Canon 24-105mm f/4 – My Thoughts.

I rented the Canon 24-105mm this past weekend for 3 days. I was wanting to compare it with my Tamron 18-270mm on my 50D. I took about 1000 photos with it and gave it a good run under many different shooting conditions. I was mostly interested in the sharpness of the lens. But I checked other aspects of it as well.

The first thing I noticed is the build quality. This is a nice solid lens. It just feels good in your hands. When I put it on the camera I could feel the weather seal at the base of the lens seal the gap tight. That’s a plus. Once I started shooting with it I was very impressed at the speed of the focusing. Really quick. The colors are more saturated as well which is probably a result of superior lens coatings. The sharpness was great too. Everything that I wanted in focus was nicely in focus and sharp. The constant f/4 throughout the zoom range was nice to have as well.

But, how does it compare to my Tamron 18-270 that is half the price? Keep in mind here I was looking for a significant difference in the overall sharpness of the two lenses. I could find no significant difference. Especially with the extra $800.00 it would cost me for the 24-105mm and I would be loosing 165mm of zoom!

Here are the test shots I took. The Canon 24-105 on the left and the Tamron 18-270 on the right.

Canon 24-105 vs Tamron 18-270

Both shots are with the exact same settings and using my tripod. All I did was change the lens. Sure, there are a few differences. Mostly color temperature and saturation but nothing that I cannot fix in post if I have to. I’ll keep my Tamron until such time that I get that 5D.

Here are some of my favorites using the lens.

234.365 On The Train.

Red Tailed Hawk

The Boy.

After Dinner Drink.

I do really like that lens though and it will make my decision much easier when it comes to a new camera and lenses.

Chris.

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Canon 24-105mm f/4 – My Thoughts.

I rented the Canon 24-105mm this past weekend for 3 days. I was wanting to compare it with my Tamron 18-270mm on my 50D. I took about 1000 photos with it and gave it a good run under many different shooting conditions. I was mostly interested in the sharpness of the lens. But I checked other aspects of it as well.

The first thing I noticed is the build quality. This is a nice solid lens. It just feels good in your hands. When I put it on the camera I could feel the weather seal at the base of the lens seal the gap tight. That’s a plus. Once I started shooting with it I was very impressed at the speed of the focusing. Really quick. The colors are more saturated as well which is probably a result of superior lens coatings. The sharpness was great too. Everything that I wanted in focus was nicely in focus and sharp. The constant f/4 throughout the zoom range was nice to have as well.

But, how does it compare to my Tamron 18-270 that is half the price? Keep in mind here I was looking for a significant difference in the overall sharpness of the two lenses. I could find no significant difference. Especially with the extra $800.00 it would cost me for the 24-105mm and I would be loosing 165mm of zoom!

Here are the test shots I took. The Canon 24-105 on the left and the Tamron 18-270 on the right.

Canon 24-105 vs Tamron 18-270

Both shots are with the exact same settings and using my tripod. All I did was change the lens. Sure, there are a few differences. Mostly color temperature and saturation but nothing that I cannot fix in post if I have to. I’ll keep my Tamron until such time that I get that 5D.

Here are some of my favorites using the lens.

234.365 On The Train.

Red Tailed Hawk

The Boy.

After Dinner Drink.

I do really like that lens though and it will make my decision much easier when it comes to a new camera and lenses.

Chris.

Interesting New Paper Bounce Card

I came across a new printable bounce card that you just cut out and attach to your flash either with elastics or Velcro. I found it here.

Here is a photo.

64.365 Paper Bounce Card.

The idea here is to have a large reflective surface to throw some of your light forward towards your subject. Great for catch lights! This is just another twist on the standard bounce card. What I like about it is if I wreck it, I’ll just print another. Neat idea.

As for it’s effectiveness, it did throw some more light towards the subject but I don’t feel it was very a significant increase compared to angling your flash forward a bit.

More Impressions On The Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII VC Lens.

I’ve used the lens for a bit now and I’m starting to get used to it’s quirks. One thing it seems to be doing is messing with my camera’s meter. The results change from shot to shot within fractions of seconds. I may be just me. I’ll have to look further into it.

