I drove out to Sheffield’s hidden gem today, the stunning Rivelin Valley. I adore woodland, and at this time of year it’s even more compelling. However, it’s also one of the hardest subjects, as there’s usually a lot going on which can make for a very cluttered image if you’re not careful. A fast telephoto lens like the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD allows you to isolate the relevant points of interest and simplify the images.
I used a tripod for these images (except the last one; golden plovers shot at RSPB Old Moor earlier in the week), along with mirror lock-up and an infrared remote release. The crispness from this lens is fantastic, especially near the frame edges. It’s put my Nikkor 70-200mm VRII to shame, despite being smaller and lighter. So when faced with the decision of which lens to keep and which to sell, I opted to keep the Tamron.