Enter to Win One of TWO Lenses from Tamron!


Enter today to win a Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD OR a Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD Lens!

Over the last few years here at dPS, we’ve run very some very popular competitions with our partners to give away to lucky dPS readers some of their great photographic products.

We are lucky enough to be able to do it again this holiday season.


For this competition, Tamron is giving away TWO lenses

These two unique prizes are designed to help every level of photographer create better pictures. Tamron is the world’s most awarded photographic lens line. Each will be won by a different dPS reader. Here’s what you could win:

Our Grand Prize Winner will receive a Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD

Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD – Retail value $599
Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount. No substitutions.

Tamron SP 45mm F1 8 Di VC USD model F013 Canon mount

Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD

The Runner Up will receive a Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD

Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD – Retail value $449.
Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount. No substitutions.

Tamron 70 300VC USD model A005

Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD

Learn a little more about Tamron here.

How to Win

To win this contest you’ll need to:

  • Visit the above lens information pages and learn more about the lens and its core use.
  • Leave a comment below and tell us why you’d like to win and HOW you would you utilize the lens. Please note: there is a limit of 1 entry per person.
  • Do this in the next 21 days and in January 2017, the team at dPS will choose the best two answers and we will announce the winners in the following days.

The deadline to enter is January 3rd, 2017, 11:59pm PDT. Comments left after the deadline will not be considered.

By “best” – we’re looking for people who understand the lenses and how they will best suit your needs. So you’ll need to check out the product pages to put yourself in the best position to win.

There’s no need to write essay length comments to win – but we’re looking to hear what you like about the lens and how it would help your development as a photographer.

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Photo by Tamron

This competition is open to everyone, no matter where you live – but there is only one entry per person. To enter – simply leave your comment below.

Contest Terms and Conditions:

  • One entry per person.
  • Open to all readers, worldwide.
  • Winners outside of the United States please allow six (6) to eight (8) for delivery
  • Winners outside of the United States are responsible for all taxes, duty, fees, etc.

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  • point

    I would use either of these lenses for a project I’ve started photographing refugee families in the U.S., Europe, and around the world. But not *recent* refugees rather, settled generational refugees. So refugees who have been sucessful in careers, business, and/or families. But particularly thier children and decendents. In other-words, all of us, to some degree, somewhere in all our family history.
    The long term goal is a book and exhibition, including the family’s history and images.

  • Ciortea Madalin

    As owner of Tamron lenses, I am extremely pleased with the optical quality. I also appreciate that Tamron lenses have a stabilization exceeding stabilization lens Canon products.
    Just versatility makes me have a great trust in Tamron products.

  • Ryan Miller

    The Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD would be a fantastic addition to my set-up! Long story short, I got into photography in March 2016 with the T3i as my first camera. I pushed that camera beyond its’ limits and learned everything I could with it. That camera allowed me to eventually upgrade to my 6D without spending my own personal money! At 45mm on a full frame camera, this lens will compliment the vision that I have with my own two eyes. It’s wide aperture will allow me to hone in on my subject in any light and create butter smooth bokeh – allowing the viewer to focus and interpret the focus of my images while allowing me to make my subjects feel exactly like they are – beautiful human beings.

    The Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD would allow me to fulfill a project that I’ve started that I haven’t had the best luck with. That project is The Lonetree Project. One of my favorite landscapes to capture are trees in wide open fields with no surroundings. “When Nature Forgets A Companion.” I’ll drive directionless within Wisconsin’s back roads to find trees standing alone. When I do, I have to ask the property owners if I’m allowed to walk on their property to get the shot that I need. With this lenses zoom ability, I will be able to capture these types of shots while maintaining true colors and pin sharp images. It’s image stabilization will allow me to capture these photographs without worrying if I’m shaking or not (as many times I’m on the side of the road to get these shots). This lens will also compliment my videography that I’ve recently started experimenting with.

    Thank you for the opportunity to help new and existing photographers reach new limits with their art by providing the information that you do, as well as giveaways like this one!


  • Brian Baierl

    I would enjoy the 45 lens for night photography. The sharpness would make fine star trails. I could also see myself using it for lightning. The quickness would enable to shoot at a lower aperture. I also like the quickness that I would be able to get sharp pictures of precious children in motion, because they are active little people that don’t hold still.

  • Kari Joy Kuschel

    Hello! You guys are awesome for doing this giveaway! My name is Kari Joy and

    My passion is

    Living in Colorado it’s pretty hard not to fall in love with the outdoors!!
    Both of these lenses would a great addition for me!
    The 45mm would really allow me to convey my unique perspective and hopefully continue to share the beauty of the outdoors with others and inspire them to get out and explore! I love shooting portraits on hikes and this lens looks like It can bring a whole new perspective!

    The 70-300 would be awesome for capturing wild life and my favorite outdoor activities!

    Thanks for reading this!!

  • Jaime Jaque

    Both lenses are fantastic. I upgraded my Nikon DSLR three months ago (D3100 –> D5300) with a 18-55, and aTamron 70-300 w/macro, and I love it.
    I use for medical/job purposes (I’m Neurosurgeon) and for hobby. I enjoy making landscapes and macro photography.
    This way, the Tamron SP 45mm will give me a new field of vision, the closest to human vision, perfect for neurosurgical recordings, with high-resolution, VC system, MOD of 29 cm , even better with close-up lenses. Of course, other pictures as portraits or landscapes, specially in low light conditions, will enter in a new superb class.
    The Tamron SP 70-300 USD is very close to 70-300 macro I have. Pros? Ultrasonic drive. Cons? No macro capability. In other words, I don’t want be a runner up.

