The Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD lens and the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens came in a few days ago and I just photographed them yesterday morning. I unfortunately didn’t have the time to use the “lab” for these shots, but I decided to go the artistic route instead. For these photos I used the very poor available light, 5D Mark II, and the 135mm f/2 L lens which is great for low light work and I just love using it. It’s really hard to hand hold at low shutter speeds though as it has no image stabilization, but I still managed to get some decent shots why Michele and Layla were still asleep by simply jacking up the ISO and shooting wide open 😉
I hope you like these photos as, they are far from the normal “product” photography I do and more like art. I really like the old school look myself though, and I figure the standard shots of these lenses are all over the web anyway so why not have a little fun and change it up??
In any event, check out these lenses!!
Product Shots with some Soul:
Be sure to Click the Photos for the Full 1200px Versions!!
The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens came with a really nice padded lens pouch.
The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens and the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD lens
Sony A57 and the Lenses
Sony A57 w/ Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens
Sony A57 w/ Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Lens @ 17mm – 3/4 view
Sony A57 Full Specs and Features
- From corner to corner, every detail of your scene is beautifully captured by Sony’s proprietary Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
- Create movies of amazing clarity that play extra smoothly by recording them at Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) in the AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive) format – at the extremely high frame rate of 60 -NTSC (50 PAL) fps
- P/A/S/M modes (Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual) let you flexibly adjust aperture and shutter speed to modify the depth of field and achieve effects like defocused backgrounds when shooting movies in the manual focusing mode
- Sound is captured clearly with minimal noise thanks to a high-performance stereo microphone on the mirror housing and advanced noise reduction that effectively suppresses AF lens drive noise via innovative NR algorithm
- With one press of the Movie button, the alpha 57 is ready to roll. The camera immediately enters movie recording mode even if you were shooting photographs continuously or in single-frame mode. It’s the quick and easy way to capture every moviemaking opportunity
- Face Detection technology ensures that facial features are clearly focused and skin tones are accurately reproduced by fine-tuning parameters such as exposure, white balance, flash and D-Range Optimizer
- Smile Shutter captures smiles at just the right moment by automatically releasing the shutter when smiles reach the desired level. And Face Registration lets you register up to eight people for the camera to prioritize when detecting faces in groups
- Dramatically enhanced Clear Image Zoom utilizes proprietary By Pixel Super Resolution Technology to zoom the center of your image up to 2x with nearly imperceptible degradation
- Give your photos and movies a creative look with Creative Style settings. Depending on the scene and your creative intentions, select any of 6 customizable settings (Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black/White) and the camera will adjust color and other image parameters accordingly
- Ordinary scenes become extraordinary photos and movies with Picture Effect. Choose from 11 customizable modes and 15 effects that significantly increase visual impact by adjusting camera parameters and applying advanced processing techniques
- The Tru-finder electronic viewfinder delivers class-leading viewing ease thanks to sharp 1440k-dot (SVGA) resolution, a 23.1mm eye-point and a notably wide 31.9deg. viewing angle that leaves competing optical viewfinders behind
- The brightness and clarity of Sony’s big Xtra Fine LCD monitor brings out every detail of your scene, setting you free to clearly shoot in challenging shooting environments
- You can preview the depth of field, motion blur and other effects of your camera settings by pressing the Preview button. The Tru-Finder and monitor display the scene almost exactly how it will appear in your photos and movies
- Two buttons can be customized to enhance shooting convenience. You can reassign the AEL or ISO button to activate any of 24 assignable functions, including Drive Mode and Flash Mode
- Two finder magnification ratios are selectable, allowing you to switch from the default (max.) mode to the standard (lower ratio) mode to support an extended eye-point. At the maximum 23.1mm eye-point, the entire frame is easy to see even when wearing glasses
- Essential shooting information can be displayed in the viewfinder and monitor at high SVGA resolution for confirmation at a glance. Simply press the DISP button to display the information you desire
- Simply sweep the camera to capture breathtaking vistas. The alpha 57 automatically records and seamlessly stitches a sequence of photos to create a spectacular image. 3D Sweep Panorama records separate right- and left-eye images to bring scenes alive when viewed on an HDMI-compliant 3D television
- With one press, the instant High Dynamic Range mode takes three exposures at different settings and composites the best details from each – in the highlights, mid-tones and shadows – to create a single image with wider dynamic range than any single exposure could possibly capture
