I have 5 images for today as I was doing a lens evaluation. The results are pretty amazing.
Jeanne and I are going on a couple of trips this Summer and I don’t want to carry a heavy camera bag with lots of lenses. I also don’t want to get in a position where I don’t have the right focal length to capture the images I want.
So about a year and a half ago Tamron™ announced an 18mm – 400mm lens to bridge the gap of several lenses. Like everything there are pros and cons to a zoom lens with that big of focal length range. Being a certified gear head I had to have it, even though I have not always had the best luck with Tamron™ lenses.
It is a Dx lens meaning it is for a “cropped sensor” camera body. I have it on the Nikon D500, which is a “cropped sensor” camera body. There is a multiplier factor to the focal length on a “cropped sensor” camera body of 1.5 times. Which means that the 18mm-400mm lens becomes a 27mm – 600mm lens. It is relatively light weight and compact so it is the perfect “touristy” walk around lens.
I’ve probably told you way more than you want to know about this lens other than the fact that it was fairly inexpensive compared to a “normal” lens. To be honest, I didn’t think it would be a very good lens but I had 30 days to try it out before buying it. I remember shooting a few images with it and thought it’s okay. Click here if you want to see the results of that initial shoot.
Yesterday I had lunch with my wonderful Daughter at the Dubuque Golf & Country Club. I even dressed up a little bit for that. 🙂
Then I went down to the river with this lens to put it through its paces. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the results.
It has a fast focus and is quite. It’s light weight so pretty easy to hold and carry. The lens also has image stabilization so it mitigates camera shake. As you can see with the Red-Winged Black bird it is a pretty sharp lens. But the real eye opener is the next two photos.
I was standing in the parking lot near the River Center and took this photograph of the Dubuque County Courthouse.
I was standing in the exact same place at the racked out focal length of 600mm and this is the uncropped image as it came out of the camera.
Needless to say I was very impressed with the lens and it will travel with me.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Sunday! ~ 299
Typical Saturday for me. Even though I had Friday off it was still pretty much a veg day. I had three basic projects that I wanted to accomplish yesterday and only one of them got done.
After spending some time with Andreas last Saturday and having so much fun shooting the small birds I had decided to get some bird feeders for our back yard. The problem with our set up is there are no trees close to the house. They are all at the back of the property. We did that so that the our kids and their friends would have an uninterrupted play ground for bad-mitten, croquet, and other yard games. Now of course it would be nice to have some small trees up close so the birds could set on them. I’ll have to figure out something.
The one project that I did get done was to test the Tamron 150 – 600 mm lens. My neighbor also has a lot of bird feeders so I was standing in my yard shooting some Finches in his back yard. He came over for a visit and it turns he is an avid bird watcher as well. He used to photograph some of the birds he watched but now he just enjoys watching them. He has many bird feeders and has had everywhere he has lived before. He gave me some good ideas of where I could put the bird feeders and what kind to get.
Another part of this story is that I have never used a gimbal on my tripod. By looking at them I couldn’t see the advantage of them over the ball head that I now use. That is until I spent some time last Saturday watching Andreas use his gimbal head. A light bulb went off in my head (there was no permanent damage done.) So that is what they are good for. I found an inexpensive one on Amazon.com and I was also trying it out this weekend. WOW! Talk about a Duh moment. Why haven’t I done this before. It makes shooting wildlife so much easier. I’m hooked.
Jeanne and I have had several discussions in the past about bird feeders and the whole feeding the birds thing. She had some good reservations and so we talked some more Saturday about it. She said she would go with me to look at them, which was helpful. Being so impulsive, there was no telling what I would have come back with.
We bought a couple of feeders and a pole to hang them from. Some bird feed and few other items and then went home. When we got home we discovered we had left part of the stand in the shopping cart so back to the store. Fortunately an honest person had turned it in to customer service so we got it back without having to buy another one. 🙂
After we got everything filled and set up, I sat close to the house in the shade with my tripod and within 15 minutes we had our first Finch. Like Jeanne said, they know where other feeders are, they’ll learn where ours is.
So it was an enjoyable afternoon watching the feeders and shooting the ubiquitous Robins in the yard. I have not made a final judgement on the Tamron lens. It seems to be sharp when set up correctly for the lighting conditions. Very fast on focusing and much quieter than my Sigma. Right now I would have to say the Sigma is a tad bit sharper but there is still a lot of testing and experimenting to be done.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your Sunday and be careful.