  • Martin Losco

    So after reading up and educating myself on the equipment on this offer, I feel that the 45mm prime glass with VC can really bring my photography to the next level. The F 1.8 and superb glass will bring the extra crisp/sharp look that can make a difference in any area of photography! Handling almost any low lite area without having jeopardize a higher iso or a slow shutter is a huge advantage to be able have in your arsenal of lenses!!
    I have been shooting with your 16-300mm pzd macro for just about 2 years now and never look for any other lens for my shots! I also own your 150-600mm that I use for my sporting events as well as observing mother nature and the moon

  • Guhnee Han

    I would really like the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens! I currently have a Nikon D3200 with four lenses, a broken Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR which the focusing motor doesn’t work, a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 which is a manual lens so I can only use manual focus and Manual mode on my camera, a Nikon 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 manual lens which has serious chromatic aberration, and a Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD. I mainly use the Tamron, it has fabulous image quality with the 24 megapixels of the Nikon D3200, and absolutely no chromatic aberration or distortion with the DX sensor. I really love Tamron. I like to take wildlife, and butterflies the most. Even though it is not a macro lens, I can get fairly close and fill the frame with butterflies. Recently I have went to Korea’s Muju Mountains, It was a really good place for landscape photography. But, my Tamron’s focal range was too long for a great landscape. So I tried my 50mm manual lens. We were having a guide tour, and it was a short time for me to measure the exposure and take a properly exposed photo, so I missed my shot. I was very sad. But with the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD, I will be able to get a great photo in a short amount of time! Also, I like to take portraits of my family, and the fast aperture and very precise focusing system, I will be able to get remarkable photos of my family to remember. Even in low-light situations. The 45mm is in the Tamron’s new SP series which refined the lens to get the maximum amount of megapixels from my camera for really big prints. And with the 45mm’s MOD(Minimum Object Distance) I will be able to get close for macro shots of butterflies. Also I like to take videos of insects handheld. That wasn’t possible with a sharp, fast prime lens, but the VC on this lens will allow me to get great videos, along with the USD focusing motor that is silent, so it won’t add focusing sounds on my videos. The LD glass on the 45mm will prevent any chromatic aberration, which was a problem on my 50mm. So these are the reasons why I would like the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens. I will only buy Tamron lenses from now on, I am really liking the image quality and design. I don’t need the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD since I already have one. Thank you Tamron for offering such wonderful glass in a low price.

  • Charlie B

    Dear Editors,

    Lately I’ve been on the search for a second lens. I bought my Canon DSLR a few months ago and have been starting to get sick of the limitations and quality of the 18-55 kit lens. My photography teacher at school told me to look into buying either a Sigma or Tamron lens.

    After looking at the the Tamron website I was blown away but the photos. I have only been able to dream of taking photos like those. The low light capabilities of the 70-300 would be great to use for my brother’s late night hockey matches. With the VC and the ISO capabilities of my camera the images would be stunning.

    The 45mm is just on another level though. It’s looks, aperture and VC combine to make the almost ultimate lens. It is small, light and would be great to take around Melbourne on the weekends for some street photography. Especially down the laneways off Flinders st.

    Anyway, I probably shouldn’t write an essay, but I think I’ve got my point across. I would really love to have one of those lenses! It would give me that extra edge and another piece of kit to learn with.

    Thanks and hopefully I’ll be talking again with you soon.

  • John LaGuardia

    The Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC looks like an incredible fixed focal lens that would be perfect for helping me capture portraits and be more creative with my product photography. The clarity that I would get from this lens would dramatically improve my creative images by making them tack sharp (that is of course, if I focus and get my exposure set correctly!). I would also benefit from the speed of this lens. At F/1.8 I would be able to add nice bokeh to my images which would make them more pleasing to the eye as well as make them look more professional. This would be great for product photography and would enable me to separate the product from the background to really make the subject stand out.

    The Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC F/4-5.6 looks like an outstanding lens as well. With it’s vibration compensation feature, it would improve the sharpness of my action photos. The zoom range from 70-300mm would definitely help me capture sports from across the field and would give me the sharp contrast that I have been looking for in a lens of this type.

    I haven’t used Tamron lenses before, but I would be excited to try them out and post a review on my blog about them. I am in the process of setting up a new blog to capture my experiences in photography as I try to escape the 9-5 and do photography full time. Thank you for this opportunity.

    Best regards,

  • Miroslav Nikolov

    The work with this incredible Tamron SP 45mm F / 1.8 Di VC USD will develop creativity portrait photographer in me and my development as a photographer seeking unconventional perspectives on representation of the object and disclosure of his soul. This lens will give me the opportunity to discover new areas of the vast world of portrait photography. Minimum focusing distance of 0.29 mm., in combination with aperture 1.8 reveals countless possibilities for composing shots and accurate operation with DOF. The quick AF system captures the desired moment in movement. His focal lenght of 45 mm., will allow me exactly recreate facial features with real proportions without distortion. Stabilization system enables shooting low light scenes, making the lens indispensable. As prime lens has a very good sharpness, contrast and excellent color rendering. Nine-blade diaphragm gives a beautiful effect emanating rays in the shooting of point light sources. Using the latest innovations in this lens like molded glass aspherical elements and low dispersion glass will give me an option to make a photos with high quality. Tamron SP 45mm F / 1.8 Di VC USD will improve a lot my skills of portrait photographer and my abilities to get amazing results. I believe that the work with this lens will lead me on the way to success.

