Enter to Win One of Three Lenses from Tamron!

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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Darlene Hildebrandt is an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through articles on her site Digital Photo Mentor, online photography classes, and travel tours to exotic places like Morocco and India. To help you at whatever level you're at she has two email mini-courses. Sign up for her free beginner OR portrait photography email mini-course here. Or get both, no charge!

  • Jaime McCabe

    Can’t go wrong with these three lenses, we have a bright F/1.8 35mm wide-angle macro lens to capture all the details, a 70-300 telephoto that can give you spectacular contrast and depth to deliver sharp, images of your subjects. And the lightest 100-400mm ultra-telephoto zoom in a compact and manageable package, making it ideal for handheld shooting over long periods of time, especially when shooting outdoors. All three come with incredible technology that gives you high resolution and fast focusing along with Tamron’s VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization, to get pin point sharp images all the way even in fast moving subjects.
    • SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD
    • SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD
    • 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD
    I want to take these three out in the wild to capture nature’s richest details.

  • Rouslan Chimeea

    I would love to have a 35mm to try a new type of photography. Since it is the closest lens to how we humans see the world, I would like to share my view of it. I am a traveler, and I do what I do because I love discovering the originality of the world, with and without human impact, and I truly believe that it is important to cherish this; for not only will we learn to appreciate the beauty of the world we live in, but we can see the diversity it has to offer, before everything around us becomes one big metropolitan city and we lose what has been the human and cultural diversity since the beginning of time. I have a particular love for getting lost on the less explored path and I want to use this lens to share my as much of what I see with the world.

  • John Hulburt

    As the leader of 18 advanced photography hobbyists that graduated from my photography classes at The University of Virginia, I develop and lead field trips to interesting locations and challenging subjects. In the past, we have focused on landscapes where I used my Tamron SP 35, 45 and 90 macro lenses. In the future, I would like to plan events involving wildlife and the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom would be perfect addition to my kit to demonstrate wildlife photography to the group.

  • Martin Mittelstaedt

    I like to call him my human. Nearly every recent morning near my den, he’s been trying to photograph me. I like to tease him, entice him into thinking he’s about to get the perfect shot with his little lens, then I disappear. All he gets is the swish of my tail, and usually out of focus. He’d definitely foil me with the SP 70-300mm F/4 -5.6 Di VC USD.

    Give the human a lens with a focal length up to 300 mm and he will be able to take shots of me that fill the frame. This would take away the inordinate amount of joy I get from outfoxing him. Just two days ago, I watch him slip and fall on ice trying to get close to me. Even the waterfowl I was hunting were laughing at him. We were laughing so hard I got the feeling even the Human could sense he was being laughed at.

    I do not like the sounds of this Broad – Band Anti-Reflection coating. One of the things that gives me perverse pleasure is making sure I’m backlit whenever the human manages to get close to me. It must be so frustrating to have his only close up pictures of me ruined by ghosting and flares.

    I don’t know what ultrasonic silent drive is, but I don’t like the sound of it. I’m always on the move and I don’t want extra fast focusing in the hands of the human. Then add in full time manual focus on top of that? Are you kidding me?

    As I said, I’m always on the move, forcing the human to shoot me hand held. I’m also nocturnal and am out before sunrise. This has created quite a conundrum for my human. One of the greatest pleasures in life is watching him chasing after me trying to get photographs knowing they will be blurry! But hand him a lens with vibration compensation allowing shutter speeds to be four stops slower. Seriously? You’re making it easy for him. Where’s the sport anymore?

    The designers of this lens thought of everything. If you give this lens to this human he is bound to succeed, and there will be nothing I can do to thwart him. I’ll no longer be the elusive creature I’m meant to be. Don’t do it!


    Cody, the local coyote.

  • I’m getting in to childrens photography and would love to win the 70-300 lens so i can capture kids running round having fun.

  • Glenn

    The Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD would certainly take my photography skills up a level,
    having learnt photography over many years from the SLR days & the value of a good prime lens.
    Already owning the Tamron AF 70-300 Di LD (macro) I can see so much potential with the SP 35mm. Just for starters the great depth of field an aperture of F/1.8 provides would turn so-so photos into far superior results, coupled with fast auto focus could result in some brilliant shots.

    Being on a limited budget I currently spend a lot of time on post production editing to get my desired vision. To me photography however is about the result off the camera & with little editing. Taking photos of mostly cars,flowers & landscapes the SP 35mm would give me the added versatility I’m looking for to lift the quality of my images to the next level. The VC is an added bonus, allowing spontaneity for those low light situations, especially as I get the ‘shakes” more as I get older thus it could ‘save’ that great shot I’m looking for. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  • A Harlan

    Hello! I am just getting into photography….well other than the typical cell phone camera usage for family outings and such. The Note’s camera is good but I need a hobby! Pictures make the memories last. I think I’d like the SP 35 the best. The amazing quality of the shots taken with it sold me. With the wide angle perspective coupled with the high res and the blur of the background….those are the shots I like. Sounds like an all around amazing lens….and well I would love it!

  • Dom

    One of my favorite subjects to photograph is action sport photography, and more specifically, water sports. Surfing, kitesurfing and wakeboarding are a big part of my portfolio, and while I have made it work so far with a 70-200, I have been dreaming of getting a lens like the Tamron 100-400mm. After reading more about it, it would be pretty hard not to be convinced that this is the perfect lens for what I’m looking to do! First of all, being the lightest zoom in its category weighs heavy (pun semi-intended) in the balance! I travel around the world for shooting and when it comes to my camera bag, each gram counts.
    But what really got me sold that this is the lens that I need, is the moisture-resistant construction, as well as the Fluorine-Coating on the front element: When I shoot sports like kitesurfing or surfing, I am right on the edge of the ocean, camera exposed to the humid, salty air, and often with wind that can bring the sand and water droplets flying around. Needless to say, I need something bombproof!
    Last point that finished convincing me is the enhanced AF response speed and VC – my subjects are very rarely still, and often moving erratically. This is a massive challenge to get a clean shot, especially when they ride until dark, or very early in the morning. Tracking subjects that move fast, with accuracy, and being able to shoot without a tripod is exactly what I need!

    Thanks DPS and Tamron for giving us the chance to win!
    Good luck to all!

  • Esther V.

