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I Need a New Lens – An Open Email to my Wife

Hi, honey, you’re probably wondering why I’m writing an email to you about buying a new lens instead of just talking to you about it. Well, I thought that I’d try something new. I thought perhaps I could better share my sense of urgency in writing rather than in a conversation. Besides, I think that after hearing all of my very logical reasons to get this lens you’ll be far more likely to agree that we should invest the money.

By the way, did you do something new with your hair today? It looks fantastic!

I’ve been at a serious photographic disadvantage for quite a while and I really need to get my camera kit up to snuff. I’ve been lacking a really good long lens and my photography has suffered for it. I’m just not able to capture my subjects in a way that I find satisfying. I’ve decided that I need to get a Tamron 70-300mm VC lens. Why this particular lens? It is exactly the right size to complete my lens kit. And as you point out so often, size does matter.

I was shooting a football game recently and from the sidelines all I could get was long shots of the action. While all of the other photographers are taking pictures that look like they too are standing in the huddle, the closest I could get only gave me shots of the spandex covered backsides of the interior linemen. The Tamron 70-300 VC would make my shots look like I was right in the middle of the action too.

OK, I don’t want this lens just because everyone else has one. This is a real need and as I’ve said it would really round out my lens selection. However I want to point out that Bill already got his 70-300 VC about a month ago.

If I only needed this lens for football season I wouldn’t even be bringing the subject up. However do you remember at your family reunion when the kids were all down at the dock fishing with a beautiful sunset coloring the sky? You wanted me to get a picture but it didn’t turn out well because I couldn’t fill the frame with the kids. So we wound up cropping the devil out of the image on the computer and the results didn’t hold together very well.

Oh! And remember that time during city co-ed softball that I tried to take your picture while you were playing first base? That’s another example where being able to move in for a tight shot would have let me capture your big beautiful brown green eyes.

(Sorry, I had to take a break to wash the dishes. And don’t worry about dinners for the next few weeks, I’ve got that covered too.)

Anyway, back to the Tamron 70-300 VC lens… I know that it’s pretty soon after Christmas and that my birthday is still half a year away, but that is why I’m feeling a strong sense of urgency for this purchase. There’s no telling how many excellent pictures I’ll miss if I wait until October to get this lens. An entire spring and summer will have gone by.

Now the reason to get the Tamron lens is because they have a superior image stabilization system in their 70-300mm. It also has this special glass that allows it to capture pictures with really good color and clarity. Oh, and it costs much less than the camera-branded option!

I thought you’d appreciate that I was able to find a better choice for less money. I have to confess that I’ve overheard you bragging to your friends about how cheap I am after I found that two week vacation to Crete Nebraska on the travel website. Well dear, this would be a little more ammo to make the other gals just a little more jealous.

I could go on and on but I think that I’ve made the most important points. The Tamron 70-300 VC lens would solve my lens length problems. I could really reach out and isolate my subjects, cropping my images in-camera. Cropping in-camera vastly improves final image quality by the way. This lens has image stabilization that is much better than others 70-300mm lenses on the market. And finally, the price is wonderfully lower than the other options.

Thanks for taking the time to read through all of my points. I have the checkbook in my pocket and I’m in the store ready to make my purchase! Text me your reply…

Kisses and squeezes
Me

PS: Have you lost some weight? In the last week or so you’ve been looking even hotter than you usually do!

The Tamron 18-270VC Lens

On a recent trip to Houston my wife and I took a side trip to San Jacinto State Park for a visit to the WWI era Battleship Texas. I had never been near a warship before so I wanted to make sure I had the right gear with me to memorialize the experience. I also saw this as a great opportunity to put the Tamron 18-270mm VC image stabilized digital camera lens to the test.

On arrival at the parking lot it was evident that we would have the ship pretty much to ourselves since only three other cars were in the lot that day. I mounted the Tamron 18-270 VC on my Canon camera and we set out to explore the grounds. Standing at the bow end of the mooring slip and looking up what seemed three stories to the ship’s anchor certainly put the size of the ship into perspective. I was going to need to back up quite a bit if I wanted to capture the Texas with one frame.

The Tamron lenses’ 18mm wide angle was perfect for the shots I wanted. I was able to frame the ship without having to back up so far that the size of it was lost in the perspective of the shot. When I reviewed the images on my LCD screen they didn’t show any distortions to the clean lines of the vessel or its surroundings.

After buying our admission we crossed the pedestrian bridge to the deck of the ship. Taking pictures of the superstructure, the anti-aircraft gunnery stations and the huge fourteen inch main guns gave me the chance to run the Tamron lens through much of its focal range. The twist action zoom was well damped, I never felt like I had to put effort into zooming nor was it loose and sloppy.

After shooting for an hour in full daylight it was time to descend into the ship itself. The passageways were lit well for vision but poorly for photography. I did use a flash when it was appropriate but I was also able to rely on the Tamron VC image stabilization system for ambient light shots. With the flash turned off I was often shooting at around 1/8 second shutter speed. The VC image stabilization worked so well that even at that slow shutter speed the ship’s dials captured in the images could still be read!

Our tour ended at the highest point allowed, the bridge of the ship. The view was stunning so I took several images at the 18mm lens setting so that I could later stitch them together to create a panoramic image. I followed up with many tight shots of park details at the 270mm zoom setting.

The results of this photo excursion with the Tamron 18-270mm VC digital camera lens: out of 187 images taken in two hours I had zero failures. Every shot was crisply focused, no distortions were evident and the colors were excellent. Since this trial I have shot several hundred more images with the lens and found pretty much the same results. I highly recommend this lens to any photographer looking for a single zoom lens to carry for travel and excursion photography.

Tamron Photography Contest

Tamron 1-Minute DSLR KNow-How Video
Theme: Photograph the local wildlife you find in your own backyard or neighborhood. Tamron will donate 25 cents per entry to the National
Wildlife Federation (www.nwf.org)
Deadline: June 30 , 2010
Prizes PRIZES: The Grand Prize Winner will have his/her choice of one of the Tamron SP lenses listed here. Twenty finalists will be selected to be featured on Tamron’s website. Winners will be announced on 8/15/10 on the Tamron website and Tamron Fan page on Facebook™.

HOW TO ENTER: Email your lo-res images to webmaster@tamron.com, Subject line of email must read Tamron Backyard Wildlife Photo Contest. (Winner & Finalists will be contacted for hi-res images). By sending your images you agree to Tamron’s terms & conditions. Tamron reserves the right to disqualify any images that do not fit the theme of this photo contest.

RULES: View the complete rules by clicking here.