Enter to Win One of Three Lenses from Tamron!


Enter to win a Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD (in winner’s choice of Canon or Nikon mount), a Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount) or a Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD (choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount)!

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

We are fortunate enough to be able to do it again this month. For this competition, Tamron is giving away THREE lenses.

Win one of three Tamron lenses

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

Grand Prize

Our Grand Prize winner will receive a Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens.

100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom – Value $799. Winner’s choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount. No Substitutions.


Second Prize

The second prize winner will receive a Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD with Hi-Resolution across a wide range of focusing distances.

Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD – Value $599. Winner’s choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount. No substitutions.

Third Prize

The third prize winner will receive a Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD with Hi-Resolution for fast focus.

Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD – Value $449. Winner’s choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount. No substitutions.


Learn a little more about Tamron here:

How to win:

To win this competition you’ll need to:

  • Visit the above lenses’ information pages and learn more about the lenses and their core use.
  • Leave a comment below and tell us why you’d like to win and HOW you would you utilize your chosen lens. Please note: there is a limit of ONE entry per person.
  • Deadline to enter is January 30th, 2018 11:59 p.m. PST (UTC-8). Comments left after the deadline will not be considered. Do this in the next 21 days, and on February 8th, 2018, the team at Tamron will choose the best three answers and we will announce the winners in the following days.

By “best” – we’re looking for you to show an understanding of 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 – but we’re looking to hear what you like about the lens and how it would help your development as a photographer.

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

Photo by Zvardon Frantisek

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  • steve swartwood

    I have been recently re-introduced to photography as my wife was wonderful enough to surprise me with a d3400 with 2 kit lenses. My Nikon FM and FE, (film cameras) were found covered with decades of dust were in a box with my old glass. I had spent, at one time, a big chunk of money on good glass, and was disappointed when I figured out that while the old glass worked, in all reality it was obsolete without the focus motor drive that the d3400 demands.

    I have really loved re-learning the fundamentals of aperture, ISO, white balance, f/stop and shutter speed and the joy I have rediscovered shooting wildlife has been so fun!! Unfortunately I am already beginning to see the limitations of the “kit glass” and have started my research for new glass. Tamron, with their assortment of lengths and aperture combinations are high on my list. I am very interested in the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD as I think it would greatly aid in my being able to get “close” to not only the wildlife in my area, but also the athletes on the fields, courts and rinks in my town.

    One of the great things about the Di series lenses from Tamron is that because they are designed to be used with either full sensor or crop sensor cameras, I will be able to use this glass as I grow in my passion. When I upgrade to a more advanced camera body, my Di lenses will not be a major deciding factor as to which format I will choose. (as of now I am pretty sure I will stay with the crop sensor format). It has been said that we “borrow our camera bodies, but marry our glass”. I believe that the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD will be a great photographic “soul mate” in my growing passion for photography.

    Thank you for your considerations

  • how am I still getting this? I’ve unsubscribed and changed my email notifications not to receive these….

    *Marta Raptis*

  • Luis Acosta

    Hi there!

    I’m currently working with a Venezuelan folk-music band, from a very rural town, trying to take their traditional drum and voice ensemble to the world so people can know, hear and dance to something very rare and unique. Our goal has always been to spread culture and for that we try to keep social networks fed all the time, we are also trying to make a documentary about their history. I’m the on board photographer and film maker, audio recorder, car driver and translator for the group, because we are doing this with a very low budget. That’s why I would love to add one of this awesome lenses to my kit.

    I’m working with a Canon right now and have been filming/photographing with a 50mm 1.8 and the regular 18-55mm, we recently got a 10-18mm F/4.5-5.6 as a loan for some time but we really need that extra zoom to catch the best moments of the shows, the details of the drumming, the close-up of the singer.

    Hi there!

    I’m currently working with a Venezuelan folk-music band, from a very rural town, trying to take their traditional drum and voice ensemble to the world so people can know, hear and dance to something very rare and unique. Our goal has always been to spread culture and for that we try to keep social networks fed all the time, we are also trying to make a documentary about their history. I’m the on board photographer and film maker, audio recorder, car driver and translator for the group, because we are doing this with a very low budget. That’s why I would love to add one of this awesome lenses to my kit.

    I’m working with a Canon right now and have been filming/photographing with a 50mm 1.8 and the regular 18-55mm, we recently got a 10-18mm F/4.5-5.6 as a loan for some time but we really need that extra zoom to catch the best moments of the shows, the details of the drumming, the close-up of the singer.

