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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.
Please note: This is no stock image! Do not copy, alter or redistribute without prior permission, thank you.
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jinjinzhiyu Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
it will be better if lighter
jinjinzhiyu Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
good pic, like to keep it if no offence these days, tks in advace, and welcome to China
mybearjana Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
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 Featured By Owner 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.
mybearjana Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
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 Featured By Owner 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.
mybearjana Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
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 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008   Digital Artist

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

Re Wallpaper: I could make one I guess.
Torf Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
I was there about one week ago.
World is small :-)
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1/1000 second
Focal Length
18 mm
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Date Taken
Jun 24, 2008, 4:26:27 PM