This lensâ€™s versatile zoom range and wide maximum aperture make it an ideal choice for landscape, portrait and advertising photography, among other specialties. â€œWhen Iâ€™m out shooting and want to get a variety of perspectives and focal lengths, I use the 24-70mm,â€ says Morgan. He adds that he uses this lens when he wants to show someone in context â€” to feature the person as well as his or her surroundings. He also appreciates its fast F/2.8 maximum aperture. Morgan shoots a lot of product and lifestyle images, and he often uses the SP 24-70mm lens for this purpose. â€œThe Tamron G2 series lenses are excellent,â€ he states.
â€œThe SP 24-70mm is a very sharp lens that Iâ€™ve had no issues with,â€ Morgan explains. â€œPeople ask me what lens they should buy after the 50mm, and I tell them that a 24-70mm is the next lens they should get. It gives you a wider view, as well as a good focal length for photographing people.â€ He says that itâ€™s a great â€œwalk aroundâ€ lens for him. This lens boasts a new Dual Micro-Processing Unit (MPU) system for quick, accurate autofocusing. It incorporates Tamronâ€™s proprietary Vibration Compensation (VC) system, which gives photographers five extra stops to get sharp images with a hand-held camera. Tamronâ€™s Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency (eBAND) Coating eliminates ghosting and light flare. This lens is very durable too, with Fluorine Coating on the front element surface, making it water- and oil-repellant.
The Tamron SP 24-70mm G2 is available in Canon and Nikon mounts for $1199.00.
SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025)
Morgan praises this latest-generation telephoto zoom, saying, â€œItâ€™s an absolutely fabulous lens for several reasons.â€ First of all, the long telephoto length and wide maximum aperture allow him to isolate a person while the background falls out of focus. â€œThe F/2.8 aperture gives me beautiful bokeh, and the autofocus is extremely fast,â€ he remarks. â€œIt also has VC, so I can hand-hold my camera.â€ Tamronâ€™s VC system has three modes: Mode 1 offers a balance between the stability of the viewfinder image and stabilizing effects; Mode 2 is designed for panning; and Mode 3 prioritizes stabilization of the captured image rather than the viewfinder image.
Morgan says that he gets beautiful color rendition with this lens. â€œI really like the way that it performs all the way around. It has great applications for photographing people and fashion, as well as landscapes.â€ He likes the compression effect â€” or flattening of perspective â€” that this telephoto lens offers and its ability to bring distant objects in close. The SP 70-200mm F/2.8 lens is also compatible with Tamron 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters, which increase the focal length to 1.4 times and 2 times the original focal length, respectively.
He often uses the SP 70-200mm lens in his video work and says that itâ€™s a great companion to the 24-70mm. â€œThe wider focal length allows me to take in more of an office scene, for example, while the 70- 200mm enables me to get the tighter shots.â€ Some of this lensâ€™s new features include eBAND Coating to prevent lens flare, Fluorine Coating and Moisture-proof and Dust-resistant Construction. As with the SP 24-70mm, this lens has a five-stop VC capability. A Full-time Manual Focus override mechanism enables photographers to make fine focus adjustments manually without having to switch the AF-MF mode back and forth.
The SP 70-200mm is available in Canon and Nikon mounts for $1299.00.70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034)
This telephoto zoom lens is compact and reasonably priced. Morgan recently used it extensively on a landscape photography tour that he led, and he describes the 70-210mm as an ideal choice for the prosumer or advanced amateur market. â€œI was extremely impressed with how sharp it was,â€ he says, â€œand how easy it was to use.â€ He says that itâ€™s an excellent choice for travel because of its light weight and compact size. The 70-210mm weighs just 30.3 ounces and is 6.9 inches long (Canon) and 30 ounces and 6.8 inches long (Nikon).
It offers a consistent maximum aperture of F/4 throughout its zoom range. Because of an internal zoom mechanism, the physical length of this lens doesnâ€™t change during zooming. It incorporates a Dual MPU design for quick, accurate autofocusing and VC to deliver sharp images in handheld shooting situations.
Geared for outdoor photography, this lens is dust- and moisture-resistant. An Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) mechanism delivers fast, quiet camera operation, and its best-in-class close focusing capability (37.4″) makes the lens very versatile, as you can capture close-up images at a 1:3.1 maximum magnification ratio. As with the SP 70-200mm, this telephoto zoom is compatible with Tamron 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters for added reach.
The 70-210mm F/4 is available in Canon and Nikon mounts for $799.00.
For more information on Tamron products, visit www.tamron-usa.com. To see more of Jay P. Morganâ€™s work, go to www.jaypmorgan.com.