I’ve been wanting something with a bit more reach for shooting animals. My 70-200 is often enough for obliging frogs and turtles that allow approach and the 180 macro works well for smalls like red efts. But birds, even large leggy ones, mostly elude me. The crop required to fill a frame in post-processing often leaves them softer than desired. So, not really in the positition to drop 5G’s on a Canon 500, I recently purchased a Tamron 100-400.
I set out yesterday for the Norwottuck Rail Trail and Poor Farm Swamp here in Amherst. I had hoped for one of those leggy folks but would have settled for another frog. After hiking about a mile, I decided to turn around as I had a lot of chores, including custom splitting our already cut and split firewood, so kept it short. To my surprise and possible reward for heading back for the responsibilities of home ownership, I was presented with this:
For a pixel peeper, it’s not as crisp as I would expect the Canon 500 to capture but for a financially limited guy like me I am pleased just the same. It was a choice between a Sigma or Tamron and I’ve never owned a Tamron. But the Sigma had no option for a tripod ring mount so Tamron it was. I’ll have to give it more time but I think with careful use I’ll be satisfied enough.
Since the Great Egret-Ardea alba was backlit and I didn’t want to blow out the background, I dodged the bird’s plumage to brighten it up some.