Went fishing at Core Creek Park a few weeks ago and brought along the Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD. Since I mostly shoot Canon these days, I never really had the desire to pick up a Tamron. I ended up with it on a whim a while back when I was looking to get a used Canon 35mm F2.0. The shop didn't have any (even new ones) on hand, but had this used at a decent price, so I took a chance.
I have been using it on and off the last couple of months and have been quite impressed. Not sure if it's because it's used or because even new it wouldn't set you back as much as an L lens. But I've been grabbing this more and with a carefree attitude. The bigger more expensive lenses have stayed home in situations where things could get destroyed; like throwing it in the fishing pack at the last minute.
Not that you couldn't get these shots with other lenses, because you
could, but both of these shots were handheld, in fading light, while
lugging fishing gear instead of camera gear. Don't get me wrong, I'd be
pissed if I dropped the lens and the camera in the 2 feet of mud I was
slogging through, but not as pissed as I would with lenses two or three
times as much.
Granted I didn't need to shoot at these settings, I was just playing with the lens to see what would come out. Sometimes it's quite liberating to just play with photography like we did when we first started and everything was an experiment.
Currently editing some more night shots with this lens handheld on the Boardwalk in NJ. These shots are a result of playing around with the shots above. Should be up later this week.
I don't normally update posts, but as I was going through old blog posts, I realized that this post was the beginning of my shift away from a large amount of gear to a more streamlined, smaller and more nimble photography kit. I no longer own this lens. I've sold about half my full frame gear in exchange for Micro Four Thirds gear. Most people reading this are photographers or gear nerds, so I thought I should point out this shift in my approach. I still own full frame gear and pull it out when I need too, but 96% of what I shoot now is shot on either a G9 or GX9 Lumix Micro Four Thirds Camera. I hate when I get into following an artist or photographer, mainly because they utilize a certain technique, approach, or use a specific type of tool, only to discover later they stopped and without any explanation or point of departure.
This is that point for me. Originally this post was written when not a lot of high end cameras had IBIS. Now over two years later, there are more options, so this may change again for me in the near future. It's an evolving process that changes not only with the technology, but more importantly, with how I as a photographer change. It's easy to forget this in our current photography world, where it feels like the best camera isn't the one you have with you, but rather the one that was just announced and isn't available for six weeks.