4 Reasons We Heart Our Tamron Lenses

June 24, 2010

in Photography Giveaways & Reviews

We have gotten to know Tamron through sponsorships here at I Heart Faces and they have been helpful in suggesting good lenses for us to purchase. So much so that several of their lenses have become our favorites lately. Because we get so many questions about what type of lenses we use and why, we thought this review would answer some of your most FAQ’s.

4 Reasons why we heart our Tamron Lenses:

1| They produce sharp, true to life photos.

As an amateur, just getting into the pro scene, Amy wanted a light weight, compact zoom lens to carry around at all times. It was important to have something that would be sharp and work great on faces.

With my Tamron 17-50 F2.8 I get super sharp images with help from the vibration compensation (VC) image stabilization. This means as I’m talking to people during a photo walk, I don’t need a tri-pod to get those nice clear images. I love that because I tend to talk and shoot at the same time! The VC also makes shooting in dim light fast and easy. -Amy

Photo by Amy with the Tamron 17-50 F2.8

As a professional photographer, Angie was in need of an awesome all-around lens with a lower aperture that she could use for weddings, events and children’s sessions. After talking with our Tamron rep, she decided to get the Tamron 70-2o0mm F2.8 lens.

I have been very impressed with the sharpness of this Tamron lens. While on the i heart faces photo walk in Columbus, I used this lens the entire time. It was wonderful for capturing behind-the-scenes shots of the other photographers but it was also versatile because I could swing around and capture a portrait shot whenever I had a few free seconds to do so. -Angie

Photo by Angie with the Tamron 70-200mm F2.8

2| Both lenses also produce yummy bokeh!


Photo by Angie with the Tamron 70-200 F2.8

This photo was taken in a low-light situation when I *had* to get a photo that evening to use for the i heart faces challenge that was starting the next morning. I was amazed at the sharpness of my daughter and the beautiful, creamy bokeh that was achieved in the background.

Photo by Amy with the Tamron 17-50 F2.8

I actually dropped my lens on this photo shoot. eek! It got a tiny scratch on the lens and still worked great! So I’d have to say it’s pretty sturdy as well. – Amy

Which is perfect for blurring those unwanted busy backgrounds…

Photo by Amy with the Tamron 17-50 F2.8

3| They are great all-around lenses that can be used in most any situation.

Angie received her Tamron 70-200 F2.8 lens on the same day that she bought her new camera…which was right before we left to attend the Blissdom Conference in Nashville. She put it on her camera that day and it has been on there almost full-time since then! Amy received her Tamron 17-50 F2.8 at the same time and feels the same way…a truly fantastic lens that she can keep on her camera to capture those everyday moments that we all want to remember.


Photo taken by Angie with the Tamron 70-200 F2.8.

This photo was taken at the social right after we finished watching Harry Connick Jr. perform at Blissdom. From a photographer’s viewpoint, the lighting in this situation was awful (almost complete darkness broken up only by the flashing disco lights) and yet she was still able to capture a nice shot to help us remember the fun we were having at that moment.

4| They are affordable and great for both beginners and professionals.

Nearly HALF the price of similar lenses, the Tamron 17-50 F2.8 is a great deal starting at $649.

Don’t miss out on the $70 Mail-In Rebate Promotion good through August 31st!

At a third of the cost of the Canon 70-200mm F2.8 lens (yes a third!), you can’t lose by adding the Tamron 70-200 version to your arsenal of lenses for $769. Angie has wanted to buy the Canon lens for quite some time now, but wasn’t able to budget the money for it quite yet. We’re thrilled that Tamron provides an affordable option for professional photographers like her.

Tamron 70-200mm

The bad… (Okay we admit, nothing’s perfect!)

Sometimes the 17-50 can take longer to focus in Auto Mode and be loud at times. But neither is a deal breaker for me, I highly recommend trying it out! -Amy

There are complaints that focusing is an issue with the 70-200 lens that I own. I have noticed this in some situations, especially if I’m using a focal point other than the center one. My lens is also VERY heavy. This is something that I was expecting though and am more than happy to deal with. I’m so used to it now that this is the lens that I will use whether I’m spending the day at the zoo, attending a photo walk or just playing outside with the kids. The versatility of this lens more than makes up for the extra weight I have to carry around. 🙂 -Angie

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Angie & Amy
co-founders of
I Heart Faces

Disclaimer: We were not paid by Tamron to write this review, but they did give us each the above lenses which we felt deserved a shout out. The views in this review are our real opinions.

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Amy Locurto February 15, 2011

@funkyfaithgirl I suggest the Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 It has a $50 Rebate right now too! You can find a review here: http://bit.ly/g7DMfm


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