  • Dani Kelii

    Capturing wildlife images in the field,one needs a lens with a quick focus and a silent drive. Image stabilization is a plus too and what better lens than the Tamron SP 70-300mm! I’ve captured many a wildlife, where a noisy lens, just scares them away, with their keen ears! I congratulate Tamron for their advancement in their lens and they have beat their competitors! Surely I would love one of these lens to add to my collection, because I know that Tamron is reliable and #1!

  • Peter

    Ever since Tamron introduced the 1.8/45mm and the 1.8/85mm lenses I had a close look at those two guys. I do shoot mainly portraiture and my lens set comprises some fast aperture prime lenses but I am not really happy with the Nikon 1.4/50mm lens. The Tamron would be the ideal compagnon to my existing 1.4/35mm and 1.4/85mm lenses. In the past few years I had to learn that I got quite shaky hands and even using the fast primes got me blurry images at shorter shutter speeds. I only have one lens with image stabilization and this guy turned out to be my favorite. Adding a shorter lens like the 1.8/45mm would improve my keeper rate in environmental portraiture a lot because I don´t like shooting with a tripod when photographing people. Using the 1.8/45mm in the studio would furthermore give me the chance of taking full body shots where the 35mm is sometimes too short.

    For travelling I am looking for a light but optically good tele zoom lens that would save me a lot of weight in the backpack. With its vibration compentation up to 4 stops it gives me options to react fast in critical situations without the need of a tripod.

  • Antonio Lopez

    As an amateur photographer, the gear is something special that cost many money and you won´t make money with it like an professional, it´s just a hobby so we have to make decissions to get a good couple of lens. I´ve already have one and I´m looking for the second one. I would love to have the Tamron 45 1.8 to use as usual lens. It´s a standar focal length prime wich can be used in every situation.

  • Black Chili

    I have an old Tamron 70-300mm and I like it, big zoom with macro and a nice bokeh! Of course it would be very nice to use this newer version with improved image quality and Vibration Compensation. But I think the 45mm lens would be the best now for me. I’m longing for many years about a really quality portrait lens and it looks like the ideal one for this purpose! The VC would be very useful for video recordings and the fast aperture for the bokeh and shallow depth of field. I would try myself as a portrait photographer with this awesome lens! All the bests for Tamron and their users for the new year! 🙂

  • Lucia Schanke

    I have a weakness for beauty, even though I am a practical person working with horses and taking care of my grown up multihandicapped daughter. I would love this high-speed lens to take stunning photo’s of my daughter, and of my horses, like portraites, with bokeh background, which should be the perfect use of this f/1.8 lens. Both my daughter and horses will not always be quiet, and light can variate, since I don’t use a studio, I am an amateur that is learning the skill, and the share beauty of a good photo with this lens will be very motivating for me, and educating, since my lightroom work will need to be modest and natural-looking. I love the photo’s I have seen on the internett with this lens. This lens will then be good for moving subjects and poorly lit subjects and for horse- and human portrait’s with bokeh. 🙂

  • Danny Gluskie

    These robust and classy lenses are the end game for my lens search. With unmatchable technology and the aesthetics that truly reflect the moments and style I aim to capture.

    The Tamron 45mm lens would serve me well to capture razor sharp portrait images, utilizing the F/1.8 full open aperture, with the addition of the Low Dispersion glass for a crisper, clearer photo.

    The Tamron 70-300mm lens will revolutionize the quality of telephoto and low light images I am able to capture, with the three-coil VR stabilization and benefits of blur reduction with the smooth roll of steel bearings to counteract camera shake.

  • Sandeep

    I am nearly 52 as I write this. The TAMRON lens prize is enticing enough for me to try and let my heart talk. Suddenly hope is aflutter.

    Burk Uzzle said that “Photography is a love affair with life.”. My journey with photography has been somewhat long, and filled with love and labour.

    I fumble-started with a twin lens camera borrowed from my uncle maybe 30 years back, then with a prized German film based camera, an Olympus prosumer camera 10 years back and then finally a Nikon DSLR some 4 years ago. I have since added a flash unit, a tripod, a prime lens, filters and a remote release given my burgeoning interest to make better photos.

    In between I scanned my old family owned photos, organising, cropping, correcting them to create an archive of memories… I love the the life story that these photos conveys – my son’s dimpled smile over glazed skin next to my mother’s weary eyes filled with unexplained emotion… my wife’s lingering gracious beauty over the years as she grows older… the children’s audacious poses giving way to awkward conscious stares at the camera… I get mesmerised often, lose myself in these frozen golden moments… tears flow at times.

