TAMRON 28-75mm F2.8 G2 (Model A063) for Sony E-mount x travel snap by Itsuka Yakumo
There is one thing I always stick to no matter what trip I take: To avoid things that sacrifice animals whenever possible. That applies to everything, from food and clothing to recreation. During this trip to Hawaii, I had a number of fascinating encounters, including with the chef of a vegetarian restaurant, with lovers of dolphins and whales, and with people helping old dogs and injured birds. And those experiences gave me the opportunity to take various photographs.
For this trip, I took just one lens, the TAMRON 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063).
The versatile 28-75mm zoom and F2.8 wide-open aperture allowed me to capture everything, including people, landscapes, flowers, and food. But at the same time, I was also amazed how many more moments I could capture thanks to the considerable improvement in performance over the 1st-generation Model A036.
I especially wanted to shoot moving subjects, and even when tracking surfers or children chasing bubbles, I noticed the stunning advances that have been made, with the fast and precise autofocus like nothing I have ever seen before. At this level, you can get more than enough performance out of the latest cameras.
When it came to shooting flowers and food, I realized that the Minimum Object Distance was also shorter. So much so that the Model A063 allows me to take photos as a macro lens, and people around me would ask what I was photographing so close-up. Even when you get so close that the tip of the lens hood is about to touch the subject, the AF still works.
On the improvements to the resolving power around the edges of images, the difference was easy to see once I enlarged the images while editing later on. While it might not make headlines, this is one of the most important elements of landscape photography, especially aerial photography.
When I first shot with the 1st-generation Model A036 I thought it was a perfect lens, but with the degree of finish on the Model A063 easily surpassing it, I think I could describe it as a "super-perfect lens."
The subjects I shoot change depending on what interests me, and when I decide to take something with a particular purpose in mind, the scenery appears in a way that reflects that. This time that purpose was to capture Hawaii from the perspective of a vegan, and this lens let me take pictures freely no matter what I encountered. I'll report from my next trip on what I could see and photograph with the Model A063.
Photographer and graphic artist. He turned independent after working for an advertising agency. His sphere of activity often extends beyond different industries, national boundaries, and media through his work with advertising, stage photography, video production, CI, product design and documentary subjects. He supports animal rights activities and is personally a vegan. He lives with his cats in Shibuya, Tokyo.
Lens Featured in this Impression
28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 a063(Model )
Outstanding resolution and superb overall performance in a lightweight and compact zoom lens. The 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063) is a fast-aperture standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens is the successor to the popular 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036), the lens that flipped conventional thinking about standard zoom lenses upside down. High definition and spectacular image quality are the key areas of advancement. The AF drive is equipped with TAMRON’s linear motor focus mechanism VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) to enable high-speed, high-precision auto-focusing. Closeup shooting capabilities have also been improved and achieve an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.18m (7.1 in) at the 28mm wide end, and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7. In addtion, the software, developed in-house, enables to easily customize functions and to update firmware.