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Viimane pilt konnast / Last photo of that frog

Posted by
Vaido (Võrumaa, Estonia) on 3 July 2019 in Animal & Insect.

I spent one weekend shooting with a Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens.
Viljandimaa @ May 2019
Impressions about the lens:
- Sample images you can see throughout this week
- It was a lot of fun to use it, as I usually shoot with 200mm and 600mm will take you to far beyond it.
- I was very happy seeing photos on LCD
- The lens was practical and handy to use, and reasonably fast
- It is really short when locked to 150mm
- You better have good light for shooting with 600mm
... but Vibration control is quite impressive
...And 600mm is not easy to point and hold anyway, so you have to practice more than I did
- Sometimes I didn't like the bokeh of the result (see here) at all
- Sometimes I was impressed with the sharpness of the result on 600mm (see here)
... but quite often the result was much softer than I'm used to with my 70-200mm (sizing down and sharpening helped out on the stork photo above, but I still can't see any feather details on stork)
... and I made a bunch of slightly unsharp photos, too - with 600mm, still object and good light.

Generally speaking: I liked many results - but the success percentage was lower than I expected and somehow unpredictable for me. Maybe it just me and a lack of experience with that lens and focus range.

I will not buy it, as I don't like to carry it with me all the time anyway (and I love my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens).
But if I would, the price and quality (and a lot of practice) combination make that lens a strong candidate for sure.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/2000 second F/6.3 ISO 1000 600 mm

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Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Very nice caught.

3 Jul 2019 6:57am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Magnifique prise

3 Jul 2019 9:13am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
A M A Z I N G !

3 Jul 2019 5:14pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot. Thanks so much for your thoughts and photos illustrating them.

3 Jul 2019 6:45pm

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

This is a great photo. Well focused and sharp at 600mm. Thanks for your observations. They are very helpful for any future decisions. I like the 70-200mm very much as well. For now I will be investing in a 2x teleconverter and see how that goes during our next travels.

4 Jul 2019 2:43am

@Darkelf Photography: I also use EF 2x III converter for years and I am quite pleased with that, keeping in mind that this is the lightest thing I can carry with me. Everything in my blog marked 400mm is actually 200mmx2 with a converter. Focusing with it can be significantly slower from time to time, but I don't shot the sports and flying birds with that, so I have time for an extra half of second if it happens.
And I also got 16-35mm because of your recommendations :) I'm very pleased with that.

Devi from Chennai, India

a superb shot !

8 Jul 2019 3:00pm