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Tamron 10-24mm wide-angle

2009 August 26

I’ve recently started dabbling with photography… it’s a hobby that appeals to me on many levels.
It’s technical, creative, gets me out the house, and it’s something I can spend time on by myself.

I’ve bought a Canon 450D (with the 18-55mm kit lens), and started collecting up a couple of other bits and pieces.

My favourite lens is a 50mm f/1.4 prime – it shoots images that are so clear, bright and crisp with amazing colour. Makes just about any happy-snap pop out and look interesting.

Most recent purchase is a Tamron 10-24mm wide-angle zoom. I was aiming to get the Canon 10-22mm version, but didn’t want to pay the South African price for the lens. Managed to find the Tamron at Schipol Airport for about 60% of the cost of the Canon lens in South Africa and took a chance.

Mixed results so far – I really like the distortion and foreshortening effect, particularly with buildings and big structures. And I’ve learnt that you need to keep people out of the corners of the photos on the wide end or they get really stretched!

But overall not entirely blown away.. doesn’t seem too sharp, but then only been shooting handheld so far.
Here’s a shot of a crane at the Waterfront in Cape Town showing the effect of the ultra-wide up close to a big structure. I like it – looks like a wonky Eiffel Tower.


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  1. August 26, 2009

    Very cool Tim.

    My favourite lens is the Canon 50mm prime, 1.8 is mine.

    The wide angle is a very cool piece of equipment, just don’t go overboard with the “sweeping” sky shots – enough of those on flickr already :)

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