    My love for my family has seemingly taken refuge in the photos I take. I am the de facto family photographer responsible for planning and bringing alive these visual expressions, creative at times, flat at others. I think, prepare, experiment, analyse and post produce thoughtfully to make them worthy of being seen and relived many times over. “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” – famous words from the great Dorothea Lange that are, for me, a constant source of inspiration.

    Of late, I have tried getting into the technicalities a little more, opted for online training courses, learnt about specialty lenses, read about great photographers, pored over user manuals and most importantly made a conscious effort to practice hard, make more photos.

    My growing passion will only intensify as I walk towards the evening of my working life… Maybe then it will exclusively be photography alone (which seems so very exciting).

    Now the TAMRON lens (either one) should be a worthy companion in my quest to get better at the craft of photography. Mind you, I have no mighty illusions about myself. Or aspirations to figure in the annals of greats. I only want to take it one day at a time – exploring, adapting, analysing, learning…

    The TAMRON lens will be but a very useful tool which this student will definitely learn to try exploit. Worth it I think to spread joy within the universe of my family.

  • Sabir Hundekar

    Its a steal deal…… I just love it. The VC on and off is the most loved feature. The second feature is feature packed lenses at an affordable price.

  • Roberto Inovero

    Any of the two would do but both would be better, hehe!
    I was actually checking the new SP Series Lens from TAMRON that’s why I accidently saw this contest and I also like the SP 70-300mm Di VC USD and almost bought it, but instead I went for the TAMRON SP 24-70MM F/2.8 Di VC USD.

    I love TAMRON’s (VC) Vibration Compensation, I can do handheld videos and shoot with a slow shutter speed and sometimes it is what I do and need when shooting for events, weddings or concerts. I can use both lenses for video, portrait, action/sports and events but the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is best for dim light or at night.

    I like the moisture-resistant construction, metal body and flourine coating on the front lens element on the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD which is a feature needed if you live in a tropical country like me where it is raining most of the time and I hope it would not suffer from fungus just like my good old SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II. ?
    Both lenses has features similar to my SP 24-70MM F/2.8 Di VC USD which I really like and use.
    – Full Time Manual Focus where you don’t need to switch the lens from auto to manual for fine adjustment.
    – USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) for fast and silent focusing even for AF on videos.
    – 9-blade round diaphram for those nice round bokeh balls and creamy blurred background. ?

  • Sandeep

    Burk Uzzle has said “Photography is a love affair with life.”. My journey with photography has been long, filled with love and labour.

    I fumble-started with a twin lens camera borrowed from my uncle about 30 years back, then with a prized EXA (GERMAN film based camera), Olympus C-8080 and since last 4 years a Nikon D5200 (18-105mm VR f3.5). I also own a Yongnuo MK-IV flash, a Sony tripod, a Nikkor 35mm f1.8 prime lens, Hoya ND & CPL filters and a ML-2 remote release given my burgeoning interest to make better photos.

    Many years back, I scanned all my family owned b/w photos, to create a treasure trove of memories… I love the life stories that these photos convey – my son’s dimpled smile over gentle glazed skin next to my mother’s weary eyes filled with compassion… my wife’s lingering gracious beauty over the years as she grows older… the children’s audacious poses giving way to awkward conscious stares at the camera… I get mesmerised often, lose myself for hours in these frozen golden moments.

    My love for my family takes refuge in the photos I take. I am the de facto family photographer responsible for bringing alive visual expressions of many events. I think, prepare, experiment, analyse and post produce thoughtfully to make them worthy of being seen and relived many times over. “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” – famous words from the great Dorothea Lange that are, for me, a constant source of inspiration.

    Of late, I have started getting deeper into photography, studied via online training courses, read about great photographers, pored over user manuals and most importantly made a conscious effort to practice long and hard, to make more photos.

    Now if I had the choice to pick from the lenses on offer, I would unhesitatingly pick Tamron 45mm (about 68mm with my D5200’s cropped sensor) which suits the family portraiture I so love to indulge in. The various reviews I went through clearly suggests that Tamron 45mm lens is a winner. The Prime lens I own is good but a poor cousin to Tamron by er, a long way. Going by its looks, build quality, the tack sharp photos demonstrated some at low-light (wow!), its colour reproducibility, sharp corners, flexibility of purpose across landscape to macro — I will really look forward and love to have this one in my bag. I suffer from shaky hands so its 3-stop VC should help which my prime lens visibly lacks.

    Not sure 2017 will serve surprises for me but I surely will pray. Hope is eternal.

  • Gianfranco Ferracci

    I want Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD. Why? I just wanna see my subjects jump out from the screen. Nothing else. The 45 will be my unique portrait lens.

  • Bri Flannery

    As a veteran who has seen my fair share of ugliness in the world, Photography takes me to another place where I can cope with PTSD symptoms by exploring the beautiful world surrounding me.

    For my first prime I was looking for a fast lens at the same focal length as human vision for street scenes, portraits, landscapes, and close photography. I wanted a fast, solid built, durable lens with high-end contrast and resolution. The Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD fits my current needs and allows me to grow as a photographer finding even more beauty in the world.

    When shooting with my full frame Nikon D800, a prime 45 mm lens is the just right (Goldilocks) focal length. Any wider you can have distortion, which can be really unflattering for people’s faces or create curved lines that should be strait. Any narrower you will have to stand farther back when you may not have the space and will lose some connection with the subject. You can confidently walk around with this 45mm, because with the human field of vision focal length, the beauty you see is the beauty you get.

