Portraits with Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 Di LD & AF540

I have come to depend on my Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 Di LD as my go to lens for portraits and it has taken me a while to get to like this lens without whining. While everyone has praised greatly on this lens, I was a bit troubled by its heavier weight with 1.5 lb as compared to other short zoom lens that I have handled such as the Pentax DA 28-105 f/3.2-4.5, Pentax DA 28-80 f/3.5-4.7 Power Zoom and Tokina 28-70 f/2.8-4.3 with A.

The weight is definitely heavier but I get over the whining stage on the increased weight and get to enjoy this lens for Portraits, Walk around as in hiking and night time shooting for fireworks on July 4th weekend recently. A while back, I got asked to help taking pictures of my neighbor's children's birthday party and it was my first time I used this lens along with the AF 540 Flash. And I picked the right lens for the occasion as the focal range and fast speed has come to help and results are satisfactory though I made a lot of newbie mistakes not knowing how to bounce my flash properly

My Lovely Neighbor
Picture with Pentax K100D & Tamron SP 28-75 f/2.8 Di LD
Mothery Love
Picture with Pentax K100D & Tamron SP 28-75 f/2.8 Di LD
Another Neighbor Precious Boy
Happy boy with Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 & AF540 Flash

I call this Happy
Picture with Pentax K100D & Tamron SP 28-75 f/2.8 Di LD

Impressions & Notes:
  • Lens is very sharp and its focal range well suited for party
  • Great lens to capture kids in motion
  • Fast speed, a great combination with Pentax AF540 flash
  • Color tend to be warmer than my liking. I actually choose some of the warm pictures and convert them to B&W for a change.
  • Weight is heavier than my other portrait lens but I have overcome the obvious stage of whining
  • AF seems fast enough for me in the party which is quite dark in a nightclub setting.
  • Its wide end at 28mm is not wide enough in digital after the cropping factor, I usually pair this portrait zoom with my Tokina AF 19-35 f/3.5-4.5 or Spiratone 20mm f/2.8.
  • Since my first time on AF540, I find the WB on flash setting ideal for the shooting. Somehow if I use the auto WB, I don't get satisfactory results and I default all of flash shooting to the preset of flash WB
  • I used 'P' program mode in some of the shots to avoid error and count on the camera to do the setting for me -- shame!
  • The flash in AF540 takes quite a long time to recharge, there are times I lost patience in waiting for the recharge


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