As I mentioned in my previous post, the Tamron 70-300mm VC USD lens was on my radar. I went to one of the local tech stores in Lübeck and was happy that they allowed me to test the lens on my own D7100. To say it right away, I purchased the lens after using it for a while in the store. I researched about the pros and cons of this lens, and gathered many important information’s, but sometimes reviews are very different and that can confuse you a lot. So, I had questions that I could only get answered by testing the lens on my own, and I am glad I did that today.
I was pretty concerned about the auto-focus, because I saw several comments and reviews where they said the lens would focus pretty slowly. To be honest, I can not confirm this, however, I am used to the Nikon 18-105mm lens, maybe I just don’t know yet how fast other lenses can focus. I shot tons of photos in the store with all kind of different manual settings, I was quite pleased at some point. The auto-focus works fast enough for what I am used to, the image stabilization or vibration compensation (VC) as Tamron calls it, does really freeze moments, it’s really incredible.
I don’t want to talk too much about picture quality yet, because I want to use the lens more before I make any statements about it. I am now in Reinfeld again since today, and I tested the lens outside in the nature, but it was very cloudy, afternoon and too dark to really have fun. I checked the forecasts and it seems we will get some rainy days, if that’s true, I will not be able to play with the lens. Anyway, I shot some test photos under bad conditions today and noticed the lens is usable when it’s cloudy, but I hope we will get some good days with perfect daylight, so that I can make tests under better conditions. I am already happy about the new gadget, I like to test things, it’s my second lens and I am curious what kind of results I can produce with the new lens.