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Tamron SP 15-30 mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

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Christoph Oberschneider captures thrilling action shots set against majestic mountain scenery. He was also accompanied on his sporty jaunts through the Salzburger Land region by the new, high speed, 15-30 mm ultra-wide-angle zoom lens from Tamron.

Boom! Everything is white for a moment. There is nothing to see and nothing to here. Except for the chattering sound of the camera. Click-click-click-click-click! Christoph Oberschneider presses down on the shutter release. Capturing four or five photos a second. The snow then begins to clear and a broad grin spreads across the photographer's face. "Another good day at the office", he comments later on his Facebook page. Underneath is his favourite shot of the day: a skier rapidly descending a steep slope who can barely be seen through a cloud of powder snow.

Oberschneider's "office" in the winter is the heavenly mountain landscape of the Salzburger Land region. Majestic mountain scenery, bright blue skies and gleaming white snow as far as the eye can see. The Austrian stages his action-packed photographs in the middle of this dream landscape. He is out and about in this region almost every day, whenever possible, with his camera – in temperatures down to minus 8 degrees, at an altitude of around 1,700 meters and up to two meters deep in snow. "Tree-deep is the new knee-deep!" he laughs and gives the skier further up the mountain a signal to set off. "Woo-Hooo!"

Freestyle photography

"The exciting thing for me is the mix of physical exertion and photographic challenge", says Oberschneider. In the summer and when the snow is not yet quite as deep as now, he focuses his lens on mountain bikers, runners and mountain climbers. The photographer from Salzburg shoots what he loves and loves what he shoots. A photographic daredevil who understands how to artistically break the rules. A true freestyler!

Oberschneider consistently manages to combine the natural beauty of the landscape with the dynamics of movement in his photographs. "I try to reach those viewing the photos on an emotional level and give them the feeling that they are themselves part of the picture", explains the photographer. He is also able to achieve this thrilling proximity to the subject matter using the new ultra-wide-angle zoom lens from Tamron: the SP 15-30 mm F/2.8 Di VC USD.

"I have up to now used the 15-30 mm lens from Tamron for trail running, mountain biking, climbing, snowboarding and skiing", says Oberschneider. "I like the quality of the lens. The image performance and sharpness at an open aperture of F/2.8 are exceptional."

He is also impressed by the huge field of view offered by the 15 mm focal length. "It allows me to capture a field of view of around 110 degrees and thus integrate much more of the surroundings into the image than was previously possible", he enthuses. "This makes it easier to show the steepness of the terrain and adds more drama to the photos. Overall, the subjects appear very vivid."

High-quality equipment

Oberschneider keeps his equipment to a minimum on his energy-sapping climbing and skiing tours. Alongside two DSLR's, he only carries the Tamron SP 24-70 mm F/2.8 Di USD, the Tamron SP 70-200 mm F/2.8 Di USD and the new Tamron SP 15-30 mm F/2.8 Di VC USD in his rucksack. "The combination of the compact design and weather-resistance of the Tamron lenses is perfectly suited to long expeditions", says Oberschneider, who appreciates not least the good value for money offered by these high speed Tamron lenses with their high-quality workmanship. "On the one hand, I am able to optimally isolate my subject matter and achieve beautiful blurring effects. And on the other hand, I also have the possibility of taking fantastic shots in less ideal lighting conditions, while the high resolution enables me to reproduce the finest details in the image. All three lenses produce very sharp pictures with an open aperture."

The ultra-wide-angle lens in practical use

The image quality in the extreme wide-angle setting particularly impressed him. "Despite the extreme 15 mm focal length, distortions are only noticeable in the outermost edges of the image. "In addition, light falling on the image from the side, the Achilles heel of most lenses supplied by competitors in the ultra-wide-angle segment, does not cause any unattractive ghosting."

The image quality in the extreme wide-angle setting particularly impressed him. "Despite the extreme 15 mm focal length, distortions are only noticeable in the outermost edges of the image. "In addition, light falling on the image from the side, the Achilles heel of most lenses supplied by competitors in the ultra-wide-angle segment, does not cause any unattractive ghosting."

High image quality

The high optical quality of the new ultra-wide-angle lens from Tamron can be traced back to the design of the lens that incorporates 18 elements in 13 groups. These include a special XGM element (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) and multiple low dispersion glass elements. These features effectively compensate for aberrations such as lateral colour aberrations and geometric distortions.

The nano-structure of the eBAND coating and the improved BBAR coating also suppress ghosting and flare which can occur quickly with other standard wide-angle lenses. The results are sharp, brilliant photographs and an exceptional overall image quality across the entire image range.

And to ensure that water and dirt are repelled, the large, convex front lens of the 15-30 mm zoom lens has been given a special fluorine coating. This significantly simplifies cleaning of the lens. The design of the lens with nine diaphragm blades retains its circular aperture opening even when stopped down by two steps from its full open position. This makes creative Bokeh effects possible and enables you to effectively separate sharp and blurred sections of the image.

Quicker and more convenient autofocus

"The autofocus works very quickly and precisely. In addition, I can adjust the focus manually at any time without switching the focussing mode", says Oberschneider about one of the features of the 15-30 mm F/2.8 Di VC USD that is important to him as a sport's photographer. Thanks to its high-torque and fast response speed, the Ultrasonic Silent Drive motor delivers tack-sharp images.

As equally important as the image quality to Oberschneider is the robust appearance of the lens. "The workmanship on the 15-30 mm lens is very good and, in my opinion, even has a slightly more refined look overall. All in All, I have to say that it is a real pleasure to take photographs with the new wide-angle lens."

Par autoru: Christoph Oberschneider

Christoph Oberschneider was born in 1983 in Salzburg where he also grew up. While studying for his medical degree in Graz, he quickly developed a growing interest for photography and film with a focus on combining sport and landscapes. In 2012, he presented his short film "Days of Powder in Sportgastein" at the Salzburg Mountain Film Festival and the following year he achieved a number of top placed finishes at international ski photography competitions. He was one of five photographers worldwide to be invited to Whistler, Canada, for the "Pro Photographer Showdown" as part of the renowned "World Ski and Snowboard Festival" in 2014.

www.oberschneider.com

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