Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Back in the New Year

Alas, the year end rush is getting to me as well. Will be taking a break from posting until the New Year. Until then, wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2011.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

This Picture Didn't Need a High Resolution Camera

Taken sometime last year in the middle of a "fog" storm...
Heron on Log, Fraser River, Richmond, B.C., Canada
In this situation, the thing is to avoid the temptation to zoom into the bird. This heron was quite happy in its solitude, perched on the submerged log in the middle of the river. There was not much else to see, flog had blanketed everything. Hence, all of the "negative" space left in the picture frame. If the picture had been composed tighter on the heron, that sense of being lost in the fog would have been gone. Yes, you do see less detail when the subject is this small in the picture frame, but remember, the camera is a tool for capture images, and not just merely detail.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tamron SP AF17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di Review

I had big plans to review this lens. I was going to do a full comparison on my D80 and on a full frame D700. Quite frankly I wanted to see the results myself, since I had been saving this lens, along with a few others, for an eventual switch to full frame. Alas, plans change. I found a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 for a sweet deal, which was just about the time that financial sense was telling me that a D7000 was more appropriate for my future. Sigh... goodbye Tamron 17-35. At least it found a nice home.

This is a  reasonably sized lens. The barrel is fat and the front is wide, taking 77mm filters. However, the weight is quite light for its size, which is not a reflection of it's build quality, which is in keeping with what you would get with a D90 or D7000. The lens isn't bulky, and you can easily walk around with it. The zoom ring has a nice light feel to it, and does not require a zoom lock like some of the other Tamron lenses. The petal hood, to be quite honest, is not terribly useful, as it only shades the lens at its widest focal length... on full frame cameras. Still, this is an issue with all wide zooms, and it is nice to have the added protection of a petal hood on your lens, especially since the front glass element is quite curved... if you're not careful you might find yourself bumping into things with it. 

Vault Room, Century House Restaurant,Vancouver B.C., Canada