I have to admit that I am happy with my Tamron 28-75 f2.8. I really got the chance to give it a workout this weekend at my Cousin's birthday party. The little guy turned 3, and I got to photograph most of the events, along with the clown that showed up which the kids loved. lol.
I also got a chance to give the lightsphere 2 a good workout as well.
Some things that I noticed:
With the Tamron, I was shooting a lot of kids portraits at 3.2 to f4. I noticed that when I looked throught the viewfinder, and put one of the dots right over the eye, and focused; I could see the eyelashes snap in focus, and sometimes snap in focus, but was out of focus. This made me realize that I had to keep a close eye on the eye when I focused. However, the lens did great, I honestly have to say. Sometimes I did want a wider FOV, but I would just take a few steps back, recompose , and just cut out whoever didn't fit in the view.
Upon takeing photo's of the blowing out of the candles, and singing happy birthday, the Lightsphere did great, It is an amazing invention. The may be an issue with the white balance, but I already know that is something that I can correct in PS anyway, so I wasn't worring about it. I was out on the Veranda which is covered by a wooden(brown) roof, there was ambient light entering from the screend, and I decided to point the flash head on at the yutes. Upon doing this I knew I would get that birght blotch in there faces, but when I reviewed the image on the LCD there was NO hot spots on any of the children's foreheads. I later double checked this on my calibrated LCD monitor, and I could see no signs of the Hot Spots. This is something I hated to get with my on camera flash..
Finally, I did not shoot much at 2.8, not that I remember anyhow..
I have to say that 98% of the images are keepers.
My gift to my little 3 year old cousin will be the prints.
I intend to order 4x6's, 4x6's should be big enough right?
I may give her a few 8x10's also.
I took some photo's of other parents' children also, and showed them, and they liked them.
Overall, I am impressed with the Tamron, and the LS2, not to mention my 20D.
I have had this 20D since thanksgiving day, and I have been a member of this forum since a few days before that.
With the amount of info that I have learned from all the guys here including scottberger, cyber, pekka,J.A., charlesu(don't think I spelled that right), and all the other guys on the forum, I have really been able to improve my photographic skill..
Thanks for reading, and I will post a few pictures asap..