Monday, October 2, 2017

Digital Moments, Tamron SP 28-80mm F3.5~4.2 CF Macro

Digital Moments, Tamron SP 28-80mm F3.5~4.2 CF Macro 01
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Olympus Pen E-P5, Tamron SP 28-80mm 1:3.5~4.2 CF Macro

Digital Moments:

Tamron SP 28-80mm F3.5~4.2 CF Macro

'Five frames with the Tamron SP 28-80mm F3.5~4.2 CF Macro, catching the chequered flag at the RC boat derby'

Compared to the Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, which I used to start off the Digital Moments series with a collection of wide-angle and standard zooms adapted to the Olympus E-P5, the Tamron SP 28-80mm F3.5~4.2 CF Macro, weighing in at a hefty 480 grams, is a bit of a monster and a heavyweight.

Tamron SP 28-80mm 1:3.5~4.2 CF Macro, View

On the 2x crop-sensor Olympus E-P5, the lens is now short to medium telephoto-zoom with an equivalent focal length of 56mm to 160mm. This should do well if you take into account that favorite prime focal lengths, especially the 55, 85, 100 and 135mm's are all incorporated into this lens. An 85mm prime, as you already know, is always the favorite for portrait photography, while the 135mm do as well for catwalk models.

The other concern is the weight and the balance of the lens when attached to the E-P5 vis the Olympus MF-2 Adapter. The whole extension is now 120mm long, very heavy upfront, with the most fragile point (you can tell by looking at the image) being the connection between the E-P5 body and the MF-2 adapter.

Olympus PEN E-P5, Tamron SP 28-80mm 1:3.5~4.2 CF Macro

Using the camera on a tripod supported only at the base plate of the camera is a strictly no-go setup, as the pivotal weight upfront might be too heavy for the tripod socket on the base plate to handle. For handheld shooting, you need to be sort of a contortionist to be able to hold the camera tripod-like in the cradle of your palm, while using your index finger and the thumb for focusing, and your middle finger and the thumb for zooming.


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