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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Seasons Greetings,

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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.

Special thank you to both models for allowing me to shoot with them for these demonstrations.  If you want to see more, visit my personal website:


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Why you need a professional Website! Not just Instagram!




Why you need a professional Website! Not just Instagram!

You may be asking me, “why do you need a professional website”? Then I’d assume you were under the age of 25.  Let’s dive into why you need a professional Website and the benefits of having one.

It’s 2018 and everyone’s getting hunch backs from staring down at their phones.  Instagram is the quickest and most popular app on the market for showcasing your work.  But let’s face it, Instagram is not the most professional outfit for serious business.

I’ve preached time and time again that quality is key.  With Instagram, you are only able to see a photo in max resolution of  1350×1080.  This is great when being viewed on a retina screen or any other mobile device but not on a computer.  Most camera phones are capable of printing sharp images up to 8×10 but when viewing the image on a computer, 1350×1080 resolution is low quality.  It will become pixilated and not sharp, and in return, if you have a serious commercial outfit looking to hire you, they may not think your equipment and standards are up to par.

Another great reason for having a professional website is personal branding.  Sure you can do this with Instagram, but you are limited to a description that is only 150 characters.  That’s like 30 words.  Can you really talk about what makes you stand out from your competition and appeal to a company with only 30 words.  If so, you’re amazing and give yourself a pat on the back.  Here is an example of my Instagram profile about me vs. my website:

(Instagram via @RAWFOTO)

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(via Personal Website)   http://www.rawfoto.net

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Side note regarding Instagram.  You can get a lot of info crammed into 150 characters or less.  Make sure you make it worth every word and direct your viewers to your website.  You want to use these two tools interchangeably.

The last and most important reason to have a professional website is google searching and embedding your URL into googles databases for ever.  Meaning, if you are Joe Blow form JoeBlowPhotography.com, then google searches will recognized that when being searched by anyone in the world.  You will build back links with other companies and websites.  You can intertwine this linking with you Instagram, featured articles, Facebook Page, Youtube, Pinterest, Blogger, whatever!  It is more powerful than Instagram because with out the Internet, Instagram wouldn’t exist.

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WordPress, which is what I use for this blog, also has a free platform for you to start showcasing your work as well.  I would suggest getting the 2nd tier entry to have a little more freedom and have a personal URL but to each their own.


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Our Top 5 Picks: Photography Youtubers

Youtube has been a major platform for hosting funny video content and allowing individuals to be creative.  Are you a creative person and do you love teaching people and learning new things?  Then Youtube is probably for you.

We have made a short list of our Top 5 Photography related Youtube accounts.  Please keep in mind this is just an opinion and if you have any other people you’d like to include, leave a comment and share.  Our criteria for ranking these accounts our top 5 include:

  • Content Content Content!
  • Engagement with the viewer & Personality
  • Video Quality and Production

We feel that content is key and we love when Youtuber’s get straight to the point.  Our society is very big on instant gratification and this is one of those situations.  Not only is valuable content important, but viewers want to see what they came to see sooner than later.  Personality is key and not everyone can do this in front of a camera to a large audience.  Keeping the viewers attention helps keep the viewer viewing.  Along with attention comes production.  A poorly produced video won’t get as many impressions as a studio produced video.  Very simple stuff here.

So on to number 1!

1. Peter McKinnon – Visit His Channel Here!


Peter came from Canada and he came up fast.  Being one of the most popular tech and photography pages on Youtube is no simple task and his dedication proves why he is the best in the game.  He has many tutorials and makes learning simple.  His direction is precise and he puts things in simple terms for the beginning photographer and editor.  He has made so many How To videos that he started producing his own short films now.  He has mastered B-Roll and shows you how to do the same.  Just keep in mind, use this as a tool and don’t copy.  Originality is key and this is why he stays on top.

2. DigitalREV – Check them out Here!


DigitalRev has been long hosted by Kai Man Wong.  A funny guy that is knowledgable when it comes to understanding the mechanics of a camera.  His style is a little monotone and dry and this is part of his appeal.  But his content is valuable! His speciality is camera comparisons and hands on reviews and he is not biased! He takes his cameras out and shoots them in the streets and sometimes people get mad at him.  It makes for a good laugh.  Unfortunately Kai recently left Digital Rev but you can follow his new independent youtube channel here.

3. Thomas Heaton – Beautiful Landscape and Fine Art Here!


Thomas Heaton, in my opinion is one of the best in the game.  Currently under rated but will be one of the top influencers here in the near future.  As of now he is still a non biased photographer and pays for most of his equipment out of his own pocket.  What sets Thomas apart from the rest is that he actually goes out and explores.  He takes so much into consideration when planning a shoot.  One thing I’ve learned from watching his vlogs is how to scout locations and how to use google earth to plan the path of the sun and shadows.  Another feature about why I really like his feed is that he doesn’t go out and shoot 100-500 photos.  He knows what he wants, he knows what he is doing, and takes 1-10 shots max to get his masterpiece.  An addition to his amazing work, he shows you his prints and how he ships them out to customers.  He should be one to learn from.

4. Mango Street – Take a look at their reviews and Presets here!


These two are just cute.  They work together as a team and now they are making money together sharing their passion with the world.  They get straight to the point and most of their videos are under 7 minutes long.  On their youtube channel they even state, “Photography tutorials that don’t waste your time”.  We need more of this because there are plenty of videos out there that are 20 minutes long.  They are very trendy and know how to set trends.   Creative, fun, and quick!  You won’t see much technical work or camera specs on this channel but you will see more of “How To” Tutorials.  If you are learning, they make it simple.  If you want to order their presets follow this link here!

5. Jared Polin aka FroKnowsPhoto – A channel you should subscribe too!


Jared Polin is the only one on this list that should or could have his own TV show on cable TV.  His production is as legit as it gets.  Don’t let his Fro fool you because he is no fool! He knows pretty much everything there is about photography and he has been doing it most of his life.  He has a blunt attitude and doesn’t mind being critical when critiquing viewer submissions.  As you can see by the photo we chose to show him, he does comparisons.  In depth and detailed.  If you are not technically inclined, he may be a little too advanced for you at this point.  Because he is so popular he gets his hands on all the new gear ahead of the regular consumer.  Don’t we all wish we could have his job?  Well you could if you work hard enough and know what you are doing.


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