    The wide open aperture of F1.8 is very fast which will allow for shooting in low light and the circular diaphragm will create beautifully smooth bokeh that no other lens can match.

    More importantly, when I can’t sleep I like to go out and shoot in the predawn hours. I would love not only the wide aperture to bring in lots of light but also 3.5 stop vibration compensation so I can capture beauty that exists in low light conditions.

    Beauty also exists up close. With such a minimal distance to get sharp focus (only 11.4 inches) I can get closer into a subject without have to purchase expensive macro lenses. With the Vibration Compensation the beautiful details will remain sharp and beautiful.

    Beauty can bee seen in the contrasts of light. This lens maintains high contrast throughout the frame so you can get more usable images right out of the camera and not have to shoot large just to crop out the edges.

    When shooting in some of the harshest conditions (as much as I enjoy the beach and salt air, it is incredibly harsh on photographic equipment) weather sealing is vital to not only durability but also keeping dust/debris out of your camera body and showing up as annoying spots in your images. The fluorine coating will also help keep spots off the front of the lens.

    However, despite all the impressive specifications of this lens the true beauty is in the details. In this case the details are tack sharp. I have seen that DXOMark tested this lens to have superior sharpness to all other lenses in the class, even ones that cost significantly more. So when asked how I would use this lens it is simple – I would find beauty in this world and capture it in as sharp detail as the true-life experience provides.

    The Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD would be useful zoom lens allowing e to photograph the beautiful wildlife where I live and the Vibration Compensation would greatly help with such long focal lengths.

  • Marty Petsonk

    I am a semi-pro sports photographer mainly shooting 200+ MPH nitro burning dragsters. I also shoot rodeos, moto-cross, general sports stuff, etc. Over the 65 years of photography I have bought (and kept) 3 Nikons (D100, D200, D5100 for videos, a Nikkormat 35mm for slides) and a Canon EOS-10 (I like older units without a lot of bells and whistles). I have at hand and utilize Tamron, Nikon, Cannon and Sigma lenses. They are all excellent, however, my Tamron (70 – 300mm) is the most used, the most reliable and stable of them all. Out of necessity, due to changing racetrack conditions (I may be a 1/4 mile away from some action), all my lenses are zoom type of various combinations of focal length and speed.

    For the upcoming racing season, I have been looking into purchasing a new or extra clean used 35 – 50mm fixed focal length lens since I have been getting many requests from racers for more evening and night “starting line” shots. Slower speed zoomies are not cutting it so a fixed focal length, higher speed lens is in order. Tamron’s quality and reasonable price is my first choice for the EOS-10 or the Nikons. The quality of the glass elements is superb giving me great pix to transition into my editing software. I never have an issue with any image, from its center to the outer edges. There’s no aberation or color inequality to contend with. I’m a true believer.

    I need the SP45 to round out my ability to offer more to my customers and friends.

  • Matthew Ng

    I just loved Tamron ~ some 40 yrs ago this is my first tele lens in the range of 70-210mm. I just love to stand a far to zoom in the subject. The images produced then was already superb..

    Now with Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD it will gives even better pictures because of the engineering behind the lenses..
    More importantly the benefits I can get out of this lens… I can now Capture subjects (people) from a much further distance without them knowing and still get a clear crisp image ! Even for landscape, the far away mountain which can be seen clearly with normal lenses will be so vivid using this lens. Thank-you Tamron!

  • Sunny Regalado

    Any of the lens can be use to take amazing photos, for me i’d like to win one of this beautiful lens, because my wife, my son and i is in the last term for our migration process to another country, i love to use any of the lens to take great photos of our new surrounding of the places we will go to, document the events or any cultural events of the country that we will live in, in that way i can show our friend on what we see and what i see with photos, the same way that i’m in South Korea as a musician i have free time to go around during the day time and take pictures, i take photos that interest me, it is a good way to learn the lens hands on and mount it to my Sony a350 go around town even of town to take photos.

    Here is some of my work i edit the photos to my taste i hope you like it and you are free to comment or critique if the editor will but i think this is not the venue for it.

    Thank you https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a7da8c313dee6ab38f24ecab4a1402860bfaa863af198423ce17773b5c0067ef.jpg


  • Karanji Almulonji

    If possible I would love to have both of these great lenses.

    I love taking pictures of people around me. Until now I have been shooting using the 18-50mm kit lens that sometimes it is too slow for a crystal clear picture. Having a Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD would be a great opportunity for me to capture all those the beautiful moments at will. The unique synthesis of a VC system deployed on the fast-aperture lens would dramatically enable me of hand-held shooting without regard to shooting distance or ambient lighting constraints yet still producing crisp, tack sharp image. The superior bokeh from the 1.8 aperture would be an added advantage. The minimum object distance of 0.29m is fantastic for taking a few close up shots.
    I think the view through Tamron 45mm lens is very close to real human eye view. It is not too wide like a 35mm view and not too tight like a 50mm view.

    The Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD would give me the opportunity to photograph wildlife, especially birds, and also other outdoor shots. Its zoom capability would enable me to take shots at a distance without scaring the birds whilst maintaining sharpness of the subjects. It is also would be great for taking candid portraits as I don’t need to be too close to my subject to get tack sharp photos.

