Nature & Wildlife

Pioneer Vato

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Coming back from a trip that took us through 13 states with a trip through several historic and breathtaking places I realized how under powered I was with my 28-300mm Nikkor lens. I have always drooled over the fast long telephotos from Nikon but just could never justify their cost. And so after some thinking and research I decided on giving one of the super zooms out there a try. Yesterday my Tamron 150-600mm lens from B&H arrived and I was anxious to give it a hearty try on my Nikon D700. And so yesterday evening I went searching for some burrowing owls that I knew lived close by and after a few minutes of scoping out an area I know they like to make their home I found just what I was looking for. Here is one captured with my new lens at 600mm with a shutter speed of 1/400 sec. @ f8 using ISO 800 and hand held from inside my vehicle. They are skittish little critters and I had to creep along at idle so as not to startle them so I could get some shots.

With the Nikkor lenses I generally use I knew that sharpness generally is not an issue but with anything else other than Nikon I was rather skeptical on how well my new Tamron would perform. Well I can tell you that the Tamron is as fast ( or faster) on zapping into focus and the sharpness is quite good in my eyes. It's a big and heavy lens but still manageable in the hands and the 600mm range would have done me quite well in Yellowstone last weekend.

 

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JohnVF

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That is great! And knowing the back story is even better. My wife used to use a shorter Tamron zoom on her Nikon and when she switched to a Canon DSLR she hated the Canon lenses, and was never happy until she bought the exact same Tamron lens for the Canon 5D. It's a fantastic lens. And I can see by the above photo that so is your long zoom. This is such a cool photo "I see you. Don't think I don't".
 

Pioneer Vato

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Oh yeah! They watched me like a hawk but I was lucky in that I stayed in my vehicle which they are probably used to since these little guys live around some farming where the farmers often drive thier trucks as they check their fields. But in another location earlier in the day and several more miles away I got out of my truck and they screeched off and kept their distance. I was fortunate they stayed put but never took their attention from me and the 600mm allowed me some distance without fear of scaring them off. They will see me again.
 

fiddlefye

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I took a walk down to the Detroit River this afternoon and met a new little friend. A hundred and fifty years ago the river was full of these fellows, but this is the first I've seen. He seems to have his burrow in the riverbank right at the foot of my street, two blocks from home. Nikon D750/Tamron 70-210 f3.5 SP, considerable cropping.
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