. This one isn’t the sharpest but it’s more of an issue of using too low a shutter. Rookie mistake while I was out with my daughter. Bokeh is good. A little catseye in the corner (not visible in this) but it’s not unexpected with a lens of this size.
High-resolution here https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-LgFTHXn/0/06682524/5K/i-LgFTHXn-5K.jpg
Something to show the comparison between f/2.8 and f/9
This is f/2.8. Compared to the f/9 you’ll see this is still very sharp.
High res copy here https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-ZX3Zj5p/1/ae571d32/5K/i-ZX3Zj5p-5K.jpg
Here is the f/9 version. Don’t ask me why I picked f/9, I just stopped it down a fair amount to show a comparison.High res copy here
One at f/5.6 to check edge to edgeHigh res here. The contrast and sharpness across the frame is amazing.
Another one at f/2.8. Zoom into the birds beak and eye.
A view of the cateye bokeh I mentioned earlier. I didn’t give a high res photo because I don’t think anyone will want to pixel peep this. Its primarily to show what the cateye looks like.
Some more studio orientated shots. My model wasn’t cooperating again but I got a couple of shots. She thought she was a tiger so she had her shirt inside out and refused to turn it around.High res shot
What she was doing most of the shoot hence the reason I don’t have too many portrait shots. I don’t envy child photographers.
You probably want to see some bokeh so here is some
Another Bokeh shot. I wish I had better examples, but sadly the classic bokeh opportunities just haven’t been there
I have a face for radio so I had to disguise myself. Trust me when I say I was doing you a favour. Self-portraits are not my thing.
I had a couple of questions about how good the stabilisation is without OSS in the lens. These videos should answer that. Sorry about the low light. I forgot to do it and only did it tonight. The short answer is it works well. Hand held at 180mm and it was perfect. You can see it work the moment you click the record button.
With sensor stabiliser on
With sensor stabiliser off
What does that equate to with photos? This is 1/8th shutter at 180mm. I’ll update this with something better in more light
This is a 100% crop
How does it compare to in lens OSS like that found on the Sony 100-400 and 70-200? I didn’t have the 70-200 so I did a comparison with my 100-400. Best 2 of 10 shots. Top two are the Sony. At 100%, not a huge difference but the Sony in the lead
View at 200% and the difference is noticable
At 300% you can see how much better the Sony is. So in short, the OSS lens still has about 1.5 to 2 stops advantage but it also shows how well the Sony IBIS system works that you have to look at that level to see the difference.
You may have heard but the Tamron 70-180mm can do 1:2 at 70mm with a minimum focus distance of 30cm (that includes the lens). Ultimately your lens is almost touching the object.
Here is another pseudo macro example
My aspiring photographer. Shot at f/2.8 with eye AF so eyelashes are good
Another of her. I haven’t had the heart to tell her it’s a film camera and she doesn’t have film in it.
Some bird bokeh
This is as close as I get to action. I had permission to do a sports shoot with kitesurfing but the wind didn’t play along.
This isn’t one of the best shots, but the reason I posted this is eye-AF, have a look at the full-size image and the eyes are sharp which shows how well the Eye-AF works with this lens. Shot at f/2.8 so DOF is shallow
Tried some lower speed sports shots with a radio-controlled car. Unfortunately, you can’t pan these things at 1/40 due to their high speed but still managed to get some movement showing with the tyres spinning. Lens had no issues tracking the car. I had issues with my skills but that’s a separate problem. The blur is because of the lower shutters used.
Finally, did the proverbial bird tests, mostly in focus a few out of focus but no surprise for these guys when the dart around close to you.
Updated sports photos. Unfortunately these won’t challenge the AF to any degree but it’s all I can do with the current CV crisis
Full uncropped version
Cropped this is what it would look like
Another cropped example
Another uncropped version
Cropped this is what it looks like