>> Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I did it - I actually made a decision and purchased a new camera lens! I settled for the Tamron 18-200 because I couldn't justify the expense of the 18-270 with vibration control. I hope I don't regret it - I'm none too steady.
Thus far I like it. It's a significant improvement over the old lens. Here are some of the things I'm enjoying about it so far, after just a couple of days experimentation.
The color seems brighter, and truer. It's doing a great job with subtleties in color.
My favorite feature is its easy do-it-all range of zoom. Wide angle is terrific fun. This is just standing up and looking down at Lucy - looks like it was taken from a ladder.
I know you sacrifice something when you get a lens that has such a big range. If you think about it that makes sense - a lens that has a range of 17-50 is especially good at wide angle and standard zoom. That particular 17-50 that we were looking at has a super low f-stop - it's something like 2.8 - so you gain a great deal of speed with it. That permits you to take photos in low light with a fast shutter speed, reducing the need for vibration control or a tripod.
In order to get a lens that does everything without having to cart around a camera bag full of lenses means you make sacrifices in quality for the convenience. The maximum f-stop on my new lens ranges from 3.5 to 6.3, meaning if you are zoomed all the way in you wind up with a fairly slow shutter speed, and Ms. Shaky Hands here will struggle with that.
Regardless, I am very pleased so far with the quality and the range. It's nice to be able to take more advantage of the abilities of the camera. Amazing how much difference a lens can make!