Lens Review Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD w/ Picture Proof

Working for Gene’s Camera Store in South Bend Indiana has taught me so much more in 4 months than shooting for 5 years.  One thing I learned was how much Tamron and Sigma stepped up their quality.

My whole life growing up I was taught the Kia and Hyundai were bad cars.  And once upon a time they were.  But like Kia and Hyundai, Tamron and Sigma had the same stipulation.  It was until I started selling Tamron Lens, that I realized how their new G2 and entry level lens were much better than people claimed.  Below is a photo I took with my Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II with Vibration Control.  I paired this with a Canon 7D Mark I.  

Goose was happy to pose for me in front of Mackinaw Bridge

I was about 30 feet away from the bird and lied on the ground to capture this image.  I lined the goose up with the bridge in a vertical orientation and shot this at 5.6 aperture.  It still produced more than enough bokeh and separation from the foreground that I like.   Here is another shot at more of a wide angle with the same camera/lens combo.

The bridge from the other side shot at 18mm with crop sensor camera

In short, this lens has a great value to your collection.  In particular, if you are currently using kit lens for either Nikon or Canon, this would make all of those inferior.  You can sell your kit lens on eBay, purchase one of these from Tamron, (with an included 6 year warranty), and make your camera bag weight and size a lot more condensed.  Keep your eye out for upcoming specials on this lens around $599.  Purchase only from authorized retailers and make sure you do not purchase a grey market lens or camera.

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5 Cyber Monday Camera Package Deals

Black Friday was just a day ago, now the real time to save some money is on Cyber Monday! Here are 5 Camera Kits that will save you money this Holiday Season.  (To see more specs, just click the item image to see more).

Nikon D3500 2 Lens Kit

This kit is great for a student or someone learning photography as a new hobby.  It is on special this weekend until Monday with a saving of over $100 dollars.  Not only do you get the 2 lens kit, which covers 18mm wide all the way to 250mm, but you get a travel case, a memory card and much more.  Our number one choice this Holiday for the best bang for buck package deal. $449.99


Sony A6000 Bundle

We’ve discussed this camera in previous articles on DSLR Warehouse.  If you have read those reviews we are very critical of the A6000 series.  For the consumer looking to learn and have a small light weight travel camera, we suggest these all day!  Great bang for your buck and awesome for bloggers and vloggers.  Save over $100 these Holidays by clicking the link below.   $529.00


Canon 5D Mark IV

This camera is for the person who is serious about photography.  It is a pro-level full frame sensor and the latest series to the 5D collection by Canon.  Great color spectrum, great for any kind of photography including portraits, sports, real estate and more.  Now has built in wifi, touch screen, and more megapixels.  Originally $3199 for the body only, marked down $400 this weekend.  Get yours while you can!  $2799


Tamron 18-400mm Telephoto Lens

This lens is designed only for crop sensor cameras although it can be used on FX Nikon. Nikon allows you to change the ratio in camera unlike Canon or Sony.  You will however still experience some vignetting on a Full Frame Camera.  This Lens is a great deal because it allows you to get a better quality build while throwing away your standard kit lens.  If you take into consideration the crop factor, this is really a 27-600mm Lens.  Suggest you gets yours on sale now before the sell out!!! $50 dollars off!!! Only $599


Nikon D500 Specials!

We had to throw this in the specials because its a great deal for a sports or nature camera.  This shoots over 10 frames per second, is crop sensor, and has a great feel.  I love shooting with the high resolution pro level camera for all birding trips or local sport events.  Over $400 in savings this week!  Only $1799 on Amazon.


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Portrait Photoshoot with Sony A6000 Review

I really wanted to down size my equipment to be more suitable for traveling and I wanted something that would be good enough for both landscape and portrait photography.  I thought by getting a 24 megapixel Sony with an e mount lens, I would be able to get decent high resolution photos.  I was wrong.