    The more I researched the 3 lenses, the harder it became to decide which one would be my top pick!
    Thank you for doing this contest, it has helped me learn more about these lenses, and even if I don’t win any of the lenses I have been helped by this.
    I think that my top pick would be the Tamron SP 35mm f1.8. It is a very versatile lens that would be helpful for me in shooting portraits and getting clear shots of every day life. I love that it is f1.8, it will create stunning pictures with subjects that have that “pop.” It is also wide angle which would be very nice to have! I am an 18 year old amateur photographer and I look forward to using every piece of gear for capturing neat images of people and other wonderful things that God created.

    All of these lenses are really great! I have been really impressed as I have learned about tamrons lenses. The 100-400mm would be great for capturing clear shots of thing that I cannot be close to such as wild life.

    Thanks again for hosting this!

    I look forward to learning more from the digital photography school in the future!

  • Melanie Beckman

    I would love to win the Tamron 100-400mm! I am lucky to work as an Animal Control Officer in a city with beautiful parks and wildlife and a shelter in which I am privileged to spend time with the loveliest animals looking for their forever homes. Mixing my love of photography with my passion for animals and nature is not only fulfilling for myself; it is beneficial for the community as well. Getting that perfect shot of an adoptable pet may mean the difference between that dog finding a home or not. Capturing beautiful, detailed images of local wildlife shows our citizens the beauty of what is in their own backyard, and inspires them to protect and cherish it. However, I am struggling with my current equipment to achieve the level of photography that I believe it takes to really capture the community’s attention (I am a portrait photographer primarily, so my current lenses cater to that purpose). The 100-400mm lens would give me length I need to get those awesome shots!

  • Esma R Kurbegovi?

    My name is Esma, I’m 20 years old and I come from a small country called Bosnia and Herzegovina. I’ve been a photographer for over 6 years (as a part-time student job). I own a Canon full-frame camera and only have one wide-angle lens an a 58 mm vintage lens that cost 25$ on ebay. Art is my life- music, illustration and photography primarily. It is very hard to get somewhere in such a small country like Bosnia, and the wages are extremely low, especially for artists. You can imagine that as a student I’m trying to pay off university with my part-time jobs (where I can have multiple illustration commissions, events to photograph and songs to record at the same time). I am crazy about the 100-400mm f 4.5 Tamron lens, especially since I wanted a telephoto lens for years. I love getting intimate with the subject, which I have’t really been able to do unless I borrow a longer lens (which I’m rarely able to do). I wasn’t able to take a lot of photography jobs since they required close, large shots. I am tenacious and I try to do my job best with what I have. It would mean the world to me to get this lens, because I could use the extra money I wouldn’t pay for it to pay off school and food.

    Heavy-weight performance lens that are ideal for someone who works in harsh conditions such as raves, where it’s important for equipment to be durable. Light weight is very important to me since I have scoliosis so my gear needs to be as light as possible to prevent back pain and stiff muscles. I worked before with borrowed telephoto lens, and I have to say the aberrations are very visible and unpleasant to my eye. This is where the low dispersion glass elements on the Tamron lens come as a photography lifesaver. The protective coating which prevents reflections is probably amazing for music events, since there are a lot of lights moving around which could easily ruin an image if the lens are low quality. The coating also gives more vivid images, and my photography style consists of very saturated colours, so this seems like made for me. Moisture-resistant construction is very important for the safety of my lens, since it is not uncommon for people to spill drinks on you while dancing. The 400mm would come in as ideal for when I set off for Africa (I won a free ticket) to take wildlife photos (I sure don’t want to be too close to aggressive, hungry lions! Precise tracking and VC are essential for good wildlife shots (though always primarily for fast-moving sports) because animals move a lot, and shots of lions hunting prey would look stunning with this lens. It’s great that the lens can be put on a tripod, so I can frame my shot and for example wait for birds to line up on branches to take a good shot. It would be pretty hard work to stand there for hours holding the camera in your hands with the shot aimed. The silent focus is perfect since it won’t scare off the birds. I am a huge fan of bokeh, so the minimum object distance of 1.5 m is great for my needs. The generously wide zoom ring prevents from missing it in situations where I have to be fast and I don’t have the time to look at the lens and position my hand, and additionally, the focusing ring is well-damped.

    All the previous things I’ve stated are technical- now come the deeper reason why this lens would not only be beneficial to me, but also contribute to the community in a way. I have started an art and music combination project which aims to educate people in the healing properties of music and spectacular Augmented Reality visuals that work hand in hand with the music. It will combine electronic music and organic instruments (one performer DJ-ing and the other one playing special instruments like the hang drum and koshi bells) I am missing a telephoto lens which will be able to capture intimate photos conveying emotion and capturing the details which define the whole project. This is something that will travel to at least a few countries in Europe (like Germany), and it will be crucial to have all these moments captured on photographs. This project is part of my creative directing in a regional electronic music label (which is the fastest-growing in my country with 780k fans on one of their Facebook pages). This means we will be reaching a huge number of people, and quality presentation is crucial.

    To sum it up, I think I deserve this lens because I do a lot of meaningful projects and have had amazing reactions so far. The results were far beyond my expectation, so I realised I am able to do great things. I pay attention to detail and cover every possible aspect in a project before starting it, which has resulted in getting numerous grants to pursue noble causes such as sonic therapy. Oh, I also promise to take care of the lens better than myself! I assure you they will be perfectly taken care of, in mint condition. I’ll send you photos to prove you I’m good enough for this lens 🙂

    PS: I have a few photographs on my Instagram, though certainly not my best: http://www.instagram.com/theartlone

  • biopro1

    Live in the Pacific Northwest and would love to have the Tamron 35mm for low light, closeups and landscapes. On a Social Security budget but have been looking at purchasing a fixed lens for about a year, and would be absolutely delighted to win a prime f/1.8 lens of such quality. Prefer nature photography, anything outdoors actually–garden flower closeups, caterpillar lifestyles, tidal water landscapes . Currently working with a Nikkor lens kit and a fixed lens would greatly compliment my learning curve. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Adam Farmasi

    I would like to win the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD or the Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD. We have a group of “photographers” in my school so we could use these lenses. The first would be perfect for our open-days and events, the second for portrait photos at low light.

