Photo of The Week #63
I am in love with my new lens, the Tamron 15 – 30 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. Before our quick trip to Japan just last week I wanted to purchase a new lens for the short holiday. For awhile my go to lens has been my Nikon 24 – 84 mm. That lens is all right, but it was the kit lens which came with my camera, which means the quality isn’t exactly the best. Though having said that, my Nikon 24-84 mm lens has taken some good photos, but there was always something with the quality of the photos I wasn’t quite happy with.
The Tamron 15 – 30mm on the other hand is a beast of a lens. I really am quite happy with it. From what I’ve heard from a lot of other camera enthusiast is that they’ve been equally as impressed, so much so that a lot of people are comparing the quality to be equal, or if not slightly better than the infamous Nikon 14 – 24 mm. From early testing I have to say I’m team Tamron with this one. For a third party company, Tamron have really stepped things up and are challenging the big boys of Nikon and Canon with a great alternative which not only offers great quality, but is also set at a decent price. The Tamron 15 – 30 mm is sure to go down as a favourite.
While this wasn’t the most interesting of subjects I took on this night, I really quite like the feel of this photo. I like the soft wood tones of the wood, the tight narrow lane way, and the subtle neon lighting from the shops. To me this feels very Japanese. We all have different mental ideas on what a country will look like, and to me this captures one of the ways I’d envisioned Japan.
In the coming weeks I’ll post more photos of my mad dash to take as many photos as I could in the streets of Osaka in the space of 90 minutes. I was in Japan as part of a Chinese tour group. The school which Lexi and I are teaching with in China treated both the foreign staff and the Chinese staff to a trip to Japan. Since the majority of the people on the trip were Chinese, along with the boss, the trip was designed in the style of a Chinese tour. This means that there’s a lot of travel to a lot of destinations all done very quickly, whilst combining a lot of shopping stops.
Taken by: Steven
Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Tamron 15 -30 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
Focal Length: 24 mm
Shutter Speed: 10 seconds
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