    The Ultra Sonic Silent Drive would mean more pictures in focus, because dancing and drumming are very fast paced and I need quick focusing. The Vibration Compensation would mean better exposed and clear photos and videos on low light situations as in theater shows and backstages where light is scarce. Because I mainly shoot handheld and need the extra stops down on the shutter speed, this would be an invaluable upgrade to my gear. The eBAND or the BBAR can also be a determining factor for better pictures as I usually get a lot of ghosting and flares from moving lights on stage. And last but not least the full time manual focus is a perfect addition for video, for those moments you have something in focus but you need to change to a closer o further subject, or make a bokeh entrance to a focused subject, or even when in low light the lens focuses on something that its not the main subject of the picture or video.

    For all of this reasons I would love to win one of the zoom lenses, the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD or the Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD, but even the 35mm could mean an awesome improvement to my gear. Winning this contest could mean a better way to express the beautiful culture and music of Venezuela, in photos and videos, and hopefully could mean even bigger things for this folk music group. I leave you their social accounts https://www.instagram.com/betsaydamachado/ and https://www.instagram.com/parrandaelclavo/ and hope you consider this a helping hand for a happiness spreading music group. Thank you DPS and Tamron for taking your time to read this and for the opportunity you give to people who is trying to do better every day. Looking forward to the results,

    Luis Acosta @ruislo https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a89fdfbc2693ccf704c5ac4549d1ec7c8d2aff3f625f941bf9d2094c00c20e8e.jpg

  • John Fitter

    Oh the joy to win the Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD – Like eyes wide open to see a landscape then a lens to capture it all with an equally wide open eye (aperture) and steady as a rock with VC, soft round Bokeh to appeal to the eye and a complement to my 16-300 and 150-600 Tamron lenses would make the family complete, or maybe just one or two more – like children there are never enough.

  • Debra Scantlin

    I live on 40 acres in southern California. On December 4th,
    everything burned in the Thomas Fire. I was able to get out with my camera bag
    but not my lens bag. I am living in a trailer on my property waiting to rebuild
    my house. At first there was no life, not even a fly. The first life I saw was
    a stray hornet. Then the birds came back. Green is starting to sprout from the
    burned flora that I thought was dead and gone. I would love to record the
    return of wildlife but all I had in my camera bag was my Canon 5D Mark III, a
    nifty 50 and a kit lens. I feel like I am on a photo challenge. I would love
    the Tamron SP 70-300 Di VC USD to give me more range to document the changing
    details of my new landscape. The 70- 300mm range would be perfect for capturing
    returning insects, rabbits looking for fresh greens and the coyotes that hunt
    them. I am draw to the ultrasonic silent drive to prevent startling my subjects
    and capture sharp images faster. Most of the wildlife ventures out at dusk so the
    vibration compensation would help with longer shutter speeds. Almost everything
    around me is blackened. There would be a high contrast between bugs, bunnies
    and the dark background. The extra low dispersion lens element would help me
    capture beautiful sharp images without aberrations. Even though I lost
    everything, I consider this a once in a lifetime opportunity. The images I
    capture now will mean a great deal to me in the future.

  • Trisha Gent

    I am very keen to win the Tamron 100-400 mm Di VC USD – for many reasons. As the proud owner of the 90 mm F/2.8 Macro and the 18-270 mm F/3.5-6.3, I know that the 100-400 would ramp up my telephoto capacity to the next level! Being the lightest zoom in the ultra-telephoto category means that its addition to my camera kit will not cause me pain – I carry my camera bag with me everywhere! Enhanced VC and superior AF tracking will ensure sharp captures when I am shaking with the excitement of having this brilliant lens in my kit. There are too many features to single out, but whether or not I win, this lens is on the top of my ‘must have’ list!

  • G. Leong

    The Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens would be an awesome wildlife photography lens. I can picture myself patiently waiting at a comfortable distance with this lightweight lens. With its superior AF precision and Tamron’s eBAND coating; sharp vivid images will be the results.

