All the new goodies arrived today, and I immediately popped open the box containing the new Tamron 18-270 PZD. One thing that really surprised me was the difference in size between this lens and the older version. I don't know if the difference is because the Sony version lacks the vibration reduction, or if the newer lens overall is just smaller.
I've only taken a small number of test shots, but so far, the sharpness seems to be a little better than the older version and achieving focus is considerably faster. The zoom is not as smooth as the older model, but if it's like the other Tamrons I've owned, it will probably smooth out after a couple days of use.
I also very quickly attached the BlackRapid RS-7 strap. Having the strap attach to the bottom of the camera is really just the right place to do it. One of my big, big gripes about traditional straps is that they're forever ending up between my eye and the viewfinder, especially when I'm shooting a vertical. With the BlackRapid, that just plain can't happen. Nice. And, it almost feels as if the camera is not there.
I'll be loading up most all of the kit and caboodle over the next couple of days to see how it all works together. I am thinking that I'll be adding a couple more items to my new "must have" list -- I'd like a light-weight convertible tripod/monopod, for instance. But, look for some more comments over the next few days.