Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Review

April 2nd, 2011 173 Comments   Posted in SLR Lenses

Tamron’s newest and most powerful “All-in-One” lenses, the 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is the worlds lightest and most compact 15x optical zoom lens for dSLR cameras. Significantly smaller and lighter than their previous 18-270mm lens, it was designed specifically for use with ASP-C sized sensors and if used on a full-sized sensor, vignetting will be noticeable. Tamron has chosen this lens as one of its first to include the new Piezo Drive motor. This allows for faster and quieter autofocus, which is great for candid and nature photography.

This is a well built, light and very compact lens, making it easy to pack into a bag and a pleasure to use while out walking around. It has a 35mm equivalent of 28 – 419mm. Also included on the lens is Tamron’s VC (Vibration Compensation) to fight camera shake. It is available for both Canon and Nikon mounts but not Sony at this time. Along with this lens you will also get a flower-shaped lens hood and 6-Year Limited warranty.

Canon EOS 1000D Review

June 11th, 2009 18 Comments   Posted in Digital SLR Cameras

The Canon EOS 1000D is the Canon camera in charge of attacking the largest volume of the digital SLR market: the entry-level segment. To succeed, Canon equipped the EOS 1000D with numerous up-to-date technologies, and this seems to be the most complete low-cost digital SLR on the market to date. We had the opportunity to try it when it was presented to the press.

Here, you can see the 2 buttons which reveal the ‘expert’ aspect of this low-cost SLR: the button to correct exposure and the one to select the autofocus collimator. The latter is going to be very useful because Canon had the good idea to give the EOS 1000D a nice 7-point wide-area AF. The Nikon D60, with its 3 small collimators gathered in the middle, doesn’t measure up in this respect. Winged, the EOS 1000D surprised us by its general reactivity and especially by that of its autofocus. Good point for the 1000D.

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