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.
First shot was at 1/40 @f4.0 - second shot 1/15 @f8.0
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.