When spring is here and the birds starts to come back, it is the perfect opportunity to take pictures of them. It is not always easy to get close to birds so it is of importance to use a lens that can get a close-up. I recommend lenses that are 400mm or above. I have used Canon 6D and Tamron 150-600mm lens for these pictures. The pictures are all taken from my car. When you take pictures from the car remember that the vibrations from the car can effect your picture (depending of the quality of your camera equipment) so make sure to turn of your car while taking the pictures.
Do I have something on my beak?
On a sunny day I took this picture of a Eurasian Curlew. Its a mid sized bird that looks very interesting with the long beak. It is taken at 600 mm with Tamron 150-600mm lens and with Canon 70D. Even if this picture is taken at the maximum length of 600 mm it still turned out sharp. Tamron perform great when it is sunny weather. All the details will be seen and it nicely blurred out the background. The aperture is at f7.1 in this picture.
I took this picture when I was near a pond in a park. These birds looked very funny, like they were having a conversation so I quickly took a picture of them. I think the little black-headed gull is saying to the other that it wants food.
I used Tamron 150-600 mm with Canon 6D. The 6D really make the picture look softer and I like the result. Have you ever tried this lens and camera combination? Which combination do you prefer?
I went to Sri Lanka to test my Tamron 150-600mm lens in the wild. In every corner you will find some animal just waiting for its photo opportunity. Like the bird seen above, it was very calm and did not mind getting photographed. The bird is a green bee-eater.
The pictures above are showing a purple Heron, cattle Egrets, Little Cormorant, Grey Heron, Intermediate Egret and a purple Heron flying.
A little purple swamphen is in the picture above. I was lucky to get a picture of it before it ran away. This was from the Bundala national park, a bird sanctuary.
A fight between 2 males that both wants to have the little island behind them with one female. The birds are called White-breasted Waterhen.
Most of the pictures are not from a national park. These birds can be found in the wild anywhere in Sri Lanka.
Gathered some pictures taken in April of 2014, mostly pictures of birds as that is my main aim right now. All pictures are taken with the Canon 60D and Tamron 150-600mm lens.
Here are more pictures that I have taken recently:
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Even more picture:
Last picture of today:
These picture are the first picture I took with the Tamron 150-600. It was cloudy and the birds were never still so it will be little blurry because I had to handhold the camera and lens when I took the pictures. All the pictures showing are taken at the max focal length of 600 mm and f 6.3. I have read that the aperture should be at f 8.0 when taken pictures with 600 mm, but i thought of trying first with f 6.3.
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The order is done! I am now just waiting for the Tamron 150-600 mm lens to come any day now. I have been waiting and waiting for a store to have this in their supply and yesterday it was available in a online photo store. It cost me around 11 000 Swedish kronor with shipping. I will get the lens tomorrow if everything goes according to plans.
I was first thinking of ordering it from B&H photo store in New York, but when you add the cost for customs, shipping plus 25% in tax, it does not feel worth it. I was also unsure if the warranty would be valid here in Europe since the Tamron site for Europe have been writing we need to have a warranty valid in Europe, that you will only get if you buy it from Europe.
I also read about the warranty that Tamron have for 5 years. You have to register within 2 months after purchased in order to get the warranty, otherwise you only have 1-year warranty. There are some policies that might not be so good in it. One issue as I see it is for example that the warranty is not transferable. So if you sell the lens in second hand, the person who buys it will not get the warranty.
When I was ordering the lens I was given a option of including a insurance for the lens. I was thinking about adding one because if something happens I want to be sure it will be covered by the insurance. Then I came to think about the home insurance that I have which covers everything I own. So I gave my insurance company a call and was happy to know that even my camera is covered and that even if I happen to drop the lens it will still be taken cared of. So it is a good idea to check all these things before you buy anything. Otherwise you end up signing unnecessary insurance. I saved 1000 SEK by not taking the lens insurance.
I have seen lots of nice pictures that other photographers have taken with this ultra lens, it really is a good lens. Soon it till be time for me to also try my best to take nice pictures like I have seen is possible. It will be my first ultra zoom lens so I am really excited about that. Now I feel like I do not need to buy any other super zoom lens because the Tamron 150-600 mm covers the whole range of focal length that I need. I will be using this lens for nature photography, especially for wild animals and birds.
The weight of almost 2 kg makes it possible to hand hold the lens, not like the heavy kind like Canon 600 mm lens. I predict this lens will be many peoples favorite lens, the price is also a big factor. Now most people can afford to have a ultra zoom lens without selling their car to afford a really good lens.
Are you also about to buy a Tamron 150-600 mm lens or at least thinking about it? Then click the follow button to get more information about what accessories I will use for this lens and you will get to follow the process of using the “Bigron” like some people call it. If you have any questions let me know. I will be writing about the filter I choose for this lens in another post. It will also be the time for me to start looking for a bag for this lens, as it might not fit in the bag I have now.