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.
I have three images for you today. I decided yesterday morning that I would go to the Green Island Wildlife Preserve and see what I could find. I was disappointed to learn that the main area of the preserve was closed because of duck and goose hunting season. So even though I only wanted to hunt with a camera I could not enter.
So I traveled some of the side roads that were still open. Pickings were pretty slim but I wanted to try out the Nikon D500 with a 600 mm lens. I have not tried it with a long lens and I was very happy with the results. The Nikon D500 is a DX (cropped) sensor, which gives a 1.5 times magnification to any lens. So instead of shooting a 600 mm lens what I was actually shooting was a 900 mm lens. I was thrilled with the results.
I also took the Nikon D4 with me and the difference in that 300 mm of additional length was dramatic. None of the images I am showing today have been cropped. You can click on them to make them larger to reveal more detail.
By far the most prevalent wildlife I saw yesterday were Coots. They were everywhere so getting the right shot wasn’t really a problem.
I was actually on my way out of GI when I noticed some movement in the brush along the left side of the road. I stopped and backed up until I saw this Blue Heron. He was fishing in the canal that runs the length of the road. Trying to get a shot of him in all that brush proved to be a real challenge. I have several images of blurry blobs to testify to that.
So what I did was change my focus setting to single point and focused only on the eye. He wasn’t moving so after several tries this is what I came away with. I’m happy with it.
The ubiquitous turtle. It was a nice sunny day and the temperatures were mild for November so I found this guy sitting on a downed tree trunk. I had taken the long lens off the D500 and put it back on the D4 but I was so close to the turtle it didn’t make any difference.
That’s it for today.
It’s election day in US and finally the end of a very long, weird, and divisive election. I pray for our country no matter who wins. Jeanne and I voted a couple of weeks ago. I hope you will exercise your responsibility and vote as well.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Just one image for you today that I took a couple of weeks ago while visiting the Lock and Dam in Dubuque. First time out with the new Nikon D500 and I was just making some shots of the river traffic.
Nothing else on my mind today so I’ll thank you for stopping by the blog.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I’ll take a break from the classic cars to show you some images I took the first day of my class. Our first location shoot was at Marathon Motors. They have a small collection of antique automobiles in various conditions of repair.
I found this building to be an interesting subject while waiting for the museum to open.
This is the same location where Antique Archeology is located. I didn’t realize until later that Antique Archeology is where the American Pickers sell there discoveries. Cool place to visit. I posted some images of their place last week.
I picked up a new camera yesterday. Really had no intentions of buying another camera but Joe McNally convinced me that I really needed this one. I have for several years, shot only full frame DLSRs. The new Nikon D500 is a “cropped sensor” DLSR with a lot of the features of the Nikon D5 at a fraction of the cost. It has a 200 shot buffer and 10 fps plus a much higher ISO tolerance then even the D4S.
So that means I have a camera for sale. I have a Nikon D750 (full frame) with the MB-D16 battery grip and two batteries. You can read the full description by clicking here. Very reasonable price and it is only a little over a year old. 🙂
I will only have it for a limited time as I do have another outlet for it. so email me if you’re interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
I will leave you with this shot from the Antique Automobile entrance. Bill Fortney has shown this subject on his blog many times and has featured it in one of his e-books. He set up the lighting for us so all we had to do was compose and shoot.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.