If you’re in the market for some new glass, now is the time to act. Not only is this the time of year that Nikon offers its annual “lens only” rebates — where you can get steep discounts on lenses WITHOUT having to buy a DSLR — but other companies are following suit. Most notably Fuji, who is apparently slaughtering Nikon in this discount battle. Read more…
There’s been a lot of interest in the newly released Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 SP Di VC USD lens. (For those wondering what the initials mean, VC means vibration control, the others all read ‘marketing drivel’.) But meaningless initials or not, with a price under $1,100, a superior range, and vibration control, this lens has created a lot of excitement.
Recently, the good people at Imatest have developed an ultra-high resolution, backlit chart printed on photographic film that is perfect for testing long telephoto lenses in the lab. The combination of a new, cool Imatest setup and a new, cool lens proved irresistible, so we decided to compare the new Tamron with the older Tamron 200-500mm, Sigma 50-500mm OS, and Canon 100-400 IS lenses. Read more…
The much-anticipated 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lens from Tamron, which replaces its current 200-500mm, has officially gotten a US price and is now available for pre-order. As you might remember, the lens was announced back in early November, with US availability and Japan pricing going public earlier this month.
Japanese pricing had it at a US equivalent of about $1,350, but US users will actually get it cheaper than that. Still $120 more expensive than the 200-500mm before it, the lens is available for pre-order from B&H for only $1,070 in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts.
The lens officially hits shelves in the States on January 17th, so if you do pre-order, expect it ship then.
Here’s a little gear porn to keep your G.A.S. revving this Thursday. Japanese lens manufacturer Tamron has officially announced that it is working on a 150-600mm f/5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom lens that will replace the company’s current 200-500mm lens and become the longest focal length zoom in its lineup. Read more…
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. Read more…
Canon might be rolling out a new Image Stabilized lens with a built-in teleconverter, but Tamron and Nikon seem to have image-stabilization/vibration-reduction tricks up their sleeve as well. Apparently in the early 2000s both Nikon and Tamron filed patents for teleconverters with image stabilization baked right in. Tamron’s was for a standard unit that sits between the lens and the camera body, while Nikon’s was for a unit that sits in front of the lens. Read more…
Our latest giveaway for a Tamron AF18-270mm is now over, and it was by far our most popular giveaway ever. We received 909 entries via comments and 543 entries via Twitter, for a grand total of 1452 entries.
Update: This giveaway is now over. We’ve randomly selected a winner and posted the announcement here. Thanks for participating!
Hello friends. Ready for another giveaway? Here it is: We’re giving away a Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Aspherical IF Macro, a lens Wikipedia classifies as a “superzoom“. This lens has a list price on Amazon of $1,333.95, and a “street” price of $629.
This lens goes from very wide (18mm) to very telephoto (250mm), giving it the largest ratio (15x) for DSLR cameras on the market today and making it very useful as a walkaround lens.
This lens is available for crop factor cameras only. If the winner has a full frame camera, we can substitute the lens for the Tamron AF28-300mm (same list price). You can choose either the Canon or the Nikon version of this lens.
To enter, all you need to do is:
Link us to the favorite photo you’ve taken
There are two ways to enter, and doing both methods will give you 2 entries in the contest, and thus double the chance the win!
Tweet your response, and include the following link to this post anywhere in the tweet: http://j.mp/pptamron
As long as the link appears in the post, you’ll be automatically entered in the contest.
This contest will end next Wednesday on February 3rd, 2010. We’ll randomly pick a winner using random.org and post an announcement. Good luck, and we look forward to seeing all your favorite photographs!
A big thanks to our sponsor Tamron, who is providing the lens for this giveaway!