  • BA

    My infant son absolutely loves animals. As he gets older, I want to be able to take him on trips to the parks and forests to enjoy the many wonders of Mother Nature together. However, I want to teach him the importance of staying at a safe distance from the wildlife, as to not interfere with their space. I still want him to be able to experience the beauty of the animals. To be able to see the amazing details in the fur and plumage of these animals from a safe distance, the Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD would be an excellent choice. We could get crisp, colourful, close up photos of the animals we find together. I wouldn’t be afraid of shooting handheld at the long end of the lens either with the newly enhanced VC. This would be important, since we would be constantly on the move searching for all the different animals; we wouldn’t have time to set up a tripod. I would love to win the 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD to create some excellent memories in the future with my son. Good luck to everybody!

  • Ralph the Bus Driver


    I’m an older guy that enjoys shooting youth sports. I currently use a Canon T6i and use a EF 70-300 for most of my photos. I post my sports photos on Facebook, in closed groups that are open only to the players and families. The parents like seeing their kids and the kids enjoy seeing their great plays. Over the years, I have shared my collection for Senior Day pictures and other player collections. Giving parents a sharp photo that they can enlarge is so very satisfying. These kids love seeing a crop of a ball hit to the fence or a goal being blocked. Out of focus or motion blurred photos are embarrassing. Seeing that Tamron has dual image stabilization for standard and one designed for panning makes is a winner.

    Most of my photography is action sports, varying from catching a softball batter swinging to an outfielder making a diving catch. One of my goals is to catch the bat just as it hits the ball. I’ve managed that micro-second contact, but none of them are truly sharp. Then, to switch hand held from a batter to a fielder making a play requires a faster focusing than my kit lens can adequately give. Soccer is just as challenging for a fast focus. I need a camera with reach that can focus quickly.

    One thing I dislike is having a camera put in my face. Thus, when I take shots of parents and spectators, I prefer to shoot them from a distance, usually at 150-200mm (around 260 -320mm equivalent) or so. This usually makes them more natural looking and less posed. Even when I grab a shot of a player on the bench or warming up, I still like to give them some space so I remain unintrusive.

    A Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD or an SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD more than likely won’t make me a better photographer. But it would make many of my shots that much better. I seriously want a sharper lens that can focus action faster than what I currently use. That 400mm would give just that little extra reach I so often wished I had.

    The weather resistance of the lens is perhaps the biggest bonus. Many times I have had to stop shooting because of a light rain or even just mist. While I can cover the body, the lens will always be sticking out. Add in the fact that Tamron allows for firmware updating and focus tweaking and they have an advantage over its competition. The optional tripod ring being Arca-Swiss compatible, makes tripod use much less of a hassle.

    Tamron’s 100-400 mm Di VC USD reviews are all unanimous in their praise of this lens. Well built, lighter than contemporaries, compact for its range, well balanced even when extended, very sharp, excellent image stabilization, lens lock for creep, fast and accurate focusing, amazing resolution, excellent bokeh, outstanding image color, flare resistant, low chromatic aberration, lack of vignetting, and consistent across the zoom range. While the acronym labeled coatings sound technically great, what I really care about is the reviews give them the highest praise.

    In short, not only would this lens make me very happy, it would make those I share with happy too. It would find a good home on my camera.

    Thank you

  • Lorrie Lietz

    Dear Ms. Hildebrandt and Tamron,

    Thank you! It is really exciting to apply for an opportunity to win the awesome prize of a Tamron lens. I would LOVE to own the Tamron 100-400 Di VC USD. I value Tamron Lenses. I know they are high quality, produce excellent sharp images with great color, are extremely durable, and provide reliable resistance to all kinds of weather. I have been a Tamron 70-300 F4-5.6 owner for many years. I got my first Tamron 70-300 F4-5.6 for my Canon Rebel XT. I Then I upgraded to a Canon Rebel XT3i. I put my Tamron 70-300 F4-5.6 on that camera and i genuinely never took it off. I took tons of all kinds of amazing pictures with that set up. Sunsets, action shots of my dogs, actions shots of kids jumping of the dock, landscapes, and portraits of my daughter that I will keep forever. My daughter is a competitive sailor. We are on the water all the time. I used that lens in the heat, the cold, and in extremely splashy wavy conditions. Often times to protect the lens and the camera the only thing I could do would be to jam it away in the front of my coat. I never had a problem. I never got dust on my sensor (like what happened with a Nikon lens). I took a million pictures on autofocus with the lens hunting in and out constantly for focus (because of all the movement) and with all of that heavy inconsiderate use, again I never had a problem! For what ever reason, one day I decided to switch to a Nikon camera. I passed my Canon and my Tamron 70-300 4-5.6 on to a new owner. My new Nikon came with kit lenses. One was a Nikon 70-300 ED without VR. I thought I would be ok. I absolutely hated my pictures. I was sure it was the camera, but also knew I had a problem with the lenses. I am not a super experienced photographer. I learn a lot on line and take classes from local photographers when they are available. I told my husband I just really really want my old set up back. So, I sold the kit lenses that came with the Nikon. I then bought a new Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 for Nikon. Once again, I find my self using it more often than not. I do also have a Nikon 18-140 F3.5-5.6 G ED VR. This past weekend, I was out taking pictures of birds, using the Tamron, and I really do think I took the best picture I have ever taken with it. I was hoping when I saw this contest you were going to ask for a picture! As my daughter is getting older, I have become more involved with bird photography. In the last month I have been out several times and loving it. As with all bird photographers, I am really wanting a longer lens to “Get That Shot”. I am a regular reader of Digital Photography School. Today I was on your page looking for an article on aperture. I was hoping to understand aperture the best I can to make certain I am getting it correct for absolute sharpness. I was also wanting to understand how I should adjust aperture for distance of subjects. I strive for sharp images with great focus. Suddenly I ran across this contest and I was like “Oh my Gosh!!” I have to enter!!

    I love Tamron lenses. I am familiar with the Tamron web page. I visited today for the most up to date information on the Tamron 100 400 Di VC USD. I am certain it will improve my photography in so many ways. I know it is far more than just a birding lens. I know Tamron lenses produces high quality, sharp images with excellent color. I have extreme confidence in the lenses knowing i can take them out and use it in less than perfect weather conditions and they will not be frail. I have also watched several videos on youtube by different reviewers stating the Tamron 100-400 Di VC USD is a value and is far superior to any other lens in this category! The lens is certainly on my wish list! Thank you!! Best Always!!

  • Francisco Jr Go

    Aging and still indulging in distance (wildlife, landscape, sports) photography I yearn for light 400mm zoom lens on my Nikon D500. Wanting not to break or rob the bank again prompted my
    participation to have one for free. Not only read as instructed, I also compared the features and specs of the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens with other 400mm zooms.

