September 28, 2009 – Rose



Monday, September 28, 2009

I mentioned that I had a whole bunch of these, right? Yeah, I wasn’t kidding, really.

Actually, to be perfectly straight with you, I didn’t have this one until this weekend, it was not a part of the previous pile. I just added to it a bit. In the interim, I actually made a couple more changes to my equipment. I went ahead and made a decision on my overall lens strategy. You of course all remember that for the past couple of years, I’ve been exclusively using a Tamron 28-300 (actually, two Tamron 28-300’s, one without image stabilization, then later, one with – Amazon links here: , ), but earlier this year I decided that using a super-zoom meant I was making some sacrifices in image quality. That sent me on a quest to figure out what lenses I really wanted to use moving forward.

First, I filled out the wide-angle part of the range. I rented a Canon 10-22 (Amazon: ) just to make sure I wanted one, then I picked up a Tokina 11-16 based on the recommendations of the guys at the camera shop.  (Amazon: ).  But that still left me with the meat of the problem:  what to do about the mid range, where, let’s be honest, most of us take most of our pictures.  My lens budget was already running a bit thin (okay, it was way past thin), so I figured this one would be a challenge.  But it turns out Tamron makes a couple great lenses to fill that need, a 17-50, and a 28-75 (Amazon: ) that I ended up going with.  So far I’m really happy with it, and it’s actually more versatile that I was expecting.  (I was expecting that I would constantly find myself wanting to swap out to my old 70-300 mm telephoto that I’ve sadly had to start carrying to fill out the range, but I’ve found that the 75mm end gets me just far enough in that I don’t really feel the need for more except in rare circumstances.)

Today’s picture was actually taken with that lens, paired with an Opteka macro kit, which is the same thing as the Hoya macro kit that I’ve been talking about for awhile now, except a different size, to fit the new lens.  Good stuff all around.

By the way, I keep posting those Amazon links because if you actually use them and then buy something (I don’t think it even has to be the thing you clicked through to), I get 4%, which as I mentioned awhile back, is only 96% away from being totally sweet.  So far none of you have bought anything, but I’m still holding out hope. :)

That’s it!  Enjoy the crazy fall weather that seems to be rolling in everywhere!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens w/ Opteka Macro Kit. 1/500s, f/6.3, ISO 100. Focal length: 75mm.

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