This past week, I finally sold the lens that started it all, the Tamron 18-250mm.
I hardly hold sentimentality to pieces of equipment but this one was different because it was through it that all my major achievements in photography came. Now this may seem to be a surprise to some that what is a "consumer level" or "travel" lens did so much, much less on a crop sensor lens. but similar to a previous post I simply had to Seize the Moment & Use What You Have.
So a little history now... It was the first lens I bought with my own money, not understanding the lens world that well. All I wanted was something that was able to do everything, which was wide as possible and a huge zoom. It was the first of it's kind from Tamron and it was a treat to get it. Since then it took everything, I mean everything, this is before iPhone photography, so it was what documented so many life experiences. Also as stated before this lens took some of my most pivotal images including the "Dream of Sally's garden Series" which was the final year project at UWI/Edna Manley and "Jonkunoo: Fife and Drum"; they got me silver and gold respectively at the JCDC National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition. Not to forget the Chimera series as well!
Then came my start in wedding photography, it was the only one that did all the work- crazy right photographers? The only company it had for a short time was a 50mm lens. It survived two camera bodies and sparing with a 70-200mm f2.8. It's most recent achievement was the creation of my bridal party composites. Not bad for its six year history and now battle tested it's off to hopefully do similar great things for another aspiring photographer.
So why did I choose to write a whole blog about a lens I'm apparently nostalgic over? Because there are many who are at that stage where they may wish to have the better gear or circumstances to create what they have in mind. The real lesson that this little beast taught me was the importance of light, composition and my personal vision and style. it forced me to focus on those other aspects of my skill set that I could control; and in time the cool thing is that those skills ultimately paid-back by allowing me to grow enough to be able to finally upgrade my camera system.
In the future I hope to get one of it's descendants purely for when I travel, because it's a truly versatile piece of glass to have that can stay married to your camera and allow you to survive most photography situations.