OK, so here's the bummer.
I did battery focus tests on the brand new Tamron 70-300 VC that I literally received a couple hours ago. Everything was well. Mostly landscape orientation, but a few in portrait.
Then, after probably a few dozen different test shots, I take one in a portrait orientation and get Err 01 "clean lens contacts" message. After which it's Err1 galore. Moreover, it's pretty weird - I can take shots in Landscape, Inverted portrait (shutter button on the grip facing downwards), just not in Portrait (shutter button on the grip facing up).
Take the lens out, clean contacts, works. Take it out again, reinsert, get Err1. Take it out, reinsert, works.
I assume the lens needs to be returned / exchanged ? Or is there an easy / known explanation or fix for this ?