Got this lens for two weeks now and been out shooting a bit the past two weekends. Initial feeling towards the lens – great F/2.8 lens at this range, not a fast lens, great for portrait but okay with sports. Tamron Hong Kong now offering firmware upgrade to the lens but they can only do so by sending the lens back to Japan and it will take up to four weeks in doing so. Reviews on the firmware upgrade from the local forums indicated that the lens focus a lot faster and more quiet. Think I’m going to check it out after my two trips next month.
Will post up some pics over at my photo blog, Phooey Pics, later this week. So far I can say, for a third of the money in getting the G lens from Sony, I’m happy with this Tamron.
Ordered my Sony A900 L-Plate (US$140) from Really Right Stuff last Friday and received it yesterday, nice and fast service (well, US$33.74 shipping, LOL). Slipped it on today and took some pics. Initial feeling: nicely built, sturdy and works perfectly when switching from landscape to portrait. No more resetting the ball head and recomposing. Well worth it.
As for the ballhead, Really Right Stuff’s BH-40 seems to be the best fit but given the US$300+ price tag, too steep for me. Went down to Sham Shui Po today for a spin and found the Sirui G-20 ballhead for HK$550 (US$70) at Ying Kee, and it worked perfectly.
Source – Really Right Stuff
The Complete Guide for Sony A900 by Gary Friedman is finally out. For US$29.95, you’ll get this really comprehensive ebook guide on the Sony A900. I bought this one and the previous one on the A700 and I find it really informative. In the A900 guide, Gary covers also the updated Sony wireless flash protocol. For those who had probelms in setting up the new Sony flashes on wireless, this is a must read section. Below is the write-up features on the guide –
“Gary Friedman’s comprehensive guide to Sony’s full-frame Alpha 900 DSLR presents a detailed description of each function, menu item, and button on the camera, plus has in-depth descriptions and examples of each feature.
Also included in this 525-page compendium are dedicated chapters on Dynamic Range Optimization, Sony’s new Wireless flash protocol, new features unique to the A900, and how to get great-quality high-ISO images out of the camera.
Get the most out of your investment! Gary’s books are renown for their clear writing style and their ability to convey complex ideas in understandable ways.
This ebook is being sold as a full-color, instantly-downloadable .pdf file (about 20 MB in size).”
For more info, go to this link.
New articles posted up over at Phooey Pics on the Sony A900 untouched and touched portrait pics, check them out.