It is very frustrating when you have just taken delivery of a new camera lens but have neither the opportunity nor the weather to put it through its paces.
This is the best I could think of, my wife’s ironing pile:
You can click the photo to see it in higher resolution.
I had been bemoaning the inadequacies of my ageing Tamron 18-200 (71D) which performed OK for years with my Minolta film SLR, but had been producing disappointing results with its replacement, the Sony A100 DSLR. I think the problem is down to the fact that the Tamron had just enough resolving power when allied to a 36mm film frame, but not a 24mm APS-C DSLR sensor. The cropping effect was asking too much of a lens already at its limits, even though the crop was picking out the centre of the frame, where the lens should be at its sharpest.
Add the poor contrast and flare control, and you have a pretty weak package.
I now have the Sony 18-250, made for them by Tamron (ironically) and based on a proven design which has been very successful for Tamron in recent years. If reviews are right, it should be streets ahead of the creaky 28-200 in terms of performance.
It is obviously too early to draw conclusions about the new lens. I am though delighted to get some semblance of wide angle back – at its widest I now get the field of view equivalent of a 27mm lens. And I already get the sense that this new lens has distinctly more bite than my old Tamron, and richer colours.
It will (I hope) be fun finding out more about how it performs. On subject matter more interesting than ironing piles.