Monday, July 14, 2014

New England Camera Club Council Conference, Ian Plant, and a Brief Review of the Tamron 150-600 MM Lens

This past weekend was the annual New England Camera Club Council
Conference held at UMass Amherst.  This was my first year attending and was an excellent conference.  There were very many well-known photographers presenting on many interesting subjects.  I picked up a few new ideas as usual.  I also met old friends and make new acquaintances.

I was introduced to Ian Plant, whose e-books, I have, and that I am an affiliate of his dreamscapes store.  It was nice talking to him, along with my friend Greg Bosco over a pitcher of beer.  His presentation " Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition" was excellent and you can learn about mastering the art of composition from his e-book with the same name and which is available from his site: Click here to view more details

One part of the conference is that you could try out cameras and/or lenses from all the major manufacturers.  Because I been hearing so much about the Tamron 150-600 mm lens that I was able to try it out for an hour and half.  It is a solid built lens, weighing 4.3 pounds, containing 13 groups of lenses with 20 elements, F/5-6.3 and includes vibration compensation.  I was very happy with this lens, like the zone quality, and the quick focusing.  My only problem was, for me, holding it steady hand-holding.  I did not have a spare quick release plate for my tripod and I did not have a monopod, which would've made it even steadier.  However, I am very happy with the images that I took, even though they were in the middle of a bright sunny day.  My feeling is that if you are going on a trip, which has weight restrictions, that this is the lens that you should have for your camera.  The lens is in high demand and are back ordered.
Tamron 150-600 mm zoom lens

Fire engine


American Robin

European Starling

Grey squirrel

Hosta flowers, semi-macro
My walk around lens is a Tamron 28-75 mm and I also utilize the Tamron180 mm macro lens and they give great photos.
One of the buildings on the campus of UMass Amherst, taken with a Tamron 28-75 mm lens
Bee fly, it looks like a bee, but actually is a fly and uses his its proboscis to drink nectar.  Taken with the Tamron 180 mm macro lens

American Lady, taken with the Tamron 180 mm macro lens

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