The sharpest, fastest lens in the world is no good to me if it can’t withstand the shooting conditions I subject it to. On certain jobs I don’t have the luxury of hauling a bag of lenses into the field, either. I need one workhorse lens to hand every situation. My recent backcountry ski trip to Northern British Columbia was such a situation.
I’m not the best backcountry skier in the world; I usually spend most of my time dodging trees of digging snow out of my teeth and goggles. This just means that my gear needs to be even more rugged, and ready to work at any moment. The Tamron 16-300mm MACRO’s moisture-resistant construction kept my lens’ internal goods dry even as I subjected it to harsh, wet conditions in all manner of inclement weather. I had enough zoom to spot rabid wolverines on distant bluffs, and a field of view wide enough to capture my fellow expeditioners conquering mountains. Exploring majestic Shames Mountain with Hyland Backcountry Services will go down as one of my favorite adventures of all time—the Coast Mountain Range terrain is spectacular, the powder pristine, and the setting wholly Canadian. I’m glad I had the right equipment in hand to capture the experience.
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