Guide to Using Your Tamron Zoom Lens

The Tamron Zoom Lens is a lens for digital SLR cameras; these third-party lens fit different name brand cameras, including Nikon and Canon lenses. But, before you can use your zoom lens, you need to know how these work so that you can correctly operate it. These lenses, however, are pretty straightforward, and beginners can quickly catch on as to how to use them.

Reasons to Use a Zoom Lens

The most important reason for a zoom lens is to focus on items far away. For example, if you are standing near a tree, and want to take a picture of a bird located near the top of the tree, you can zoom into the bird just using the zoom lens.

Zoom lenses help you get close-ups of people, animals and landscapes. So, they are an important part of your camera kit.

Using a Tripod or Monopod

When you zoom into an object, you are increasing the chance that that object is going to be fuzzy. This is due to that fact that your hands shake, causing your camera to slightly move. While this really doesn’t affect close up pictures unless the shake is extremely pronounced, it does affect pictures as you zoom out. In fact, the more your zoom out, the more noticeable the shaking.

To counteract this, use either a tripod or a monopod. With both of these, your camera attaches to the top of it. The difference comes with the number of legs; the tripod has three and the monopod one. Tripods are steadier than monopods, but monopods are more portable, making them perfect for shots on the go.

Attaching the Lens

At the bottom of your lens, you’ll see a little white dot. Align this dot with the one on the body of the camera. When these two dots are aligned, rotate the lens counterclockwise. You’ll hear a click when the lens is in place.

How to Zoom Out

To start zooming into an object, cup the lens with one hand with your eye glued to the viewfinder. This helps you figure out exactly how far out you need to zoom to see your subject. Next, start rotating the lens clockwise. This causes the lens to zoom into the subject. To zoom out, simple rotate it counterclockwise.

Pay attention to the brackets within the viewfinder. This will let you know what’s in the center of your shot. Hold down, but don’t depress the shutter button. This helps you see exactly what your camera is focusing on. Use this method for automatic. For manual, you will have to manually control the shot, so try zooming in and out until the camera has the object tin focus.

Taking the Shot

Take your shot. Again, if you are not using a tripod or monopod, then the image may be fuzzy. You may not, however, be able to see this on the little LCD screen. So, if you are worried about your pictures being blurry, bring a laptop and download the pictures as you go.