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Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Dec 8, 2014 - 03:01pm PT
How long have you been using it Bob? Do you find it sharp enough all the way out to 600? You've had some great shots put up here the last month.Most of them with the Tamron?
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 8, 2014 - 03:25pm PT
Mike, been using it a couple of months, light and pretty sharp. In good light it really kicks ass even all the way out to 600.

I think it is a great lens for the money.
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Dec 8, 2014 - 05:44pm PT
Thanks for the replies guys!
And the link with comparisons helps Mike!

I used the Sigma 150-500 on a recent bird trip to Orissa (will post some images when I can) and really liked it-even in lower light it performed adequately.

But I hate swapping out lenses and with the 50-500 I figure there'd be a lot less. I know one lens can't do it all, but I'm looking for the next best thing:-)

I'll take a closer look though at the 600.

cheers
Chewybacca

Trad climber
Montana, Whitefish
Dec 8, 2014 - 06:10pm PT
I received my copy of the Tamron a few weeks ago. So far I'm really happy with it. It works great in good light, but I struggle with it in low light. Hand holding at that focal length is a challenge at low shutter speeds, but it is getting better as I learn more about the lens. At $1,069 it is a great deal.

Sigma has responded to Tamron's lens by creating two models of 150-600mm lens. A contemporary version which is comparable to the Tamron. And a sport version which has better weather sealing and a larger objective glass. The sport also weighs two pounds heavier and is significantly larger. Here is a link to the sport- http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Sigma+150-600+Sport+Lens&gclid=CI6ChKrut8ICFdKEfgodxW4Azg&InitialSearch=yes&N=0

I'm pretty busy tonight but I'll try to get some Tamron pics up here tomorrow. I've mostly been shooting eagles with it.

Looks like you are enjoying the lens Bob. How are you carrying it? I made a shoulder harness that screws into the lens tripod mount. Since the lens is so much heavier than the body I prefer to support it by the lens to prevent damaging the camera/lens mount.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 8, 2014 - 06:55pm PT
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Mr Bolte,...Hoping you and Bill can make the _ Snow goose festival in Chico this year ? http://snowgoosefestival.org/
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Dec 8, 2014 - 06:58pm PT
Hi Nita! I'll send Bill the link and see if it can work. He was just here over the weekend. Mike
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 8, 2014 - 07:28pm PT
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Mike, i just received a letter from Bill, and he told me he was thinking about possible attending this year...I just wrote him back (snail mail ) and said..It would be great to see him, and i hope he seriously considers coming....

.I didn't realize he was a bird nerd...(-;
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Dec 8, 2014 - 07:46pm PT
are you kidding? He just got back from chasing incidentals in Nome.

He does confuse birds and farm implements sometimes

Credit: Mike Bolte
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 8, 2014 - 08:11pm PT
Here are few more from today's outing at Maxwell NWR in northern NM with the Tamron 150-600mm.

These are at 600mm in early more light with the ISO I think around 1200 or higher.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Dec 8, 2014 - 08:16pm PT
Had to take down the Hummingbird feeder yesterday.

The Kestrel has decided to hang around and snack on them.

They need to lie low till he leaves town.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Dec 9, 2014 - 08:11pm PT
Greetings from the DR. Just got back from chasing Ashy-faced Owl (semi-successful, better view desired) and Solentadont (complete dip). We only need the Palm Crow, E Chat-Tanager and Ridgway's Hawk to knock off all the DR endemics. Bay-breasted Cuckoo is my fav so far - a pre-historically huge cuckoo that makes weird, loud noises.
Observations:
Palmchats are everywhere, rivaling perhaps only Bananaquits in abundance.
Antillean Palm-Swfts sound like Cedar Waxwings.
I just saw 5 people on one motorcycle

Photos to follow
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Dec 9, 2014 - 08:42pm PT
Nice one Lil'Z, although I had to look up that dinosaur-sounding Soylent-o-dont or whatever. Never heard of it, nor has my Googler. What is it?


Quiz time!!! Not my photo, but this little cutie got scooped off the road in Quincy yesterday. Hopefully we can get it back where it belongs in good health. Any guesses? The folks at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care didn't have a clue what they had on their hands.
Credit: Willoughby

Hint:
Neither blankets nor wet roadways in the mountains are considered "typical" habitat.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 9, 2014 - 08:48pm PT
An Ancient Murrelet in Tahoe?

Will, what's yer opinion of the plover up page?
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Dec 9, 2014 - 09:24pm PT
Thanks for those images Bob.
Now I'm leaning towards the 150-600 though I sure dig the idea of (down to) 50mm for a tele...

Not the best image (I'll do better next time:-) but I finally got a Brown Wing Kingfisher!

Credit: Delhi Dog
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Dec 9, 2014 - 09:45pm PT
Reilly, FTW! Although, it was scooped up in the vicinity of Quincy or Portola or somewheres in-between. I'm really not sure. I do hope I get to see one on Tahoe in my lifetime. No records yet, but both Pyramid and Mono have had them.

Plover looks good for juv. Black-bellied. They can definitely have a yellowish cast, but the golden-plovers would never have that much white underneath (belly, undertail, etc.).
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Dec 10, 2014 - 12:02pm PT
Sorry about the spelling for the Hispaniolan Solenodon, a mammal that is endemic to the island, sort of like a rat-shrew. One of the rarest mammals in the world. We got the Palm Crows today (in the pine forest - go figure!), taking a siesta before we go after the Ashy-faced Owl again and also hope to get a Stygian Owl. Going to be an all-nighter.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 10, 2014 - 04:16pm PT
little Z, that sounds exciting!

Got #316 today, Red-breasted Nuthatch.

From Bolsa Chica today.

edit: I forgot to say there was a questionable report from today of a Little Blue Heron at bolsa Chica, couldn't find it.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
Lorenzo

Trad climber
Oregon
Dec 10, 2014 - 04:21pm PT
Great pictures!
john hansen

climber
Dec 10, 2014 - 06:34pm PT
Hey Dee, what's the big year record for OC?


Willoughby, you know your birds. Here is another shot of the same plover in flight. Sibley's shows... "Black axillaries unique" Thanks.



Credit: john hansen
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 10, 2014 - 06:57pm PT
John, it's close to 334, I'm not sure exactly. Tom (Ford-Hutchison) and Tom (Benson)were right there last year in their dual/duel attempts to break the record. Ford-Hutchison had one uncomfirmed bird, a Chimney Swift, I think, that kept him from the record.

Those guys are the real deal, a couple of the best birders in the US.

If I had every bird I went after this year I would be pretty close. I missed quite a few, between 10 and 20.

Oh well, it ain't over yet.





Yes the black axillaries! The Pacific Golden Plover gave me fits this year!
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