    The feature that caught my attention was its portability and lightness next to the price. The Tamron 100-400mm zoom lens can be handled handheld allowing me not to miss my tripod if I don’t have it. Knowing I’m not getting any younger and still doing open photo shoots, I can reduce weight and bulk with only this lens in my bag with one or two primes. The other feature I noted is the lens front element resistance to moisture which is found in more costly lens above its category. In the open, frequent and abrupt changes in temperature expose lens to moisture. Hence, winning a Tamron 100-400mm zoom lens or not is no longer an issue. It’s on top of my wish list.

    Mid-range and down I resort to primes. Space and my ability may not be enough to articulate a photographer’s need for fast and sharp lens. Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD is perfect focal length (50mm on my D500 DX camera) for still portraits and low light prints. Winning or not, I intend to upgrade from my current f/2.8 to f/1.8. Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 has all the characteristics of a superior prime lens with a bonus image stabilization built in and lesser price. Although I began long before with film SLRs and non-VR lens, I never thought we could get sharp photos going down shutter speeds below lens focal length without tripod. Winning the fast Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD, I can’t wait to see how its image stabilization work and the resulting photos in low light shutter speeds way below its focal length.

  • Monika Extrano

    My adventure with photography began so long ago that I do not even remember when … 30, 40 years ago, using the old, analog Zenith, a masterpiece of Russian technical thought ;-). Nothing else was available in a small, communist country…

    Years passed and I was still photographing. I learn all the time: from blogs as yours and from practice. The equipment has changed, but the same passion remained. Over time, the professional path caused photography to be part of my everyday life. I run a tourist office, I specialize in introducing small children to the sightseeing. The world of beautiful landscapes, monuments, but also active tourism: climbing and others.

    Taking photos is a great form of documentation of how children absorb the world. I do it every day, with the equipment I can afford, but a 100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens for Nikon would be very helpful to raise my possibillitites to a higher level. My intention is to take pictures without disturbing, without affecting the children, because it usually causes that they start to pose and stop experiencing. I would like to stay away and be in the middle of the same time! I believe Ultra-Telephoto Zoom would help a lot! Wouldn’t it?

  • Francisco Jr Go

    Double post

  • Denise

    I am a retired, widowed senior with no other sympathy cards to play 🙂 I have hobbies that I consider “solo sports” and domestic by nature. I took up photography a year ago to maintain my health and well being. It keeps me on my feet, introduces me to people from all walks of life, challenges my brain, and creates new memories as well as a record of those memories.

    When I first started, I dusted off my old Canon Rebel XTi with kit lenses and took classes at the local community college. One of the first things I learned from DPS is that “if you want to take better pictures, stand in front of better stuff”. Then a friend advised me that “if you want to take better pictures, stand behind better gear”. Today, the work that I am doing to grow within the world of digital photography is to find the exact right words which will get me some better gear.

    I like to stand in front of my family and friends, and when they’re not around, birds. I am fortunate to live in an area where raptors are plentiful, and the gear I have just won’t capture the majesty. I have a grandboy who shares this interest, and someday he and I will go outside with a long lens and create a breathtaking image that records our shared experience. Without a doubt a Tamron Ultra Telephoto will turn good into great.

    I know with certainty that I need a lens with vibration compensation. Age has many downsides, and Tamron’s expertise in vibration compensation helps us ignore one of those. No matter which focal length I’m working within, I will be very happy with the benefits of a Tamron lens. Thanks for reading!!

  • Sid Gopinath

    I would be thrilled to win the Tamron 100-400m F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD. Thank you for a great contest.

    I’m a recent graduate living in New York City. Though I work a different day job, I have a huge passion for photography. When I have been privileged enough to travel to places like India to visit my family or Istanbul or even hiking in the United States, I have found myself in desperate want of a lens that can capture the stunning beauty of Earth.

    My past photography projects have been focused on people and places. How do we associate places with love? How do our emotions manifest themselves in different situations? What does a truly candid photo look like?

    But as I have graduated and stepped into the real world, I find myself drawn more and more to the wild places. How can I bring a unique perspective to nature photography and landscape photography? How can I show our interactions with nature, both positive and negative? I want to be able to capture the scope, both intimate and breathtakingly large, of these landscapes.

    With a lens like this, I would be able to perch on vantage points in mountains or in tall buildings and snap ultra-clear photos of my surroundings and intimate interactions seen from a distance. Besides the obvious zoom applications, the stunning AF and VC of this lens would make for an easier shooting experience, even in lower light situations. I would love in particular to have such a light lens as I go on hikes and try to reach places not normally touched by humans.

    Regardless of this contest, I hope to step out of New York City more and begin a few photography projects that chronicle our interaction with nature and our interactions with each other through nature. This lens would be a great help, especially on a limited recent grad budget. Thank you so much!

  • Irfan

    As an enthusiast landscape photographer I usually shoot pretty wide; but on an increasing number of occasions; I have seen a scene that I wish, I could have gotten much closer to. Tamron’s new 100-400mm lens would afford me that luxury without weighing me down, and still maintain the quality of shot I have become used to with my other Tamron lenses. Tamron is changing the game with lens design and function; to rival the big boys; at prices and service that are hard to beat. Well played Tamron! #withmyTamron

  • Jo-Ann Devine

    I would love to win one of the Tamron lenses. I’ve recently purchased the Tamron 18-400 F3.5 – 6.3 lens. I love it. It’s so easy when you don’t have to keep changing lenses, especially out in the field. I am very satisfied with the photos, sharp and clear. This is the first non Canon lens I purchased. I use a Canon 70D camera. I strongly recommend this lens.

  • Ankit Manoharan

    I think the Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD would be most suited for me.
    I’m a student from India and I currently use the AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/ 3.5-5.6G VR kit lens from the Nikon D3400.
    I’m pretty happy with the lens but it doesn’t do too well in low light conditions or for portraits(the depth of field doesn’t make the subject pop) because the aperture doesn’t go higher than 3.5. So the 35mm f/1.8 lens would be perfect. I have used this lens in the past because one of my seniors from university let me borrow it from him. And it is amazing. The low light capabilities of this lens is truly incredible.
    I usually do street photography, shoot at night and take close ups. Given the fast AF and the f1.8 aperture, this lens would be perfect for my needs.

  • Annette Megaughin-Helder

    Hi, I am Annette!

