18-270 PZD at Piney Run

We spent a great afternoon wandering around Piney Run Park, and I used the time to test out the new Tamron 18-270mm PZD lens. Here are a few pictures I took.

We had never visited Piney Run before, and I’ve got to say, it’s a really nice park — better than anything Howard County has to offer. There’s a nice sized lake with two launching ramps which seems to get a pretty constant breeze down it’s length (good for sailing), and there are several excellent trails, a nature center (we didn’t go in), a bunch of nice picnic areas, and a little ampitheatre. Nice park. We’ll be certainly be going back.

While I did manage to make a few good photographs, I have to say that I am not as enamored with the new version of the lens as I had hoped I would be. Don’t get me wrong — it’s not bad. But I don’t know that it’s really any sharper than the original, it doesn’t focus significantly faster, and it’s just as mediocre in low light. Still, it’s a great walk-around lens.

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What do you think?