On Wednesday I shared some of Erik Valind’s images taken with Tamron's new SP35mm lens, which were part of their launch presentation of two incredible new products. I had no idea the fun I’d have over the next 24 hours after that.
It started with each journalist being consigned a SP35mm and SP45mm lens, followed by a day and a half to put them through our own tests. While most of you would be completely relaxed and love an assignment like this, you’ve got to remember my profile.
I am NOT a professional photographer. My core business is about marketing, but I’ll match my passion for the craft with anybody. Although I’m the low-tech poster child for this industry and I’ve never shot with any of the traditional DSLRS like Nikon or Canon, I do understand the key elements of photography.
I was given the two lenses and a Nikon D610, the manual and a quick lesson from my good buddy, Rich Harrington. While I understand the basics of the craft, I had never used the camera before and didn't know the controls. I was up at 5:00 am on Wednesday morning reading the manual. I've seen phone books that were smaller!
The berries on the evergreen were shot almost wide open at f2.8, with the SP35mm. The second image is simply enlarged another 50% and the third up 100%.