Rudbeckia and My New Lens

I bought a new lens (Tamron 70-200mm/ 2.8) a few weeks ago to try to capture some better pictures of my kiddos at their sporting events.  Over these past weeks, I have taken hundreds of pictures trying to get the feel for the new lens.  I’m not convinced yet.  The return policy is within 30 days and I am facing that deadline in about 10 days.

I called to talk to the technical people at the store yesterday to ask about some of my problems with the lens.  The kind gentleman was very honest and told me it was most likely a combination of my “older” Nikon D40 (It’s only 3 years old!!!) and what he called, “the operator.”  I managed to stay calm, mostly because I knew he was right.  I’m still learning all this photography stuff and this fancy schmancy lens might just be too much for my “outdated” camera and my fledgling ability.

Nonetheless, I took the lens outside today to try a few more shots.  I tried shooting in a variety of modes, settings, etc.

The Rudbeckia is blooming in the garden and I thought these two shots turned out nice.

The low aperture setting allows some nice depth of field effects.  I did a little editing to them in Photoshop Elements:  cropping and running Pioneer Woman’s soft and faded action.

The final test for the lens will be over the next two evenings at an indoor swim meet and a Friday night football game.  If I still can’t manage to capture some good shots after talking to my friend at the camera store, I might return the lens and try something else.  Any suggestions?

This photography stuff is fun, but frustrating.



Filed under Flower, Gardens, Photography

4 responses to “Rudbeckia and My New Lens

  1. these shots are very nice. I love the DOF. I don’t know what issues you’re having, but I would think the age of your camera would not be contributing to the problem. I’m also not saying it is all operator flaws. Sometimes, it’s incorrect settings, vibration (is this lens a stability lens?), or a variety of other things. Don’t be too quick to give up on your camera though – or, the lens at this point. Maybe you should have the camera pro take some shots with it if he was saying the operator was the problem. Hang in there.

    • Thanks for the encouragement! This is not a stability lens. I know some of my issue is the settings, which the camera pro gave me some tips on to try. The other thing is that I am just not capturing that “crisp” shot that I am looking for in a lens of this caliber. Again, he suggested that I manually focus and not rely on AF. I’ll give that a try too. I appreciate your feedback and thanks for stopping by!

  2. Well the photos you’ve shown here are lovely. I am just building my lens “collection” and have asked (um begged) for the Nikon 50mm. I think that’s a nice beginner lens for me to move up towards. I hope you can find peace with your new lens, or find a replacement that makes you happier.

    • I tried the lens again last night at a swim meet and was not happy. I will stop in at the camera shop this weekend with some of my shots and see if they have any big revelations for me. Otherwise, I’m trading it in for something else.

      The Nikon 50mm is on my wish list too! Let me know if you like it when you get it! 🙂

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