A new lens for my panorama's
The panorama's I've shot of Manhattan from Staten Island have been the most frustrating of all my many pano's thus far. I've been able to identify four lenses ranging from wide angle to semi telephoto that achieve great results for a wide range of situations. But they are all unsuitable for panorama shots that require you to pull in fine details of buildings that are miles away. Unfortunately none of my telephoto lenses, even my venerable 300mm ED-IF Nikkor (one of the finest 300mm lenses Nikon ever made), have produced great results when I set them with this task.
Lenses for this type of shot have to be more than sharp, which all of mine pretty much are. They also have to be able to handle atmospheric haze that is present even on clear days and nights when your subject is more than a mile away, and not just on foggy days like this mornings weather.
But none of them has been able to produce super sharp results in the panoramas I've taken of the city from the other side of New York Bay on Staten Islands shores some 4 miles away as the crow flies. This despite always using a tripod, electronic release, and even locking up the mirror on my camera.
So out of frustration I decided to toss my new Tamron 100-400mm into the ring. I didn't think a zoom would do better than my prime lens telephoto's. But for whatever reason this Tamron has. These shots would have actually looked great if I had used a polarizer. But I brought the wrong size polarizing filter (unforgivably stupid of me). But even without it, I can still see this is the lens that will bring home the goods on my future shots of the city from Staten Islands distant shores. Looking forward to that, greatly.
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