My normal set up is a Canon 5d Mark III with an 85mm lens.  Yes I understand I am comparing apples to oranges but my biggest complaint about the Canon gear is that it’s so large and bulky.  When I go hiking or travel for a shoot, I usually take about 30-40 pounds of equipment.  Its ridiculous.  With this Sony A6000, I had 4 e mount lens, the camera, and 3 memory cards and I was still under 5 pounds.

Now, one complaint I had when using the Sony A6000 when taking portraits was how small it was.  With out a battery grip, my pinky finger would hang off the side of the body, and when shooting vertically, it felt like it was going to fly away in the wind.

Shooting with a professional model doesn’t make you feel confident either when shooting with an entry level camera.  Good thing she was awesome and we were shooting for fun because I let her know I was testing the camera for this purpose.

Below are three images.  Each with an excerpt of my opinions of the photo quality when I shot with Joelle.  Below those three will be photos I did for a clothing brand up in Grand Rapids with my 5D Mark III.


The photo above (@joelle.raquel) is straight out of Camera Raw.  She did a great job in cold weather and we did get some great photos together.  The nice thing about the Sony was that it does have facial detect and would lock the AF on her face.  But the thing is, the was a 1.8 Lens I was shooting with.  I figured I could have the ISO slightly up to compensate for the shutter speed being set a 1/500th.  I typically do this to make sure there is no blur in the image with my 5D mark III and 85mm lens.

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This is the quality of the photo on the edge.  By seeing this, it may just be the lens producing the poor quality.  There looks to be extra grain (possibly from the smaller sensor) and its also leaving aberration.  It’s not sharp and has too much noise.

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The center of the image is a lot more sharp and produces less fringe.  But with the amount of noise from the ISO at 500, it is enough to make the features on the face and hair below my standards.  I think I may use a metabones adapter in the future with a Canon lens to test the quality again.

Here are two photos taken with my Canon 5d Mark III features Model (@breighannamarie).  Notice the difference?


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Would you agree that this is a night and day difference?  I would.  If you’ve got any input, please comment below and share with your friends.  Photographers and Models alike.

Thank you again for reading and thank you for supporting DSLR Warehouse along with me, Rawfoto.  I enjoy writing this excerpts for you and hope you take something away from them.  Coming soon, Top 5, How-to’s, and more.

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Mirrorless Revolution: Is is worth the money?

With all of the new generation mirrorless Camera’s being release just in time for the holiday’s, it’s tough to tell if it is really worth the money.  So let’s jump into a few questions and concerns we all have.

  • What is a mirrorless camera?
  • Is a mirrorless camera right for me?
  • Pro’s & Con’s of a mirrorless camera
  • Is it worth the money?
  • Specs comparison: Sony a7riii, Canon EOS R, Nikon Z7

What is a Mirrorless Camera?

If you take your lens off the body of your DSLR camera you will see a nice shiny mirror. (Hopefully it’s shiny).  That mirror is a key component to all DSLR Camera’s.  It reflects the light being brought in through the lens up into the view finder where you see the image you are framing.  In a mirrorless camera, it is just that.  It has no mirror.  This leaves the sensor exposed to light continuously.  You can see a preview electronically through the LCD screen on the back of the camera or through an Electronic View Finder.

Example 1 – Mirror DSLR Canon 5D Mark III


Example 2 – Mirrorless Sony Alpha 6500


Sony a7 III Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera Optical with 3-Inch LCD, Black (ILCE7M3/B)

Is a Mirrorless Camera Right for Me?

You may be asking yourself if a mirrorless camera is right for you.  The short answer is… maybe.  It depends on what you are using the camera for.  Are you using the camera on a professional level or using it to make video?  Or are you a hobbyist looking for a toy to learn on?  This answer is not as simple as you may think.

The new Sony A7III has a starting price point of about $2000 USD and the A7riii is starting at $3500. That is for the body alone.  There has been debate if this is the next generation of camera and many professional photographers are not sold completely on the concept of mirrorless.  Some people question, why fix something if it ain’t broke?  At this point in technology, 4K video is all the hype, but many people don’t know that when you upload to the internet, video resolution may get dumbed down to 1080p anyway.  Rendering 4K useless until everyone has 4K monitors or TV’s.