  • Gabriel Castro

    Before contest why I would like to win a lens, I will tell a little story to contextualize everything. I always loved photography and I remember that when a teenager I opened sites and magazines to see the work of someone, mainly in areas such landscape and architecture. With the time, my love for landscape photography’s and other areas grew up more, but I did not have that much time because my parents wanted me to make electronics along with high school.
    The time passed and I finished my studies in electronics and I continued, doing a graduate in Computer Science. After almost four year study this I realized that I was not complete just with the maths and computers, so in 2016 I bought a camera Nikon with a lens kit (18-55mm), was very nice and excited my first moments but was January of 2017 that I really realized that I love so much the photography. I went to Argentina do an interexchange in an ONG, was my first experience out of the country, in a place so different and with people of another part of the world. I took so many many shots (landscapes and portraits) and I loved so much, not just because was a great experience but because now I can look to my pictures and remember all moments that I passed (of course, I look to this pics and I feel that today I grew up as a photographer and I would take better pictures).
    Take photos is not just “take a photo”, is “draw” a moment unique for the rest of life and I can be realized this with these moments that I passed in another place.

    I told this story because I love sharing my experience with another people, but also how my love showed me more than just take shots. In this line, I started to spend more time reading posts about photography and pos edition after I came to my house.
    The last year was a year that I discover new skills, tested new experiences and was in this process that I bought a new lens, a 50mm 1.8G to use in a course that I doing and portrait pictures.

    I saw that is possible to do so many things with a different lens. Each lens provides angles and forms with a different perspective and this is amazing, as others stuff like aperture, stabilize when shot (VR), minimum and maximum of length when used a lens that isn’t prime. A lens like a 35mm of TAMRON can produce beautiful pictures in many fields that I explore, like landscape (because is compact and I can leave for any place, like a trip), street photography, portrait, and focus in objects like a macro but not so macro as a real macro.

    For me, to choose this lens can open new opportunities to explore and learn more each time that I use. Also, I think that can help me in future because I would like doing a course of photojournalism and probably can help me a lot take great shots, with clarity and sharpness.
    I say in future, but at present, I imagine use in portraits photos that I take sometimes, to practice and create a portfolio more extensible.

    How I said before, a lens like a 35mm will help me a lot of show more new works that I want explore and work in the future.

    My portfolio isn’t so big still, but with time I know that I can produce more content and with more focus in a determined area.

    I have pictures on this Instagram’s profiles:
    @gabcastrofer and @portraits_cfgabriel
    And on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/phot

    So, thank you for opportunity and hope can use a lens TAMRON.

    Ps.: If have two comments mine, it’s because had a problem with my internet. Today I saw that it’s not here my answer.


  • John Holmes

    For me the 100-400 would be a big improvement over my DX 70-300 for birds and wildlife. Right now with an apsc body and lens I often find I would like to have extra reach to better fill the frame. The 100-400 would give my an 35mm equivalent to 150-600 on my apsc body. Currently I do not have VR on my lens and am forced to under expose some shots because I have to keep the shutter speed up to cancel out motion blur. Having VR would allow me to get correct exposures by letting the VR do it’s job and letting me lower my shutter speeds.

  • Bob Derval

    Hi! I’m a senior but junior in photography. I would certainly like to win a Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens to help me in my photo adventures. Due to having bad knees I cannot always get close enough to catch a good shot of a bird or animal, or a scene for that matter. I live in Alberta, Canada, and have lots of great photo ops and because I can’t always get close to the subject the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens will bring the subject to me.
    Thanks a bunch for your time.

  • Ithane

    I see a lot of beautiful comments and motivation here, and this is totally amazing. Everyone here is going to take a boost in their career or in their hobby thanks to yours products: you’re really giving support, you’re really gonna make the difference for these people.
    I’m just a beginner in photography. I bought recently my first DSLR camera as a simple tool for a graphic project, but I’m now learning that this is not just a tool: it’s just became a totally new love, a new sprout of creativity. As I’m just a beginner, I’ve just a simple kit lens, so winning this contest is going to be a totally game changer for me. I’m a student, always studying and always learning, I just can promise you that I’ll give my best to use a Tamron lens at his maximum potential, and maximum creativity. 🙂

  • OMG I beg you, UNSUBSCRIBE me from this nonsense!!!

    *Marta Raptis*

  • my_3cents

    My choice in this line-up would definitely be the Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD. From a focal length point of view, I find the 35mm to be a more natural length making your subject look “normal”, not distorted.

    The results from this lens is exceptional. I find the sharpness and bokeh to be top-notch. The color and contrast from the lens is what I expect to see from high-end lenses. This lens is definitely a high-end lens without the high-end pricing you see from competing manufacturers.

