Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Going to the Singapore Zoo (with TAMRON B003)

What better way to test out the telephoto capability of a superzoom lens, than taking it to the zoo?

On a bright and sunny day, I took the TAMRON B003 TAMRON AF 18-270mm F/3.5-5.6 Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO lens to Singapore Zoo. As I have previously mentioned that there is no perfect lens in this world. Indeed, what would seem like an easy task to shoot under such good light, proves to put the TAMRON to test. Read on to find out more.


Going to the Singapore Zoo
(with TAMRON B003)













Verdict
Despite the optimum lighting condition, no amount of VC and bumping of ISO can capture the erratic fast movements of the animals. The lack of a ultrasonic silent wave motor is the Achilles Heel of this lens. The slow AF tracking and confirmation is just not suitable for shooting animals. On top of that, the slow aperture just makes things worse. Nevertheless, a couple of decent pictures can still be captured at a maximum zoom but only restricted to those that are rather stationary. With the availability of 18mm to 270mm, a reputable VC mechanism, this lens is indeed useful for outdoor trips, but it does have its limitations.
Of course, with the Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, the weakest link can only be the photographer. I shall try out the Nikkor at the Night Safari soon.


This series is shot with the TAMRON B003 equipped with its reputable VC!


Photography & Editing by William Tan
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©William Tan 2009

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Question: What is she eating?

Question:
Make a guess on what is the rectangular block that the parrot is chewing on?

A. Cheese

B. Wooden block
C. Dynamite
D. Fish stock cube

(Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao), originated in Costa Rican rainforest. Picture by William Tan)




Shot with the TAMRON B003 on a Nikon D200

Monday, January 12, 2009

Coming up... TAMRON B003NII visits Singapore Zoo

What should seem like an easy task for the TAMRON B003 AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Aspherical [IF] MACRO to shoot under bright daylight, may not be exactly so.

Coming up,
TAMRON B003 AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Aspherical [IF] MACRO takes on a trip to the Singapore Zoo, where telephoto focal lengths are mandatory. A fast aperture and ultrasonic silent wave motor may just hit the Achilles' Heel of this lens! Stay tuned!

(The late Ah Meng's cousin. Picture by William Tan)


Shot with the TAMRON B003 on a Nikon D200

Friday, January 09, 2009

TAMRON B003NII AF 18-270mm VC: Showing the Capabilities of VC

TAMRON B003NII AF 18-270mm VC
Showing the Capabilities of VC
An integral part of making the world's longest superzoom lens, TAMRON B003 AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Aspherical [IF] MACRO lens, a success, is the "VC" (Vibration Compensation) that stabilizes the shot at its longest focal length and extremely slow shutter speed. The highly efficient VC must be put to real shooting tests. Hence, I went light-weight and took only the D200 and TAMRON B003 out on an evening. Without a tripod and strictly handheld with VC activated, I managed to achieve impressively steady and sharp images at night, even at 1/5s!

TEST SESSION BEGIN
STRICTLY NO TRIPODS ALLOWED!

18mm or 270mm? Flexibility limitless!

With little light on an overcast evening, bumping the ISO to 400 allowed me to work across the entire 15x zoom range and constantly stopping down to f/8 to get sharp images. The TAMRON B003 handled wide angles and telephoto shots steadily. A simple panning shot is not difficult with this lens.

Into the Evening & Night
While natural light falls and artificial light starts to illuminate the city, the VC mechanism of the TAMRON B003 starts to show off its ability to work across all focal lengths at very low shutter speeds! With shutter speeds dipping to around 1/5s, tourists and casual photographers started setting up the tripods to capture the city lights over a completely dark sky, I continued to shoot with the TAMRON B003 handheld and aquired steady, sharp shots; attributed to the highly competent VC.

Verdict

I definitely doubted that I was be able to shoot with a 15x zoom lens and obtain a steady and sharp shot at shutter speeds as low as 1/5s. I would had to rely on my legendary Panasonic LUMIX-LX3 and restricted to its meagre 2.5x zoom. But thanks to the highly competent Vibration Compensation mechanism built into the TAMRON AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Aspherical [IF] MACRO lens, shooting handheld at night is a definite reality!



This series is shot with the TAMRON B003 equipped with its reputable VC!

Photography & Editing by William Tan
All Rights Reserved
©William Tan 2009

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