Aug 23, 2014

Stockholm at night with a Tamron 28-75mm/2.8 on a Nikon

Is it possible to get reasonable images with a reasonable priced lens? Or do you need a top of the line which requires a considerable wealth to buy?
I have wondered about his question long and hard, drooled over super expensive lenses and images taken with them a long time. Almost everybody that is somebody publish photos taken by those lenses.

Well in some situations you will no doubt have benefit to have the top pro lenses, where you are working in low light and you want to freeze movements and cannot use flash or hate using a tripod . But I have realized that those situations are just 1% or less of all the ones I normally work at. To test it for myself I took my Tamron 28-75/2.8 lens and went out to take some photos at night to see if I am happy with the results. This lens only costs about $550 compared to a Nikon 24-70/2.8, which costs in the region of $2000. In the evening I chose a couple of places, sat my camera on tripod and snapped a couple of shots and just thought I share this experience with whoever comes across. All images in this post were taken with a Tamron 28-75/2.8 on a Nikon D600.

Stockholm by Night
28mm, F/11, 1/10s

Stockholm by Night
28mm, F/8, 1/8s

Well, the colors are amazing and scenery is out of this world. But let's just look at how it performs for portraits. No tripods but a small flash.

F/2.8, 1/25s
75mm, F/2.8, 1/25s
 Totally acceptable, don't you think?
And another one...

75mm, F/2.8, 1/10s

Well, I am happy with the results, I can now with peace of mind forget the purchase of the very expensive lenses.
I softened the last photo a little bit, to knock down to the sharpness and make it a little dreamy.

I'll post more photos from the evening/night photo session later on...

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