I have been asked again about my new lens, so I thought I'd do a post about my new toy :) As I mentioned before, it is neither super expensive or super fancy, but for me it has been a delight as well as a steep learning curve.
I'd been cogitating over my desire to have something a little more 'zoomy' than my existing lens. When my camera (Sony a230 - no longer being manufactured in this spec) needed a service, I asked the man behind the counter what he recommended at a price I could afford.
He suggested a couple of makes so I did a bit of research on the 'net. It is a bit of a minefield of information so it did take a bit of searching to find something that fitted my requirements.
Of course, I had my camera with me. The above photos is with my original Sony standard lens, the gloriously dandelion filled village green in Langcliffe.
After reading reviews and spec, I eventually plumped for the Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Mcro 1:2 lens, which is a happy step up for me, however probably not grown-up or sharp enough for the professional. The difference it has made to my 'macro' and my long distance shots is definitely a huge plus. The dandelions below are the same as above.....only shot through the Tamron...... bit of a difference ?Yeah!
And I don't mean the close ones, these flowers are in the middle distance of the original view.
Above - the Tamron lens retracted and
Below - the lens fully extended.
In the interest of science (well..... more for the fun of it really) I took two more photos - Langcliffe village church, the first with my Sony camera SAL 1855 18-55mm standard zoom lens.
On the negative side, the lens, when on AF (autofocus), constantly shifts backwards and forwards while it settles and is quite a greedy battery eater. I have started to use MF (manual focus) which is a bit slow and I certainly need loads and loads of practice. However, it is not impossible for me to take good in-focus photos but I am a lot slower at striking the right balance than the AF can do - but it is all practice.
Gratuitous picture of both lenses just for comparison purposes. The end piece of the new lens (on the right) is a sun-shield - which is great as it means I don't have to hold my hand up in front of my camera to stop unwanted sun-flares (unless I actually want them there :) )
And just to make clear, in no way am I being sponsored or have an affiliation with any of the equipment I am waffling on about.
Now - just a couple more pictures before I completely bore you..... enjoy.