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Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 di VC USD 6 month review

So I’ve had this lens for about 6 months, and a lot of people are asking me how I like it now that I’ve had a lot more experience with it.

I have to say I still love it, and it’s the lens I use as often as I can.

What I love about it:
The Image Quality (IQ) is amazing, especially at f/8-f/11.
The VC is incredible.
The USD autofocus is silent, quick, and efficient.
The build quality is very good.
The price is affordable.

What I dislike about this lens:
VC is great for photography, not so much for video.
You need a LOT of light, so I strongly recommend using a flash with this one.
While light-weight for it’s class, I needed to upgrade to a CarrySpeed strap and a stronger tripod to support it.

Compared to other lenses:
Canon 75-300: I did not like this lens, IQ is terrible, focus is horrible, no IS, loud focus.
Canon 70-300: IQ lightly lower than the Tamron, IS is better than VC for videos, but front element moves when you focus, so not too good when using filters.
Canon 70-300L: Slightly better than the Tamron, but way too expensive.
Sigma 70-300 Macro: Not a real macro lens, no OS, no HSM.
Sigma 70-300 OS: no HSM, IQ not as good as Tamron.

Rocketfish Carbon Fiber Tripod with fluid head RF-TRP65 review

In this video, I do a review of the features of the Rocketfish Carbon Fiber Tripod, which comes with a fluid head.  When I went shopping for Black Friday sales, I didn’t even know the existence of Rocketfish.  Like most shoppers, I was going to see the deals on Manfrotto, Gitzo, 3 Legged Things, etc.

But once I saw the quality, the price and the features, I was sold on this great tripod from Rocketfish.  It’s relatively cheap, can support up to 17.6 lbs, has a fluid head for videos, can take photos in both landscape and portrait orientations, and it’s almost as tall as I am.

Wedding Photography tips – minimum camera equipment

In this video I share my thoughts on what I believe is the minimum equipment to successfully shoot a wedding.

While most wedding photographers feel uneasy if they have less than 10’000$ worth of gear with them, I show a kit that can get the job done in the 1500-2000$ range.  Any less than that is still doable, but will most likely give way more headaches.