    On our first date, my husband told me two things: if his future wife made more money he would love to be a house husband and look after the kids and it was his dream to take his future kids out of school for a year and travel the world. It made such a big impression on me because I had never met a guy who would do that! We have been married for 12 years now and he has just become a stay at home dad to our 2 boys, and next year we are going to travel the world for 14 months!

    Of course we will be documenting the journey and my photography will be a huge part of that. The Tamron 100-400mm will be the perfect lens to help me do that and capture those scenes I cannot capture with my current lenses.

    I am doing an evening course in photography at college and totally love it! I have my kit lens (18-135) and a 50mm Nikon. I also recently got a 70-200 and it’s opened up a whole new world for me! I am going to be using it in the studio and outdoors to do portraits. I tried to do some wildlife shots but to be honest it doesn’t give me the total focal length needed. That’s why I would love to win the 100-400mm lens.

    Hope you will consider my entry. Thanks!

  • Andrew McGillivray

    A lens I’d like to play with his the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens. I primarily have been playing prime low light lenses as a pure hobbyist. I like the idea of a long lens….to facilitate better pictures like this one that I took with an 85mm Canon prime. Help me Tamron…please help me Tamron.


  • Jens K. from Germany

    I would really love to win the Tamron SP 70-300mm for my Sony Camera. I just started with wildlife photography and since I moved to a new house last year I have a garden with a lot of birds. I’m also enjoying very much being in the forest and watching birds, but unfortunately I just have a kit lens and would like to get a filling shot.
    Thank you so much for all your great articles and courses which I do much appreciate!
    Greetings, Jens.

  • Esma R Kurbegovi?

    I am crazy about the 100-400mm f 4.5 Tamron lens, especially since I wanted a telephoto lens for years. I love getting intimate with the subject, which I have’t really been able to do (I have one wide lens and one 50 mm lens). I wasn’t able to take a lot of photography jobs since they required close, large shots. I am tenacious and I try to do my job best with what I have. It would mean the world to me to get this lens, because I could use the extra money I wouldn’t pay for it to pay off school and food.
    Heavy-weight performance lens that are ideal for someone who works in harsh conditions such as raves, where it’s important for equipment to be durable. Light weight is very important to me since I have scoliosis so my gear needs to be as light as possible to prevent back pain and stiff muscles. I worked before with borrowed telephoto lens, and I have to say the aberrations are very visible and unpleasant to my eye. This is where the low dispersion glass elements on the Tamron lens come as a photography lifesaver. The protective coating which prevents reflections is probably amazing for music events, since there are a lot of lights moving around which could easily ruin an image if the lens are low quality. The coating also gives more vivid images, and my photography style consists of very saturated colours, so this seems like made for me. Moisture-resistant construction is very important for the safety of my lens, since it is not uncommon for people to spill drinks on you while dancing. The 400mm would come in as ideal for when I set off for Africa (I won a free ticket) to take wildlife photos (I sure don’t want to be too close to aggressive, hungry lions! Precise tracking and VC are essential for good wildlife shots (though always primarily for fast-moving sports) because animals move a lot, and shots of lions hunting prey would look stunning with this lens. It’s great that the lens can be put on a tripod, so I can frame my shot and for example wait for birds to line up on branches to take a good shot. It would be pretty hard work to stand there for hours holding the camera in your hands with the shot aimed. The silent focus is perfect since it won’t scare off the birds. I am a huge fan of bokeh, so the minimum object distance of 1.5 m is great for my needs. The generously wide zoom ring prevents from missing it in situations where I have to be fast and I don’t have the time to look at the lens and position my hand, and additionally, the focusing ring is well-damped.
    This lens would not only be beneficial to me, but also contribute to the community in a way. I have started an art and music combination project which aims to educate people in the healing properties of music and spectacular Augmented Reality visuals that work hand in hand with the music. I am missing a telephoto lens which will be able to capture intimate photos conveying emotion and capturing the details which define the whole project. It will be crucial to have all these moments captured on photographs.
    PS: I have a few photographs on my Instagram, here is one that shows what I was saying I like- being intimate with the subject

  • babary

    In the all types of photography, taking photos by telephoto
    lenses is my favorite. In this field, abbreviations are one of the most
    important flaws that is created inherently by telephoto lenses. As a results, lens
    producers have always tried to control and mitigate this problem. Another problem
    that telephoto zoom lenses commonly have is their heavy weights, and most of
    the users of this type of lenses usually suffer from this natural weakness. Hence,
    making a light weight telephoto zoom lens is a target for all producers.

    Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom is designed
    to implement eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating that reduces
    reflections, and then makes clearer and more vivid images. Furthermore, it has
    a lens barrel made of magnesium at selected area, which makes it the lightest
    zoom among ultra-telephotos. Aforementioned specifications make this lens ideal
    for handholding in photography over long periods of time, when
    Moisture-Resistant construction and a Fluorine-Coating on the front element
    provide additional protection during outdoor photography.

    Accordingly, I really wish a Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD
    Ultra-Telephoto Zoom for my photography adventures for better images and
    simpler movement in the job.

  • Anthony Skidmore

    I’m taking a holiday to India in May which takes in many aspects of photography.

    Day and night street photography with very colourful situations as well as a trek into the Himalayas.

    The Tamrom 35 mm 1.8 lens would be less intrusive then a telephoto lens.

    The excellent optics and resolution with it’s nine aperture blades is something which is unusual on a wide angle lens as is having VC stabilisation which would be very handy.

    I do like to take low light atmospheric photography which this lens is capable of.

    The second a part of the trip is trekking to the source of the Ganges and beyond where landscapes will include sunrise and sunsets and again a prime wide angle lens with good resolution would be very useful.

    I’m hoping to find plenty of fauna and ice patterns which we’ll hopefully give some interesting photos when crossing a glazier which will no doubt give a good test to the close up facility of the Tamron 35mm lens..

    Going from high humidity to sub zero temperatures will make the fluorine coating a useful addition to my Nikon 800E

    In conclusion the Tamron 35 mm lens ticks all the boxes to my photograph holiday.

  • joal va

    Having the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens, would make my dream come true. Photography is my passion but it’s expensive.
    I am an immigrant and I can not afford that lens. I was thinking on renting that lens for my nature photography.
    (translated with Google Translator)

  • Gen

    As someone who loves to take pictures of birds, I would really appreciate the tamron 100-400. I currently have a Nikon 55-200 which has terrible image quality and not nearly enough reach. With my DX nikon , I would be getting an equivalent of 600mm on the long end, which would be vastly greater that my current offerings. Thats for the opportunity to win!

