In the previous post I took some quick pictures of some birds at the feeder. Nothing special. However, some hours later, a hawk decided to give me something to really look at. He actually landed on the top of the feeder, much to my surprise! I wasn’t able to get a photo of that, but he flew to branch about 100 yards or so away from my back door.
The next photo is a 100% crop of the talons.
They say that first impressions are important. Well, this lens has made a very good first impression upon me!
1. It’s fairly light weight, considering its size. It weighs in at about 1226g, or about 2.7 pounds, without the lens hood.
2. There is no lens creep at all.
3. Very smooth focusing.
4. Very smooth zooming.
5. Very sharp photos with nice contrast.
6. The auto focus is fast enough, but like other zooms, sometimes misses and has to hunt. Total round trip from nearest focus (2.5m) to infinity and back is about 1.5-2 seconds. You could miss a flying bird, for sure, but …
7. Tamron stands behind it for 6 years! That, alone, is why I chose the Tamron over the Sigma. Sigma gives 1 year, Tamron 6!
I could go on, but I’m impressed with my results on the first day. Sure, I don’t have any fancy charts or diagrams or anything. I just know that it works.
Looks like next week, I’ll be making a trip to the zoo.