Here are some sample photos for now though.

IMG_2775 50D 10292009Very sharp. I could not believe how her eyes turned out! Even the donut residue was sharp. LOL.
Please note, I did soften her skin a bit. They had been out in the cold and she was a bit blotchy. I didn’t touch her eyes though. No need!

Tossed Aside.

Chris.

Photo Of The Day – 302 of 365. New Lens & Lens Review – Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII VC

302/365 2009. New Lens!

I’ve purchased a new lens. The Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII VC. My main reason for purchasing this lens was convenience. I hate swapping lenses all the time when I’m just out and about. On my Canon 50D it gives me a range of 29mm to 432mm with the 1.6 crop factor taken into account. I didn’t buy it with business in mind. I bought it with my family in mind. With this lens, I’ll not need to carry all my lenses. Probably just the camera with this lens on it.

The first thing I noticed was the zoom direction is opposite my Canon zooms. You zoom clock wise on the Tamron. During the zoom it, for lack of a better term, sticks around the 100mm mark. I’ve read about this in forums and believe it is on purpose to keep the lens from creeping when you have it hanging down. There is a zoom lock switch at the 18mm mark that will hold the lens while you are wondering about with the lens hanging down as well. I like that feature.

My first photo scared me. The white balance looked terrible. Normally, I shoot on auto white balance to get close then adjust the raw file in post as I see fit. This was so bad but when I put my Canon 17-85 back on the camera to take the above shot, well it looked bad too! So that was that.

Playing around with the lens in the house last night I took the photo below.

IMG_2694 50D 10282009

Canon 50D, Tamron AF180270mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII VC, ISO 1600, f/5.6 for 1/25 sec.

This was taken under really bad tungsten lighting but looks pretty good. Sharpness is very acceptable. This was at 142mm.

I will be testing this lens over the next 3 or 4 days and will post more of my thoughts on the lens and some more sample photos then.

Chris.

More Impressions On The Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII VC Lens.

I’ve used the lens for a bit now and I’m starting to get used to it’s quirks. One thing it seems to be doing is messing with my camera’s meter. The results change from shot to shot within fractions of seconds. I may be just me. I’ll have to look further into it.

Here are some sample photos for now though.

IMG_2775 50D 10292009Very sharp. I could not believe how her eyes turned out! Even the donut residue was sharp. LOL.
Please note, I did soften her skin a bit. They had been out in the cold and she was a bit blotchy. I didn’t touch her eyes though. No need!

Tossed Aside.

Chris.

Photo Of The Day – 302 of 365. New Lens & Lens Review – Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII VC

302/365 2009. New Lens!

I’ve purchased a new lens. The Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII VC. My main reason for purchasing this lens was convenience. I hate swapping lenses all the time when I’m just out and about. On my Canon 50D it gives me a range of 29mm to 432mm with the 1.6 crop factor taken into account. I didn’t buy it with business in mind. I bought it with my family in mind. With this lens, I’ll not need to carry all my lenses. Probably just the camera with this lens on it.

The first thing I noticed was the zoom direction is opposite my Canon zooms. You zoom clock wise on the Tamron. During the zoom it, for lack of a better term, sticks around the 100mm mark. I’ve read about this in forums and believe it is on purpose to keep the lens from creeping when you have it hanging down. There is a zoom lock switch at the 18mm mark that will hold the lens while you are wondering about with the lens hanging down as well. I like that feature.

My first photo scared me. The white balance looked terrible. Normally, I shoot on auto white balance to get close then adjust the raw file in post as I see fit. This was so bad but when I put my Canon 17-85 back on the camera to take the above shot, well it looked bad too! So that was that.

Playing around with the lens in the house last night I took the photo below.

IMG_2694 50D 10282009

Canon 50D, Tamron AF180270mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII VC, ISO 1600, f/5.6 for 1/25 sec.

This was taken under really bad tungsten lighting but looks pretty good. Sharpness is very acceptable. This was at 142mm.

I will be testing this lens over the next 3 or 4 days and will post more of my thoughts on the lens and some more sample photos then.

Chris.