I can’t believe it’s been 15 days since I’ve posted a blog. I’ve been taking pictures but none that I can show on the blog. Some corporate head shots and fun snapshots of events.
Something I’ve wanted for a long time but just couldn’t make myself pull the trigger on arrived this past Thursday.
My friend Burt, who shoots a lot of eagles and wildlife images purchased one about 5 years ago and that is when I started thinking about one.
I purchased the Sigma 500mm f4.0 lens first because if was significantly less money. When it arrived I did some extensive shooting with it and many of the images were soft. They were static images and I was on a tripod but they were just soft.
So I sent it back and got the Nikon 500mm F4.0G ED VR AF-SWM Super Telephoto. I put it through the same test shots that I did the Sigma and not one soft image in the bunch. So it is a keeper. 🙂
This beast weighs in at 8.55 pounds so it needs to be on a tripod even though it has image stabilization.
Hope to be able to show you some images from this lens in the near future.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Neat thing about this photo other than of course it is a beautiful red barn on a stone foundation is that it was made at 6:15 p.m. with plenty of sun light remaining. 🙂
That plus the fact that it was warm enough not have to wear a coat while walking around. It looks like we may be on the downhill side of Winter. But I’ve been around long enough to know that we can still face some wintry challenges over the next few weeks.
I would like this barn better if it had a shingled roof but you have to take what you get.
I drove over this small stream and noticed the interesting ice pattern that had gathered near the corner of the stream and thought it would make an interesting image.
On a side note and I’ve never done this before, but I have a couple of pieces of photography equipment I’m getting ready to sell. Before I put them on eBay if anyone is interested you can email me here at the blog.
1st item is a Nikon D610 full frame DSLR 24.6 MP camera with battery grip. 2nd item is a Sigma 50 – 500 mm OS 5-6.3 APO HSM lens. both pieces of equipment are in mint condition.
That’s it for today. Sorry for the “for sale” items but I wanted to give my loyal readers first opportunity.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Wednesday ~ 317
I am not a patient person. Those who know me will attest to that. So back in November 2013 Tamron™ announced the release of a new lens. It was the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Auto focus lens. 600 mm is only 100 mm longer than my current long lens but that extra 100 mm was appealing to me and apparently a lot of other people. Anyway the announcement was made on November 17th and I started checking the websites of my two favorite camera stores on a regular basis. Neither had it listed even for preorder. Then on December 12th it was on one of the camera stores’ website and I ordered it that day. It is surprisingly listed for a reasonable price considering what I’ve read about it.
Now fast forward five months and reading several forums about the delay and it is somewhat gratifying to realize that although I am an inpatient person I don’t even hold a candle to some of the folks on those forum websites. 🙂
So the latest release date (rumored) is now May 15th but of course that depends where you are in the order que and a lot of other factors. I expect to get my lens around October 2015.
I haven’t been having much luck finding things that I want to photograph so Tuesday evening I took the Phantom up for a very quick flight to test out the new antenna. It was too windy to fly really and I didn’t want to get too far away from the transmitter in case I had problems so I just went up and took a few shots and then back down. The neighborhood looks so much better with the beautiful green grass and budding trees. Don’t you just love Spring!
That’s it for today. Busy day ahead with the usual assortment of challenges. Enjoy your day. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.