  • Hannah C.

    I would like to win the Tamron SP 35mm f1.8 Di VC USD.
    Photography has been a bright light in my life. I started taking it seriously five years ago after I got a concussion playing hockey. Having a concussion has been an eye-opening, life-changing experience. Even though I was hit five years ago, I continue to have symptoms that restrict my ability to resume a normal life. The formal medical name of these long lasting concussions is mild traumatic brain injury, but for those affected, there is nothing mild about the injury. Symptoms range from constant headaches to extreme sensitivity to light and noise. Even something as normal as trying to complete a school course, reading a book or watching a television are difficult.

    Although the concussion has put my life on hold, it’s had a silver lining: giving me an opportunity to throw myself into photography and hone my craft. One of the most frustrating parts of a concussion is when others can’t understand it. Concussions are an invisible injury. There are no wounds or bandages or crutches.

    I am working on a photo project to try to illustrate what a concussion is like. People will be able to look at my images and have a visual for how it feels. I hope people look at the pictures and see invisible injuries and illnesses in a new way.

    I’ve been struggling with my lens during this project, as it is not as sharp as I would like. Due to my light sensitivity I often shoot around dawn and dusk. Having an F-stop of 1.8 and vibration compensation will be a big step, allowing me to shoot handheld in darker conditions. Not to mention the shallow depth of field will really improve the photos by separating my subject from the background.

    I am shooting almost all my photos for this series outdoors and I like to shoot in stormy weather to add drama. Having a moisture resistant lens and a fluorine coating will be invaluable, allowing me to focus on the photography and not on the gear.

    This contest could not have come at a better time. This lens would open a window to a new level of images for me.


  • Blanca Idalia Gonzalez Garza

    I´m a marine biologist and my career allow me to visit remote places and see the perfection of nature at its maximum expression. Photography for me is the way that I have to share with the others the wonders that I’m able to see, and promote the importance of conservation through the capture of the magnificent of landscapes and beauty of wildlife.
    Having the Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD would be perfect for me, and will allow me to improve and get better shoots while I’m in the field, being this reasons why I’m so excited about this lens:
    1. Is one of the lightest telephoto in the market and is moisture resistant! This is perfect when you are walking and shooting for hours in extreme conditions, because normally the photographic equipment is not the only thing that I have to carry with me, I also carry food, water, notebooks, jacket, and anything that I may need while I´m on an isolated place. And being moisture-resistance with a fluorine coat in the lens make in perfect for the rough conditions of weather and environment where I use to work; where humidity, water, sand and sun are things that you always have to deal with, and be aware of.
    2. The performance and characteristics of the AF and VC systems as result of the separated micro-processing units sounds great! If you are telling me that this systems will allow me to track and focus subjects moving at high speed accurately, fast and stress-free handheld shooting, I just can think in my last trip when suddenly a huge group of dolphin were jumping out the water, but also the boat was moving!, this lens would definitely have allowed me to get better pictures. Wildlife is moving most of the time, and capture the beauty of their movements it’s just a matter of a fraction of a second, where the response of the AF and VC is something that I really really want to have on my side to capture the precise moment. But wait a second, you also said that I can shoot fast-moving subjects with stability and ease “even in low-light”, really?? “even in low-light”, I have no words for this.. I mean, I can´t ask for more!
    3. The technologies used for coating the lens (eBAND and BBAR) and the 3LD glass elements sounds very interesting. Even if the concept of “nanotechnology” or “low dispersion” can be difficult to understand, the fact is that if this will allow me to have high contrast, vivid, sharp and clear images, then I would be able to capture the complexity of the textures, and the vibrant and bright colors of nature, thus I´ll be able to transmit to the others a very real and amazing image of how things really are.
    4. The range of the zoom that this lens has is very versatile, if you can have a minimum object distance of 1.5m, you are able to shoot nice macro pictures of interesting tiny things, or a close up to a specific part of an animal; while the image magnification allows you to get optically closer to animals that are far from you or is difficult to get closer to them. A focal distance of 400mm is something that I´m looking for!! As mi previous example of the dolphins, I was using a 300mm optical distance, pictures are good, but having a 400mm it would have been awesome!!
    5. You can get amazing accessories such as the TAP-in Console and teleconverters. The fact that the TAP- in console allows you not only to keep the lens firmware actualized, but also to customize the AF and VC is a great feature, since this increases the opportunities of getting more customize and personalized pictures. While having the chance to increase the zoom range up to 800mm with a teleconverter is spectacular!! Just imagine an 800 mm focal distance but still keeping your camera lightweight, the AF and VC features of the original lens, and without sacrificing the minimum object distance!!! I will be able to photograph everything, no matter the distance of the animals!!
    6. The fact that the electromagnetic diaphragm system is compatible with Nikon cameras is great, since I have a Nikon camera!!, so the chance to have a more precise diaphragm and aperture control would be another feature of the lens to optimize the functions of my the camera, allowing me to get better pictures. Everything is about precision!

    I think this lens increase the possibilities to get great pictures, and also allows the maximization of the use of the camera given all the features, characteristics and technology that it has. I would love to have this lens! I´m crazy about it! I can imagine great pictures of jumping dolphins and whales, the textures of the birds feathers, the deep look of a sea lion, the vibrant colors of the sunset. This lens gives you a range of infinite possibilities to exploit the use of your camera beyond the limits of your creativity; and in my particular case, it also gives me the chance to share with the world the perfection and beauty of the nature, hopping I can create some empathy to promote conservation of our one and only living planet.


    I want to feel the power on my photos, when I use Tamron 100-400mm At VC USD. Because of it I will be better able to explore the unusual uniqueness of my region, called Indonesia.
    Such beautiful natural wealth, the beauty of the environment, the uniqueness of culture and people, and much more.
    So, I really hope this lens can accompany my photography activities,
    Thank you Tamron and The team.

