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June 21, 2018 Tamron 70-210mm f/4 VC USD Review (A034)

In the past two years the “third party” lensmakers have really been taking it to the “first party” lensmakers (Canon and Nikon). Both Tamron and Sigma had a renaissance around six-seven years ago where they shifted from making lenses noted more for their price (and price-to-performance ratio) than any particular standout quality of the lenses […]

June 11, 2018 Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master Image Gallery

The release of Tamron’s new 28-75mm f/2.8 RXD lens provided me a natural opportunity to bring in the premium lens in the class for Sony FE – the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens.  The Sony G Master approach is to give shooters both tremendous resolution along with smooth, pleasing bokeh.  My review will examine […]

June 4, 2018 Sony a73 (a7III) Review

Sony chose the WPPI Conference in February, 2018 to drop the bombshell that we now know as the Sony a73 (ILCE-7M3). I call it a bombshell in that while many camera makers hold back a lot of key features on their “entry-level” full frame cameras (that typically fall around this $2000 USD price point), it […]

May 30, 2018 Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 RXD (A036) Image Gallery

It was with great excitement that I saw Tamron’s announcement in February at the WPPI Conference of an all-new lens designed from the ground up for Sony FE.  The new Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD (A036) provides something that the Sony platform has had few of – solid alternatives to the expensive premium Sony […]

May 25, 2018 Kamlan 28mm f/1.4 Review

Towards the end of 2017 I spent time with my first Kamlan lens – the Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 compact prime lens. There were things that I praised, including a very nice build quality (all metal and glass) and nice rendering (including good color rendition and excellent bokeh quality). There were other things I liked less, […]

May 21, 2018 SainSonic Kamlan 28mm f/1.4 Image Gallery

The Kamlan 28mm f/1.4 is a brand new lens from the Chinese lens maker SainSonic.  I’ve been privileged to have my hands on a prerelease copy of the Kamlan 1.4 for a while and can now share some photos and content with you.  This is the second lens that I’ve used from SainSonic (I also […]

May 10, 2018 Spring Shopping

Spring Shopping © 2018 Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott This little squirrel is out doing his spring shopping after a long winter. He and I stared at each other for a while as I took a number of photos. I used a combination of new things for this photo, including Sony’s new a73 (my […]

May 7, 2018 Tamron 70-210mm f/4 VC USD Image Gallery

A focal range not recently tackled by third party lenses is covered by Tamron’s newest lens – the Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD.  A maximum aperture of f/4 at this focal length allows photographers to get high quality results with still shallow depth of field, but at a considerably lower size, weight, and price […]