View Full Version : Tamron 500 goes Wildlife shooting

15th February 2013, 03:19 PM
Some sun at last this morning so I was able to have a proper go at using this lens for its intended purpose, wildlife and wildfowl shooting. A walk around Keyhaven Marsh, a local saltmarsh close to Lymington in Hampshire threw some intersting challenges my way and I had the chance to shoot some Redbreasted Merganser, which was a first for me :) (into the sun unfortunately but not bad for all that)

This is a fantastic value for money lens and although my keeper rate is low with "manual everything" when I do get it right its a good as any lens I've ever owned with the bonus of hand-held shooting at 500mm :)

see what you make of these:

(just realised I should have said that these are all cropped as they were shot at fair to extreme range, Mr Fox for example is around 15% of the orignal frame and the others are 30'ish% )





1st March 2013, 05:35 PM
Brian very nice images :) Love your Mr Fox :)

1st March 2013, 06:21 PM
Very good returns for such a budget lens.

1st March 2013, 06:52 PM
Wow these are fantastic. Also love Mr Fox.

1st March 2013, 07:14 PM
Thanks all, Mr Fox is a favourite of ours as we tend to see him at the same spot / same time most days we walk along Keyhaven Marsh.
It was fun this time as we had seen several new species / nice subjects and my Wife said that we just needed to see the Fox and it would complete the day.
A few minute later she said she had seen him and I thought she was joking, but no - we had a full house that day :)

2nd March 2013, 08:07 AM
Brian, these are fantastic!*chr I would never have guessed that they were either MF or shot with a mirror lens! I will see you in about another three hours! Good luck with the exhibition.

2nd March 2013, 08:13 AM
Lovely set of pictures

2nd March 2013, 07:27 PM
Nicely done.

3rd March 2013, 11:59 AM
Good set, never used a mirror lens before but I do like that first red brested merganser shot. ;)

3rd March 2013, 12:02 PM
Its definitely getting easier to use the more I use it. We had our usual Hengistbury Hiker Breakfast followed by a wander with the camera (even though it was only 2C and perishing cold!) and I spotted these loonies on the far side of the harbour putting their sails up so thought to record the fact. Very dull and grey so its ISO800 with 1/640th sec (off the monopod), in the full sized image you can see their faces and read the 10mph sign.


A while later a couple of cormorant came over so I had a quick grab shot (hand-held this time, ISO800 with 1/400th sec) and spotted that they had started showing a bit of breeding colours


neither are particularly good images but I thought them maybe interesting to show how practise does help with using these old manual lenses

(I've tried setting the contrast, saturation and sharpness to +1 when using this mirror lens and it seems to improve the .jpg file quality a bit)