- By suppressing noise, the Multi Frame NR mode lets you clearly capture scenes that would normally be challenging even for seasoned professionals
- DRO uses proprietary Sony technology to bring out details in the highlights and shadows and deliver naturally bright images. It can be used during continuous shooting and provides five user selectable levels of compensation
- Relax and enjoy the convenience of point-and-shoot operation. Superior Auto mode automatically detects and analyzes shooting conditions and adjusts camera settings accordingly to achieve optimal results
- Simply choose one of 8 Scene Selection modes (Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight or Night Portrait) & the camera will automatically optimize aperture, shutter speed, white balance & other settings to provide the best overall image quality for the scene
- Photos can be taken in your choice of four drive modes (single-shot, continuous, bracketed or self-timer shooting), which are selectable via user-friendly icons. You can shoot continuously at 8 or 3 fps, shoot with a 2 or 10-second delay, or bracket your choice of exposure, white balance or DRO
- The alpha 57 compensates for the shading and aberration characteristics of the lens you mount. This includes vignetting, lateral chromatic aberration and optical distortion, which can each be activated or deactivated through the MENU as desired
- The powerful built-in flash unit automatically pops up to illuminate dark scenes. It offers various modes, a guide number of 10 (ISO100 m), an irradiation angle that covers the angle of view of a wide 18mm lens and a maximum sync speed of 1/160 sec
|Camera type||Interchangeable-lens digital camera with built-in flash|
|Lens compatibility||Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses confirmed|
|Image sensor Type||APS-C size (23.5 x 15.6 mm), Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with primary color filters|
|Number of pixels (effective)||Approx. 16.1 megapixels|
|Number of pixels (total)||Approx. 16.7 megapixels|
|Image sensor aspect ratio||‘3:2|
|Anti-dust system||Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and Image Sensor-Shift mechanism|
|Recording format: Still||JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)|
|Image size: Still (3:2 aspect ratio)||L: 4912 x 3264 (16M), M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M), S: 2448 x 1624 (4.0M)|
|Image size: Still (16:9 aspect ratio)||L: 4912 x 2760 (14M), M: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M), S:2448 x 1376 (3.4M)|
|Image size: Still (Sweep Panorama)||Wide: horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M), Standard: horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M), vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)|
|Image size: Still (3D Sweep Panorama)||Wide: 7152 x 1080 (7.7M), Standard: 4912 x 1080 (5.3M), 16:9: 1920 x 1080 (2.1M)|
|Image quality modes||RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard|
|Picture Effect||11 modes (15 effects): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature|
|Creative Style||Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast -3 to +3 steps, Saturation -3 to +3 steps, Sharpness -3 to +3 steps)|
|Dynamic range functions||Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Recording format: Movie||AVCHD 2.0 (Progressive) / MP4|
|Video compression||MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)|
|Audio recording format||Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC|
|Image size (movie): NTSC||AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28Mbps/PS, 60i/24Mbps/FX, 60i/17Mbps/FH, 24p/24Mbps/FX, 24p/17Mbps/FH)|
MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30fps/12Mbps), VGA: 640 x 480 (30fps/3Mbps)
|Image size (movie): PAL||AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (50p/28Mbps/PS, 50i/24Mbps/FX, 50i/17Mbps/FH, 25p/24Mbps/FX, 25p/17Mbps/FH)|
MP4: 1440 x 1080 (25fps/12Mbps), VGA: 640 x 480 (25fps/3Mbps)
|Media||Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card|
|Slot||Memory Stick Duo/ SD memory card|
|Noise reduction||“Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.|
High ISO NR: High/Normal/Low
|Multi frame noise reduction||Auto/ISO 100 to 25600|
|White balance mode||Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm white/Cool white/Day white/Daylight), Flash, C. Temp 2500 to 9900K, C Filter G7 to M7, 15-step, Custom, AWB micro adjustment|
|Two-axis fine adjustment||Available in all modes|
|Bracketing||3 frames, H/L selectable|
|Focus Type||TTL phase-detection AF|
|Focus sensor||CCD line sensors|
|Focus point||15 points (3 points cross type)|
|Sensitivity range||EV -1 to 18 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)|
|Focus mode||Autofocus, Manual Focus|
|AF mode||Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Automatic AF (AF-A) selectable|
|Focus area||Wide (auto,15 points), Zone, Spot, Local|
|Metering type||1200-zone evaluative metering|
|Metering sensor||Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor|
|Metering sensitivity||EV -2 to EV 17 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F1.4 lens attached)|
|Metering Modes||Multi segment, Center weighted, Spot|
|Exposure modes||iAUTO, Flash Off, Superior Auto, Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)|
|Scene Selection||Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight|
|Exposure compensation||±3.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)|
|AE bracketing||Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, with 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV increments, 3 frames|
