If you read Passing By Photo you may have seen this bird before. I believe an article with similar shots has been published. We both came up on this bird around the same time.
I was pleased with these photographs since they were taken with my ‘walk around’ lens, Tamron 18-400. I’ve been traveling lighter lately.
These images were pushing the lens to the full 400 mm which is the far limit and a weak spot. Ellen will shoot these at 400 also, but she is using a much better Canon 100-400 L series lens. No comparison.
The Tamron will never compare with my usual Sigma 150-600, however maybe I’m getting better at using it.
Note; Ellen and I try to separate or not take the same shots when out together. Doesn’t always work though.
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Great shots. Just curious what your thoughts are on the Sigma and whether you use a tripod? I also have the Canon 100-400 and the Sigma 150-600, but have recently just found the Sigma too heavy to handhold, and I find it cumbersome to take a monopod or tripod.
Sigma is heavy and cumbersome, maybe more so than the Tamron. I have worked this for years !!!
1. I do hand hold most of the time. And it hurts, I’m paying the price. When possible I use a monopod, but not for in flight. The monopod is for long distance, even at 600. My back and shoulders are now an issue and just today I had to change lens for a light weight option in the middle of a shoot.
2. The 100-400 is no real light weight either. My wife does use it most times since a Sigma was just too heavy. I want that extra 200 mm when out in the middle of nowhere. It’s hard to get there and I want to maximize my shots.
3. The only real light option is not that great. The Tamron 18-400. We did use various Tamron lens but found them to ‘not fit our needs’. The 18-400 is the only option on the market. I have it, use it, and it’s good enough to get by with… but just barely. Sigma is planning something similar which I will be interested in.
Last thought, extenders… I know I have some but they were so useless I put them in some box on the gear closet. Never to be seen again.
Ha, longest WordPress comment I’ve ever written LOL. Hope it helps.
Haha, thanks a lot! I find it very difficult to get good sharp photos hand-held with the Sigma 150-600, even though the reach is great. Too much camera shake. I just got the newer 100-400, and I’m so glad I did. Good advice on the extenders… I’ve heard that from others
The 100-400 is a good choice for most people. You hate to lose reach, but at least you get the shot.
Guess that’s why it’s so popular!