My name is David R. Pritchard, and I’m an amateur photographer currently living in South Yorkshire. A certain website that I have been an active member of for a number of years, ePHOTOzine.com, was recently approached by Tamron and offered a lens to test (the 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD). The website decided that the best way to do this would be to offer up the challenge of a 365 day road test.
Due to certain personal circumstances, which I will explain shortly, my bid to take up the mantle was accepted. So now, as I patiently await my sample, I’m starting this blog as a way of charting my progress.
So why me?
- I’ve been taking photos for a few years now, and will photograph most things, whether they move or not.
- I’ve had a fair degree of success, having turned up in a couple of magazines, and winning a national competition a couple of years ago. People tell me I can take a good photo. Several people. Definitely more than two. Not just my mum.
- I’m impartial. I’ve got a collection of very good lenses made by my camera manufacturer, and this is what the Tamron will be up against.
- I’m off to Rome later in the year with my fiancée. We’ll be pressed for time, and I’ve been told that there’s no time to change lenses. I’m hoping a superzoom will prevent an international incident.
- As well as attending a wedding later this year, I’ve got my own to plan. Lots of things going on for me in the next year. I’ll be interested to see if a superzoom can hold up against the fast zooms I currently own.