I was walking in the park and I sat down at a bench to just enjoy the sunny weather and to have a bit of break. I turned around to check out the little lake that was behind me. There I saw a little bird that came very close to where I was sitting.
I took up my camera and aimed. I was using Canon 70D and the lens was a Tamron 150-600 mm version 1. I got the following pics of the bird called Wagtail.
As I continued sitting on the bench and relaxing there came other birds that wanted to drink the water. So I felt I was lucky that the birds were coming to my spot instead of me trying to come to theirs.
I call this segment reflections since all the birds have a reflection in the water.
All of the pictures above are taken at 600 mm with a aperture of f8. The picture below is taken at 350 mm with a aperture of 7.1. The reson I mostly take at f8 is because in order to get pretty sharp pictures with Tamron 150-600 you need to be at this aperture.
The most fun with bird photography is the challenge to get a photo of a very active bird. Small birds in particular have a hard time of staying in the same place for more than just few seconds. These pictures are taken with Canon 70D and Tamron 150-600mm. I like this lens a lot. Tamron 150-600 mm lens is cheap compare to the professional and expensive 600 mm lenses but still delivers some great shots. I will share some pictures I have taken with Tamron 150-600mm lens.
If you like wildlife photography and especially bird photography then eventually you might need a gimbal on your tripod.
The gimbal makes it easy to follow the bird when it flies by you. It is easy to use, it rotates the way I want it to. I can easily follow fast moving objects with this gimbal.
I can recommend Beike-45. Why?
Because it is great! It is also good value for your money. It only cost 70 US dollars nowadays. Normally similar kind of gimbals cost around 300-450 US dollars. I bought mine in 2015 at Aliexpress from China, then it cost me 78 US dollars. I got it delivered in 3 weeks. So if you are planning to go somewhere for wildlife photography order it in time for it to be delivered before you go on a trip.
I used to always have this Gimbal ready on my tripod when I was going somewhere for bird photography and I knew I would be there for a while. It is not that heavy to carry. It weighs around 1 kilo. On the above picture I have a Canon 70D and Tamron 150-600mm attached to the Gimbal. I dont have to worry that it might tip over, it is very stable and it is easy to rotate.
When you use a gimbal make sure that you have the level meter on your camera. Usually it will look like a red/green line that gives you direction on which way to turn to make the camera straight.
If you are into bird photography then the ideal lenses for that are the 500mm, 600mm and even the 800mm lens. They are my dream lenses. Why? Well because they take really clear and amazing pictures, at least for what I have seen by people using the lenses.
So what is stopping most people from getting one in their collection? Well its simple, it cost a lot. Depending on where you are from in the world the price can vary a lot which seems little unfair if you stay in a very expensive country. Usually Singapore or US will sell them cheaper then here where I am staying.
I like to keep a goal which could be reachable but it should not be to easy to reach it, you have to earn it. When you have the lens you always wanted you will feel like, ok now what? So I am aiming for a big lens so that I can drool little longer over these dream lenses. With all the new versions coming out for teh same lens the older versions are getting cheaper and have a more reasonable price. So just wait and have patience and it will be yours one day. At least that is what I will keep telling myself, one they it will be mine.
What is your dream lens?