I rented the Tamron 18-270mm lens for our San Diego trip, and I loved it! It was especially useful when we visited the world famous San Diego Zoo. It was my first time, and I was so bummed that my battery died 30 minutes before closing (I’ve learned my lesson for next time).
I did experience one of the problems I read in the reviews, which is that it gets a little tight halfway. I only noticed it mildly when I first got the lens, but then it went away. I definitely wasn’t used to using a telephoto lens, and it felt a little crazy trying to focus on something really far away. I had been so used to using a prime lens for most of the life of my camera. It definitely took a little getting used to, and it really underscored the fact that I need to practice holding my camera in a more steady position.
Once I got it figured out, I realized it was awesome! I really want to have one of my own now, but I’ll have to wait a little. I love being able to zoom really far because I can’t always just run over there. Also, I didn’t know what to expect with the 3.5-6.3 aperture, but I was still able to get great bokeh. Not only did I get close to animals at the zoo, but I took pictures of my family doing what we do. Hah. I made a rhyme. I still got great portraits, and unlike with my 50mm (no offense to Nifty), I was also able to fit more into the shot if I wanted. Also, I love the candids I took of Cady when she didn’t know I was taking her picture. Samples of those to come soon.
It really is a good all-purpose lens. I didn’t have to take it off my camera as we walked out and about on our trip. It was also very lightweight and small compared to a lot of other lenses. The new version is supposed to be even lighter and smaller. Not to mention it’s price is really reasonable for what you get. I’m really glad I got to try it out, so I could find out about it for myself. Now I know that when I get it, I’ll love it!
P.S. I didn’t get anything in return for writing this review, but I did throw in some affliate links. I’ll talk more about the actual renting experience and post more picures soon.
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