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Lens of a Lifetime Winner • Lucas Tiefenthaler

Lech, Austria • Canon 6D Mk II, Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8, f/9, 10sec, ISO 1600
I am an 18 years old student from Austria. I am a landscape photographer and love to spend most of my free time in nature, capturing unique moments. I am also a passionate skier and I love to take my camera on the slopes.

Which lens has changed your life and why?
The Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 has changed my life. It is the first lens I ever bought and, before that, I had a normal kit lens which I found pretty bad. I initially thought I needed a better camera, because the pictures didn’t really look good, especially during low light situations, but then I thought that perhaps I should try a better lens instead. I’m really glad I did, as I bought the Tamron and... booom, the images were so much better.

Because of that I became more and more interested in photography. I constantly tried to improve my photography. I took my camera from now on almost everywhere. And for several years, no matter what the weather conditions are, whether snowstorm, thunderstorm or sun, I’m out taking pictures thanks to the Tamron lens. Without this lens I probably would have never continued with photography.

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How long have you been shooting with it?
For over three years now. During this time I have got it completely wet, and dropped it on a rock, but it has survived without major damage.

What drew you to that lens initially?
I was looking for a lens that I could use in every situation and the Tamron’s 24-70mm focal length is very versatile. I can do everything from portrait to sports and landscape photography. I use a Canon DSLR, but the Canon 24-70mm lens was too expensive for me as a student, so the Tamron was a great alternative.

Has this lens lived up to or exceeded your expectations?
It has definitely exceeded my expectations, because the quality of the images are so impressive. It is also great for nightscapes.

What advice would you give to other photographers considering this lens?
You cannot go wrong with the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8. If you are overwhelmed by the choice of lenses available, and don’t want to spend a lot of money, this lens is a great solution. Spend time getting to know its strengths and weaknesses to really get the best out of it.

What is your future lens purchase?
Good question. Budget permitting, the Canon 100-400mm for sports photography, but I am currently really happy with the lenses I have.

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