    The 45mm lens has a very attractive and clean modern design body whereas the 70-300mm lens looks sleek, modern and high-end. Both look rugged and tough though.

  • Maria Richter

    What would I do if I had Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD lens? Well, to start with I would stop complaining that I can not afford an external flash for my Canon EOS 40D. Instead I would go right out there and start discovering all the possibilities open to me with a lens which allows for low light photopgrapgy, wonderful boqueh and incredibly sharp and vivid images in all sorts of conditions. I am a happy amateur (and will probably always be…), but I do appreciate good innovative technology which allows me to develop as a photographer.
    And if I were the owner of a Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD I would be very, very happy. A lens with a wonderful range of possibilities for capturing my children at play and wild and tame animals around my home in rural Sweden.
    Do I need to add that I am already a full Tamron fan? Currently my favourite lens is my Tamron SP 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II. I would love to further explore the possibilities of digital photography through Tamron lenses.

  • Jeremy Johnson

    I would love the Tamron 45mm F/1.8.

    Having a prime lens is always a treat when shooting on a vacation. Not having a variable focal length challenges me to find new or unique ways of taking pictures of interesting subjects. The focal length itself is interesting, being close to the natural “focal-length” of the human eye. It would allow me to easily frame shots without ever having to raise my camera to my eye! The VC would be very nice as well, allowing me to play around with slower shutter speeds without having to carry a tripod around. Mix that with the F/1.8 Aperture, and it is a dream for low light shooting! I hope I win so that I can experiment and further my own photography!

  • Joseph Preston

    I tend to take closeups handheld, so the VC on a prime lens would make the SP45mm ideal for me. I enjoy getting close to flowers, bees, or other small objects, so the close MOD will help and the wide aperture of f/1.8 will provide excellent bokeh as well as sufficient light for fast shutter speeds needed to freeze the motion of the wings of bees and other small creatures. As for the SP 70-300mm, this would be an ideal upgrade from the manual 70-300mm lens I have from my dad. A zoom lens that integrates fully with a DSLR and uses its USD to focus quickly and its VC to increase handheld sharpness will be excellent for photographing songbirds that come to my bird feeder as well as for other action photography.

  • Trace McLean

    They say “Get it right in camera” will make a better image. The Tamron SP 45mm will do that and more for you. I love taking band images….live music…and THIS lens is exactly what I need in my kit bag. I use a Canon 5D mkiii but without the best glass for the situation I might as well not turn up. It has speed, sharpness and zoominess for the best action shots as they happen on stage. Would I love to win it? Heck yes… but this is a lens that is now on my shopping list.

  • kristina.cornell

    I’ve earned $84 ,000 to this point these days working on line but I’m a full time student . I’m by making use of a web based business money making opportunity I found out about and in addition I’ve made such decent earnings . It is actually extremely convenient to use not to mention I am just so thankful that I found out about that . The possibility with this is long-term . Here’s stuff that I do>>>

  • Jamyang Yeshic

    How about Tamron lenses in Bhutan? And I just realized today is my birthday ??. Anyways, I will explore extra mile into wilderness of photography, Bhutan for me is all about landscapes and portraits, the typical culture and lots mesmarising stories merely virgin for many outsiders. I can extract it and expose it out, all I need is my my commitment and good gears. With prime lens, maximum aperture, i will stroll in our village here hunt for portraitures. I will make my people smile as real as they feel inside.

  • Walter

    I’m a Nikon professional bird photographer, but I want to expand experiences in macro, so I have been looking for a proper lens for that.

    Searching for the best lens on this area arrived to Tamron and read all reviews about, so I felt impressed for the technical skills of this two models: the SP 45 mm F/1.8 Di VC USD and the 90 mm Di VC USD Macro.

    As I say, I’m “Nikonist”, but I want to try new gear brands, which could give me new experiences and help me to remove certain misgivings created around of the not most famous trademarks.

  • Guyen

    Well, the Tamron 45mm would cover the short end of the portrait range. Depending on my preference as a photographer, I may feel more comfortable at this 45mm portrait lens. Shorter lenses require photographers to stand closer to their subjects, while the longer reach of the Tamron 70-300mm allows them to maintain their distance.

    For me as a nomadic Mongolian, traveling opens up several avenues and one of them is that photography reveals new aspects as a photographer, to figure out and capture the beauties of the world so I will use it exploring more beauties.

  • Kristin Stuthard-Mendoza

    Wow, I would love the Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD. Just looking at the images on the site gave me such inspiration. I upgraded from a Canon rebel t1i to a 6D and would love this lens to go with it. I’ve never had a lens that opens at f 1.8, the most I had was 2.8! In 2017 I really want to upgrade my photography game. I want to be better and I want to start selling my work. I believe this lens would be perfect for taking portraits because of the silky bokeh, as well as full angle shots. I am very shy as well and I think having this lens would be great for street photography as well. I just got my dog sent out to Hawaii in November after being in California for two years so I would love to get some portraits of him as well. Thank you for the opportunity and sorry for rambling, happy new year!