  • Fahad Ayub

    Hi. I am a hobbyist Photographer and i like to win Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD.
    I love to take picture of wildlife and nature. i have Nikon D3300 and using the kit lens of 18-55mm, but i want the lens Tamron 100-400mm to shoot wildlife especailly the birds, as birds are hard to catch with many lens but Tamron 100-400mm have excellent sharpen and also have great quality while shooting things are animals in motion. I also want to shoot nature landscape especially the northen area of Pakistan. Tamron 100-400mm have great auto-focus feature plus VC which really help to take pictures in moving transport or accidental shaking.
    I really love to have this lens as its one of my dream lens. Tamron lens are truly amazing and really give best quality in all ranges

  • Demarus Lynn Mayer

    I would love to win any of the amazing lenses!!!! I just started with my Canon Rebel T6 DSLR. And I have the kit lens. And I love the pictures I am getting. But I am looking into starting my own birth photography business. I feel that the birth of a child is an amazing experience and most people dont get to see it from say the nurses or even a photographers point of view. I want to provide an experience that most parents would not normally get to see. And if a birth photography session changes even one persons life. It will all be worth it.

  • Fex May Oluwaseun Fagbohun

    i am a free-lance photographer, . i love to win Tamron SP 35mm f1.8 di vc usd because i have always want this type of lens for taking close ups images and use it in low light environment to take clean and clear shots…i have always been using AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6GII but it doesn’t really compensate vibration and it is not really good in low light environment.Tamron SP 35mm f1.8 di vc usd it is really a lovely lens, and when i have it i love to take it to tour on my next touring beautiful places in my country using it to take beauty of street at night,beauty of landscapes, and so on during the tour i will make sure i make good use of the function of the lens

  • Dia Barney Nonaka

    I love taking pictures but haven’t gotten much opportunity to do anything besides volunteer stuff for a school’s yearbook. This means I am usually at a distance from the action, whether in the auditorium or (usually) on the field. I have a slightly shaky hand and I’m sun sensitive; the last time I took photos on the field there wasn’t enough sunscreen to prevent a burn. I had to get closer to the action, so I was running around the field, in direct sun.

    As I read through the lens descriptions I want them all, but the 100-400 would make things so much easier. I could find a pocket of shade mid-field and still catch all of the action without compromising image quality – thanks to the 3-LD glass elements. The Vibration Compensation (VC) will help me since I’ll be doing all of this handheld. But the best features for a long day on the field are the lighter weight to this lens and the precise tracking with the auto focus. I make good use of Continuous Auto Focus because the kids can move SO FAST!

    I have enjoyed reading about all of the lenses and see so many benefits in each of the options. I’ve learned a lot over the past day since learning about this opportunity, thanks Tamron & Digital Photography School!

  • Nick Goryl

    I’d be thrilled to have the Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens in my photography kit.

    The great telephoto zoom range, vibration compensation and fast autofocus of the Ultrasonic Silent Drive would lift my photography skills and capabilities dramatically; enabling me to capture everything in the middle distance, from the action of my son’s T-ball games to the native Australian bird life in the bush near my home.

    I love that this lens has full-time manual focus override for fine tuning at any time without having to flick a switch.

    The other thing I love about the zoom range of the SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD is the ability to get fantastic candid shots of people at parties and weddings – they don’t even know they’re being photographed.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Matthew Heare

    I am a high school student and have been obsessed with photography as long as I can remember. I saved up and bought my first DSLR when I was 10 and am now trying to be the best I can. I would love to win the Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD because two of my favorite things to do are take pictures of flowers for my grandmother and of my dogs for my sister. If I win this lens, I will be able to capture these images with that outstandingly beautiful blurred background that the f1.8 can provide, something my kit lens can’t do. It bring great joy to me and all who I love to give images to!!

  • Dion Ribeiro

    Hello, I am an enthusiastic photographer who would love to have a Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens. It would fit perfectly in my gear, covering the ultra telephoto range and, most of all, since Tamron does not have a big commercial insertion where I live, only a few people have Tamron lens and that means two things: I would show them how good these lens are, and I would show off my stylish photos taken with the Tamron lens!

  • Serg Hansell Clemen

    I’m a freelance photographer in Iloilo City, Philippines. I love reading anything from this site. I learned a lot of things here especially lighting.
    I love photography to the extreme like as if i’m being transported to another world every time I capture the very moment of my subjects. I use only the basic lenses, the nifty 50mm Nikkor 1.8g and Nikkor 18-55mm kit lens. Having a telephoto lens in my bag like this 100-400mm is a dream come true as I’m always struggling when i need to shoot something which is afar and not easy to get close with like animals, sports, parties or events where a lot of people are blocking your way. Recently, we’ve had our annual festival where tribes competed for the title ” Golden Dinagyang ” champ. I never got the chance to join and shoot with other photographers as the focal lengths of my lenses are short and getting close to the warriors (dancers) might ruin their performance and i might annoy the spectators. So, by having this lens in my kit, I’d be able to cover long distances without leaving my place nor disturbing someone. Tamron’s VC and Auto-focus system has greatly improved over the last years. So, i am fully confident that i can get amazing shots using their lenses. I have also seen Dustin Abbott’s review on this lens and i would say with confidence that this is really an amazing lens for everyone. That being said, i will able to cover more events, sneak more cute little birds without distracting them, I would also use this on portraits that way i don’t need to get close to the subjects and making them feel uncomfortable.
    All the time I love capturing moments. Moments that can’t be recreated.

    I hope you could consider me for one of these amazing lenses. Thank you for taking time to read my story.

  • Madhu Priya

    Like how my search to find the moment I fell in love with my better half continues the search for moment I fell in love with Photography also continues.
    Well that was a short introduction about my love towards Photography.
    Now coming to the lenses…
    Whatever the lens I handle I use to zoom it to its maximum. So my friends will stand near me with fear if I handle their lens, doubting that I may repair it by frequent zooming.
    Yet I am planning to buy a Tripod that fix into my budget and hoping to get it soon.
    I never want to miss the expressions of people, especially the little ones. And always my mind orders me to click very fast and record those wonderful moments.
    Myself being a heavy weight young lady I find difficult in covering a long distances by walk carrying my sweet Tummy every where. And with a maximum zooming lens I would be the queen covering every thing I wish to click standing At the same place.
    So what else I need other than Tamron 100-400 F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens.
    With its Vibration compensation, Tripod mounting facility, stress free hand held shooting property, Moisture resistant capacity and many more i am waiting to hold it to get my Best Shots.
    Hoping for it…

  • Gajendra

    Today I am the voice of million of amateur photographers, I don’t have great cameras but I have an endless passion towards photography!

    You know being a middle class boy, named Gajendra Aanjna, I started my journey with that broken mobile camera. It was fine for pushing my interest to next level at that time. I started to save every penny I got from somewhere and one day a miracle happened, Yea! I bought a camera! Though it was a entry level camera with two basic kit lenses but it again filled some confidence in me towards photography! Being a college student I raised money for fees and photography!