|AE lock||Available with AE lock button. AE is also locked when focus is locked in multi-segment metering mode|
|ISO sensitivity (Exposure Index)||ISO 100-16000 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100-3200 )|
|Viewfinder Type||SVGA 1.2 cm (0.46 type) electronic viewfinder (color), Xtra Fine|
|Viewfinder: Total number of dots||1,440,000 dots equivalent|
|Effective number of dots||Maximum: 1,440,000 dots equivalent, Standard: 1,253,280 dots equivalent|
|Viewfinder: Brightness control||Auto / Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)|
|Viewfinder: Field coverage||100%|
|Magnification||Maximum: Approx. 1.04x, Standard: Approx. 0.97x|
|Diopter adjustment||-4.0 to +3.0 m-1|
|Eye point||“Maximum: 23.1mm from the eyepiece, 18 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter (CIPA standard)|
Standard: 25.2 mm from the eyepiece, 20.1mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter (CIPA standard)
|Viewfinder Display||Histogram Display, Graphic Display, Digital Level Gauge, Shooting Data Display, Simple Display, Grid Line|
|Real-time image adjustment display||Exposure Comp, White Balance, Creative Style|
|LCD Type||Xtra Fine, 7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive with TruBlack technology|
|LCD: Total number of dots||921,600 dots|
|LCD: Brightness control||Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)|
|LCD: Field coverage||100%|
|Adjustable angle||Tilt angle: Downward 180 degrees. Rotation angle: Leftward 270 degrees from the position in which the LCD monitor is facing forward|
|Display Selector (finder/LCD)||Auto/Manual|
|LCD Display||Histogram Display, Graphic Display, Digital Level Gauge, Shooting Data Display, Simple Display, Shooting Information For Viewfinder, Grid Line|
|LCD: Real-time image adjustment display||Exposure Comp, White Balance, Creative Style|
|Focus Magnifier||4.8x, 9.5x|
|Peaking MF||Yes (Level: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)|
|Zoom||Clear Image Zoom: Still images 2x|
Smart Zoom (still images) M: 1.4x, S: 2x
Digital Zoom (still images) 4x
Digital Zoom (movie) 4x
|Shutter Type||Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type|
|Shutter speed||1/4000 second to 30 seconds, Bulb|
|Flash sync. speed||1/160 second|
|Electronic front curtain shutter||Yes, On/Off|
|SteadyShot INSIDE: System||For still images: Image Sensor-Shift mechanism, For movies: Electronic|
|SteadyShot capability||For still images: Approx. 2.5-4.5 EV decrease in shutter speed (varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)|
|Flash Type||Auto popup, built-in|
|Guide No.||10 (in meters at ISO 100)|
|Coverage||FOV coverage up to 18 mm (in the focal length)|
|Control||ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL|
|Compensation||±2.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)|
|Flash Bracketing||1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps, 3 frames|
|Modes||Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off)|
|Recycling time||Approx. 3 sec|
|External flash||Sony alpha System Flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoe|
|Wireless control||Yes (wireless flash with lighting ratio control)|
|Drive modes||Single Shot, Continuous (Hi/Lo), Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance), Remote Control (with optional RM-DSLR1)|
|Continuous shooting speed||Hi: Maximum 8 frames per second, Lo: Maximum 3 frames per second|
Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum 12 images per second
Continuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum 10 images per second
|Max. continuous shots||Tele-zoom Continuous Advance priority AE: Fine: 23 images, Standard: 25|
Continuous Advance Priority AE mode: Fine: 23 images, Standard: 27 images, RAW & JPEG: 18 images, RAW: 21 images
Continuous shooting: Fine: 25 images, Standard: 29 images, RAW & JPEG: 19 images, RAW: 21 images
|Playback mode||Single (with or without shooting information), RGB histogram and highlight/shadow warning, 4/9-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 13.6x, M: 9.9x, S: 6.8x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, Off), Image orientation (On/Off), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (still), Forward/Rewind (movie), Delete, Protect|
|PC interface||Hi-speed USB (USB 2.0): Mass-storage, MTP|
|HD output||HDMI mini connector (Type-C), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD|
|Other interface||Sync. Terminal, Auto-lock accessory shoe, Microphone jack, DC IN terminal, Remote terminal|
|Compatible OS (USB connection)||Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X (10.3-10.6)|
|Microphone||Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-ALST1 / ECM-CG50 (sold separately)|
|Speaker||Built-in, monaural, volume settings in 8 steps|
|Print Compatible standards||Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting|
|Battery||Rechargeable battery pack NP-FM500H|
|Still images||Approx. 550 shots with viewfinder and 590 shots with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)|
|Movies||Approx. 180 min. with viewfinder and 180 min. with LCD monitor|
|Operating temperature||0deg.C to 40deg.C (32deg.F to 104deg.F)|
|Dimensions||Approx. 132.1 x 97.5 x 80.7 mm (5-1/4 x 3-7/8 x 3-1/4 in.)|
|Weight||With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo: Approx. 618 g (1 lb 5.7 oz)|
Body only: Approx. 539 g (1 lb 2.9 oz)
Price: $699.00 (body only) @ BHPhoto (Click Here)
Tamron SP AF17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Lens
The Tamron SP AF17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] is a lightweight, compact, fast standard zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras. The focal length of this lens is equivalent to approx. 26-78mm in 35mm format.