  • Brian Wangila

    I live in beautiful Kenya and we are blessed with beautiful parks with amazing wildlife. I started delving into wildlife photography in 2016. My gear consists of a Nikon D5500 and a Nikon 50mm prime. So unfortunately, every time I go to visit the parks, I have to borrow a telephoto from friends which is sometimes a big hassle. And shooting wildlife with a 50mm is way harder than it sounds.

    The Tamron 70-300 would be perfect for wildlife photos. The great reach and flexibility would enable me to get better wildlife photos. The best times to see the animals is at dawn or at dusk. The VC would be amazing to enable me to shoot at slower shutter speeds in fading light without needing to raise the ISO much.

    I believe this would really improve my photography and take it to a whole new level.

  • Tung Dang Thanh

    I got into photography just last February, and by pure chance too – my phone camera ran out of space right before I left for my exchange semester so my brother lent me his DSLR, on the condition that I’d learn to properly use it. Little did he know that I would go above and beyond his expectations, making photography a prospective career path.

    I began my trade by primarily shooting landscape (who wouldn’t want to be a landscape photographer if they go on exchange to the majestic expanse of New Zealand, home of The Lord of the Rings/Hobbit saga?). To that end, the Canon EF-S 18-135mm kit lens served its purpose well, and I had a lot of fun using it during my adventures. But as I learned more and more about photography through both shooting experience and acquiring knowledge (voraciously perusing DPS certainly helps!), I realized this one zoom lens would not be flexible enough to fulfill all my needs, especially as I want to branch out to other fields such as portrait or street photography to diversify my portfolio.

    When I stumbled across this competition, I did an extensive research on the lens and the more I delved into it, the deeper I just fell in LOVE with the Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD – not only would it perfectly fulfill my aspirations, it is also simply an incredibly performing, exquisitely designed, and all-around beautiful machine. My fingers are already itching at the numerous possibilities of what I could do with its many exciting features.

    First off, the fast F/1.8 aperture and the 45mm focal length would be impeccable for portrait photography. The former is a recipe for that dreamy, sparkling bokeh I’ve always wanted to capture, while the latter provides superb close focusing and, with a focal length similar to the human eye, the warmth and intimacy of close contact (in keeping with the design concept of the lens). The meticulous built of the lens, especially the molded, low dispersion glass, also ensures the sharpness of the images. I can already see how beautifully the sunflower fields of Haneul Park in Seoul would burst into hundreds of kaleidoscopic bokeh-ish spheres through this lens – a flawless background for portraits.

    And while we’re on the subject of sharpness, the Vibration Compensation (VC) feature cannot be overlooked. Where to even begin? For me the VC would definitely be most useful to help me shoot in low-light conditions. Coupled with the fast aperture, the VC would guarantee a stable image and at the same time release me from the encumbrance of a tripod, letting me free to roam on handheld, even on dimly-lit streets and caverns. Even crisper astrophotography pictures might not be a distant dream anymore.

    As a cinema enthusiast who has made many student films, I also see the 45mm lens, particularly with the VC feature, as a chance for me to improve my videography. The reduction of camera shake would do wonders for handheld scenes, and the Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) would eliminate the noise from the autofocus readjustment (a constant problem on my kit lens), saving me (and other editors) a great deal of time and effort spent on sound editing.

    Not only would the Tamron 45mm open up new, interesting pathways for my future as a photographer, it would also consolidate my skills with landscape, by correcting the weaknesses of my zoom lens. The Tamron lens is expertly designed to reduce chromatic aberrations, vignetting and distortions (these problems plague zoom lenses like mine), which lends itself to making better images, as well as other uses, like stitching together photographs for more seamless panoramic shots. Its ability to shoot in low-light also comes in handy, especially for my favorite: shooting at sunrise and sunset. Likewise, the anti-flare feature of the coating of the LD glass would be a tremendous help for shooting against a bright light source like the sun. And finally, during my journeys to various strange wonders of the world, the lens would certainly be able to hold its own against the elements, with its water resistant properties by means of fluorine coating. Neither the constant humidity of Vietnam nor the cold, snowy winter of Korea would be a match for its durability.

    I know I’ve rambled on quite a bit there – I just got carried on with how excited I am over the mere prospect of owning such a wonderful lens! I believe that’s what this lens means to a budding photographer like me – an unprecedented opportunity. Opportunity to experiment. Opportunity to improve, to capture beauty more perfectly, one photo at a time. And of course, opportunity to grow as a photographer.

    Thank you for this excellent opportunity and for considering my entry. I hope you’ll have a grand new year ahead!

  • Todd Putman

    I recently had to switch from my long-time hobby of homebrewing beer because of an allergy issue, so I decided to take up photography as my new creative outlet.

    My son has a rare genetic condition called Williams Syndrome and I would love to offer to shoot portraits free of charge for individuals with WS and their families with the 45mm lens and its great aperture.

    I grew up in rural Appalachia where hunting is a rite of passage. I’ve long since put away hunting rifles, but I still love experiencing nature. I max out at 135mm with my current lenses, and I would enjoy shooting wildlife with the 70-300mm zoom lens. This lens would enable me to share that passion through the art of photography.