    Wildlife photography is amazing but it needs what I don’t have, Amazing lenses. I tried to take the best picture with my kit lens 55-250mm of that fish in the water, that bird in the sky, that bee on the flower, but I was disappointed many times because of the limitations of lenses I’m currently using! I wish I could have Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens so that I can explore what the nature wants to say!

    This lens is a great way to enter the world of telephoto wildlife and nature photography. Especially when I’m using my canon 1200d with a 1.6x crop factor. Then the lens offers the field of view effectively similar to a 160-560mm. This is an excellent focal length range for wildlife, and again it’s a lens that can be hand-held and its built-in image stabilization is greatly appreciated! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d6cfe0768a91c1beab5c6075196436d7208170119d8b56d197936cbe9b5b785c.jpg

  • Helene Sidders

    I recently purchased a Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Lens for my Nikon D5300 and it has been a very good lens for my purposes. I would love to be able to add any one of the lenses to my kit. The longer range of the relatively lightweight SP 100-400mm Di VC USD would give me an extra 100mm + of range on my crop sensor and enable better opportunities for wildlife shots or sporting events; the stabilization, reduced reflection and aberration will be an added plus. The SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD would be great because my only prime lens right now is a 50mm 2.8 without AF; I would love to be able to get in a little tighter and open it up a little with this sweet little high-res lens! The SP 70-300mm Di VC USD is a small step up from current Tamron lens with the high-res and the fast focus and would also be a welcome addition to my kit. I would be proud to own any of these three lenses! Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Dave Henderson

    As a lover of bird photography, I would be thrilled to win the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens. Using it on my cropped-sensor camera means I would have around 12X magnification – excellent for capturing images of those little creatures that are so hard to get close to and double the magnification I have with my workhorse kit lens. Because birds move around so often and quickly it’s very difficult to use a tripod, which is where the 4-stop VC comes in handy to produce sharp images when handholding the camera. The super fast AF also helps to capture that split second when the bird is in just the right pose. It’s nice to see that the lens comes with a hood to minimize glare, as one does not always have control over which direction the light is coming from when dealing with highly mobile subjects such as birds and logistical obstacles such as trees or bodies of water. Speaking of water, thanks for building in the moisture resistance. I look forward to (hopefully) putting the lens to good use.

  • Dear Diary,

    You and I shared my darkest secrets since the beginning and I have some big news for you. The days you’ve watched me cry over my lack of equipment at ballroom competitions, airshows, motosports events and portrait shoots might come to an end! There’s a Tamron giveaway and if I can choose right words and post an fascinating comment, impressing some very important people at DPS and Tamron, I might win a Tamron 100-400!

    Hmm… I have to find a nice strategy for this and I only have 52 minutes to find that.

    This needs to be personal and have an attitude lots of people would sympathize.

    You know how it is… We photographers who do not have the best equipment complain about not having the best equipment to get that perfect shot and the photographers who have the best equipment say that the photographer is the one to shoot, not the equipment. Well, this might be true to some extent! I am not sure whether it will be appropriate to play the local proverb card but this would definitely hit the bulls eye! We have a saying in Turkish: “Tamron olanla olmayan bir olur mu!” (Meaning the one who has a Tamron will not be the same as the one does not have one.)

    That is a valid saying, if you do think about it. My biggest passion has always been photographing dancing, aviation, motorsports and I am also in love with beautiful women and their portraits.
    When couples line up and start their Rumba, Cha Cha Cha or Quickstep, and when most of them are choose to dance at the far side of the dance floor, you need a good lens with nice zoom capabilities. If you do not have that nice zoom, you are doomed and you might watch dancers as well instead of trying to shoot. So in these circumstances, you need some sort of equipment to be a “good” photographer.

    Airshows is another story. As the security measurements increase year by year, it is nearly impossible to be close enough to have a nice picture. But if you do have a long lens, such as that amazing Tamron 100-400, most of your problems would be over. ƒ4.5 is a nice feature which would allow higher speeds and it would be a piece of cake to freeze the action. More than that I think I can use this baby for portrait shooting and it would have a nice bokeh as well.

    At that point it might be wise to talk about some features of the new lens and that would make them think I’ve visited the product pages. Hmm… I have a 24-70 ƒ2.8 and the AF was always among the best. So it would be nice to say these new Tamron lenses would be superior in terms of fast and reliable focus.

    Aha! This one is lighter than most of the lenses in this range, with its magnesium barrel and this means saying goodbye to the gym! No more looonnng hours working out and I would be able to spend more time shooting instead of trying to work my arms off. ?

    Need to be quick sweetheart, last 25 minutes to the deadline!

    Do you think I should talk about my financial situation? Do you think I should try to how sad and depressed I am seeing all these photographers who has a telephoto lens and watch these people with tears in my eyes? Or do you think I should try to have a more decent profile… Maybe I can say I would donate the lens to an orphanage if I am the winner… I can always say the place was shut down after I receive the lens.

    Damn… this deadline is pushing me so hard and I am afraid I won’t be able to impress these people and be the winner. I am in love with photography and need that lens so badly. All the ideas I had are gone now and I am afraid I will have to post the worst comment ever… ?

    Dear Diary,

    Do you think I should enter this competition?


  • Wojtek Woszczyk

    Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD. Most of the times I am having problem to fill the frame, to get closer, and sometimes it is quite impossible – how can You get closer to a lion or the other side of the river ? Only having such focal length and only with Vibration Compensation allows to get optically closer, to get the proper shot without any shake. And with 4.5-6.3 apertures controlled by electromagnetic diaphragm that shot can be full of beautiful bokeh or sharpness right from the front up to the background. With this lens it becomes Your personal choice, not the limit of Your gear.
    I just came back from quite amazing journey: South Africa and Mozambic and the only lens I was using was Tamron 70-200 lens. Quality of Tamron products is amazing – very durable (Moisture-Resistant Construction is a must during such travel) and at the same time very precise. Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens would be a dream come true glass.

  • Sekundica SSS

    Hello! I am a hobbyist photographer predominantly interested in wildlife and sports photography. I use Nikon DX F mount camera and Nikkor 18-55 kit lens which greatly limits my ability to take shots of far away subjects. I have small equipment budget and it is unlikely that I could afford one of these lenses on my own. These compact and lightweight Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD would be perfect and I’d love to have them, but to be honest Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD would do the great job as well. Thank you for this opportunity!

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