The reviews are consistent with your findings that the Nikon 200-500mm is optimised for closer distances and the Tamron is better for longer distances. I wonder if this was just by chance or was it deliberate because review sites do their Imatests close up?I'm planing to spend ~3,600 for the the new 500mm PF. First have to rent one and make some side by side comparison... Zoom many times is handy thing to have but I need some better performance above 20m to the object and somewhat better AF speed (oh, and not that heavy!)... The zoom stays anyway!
Concerning the Alan's comment: I had hard time choosing the lens. Took the steeper way (because I don't believe everything reviews are saying and the fact that there is a difference from copy to copy for this price tag) - rented two Tamrons and two Nikons . The Nikons were better in AF tracking department and somewhat better in the distances up to ~12 meters (and definitely better for close-ups). Didn't find obvious differences between the copies (on 25" rather good monitor). My fear was that ordering just one copy I may get lemon but fortunately it didn't happen, I didn't see any difference (not scientific test - as with the rented lenses just walked and shoot for few hours, but first thing to check was for decentering and if I need some significant AF tune...). And yes, I think Canon's 100-400 could be better lens (for higher price) but I never had an opportunity to shoot it. And yeah - I have seen many great photos taken with that lens (and this for sure is the best criteria for me)!
Great shots Don! My favorite is the second one! And nice bird that I have never seen in real.
Freedom singer!!!And some shots from yesterday. The first one is just to give some opportunities for size comparing (I thing the mesh of the net is same as I have seen it in Europe). Not much fun on that place... Next photos are from different place, just common birds but much more fun for me! The first photo of the Night heron is at ISO 400, second at ISO 1600 to gain some speed. WELL, AFTER PUSHING "FULL IMAGE" THE FIRST PHOTO BECOME LAST
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Yet another nice set of pictures!And some shots from yesterday. The first one is just to give some opportunities for size comparing (I thing the mesh of the net is same as I have seen it in Europe). Not much fun on that place... Next photos are from different place, just common birds but much more fun for me! The first photo of the Night heron is at ISO 400, second at ISO 1600 to gain some speed.
WELL, AFTER PUSHING "FULL IMAGE" THE FIRST PHOTO BECOME LAST
Nice shots Don, I have a soft spot for owls...
Nice 'candid' shot Ed; indeed hope the flycatcher doesn't get disturbed too much (then again, it built the nest right there next to the trail so should be used to the passers-by )Trying to get some shots of a Red Admiral, who would land on a leaf and always turn exactly the wrong direction, then see another butterfly and decide to take off and chase it. After what felt like the 100th time of this song and dance, I noticed a small eye watching me from about two feet away. A Pacific Sloped Flycatcher had built a nest so well camouflaged by the leaves I didn't even see it so decided to get a shot of it. This is 20MP of the original 50MP image as I was using the 100 2.8L macro lens. After that I gave up on the Red Admiral as it kept landing within 10' of the nest every time. Even worse, it is right by the trail but unless people really stop and look, they will remain undetected.
5DSR : 100 f/2.8L IS 1/50 : f/6.3 : ISO 400
Thanks for the kind words Wiebe! Concerning the chaffinch, if it is not just some dirt there, it looks like Avian Pox to me.On a hike this weekend, focusing mainly on landscape photography, I came across a family of finches (common chaffinch, Fringilla Coelebs) flitting about in the brush . Quickly changed lenses and took a couple of shots (luckily I did have my birding lens with me...)
In PP I noticed it had a strange affliction on its left 'foot', anyone seen something like that before?
It didn't keep him from singing and moving around (and pretty fast at that...)
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The brush (probably gorse, Ulex europaeus) was pretty dense so I had to use the opportunity as it came - just this tiny see-through...