200 - 500mm

by Phil Child August. 03, 2018 489 views

Today I have brought a Tamron 200 to 500 mm, Oh my! It's an odd looking thing and a sizeable lens. Fitted to the old D7100 it's going to need a tripod.

Anyway looking forward to see what it and me could do, I set out to nearby pool and settled down, the moon was still up, so 500 mm iso 200, f7, 1.600, I point and shoot.

In the distance a farmer was bringing in the hay, so same setting apart from now f6 to keep speed up.

So, non moving items were not a problem, then on the pool a few geese were having a meeting, one of the group stood up to do whatever geese do!

OK not going to bad, scanning around I spot bids in a tree, no problem I thought, however they move a little faster!!

and hide behind branches. Trying to capture them I did not notice speed had dropped to 1/1250 and the birds are a tad blurred.

Then swooping on to the pool to grab a drink, swallows; snapping away I was but, I missed them all. This I thought is a new challenge, however after a while I'd captured zero, not one. So, I moved my attention back to slower birds.

Very happy with how the lens performed it was time to leave for work. I learned that with wild life you have to be very patient, wherever you sit they move away and must keep an eye on settings and practice.

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Joe Zink 2 years, 10 months ago

That's an impressive lens, Phil...though it looks huge!grinning

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Phil Child Replied to Joe Zink 2 years, 10 months ago

Hi Joe, yea, its a tad large, about 2 foot with hood on, great fun tho..

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