Paramount+ at Clive, SXSW 2024 – Austin, Texas

I mentioned that Paramount+ had several sets at their SXSW venue. One of the first I encountered was a set for “A Gentleman in Moscow,” a TV mini-series about a Count in post-revolutionary Russia who is placed under house arrest for life in a grand Moscow hotel.

I had two cameras and a few lenses but used the Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 for almost all of my images — it turned out to be a surprisingly versatile lens. So, what’s the difference between a 17mm perspective and one at 28mm? Here’s a perfect example.

The first picture is at 28mm.

Paramount+ at Clive, SXSW 2024 - Austin, Texas

This second picture is a 17mm shot from exactly the same place, just 7 seconds apart.

Both pictures work equally well but for different purposes. Do you want to highlight the front desk or the entire “lobby” of the faux-hotel set? Though I like small prime lenses and often use the super-compact Sony 24mm f2.8, the Tamron is worth the extra size and weight for its versatility. When I go to restaurants or want the smallest possible package, I use the 24mm f2.8. However, I’ve gravitated towards this wide-angle Tamron for documenting SXSW or taking a single lens on a business trip for after-work photography.

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