  • Marko

    I recently started stock photography to try to make some money, I have only one lens sigma 30mm 1.4 and I’m looking for some multi purpose prime lens which is producing profesional looking photos to extend my productivity, almost 90% of my photos are made with aperture F2.0 and as I watched reviews Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD is absolutely amazing and it is on my next lens list on No.1, I would buy this lens, sooner or later (later), unless someone gives it to me before that 🙂

  • Sohan Fernando

    (Intro: I’m quite an amateur photographer; right now not earning anything from it — otherwise I’d justify buying either lens! I’m interested in both wildlife and people (e.g., informal portraiture), so I’d be delighted at winning either lens (Nikon mount please), and that would take me further on my photography hobby.)

    On the prime lens:
    Great full aperture of 1.8! Will help for portraiture stuff — obviously because of more background blur; but also in my case, because of better low light handling. I sometimes take shots in low(ish) light where for various reasons I prefer avoiding flash. (Right now I use the entry level 18-55 zoom (no image stab) for this kind of shot, which is only so-so in low light: Approx f/5 @ 45mm; whereas this Tamron lens’s f/1.8 would give me about 3 more EV steps — about 8 times as much light; theoretically anyway.) Its Vibration Comp. is also an attractive feature; unlike for “formally posed” portraits, sometimes a tripod is infeasible for me, such as when literally “running around” photographing small kids at a party!

    Even more attractive to me is its great minimum focusing distance, for closer subjects. Although I don’t see this contributing to standard portraiture, it WILL be very handy for some things I do such as closeups of a baby’s eye/hands/fingers, and closeups like flowers and other still life: I sometimes try unusual perspectives of such subjects by getting quite close, but often not close enough for a macro lens. So this Tamron lens is quite drool-worthy!

    This prime lens might also help in a project which I’ve being toying with for some time: documenting some of the old churches (especially interiors) around my country, going back many centuries since colonial times. (Although many wide angle/telephoto lengths, I’d definitely ALSO want shots at the human eye’s “natural” focal length: so this prime lens will be useful. Also, particularly for some of the older churches (somewhat dark inside) this lens’s low-light handling will help — since at my amateur level it’s not gonna be feasible to get hold of large scale artificial lighting (and in any case, I’d think artificial lighting would often take something away from the resulting shot.)

    Secondly, the 70-300mm:
    200mm is the max I’ve ever used, when using a lens that a friend had (no image stab). So it’d be great to own this 70-300 — apart from the obvious reason of the 300mm-end, the VC will be quite helpful especially for wildlife shots. I note that this lens’s VC will enable handheld shots at possibly as much as 4 shutter speeds slower than without VC. (Obviously, VC will help to deal with how vibration gets magnified at long focal lengths… But for me, an additional and less obvious reason is that I’ve found sometimes my hands tremble slightly with excitement when there’s a great animal shot: e.g., that was how I messed up a great opportunity for a charging-elephant shot! Also, often such as in a safari vehicle, it is just not feasible to use a monopod/tripod, and so VC will be handy for handheld or partly-braced-against-the-window shots.) It’s low light ability is also fairly good, although I do wish there was something like f/2.8 🙂 throughout the range! Anyhow, I would use this mainly outdoors, and other than dawn-time wildlife, so I’d expect that light conditions would be usually fine for this lens.

  • ujwal singhania

    Hello my name is Ujwal and I am a 21 year old studying in a college in India and I
    wanted to share my story with you. I grew up in an orphanage in India and it wasn’t
    always easy, but if there was one thing we would all look forward to, it would be
    the Sunday where we would receive items from goodwill and sometimes we’d get to
    pick what we wanted. As it happened, one Sunday someone dropped off one of those
    old film cameras and that’s how my passion started. It started off small, I started
    photographing some of the people in the orphanage and the building itself and
    that’s when I realized I had a knack for it.

    Photography not only allowed me to appreciate the small joys of life but it gave me
    a purpose. After a long time, I was able to save up and eventually buy the Nikon d5100
    by my first year in college. I had a blog too, but due to technical issues and a
    lack of knowledge in blogging,I thought its better to show people the photos
    directly. I also have some photography projects underway but to better improve my
    focus and help me capture the right moments, I want the 70-300mm. I enjoy
    photographing landscapes and people and it helps me rekindle my passion.
    With life being more stable just like the lens due its Vibration Compensation, I would like to go back and click sharp photos of all my friends who were there with me.
    Thank you for listening to my story, and I hope you can help me achieve new heights in
    Thank you!

  • Nive Jana

    The Tamron 70-300mm is the perfect addition to the wide angle lens I have. Having recently upgraded to a full-frame, this Di lens would be the much needed addition for the long-range shots that I have been missing on my travels. Right now, I have to rely on a mid-range lens and crop my pictures so that I would have a low-quality shots of wildlife that I have taken from far away. With the 70-300mm, I would be able to take crisper shots (and to a finer detail) because of the vibration compensation. I have also recently gotten into astrophotography, hence the upgrade to a full-frame for higher quality low-light pictures. With the 70-300mm, I’m hoping to take some deep-field shots of galaxies and nebulas 🙂

  • monica-morrison

    I’ve earned $84 ,000 up to now this season working via internet and also I’m a full time college student . I’m benefiting from an online business opportunity I heard about and after that I’ve made this kind of great money . It is actually undoubtedly simple to use not to mention I am just too thankful that I found out about that . The capability using this is limitless . Here’s exactly what I do>>>

  • Praveen Kumar B

    When will be the judging done??

  • when will the results for this contest be announced?

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