Most of the time, I like to make images in nature. Occasionally, I’ll make some portraits to test lenses right when I get them. In this case, I just opened my Tamron SP 70-200 VC USD lens and attached it to my D800 body. My first impressions were beyond expectations as I marveled at the performance level of the lens!
I needed to make some images so I met Lawra just as the fall color was wrapping up in my area. I had taken her high school senior photos a year before and they turned out excellent, so I knew she would be a good model for this testing.
I used my SB910 flash in all images and turned down the power and used a small soft box to minimize shadows. Also, I wanted the natural light to show in the image. I wanted just enough flash to pick up the shadows without overpowering the image with flash.
I used the Tamron SP 70-200 VC USD lens handheld. My intent was to use f/stops 2.8 - 8.0 to get a look at how the lens would perform with 9 rounded blades in the aperture. The out of focus background (Bokeh) looks very smooth in all images.
I am very pleased with the results and see the Tamron SP 70-200 VC USD as the top performing lens in my bag! The Vibration Compensation worked great at low ISO and shutter speed. Needless to say, I will be using this lens a lot!
70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 90 mm; 1/60 sec; f/8; ISO 100
70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm; 1/80 sec; f/2.8; ISO 100
70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm; 1/80 sec; f/8; ISO 100
70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 80 mm; 1/160 sec; f/2.8; ISO 200