One pro I have seen by using a mirrorless camera is the weight and size.  If you are using a gimbal, this is a very easy to use set up.  But if you are taking photos with a mirrorless camera and have large hands, it may not be comfortable for you.  Another huge benefit with mirrorless cameras are the focal points and facial tracking features.  I recently had the opportunity to play with the new Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera and let me tell you, the facial tracking is fast and responsive and would be a great tool for videographers.  Along with facial tracking, it has 493 point auto focusing and 45.7 Megapixels.  To top it off,  it has a full frame CMOS Image Sensor.  These are going to be on back order for a while.  Pick yours up here as soon as you can if Mirrorless is right for you.

Pro’s & Con’s of a Mirrorless Camera

Lets start with the pro’s since we like to be optimistic

  • Great for Videography
  • Usually small and compact for easy travel and mobility
  • Many focal points (typically over 200)
  • Tach Sharp Prints and Photofinish
  • Lighting fast auto focus and facial tracking

Now on to the negatives with mirrorless

  • No mirror = easier to get sensor damaged or dirty
  • Less lens selection unless using adapter ring
  • Small frame for those used to full sized cameras
  • Very expensive
  • New technology, usually has some bugs that need to be worked out
  • Battery life is typically less
  • Not as fast auto focus for sports and nature photography

If you feel I missed a few pros or cons, please email me and I will add to either list

Is it worth the money???

Please remember the opinions expressed here are unbiased and based off my experience  with both mirrored and mirrorless cameras.  I do paid photoshoots on the side but I am not a full time photographer.  In my opinion, going mirrorless for the cost is not worth it.  If I were making videos for clients or making very large prints, I would say the mirrorless route may be the right route for you.  Remember each persons goals with photography are different.

New Mirrorless Camera Specs:

Nikon Z7

Nikon Z7 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera Body w/NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S

Full model name: Nikon Z7
Resolution: 45.70 Megapixels
Sensor size: 35mm
(35.9mm x 23.9mm)
Kit Lens: 2.92x zoom
(24-70mm eq.)
Viewfinder: EVF / LCD
Native ISO: 64 – 25,600
Extended ISO: 32 – 102,400
Shutter: 1/8000 – 30 sec
Max Aperture: 4.0 (kit lens)
Dimensions: 5.3 x 4.0 x 2.7 in.
(134 x 101 x 68 mm)
Weight: 41.4 oz (1,175 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Availability: 09/2018
Manufacturer: Nikon

Canon EOS R

Canon EOS 5DS R Digital SLR with Low-Pass Filter Effect Cancellation (Body Only)

Full model name: Canon EOS R
Resolution: 30.30 Megapixels
Sensor size: 35mm
(36.0mm x 24.0mm)
Kit Lens: 4.38x zoom
(24-105mm eq.)
Viewfinder: EVF / LCD
Native ISO: 100 – 40,000
Extended ISO: 50 – 102,400
Shutter: 1/8000 – 30 sec
Max Aperture: 4.0 (kit lens)
Dimensions: 5.3 x 3.9 x 3.3 in.
(136 x 98 x 84 mm)
Weight: 23.3 oz (660 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 10/2018
Manufacturer: Canon

Sony A7Riii

Sony a7R III 42.4MP Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera Body with Sony 128GB UHS-II SD Memory Card, Sony Soft Carrying Case a7RIII, and Sony Gun Zoom Microphone Bundle

Full model name: Sony Alpha ILCE-A7R III
Resolution: 42.40 Megapixels
Sensor size: 35mm
(35.9mm x 24.0mm)
Kit Lens: n/a
Viewfinder: EVF / LCD
Native ISO: 100 – 32,000
Extended ISO: 50 – 102,400
Shutter: 1/8000 – 30 sec
Dimensions: 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.9 in.
(127 x 96 x 74 mm)
Weight: 23.2 oz (657 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 11/2017
Manufacturer: Sony