This lens offers an f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range, to ensure stress-free photographic shots at all focal lengths and distances. Additionally, a broader photographic expression through the use of faster shutter speeds as a result of the maximum aperture offers enhanced photographic pleasure.
Note! Di-II lenses cannot be used with digital SLR cameras using image sensors that are larger than that of an APS-C size imager, or with 35mm film SLR cameras.
- Optimized for Digital SLR
- The use of XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass optimizes the overall distribution of optical power, and also reduces various aberrations to the absolute minimum while achieving remarkable compactness. In addition, suitable positioning of two hybrid aspherical elements serves to maintain imaging performance and to shorten and compress the entire optical system.
- LD Glass
- An LD (Low Dispersion) glass element is used to accomplish effective compensation of on-axis and lateral chromatic aberrations, a critical factor for enhancing optical quality in digital photography, in order to achieve outstanding optical performance over the entire zoom range.
- Enhanced Peripheral Illumination
- Peripheral light fall-off is minimized when compared with that of conventional lenses for film cameras, so images are uniformly bright from the center to the periphery.
- Internal Surface Coating to Reduce Ghosting and Flare
- By employing “Internal Surface Coatings” (i.e., multiple-layer coatings on cemented surfaces of plural elements) and multiple-layer coating technology on ordinary elements, ghosting and flare due to the reflections that occur when light enters through the front element and reflections caused by the imagers themselves are reduced to the absolute minimum.
- Zoom Lock Mechanism
- The Zoom Lock prevents unwanted barrel extension when carrying the lens/camera combination.
|Construction||13 Groups/ 16 Elements|
Diaphragm: 7 blades
|Angle of view||78° 45′ – 31° 11′, (APS-C size equivalent)|
|F stop range||2.8- 32|
|Closest Focusing Distance||10.6in. (0.27m)|
Maximum Aperature: f/2.8-4
|Dimensions (Length x Diameter)||L: 81.7 x D 74.0 mm / 3.2″ x 2.9″|
|Weight||14oz. (398g) appx.|
Rebate: $25 – offer ends JUN 30 ’12
Final Price: $474.00 @ BHPhoto (Click Here)
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens
The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens is a standard lens that provides a large maximum aperture of f/1.4. It is the ideal prime lens for use with all Sony or Minolta Maxxum digital or film SLR cameras. When used on Sony digital SLR cameras with the smaller APS-C size sensor, the equivalent focal length of this lens will be 75mm, which makes it an excellent choice as a bright medium telephoto lens. Its large f/1.4 aperture allows for sharply defined contrasty images against a nicely blurred background. The lens offers superior peripheral brightness even at the maximum aperture, and corrects for possible flare.
The improved DG lens design corrects for various aberrations. This lens is specially coated to get the best color balance, while cutting down on ghosting caused by reflections from the digital image sensor. The lens provides the utmost correction against lateral chromatic aberration, which is a serious problem for digital SLR cameras.
This lens also incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), which ensures a quiet and high-speed AF as well as full-time manual focus override.
- Large Aperature, standard prime lens, has superior peripheral brightness and corrects the sagittal coma fare
- Standard lens with large maximum aperture of F1.4.
- Creates sharp images with high contrast and ensures superior peripheral brightness
- Incorporates molded glass aspherical lens, perfectly correcting coma aberration and creating superior image quality.
- Super multi-layer lens coating reduces fare and ghosting.
- Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensuring silent, high-speed AF.
- * If the camera body does not support HSM, auto focus will not be available.
|Minimum Focusing Distance:||45cm/17.7in|
|Focusing:||HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) quiet, high-speed AF|
Full-time manual focus override
|Angle of View||46.8°|
|Lens Construction||6 groups 8 elements|
|Maximum Magnification Ratio||1:7.4|
|Diaphragm Blades||9 pcs|
|Standard Accessory||Hood, Case|
|Dimensions:||84.5mm x 68.2mm / 3.3in x 2.7in|
Price: $499.00 @ BHPhoto (Click Here)
Closing Remarks and Teaser Pic
Both these lenses are pretty well made considering the price tags. The Sigma is actually lighter than I expected it to be even though the glass elements are huge to allow for the f/1.4 aperture. I managed to take a few pics so far with the Sigma 50mm and the corners are not great, but the center is excellent at f/1.4, and the bokeh is incredible 🙂 Check out this teaser shot below and stay tuned for tons of sample pics!!
More Sample Photos!!
A Ton of Sample Photos using the Sigma and Tamron lenses from our Sesame Place family vacation over (Click Here)!!
Sample pics with just the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and the Sony A57 over (Click Here)!!
As always please feel free to fire away below in the comments below!!