    I would definitely love to own such a quality lens

  • Ayan Avra Chowdhury

    It will be a great pleasure to win the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD as I have a love for bird photography and after my research I find out that this lens is best in class and great for pros as well as beginners.
    Not only because its THE lightest in its category BUT the next gen tech used in its manufacturing. The Sharp images due to the eBand coating and image stabilization (upto four stops) really pays off at the end of the day. Specially for a beginner like me it would not be less than a dream come true to have a lens that is light weight, compact, ultra sharp, VC equipped, Great autofocus and all of that from a leading lens manufacturer like Tamron. What more could anyone expect.
    Really looking foreward to winning the jewel of bird photography

  • Matt Burnett

    I have actually always wanted to use a Tamrom lens as I have heard amazing things about them. As a portrait photographer who is just getting started I would honestly love to get a hold of either the 35mm or the 70-300mm either one, the 35mm obviously being the one that would round out my current kit the best. As I don’t always have the best control over my lighting when I am doing photoshoots at events and such outside of the studio the aperature on the 35mm would actually be amazing and require me to switch lenses less often. The VC would be especially helpful when shooting conventions and events where I have to be moving around a lot and don’t always have the time needed to steady the camera completely, especially when in a fast paced setting where energy is high and you tend to be sort of “vibratey” anyway.

    That coupled with the moisture sealant as someone who lives in the Pacific Northwest would be great. You can never tell what the weather is going to be like and not needing to constantly be worried about whether I’m getting condensation inside of my lenses and if I’m gonna have to worry about moss growing would be amazing.

  • Jon Lockwood

    Thank you, Darlene and Tamron, for allowing those of us who follow your site a great opportunity.

    It’s honestly a tough decision to decide which Tamron lens would be best. They are all unique and could be used in so many different ways. Someone graciously gifted me my Canon Rebel t3 about three years ago, and I haven’t put it down since. I have even started a part-time photography business shooting real estate using Tamron’s 10-24mm and would love to explore other options as well.

    I think out of the three choices I would have to say that the 70-300mm would be my choice. Both telephoto lenses are exceptional with extreme range, but what I would what is something that would give me the option for portraits (I like to shoot protraits with a focal length of 80-135mm for compression), wildlife, and action. Currently, I have a Canon 75-300mm that is missing parts and only works on certain settings, but I work with what I have to make the best photos possible. So thats why I would chose Tamron’s 70-300mm.

    Thanks again for this great opportunity and good luck to those others who have entered.

  • Anthony820

    I would put the 100-400mm lens. Right now I have a stock lens which although it has a very similar aperture to its 4.5-6.3, it has no where near the zoom.

    I’m a middle school teacher at a title 1 school. There’s a local website which takes pictures of the kids’ athletics, but they super impose giant watermarks and cost a fair amount to purchase. I’ve seen many a desktop background of a kid making a tackle with a giant Kia logo.

    I upload all my shots royalty free for the students. After each game the kids flock me to find out when I will upload them and did I get any good ones of them. Unfortunately, the local website has far better glass than I do, so they end up with better shots despite me running all of mine through the ringer in Lightroom.

    I would be thrilled to get some football and soccer pics of the kids that they can print out poster size without a Bojangles coupon on their face. Many of my athletes value Athletics more than academics, and hanging pictures of the kids all around my room is always a favorite event of my students.

  • Abhiman Gupta

    Hi everyone, I am a 15 year old self -taught enthusiast photographer based in India and I have been practising digital photography for the past 3 years.
    While I already own an 18-55mm kit lens and Tamron’s 70-300mm Di LD Macro lens,I would like to win the Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD lens.
    Owning this lens would allow be to be very versatile in different styles of photography. The wide f1.8 aperture incorporated with Tamron’s Vibration Compensation (VC) allows this lens to be a very competent performer both in low-light portrait photography and general street photography delivering great bokeh and high-quality images.This lens is also coupled with Tamron’s outstanding USD focusing system which would enable me to capture intimate moments without distracting the subject.
    The focal length of 35mm of this lens and its moisture resistant construction will also suit me very well for Landscape and Astrophotography (which has always been a dream for me!!).
    Personally, I think the Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD lens will allow me to further pursue my journey as an amateur photographer and enable me to capture moments I have never been able to before.
    Thank You

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