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Can't wait to get the 60mm Macro, but it'll be 2 months.
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Thanks Denny, the birds around the UK tend to be very wary of humans so a lot of my shots are at a distance such that even 300mm is too short a lot of the time, so the extra reach is potential very helpful.
Its not that long ago that all wild-life and birding work was manual focus (as everything else) so its just a case of re-learning the techniques
Here's a shot taken at the end of the session (some 400+ shots) by which time I was beginning to get the hang of it, this image fills about 50% of the frame from around 200ft
You seem to be getting to grips with your new toy very nicely Brian!....a good series of shots posted.
Are you using focus magnification, or does it get too wobbly at that focal length?
Thanks Roger, no I'm not using the focus mag in these shots, in fact the doughnut bokeh makes quite a neat focus confirmation system for a lot of the shots (so long as its there in the background) as it smooths out as the lens gets into focus.
I have live view boost off too so I can keep a rough eye on the exposure (I have a feeling the lens doesn't behave as an f8 aperture, maybe f9+? but it seems to work OK as I'm using it at the moment) I have the IS set for 500mm and I can really hear it working when hand-holding
Quote: Can't wait to get the 60mm Macro, but it'll be 2 months.
it will be worth the wait Denny, you will enjoy it
Still exploring the Tamron 500 and finding it quite capable in the right conditions. This shot, off the monopod in rather grey overcast but clear conditions suprised me as it shows more resolving power / sharpness than I anticipated.
Shot from Hengistbury Head across Mudeford Harbour I would estimate the distance at about 1 mile, yet you can read the RNLI sign on the Lifeboat Station
Considering that's 1000mm FF equiv with monopod, that's really good, Brian!
With a tripod it may have been a tad sharper, I'm guessing.
You are probably right but I don't plan to use a tripod with this lens except for very specific purposes as that would defeat the drive to reduce weight.
In this case I doubt the tripod would have made much difference in this as I think we are seeing atmospheric blurring in addition to the optical weakness of the lens, don't forget its about a mile away over water on a grey day so there is going to be a bit of water vapour about despite the apparent clarity
Do you think a haze filter might help Brian?
Not sure how you would fit that on the front of a mirror lens Denny?
The filters that come with it are screw in ones that fit in the back of the lens
When the light is better its capable of excellent detail and sharpness, these two are a reduced original + 100% crop taken at about 400 yds
Oops! Didn't realise it was a mirror lens.
Have you tried it at night, maybe a nice moon shot?
That's on my list of things to do, if we can only have a clear night, its still cold, grey and overcast in the UK at the moment, miserable weather
Some sun yesterday and I had a chance to see what this lens is really capable of, this Swan shot (yes I know "ABS" ) shows it can pull a tremendous amount of detail out even hand-held.
I'm a convert to mirror lenses as a good value, light-weight solution to the need for long focal distance on a budget
with a 100% crop of the feather detail
Excellent result, Brian! Did you use the monopod?
Thanks CB, nope, all hand-held on this walk, the IS in body makes it remarkably easy
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