A Creative Test of the Tamron 18-270mm That’ll Give You the Zoom Creeps

You’ve probably seen a good number of sample photos and videos from camera and lens tests before, but probably not quite like this. Filmmaker Anders Øvergaard puts a creative twist on the idea of “test videos” with this sample footage shot with only a Canon 550D/Rebel T2i and Tamron 18-270mm lens.

Øvergaard writes,

A new autumn means another trip to my cabin, and a new film! This year I hadn’t time to make a short, but I thought I would test a new cheap lens called Tamron AF Di II VC 18-270 PZD. It’s a nice all round lens, but how well will it work when filming handheld with a DSLR? The entire video is shot handheld, using only the Canon 550D/Rebel T2i, and the Tamron AF Di II VC 18-270 PZD. I have added smoothcam in Final Cut in some shots, and colorgraded in Color. I have tried to vary the shots as much as possible to test the lens in different settings and angles. The shot of the girls walking along the road, is shot handheld from a car.

Continue reading for a spoiler. Otherwise, go ahead and watch the lens test above.

It’s like DPReview meets Blair Witch Project. Now your job is to share the video with all the gearheads in your life without telling them the twist.

Thanks for sending in the tip, Phil!

  • chris steel

    I was hoping for a huge hitchcock zoom with that focal length :P nice twist

  • sierrarobba

    Please write post about how many compact and super zoom (2x X) have tamron lenses instead their own brand developed lens like canon, nikon,sony,fuji,pentax…..

  • bob cooley

    Wait, didn’t I already see the Blair Witch Project in theaters years ago :) j/k

  • Renato Murakami

    I thought it was going to be some creep stalker using the lens or something… but nice twist anyways! xD

  • AntonyShepherd

    The incidental music does flag up the ending quite spectacularly, though.

  • Jackson Cheese

    What the hell did I just watch?

  • 9inchnail

    This was better than BWP and that made like a quazillion dollars at the box office. Biggest waste of time I ever watched.

  • Daniel Conejo

    That is so wrong. Who goes running in a parka?

  • philhoyt

    Thanks for the link back!

  • osh_sektabrand

    i liked it

  • Jason

    You can keep the lens,. just give me Vilde and Selma.

  • Marcus wright

    nice on there dude….awesome concept…test again…