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Jun 24, 2008, 4:26:27 PM
The Chinese Garden by duncan-blues The Chinese Garden by duncan-blues
Part of the Chinese Garden in the botanical gardens of Bochum/Germany.

The Chinese Garden looks like a mixture of a building, a garden and a temple. It's quite picturesque and a nice playground for photography.
I definitely have to come back again with more time at my disposal.

Picture taken with a Sony Alpha 700 and a Tamron 17-50/2.8 XR Di II SP lens on a Manfrotto 695 monopod.
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it will be better if lighter
good pic, like to keep it if no offence these days, tks in advace, and welcome to China
Hi! I love the pic, though I wish I could see a little more of that pagoda! What do you think of the Tamron 17-50? I have an a700 and am desperately seeking to replace my Sony18-70 with something. Any advice would be very helpful!
duncan-blues Aug 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your comment! The pagoda is quite small as this is just a small garden. Maybe I can check if I can get a different shot at it next time I'm around.

I'm very pleased with the Tamron 17-50 lens. Sharpness is already quite good at 1:2.8, the AF is reliable and the look-and-feel of the lens is quite good for such a reasonably priced lens. Only the lens screen has a rather cheap feeling to it but it does it's job very well. Didn't have any notable problems with lens flares so far.
The focal range of 17-50mm seems a bit limited at first but the other day, during a long hiking tour, I used the lens almost exclusively and my Sony 16-105mm lens remained in the bag.
You might also check out the Sony 16-105 lens too though. It's not as fast aperture-wise but the range of focal length is extremely handy. Sharpness is not quite as good as the 17-50 but certainly better than the 18-70. The price tag is rather steep compared to the Tamron lens though.
I went into a store here and compared the Tamron 17-50 with the Sony 16-105 and 16-80, I liked the Tamron for its lack of distortion--the speed is just icing on the cake. The 16-80 wasn't very far behind it, though at $250 more it is hard to justify. What do you mean by the lens screen having a cheep feel?
duncan-blues Aug 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Bah, got to love faulty translation dictionaries. What I meant was the lens HOOD.
You know, the thing you screw onto the front of the lens to prevent lens flare.
The plastic has a somewhat cheap, fragile feel to it. It does work perfectly though.
Distortion can be an issue with the 16-105 lens, yes. This isn't unexpected though with a superzoom lens. I'm more worried about it's rather prominent vignetting at 16mm.
Really? You get vignetting with the 16-105? I couldn't notice any when I tried it out...could it be that you're using a filter? I heard the 16-80 had that problem, demanding expensive slim filters, but not on the 16-105. Interesting.
RayOfAmbience Jun 25, 2008   Digital Artist

I really like how it looks. Got a wallpaper-sized one?
duncan-blues Jun 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the comment.

Re Wallpaper: I could make one I guess.
I was there about one week ago.
World is small :-)
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