More from the Tamron 150-500mm – Animals at the Zoo

Last Friday I did a post on using the Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD lens. It is a big lens and great for taking wildlife photos. I’m sure there are lots of other things you could do with it, but I think birds and animals are the most common subjects with lenses like this.

If you want to read that post then follow this link, Trying gear – Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD.

I showed a lot of bird photos last week, but this week I have 4 photos, plus the header image, of animals. I didn’t do a lot of the animals. I find that because I am a member I can go any time I want, so I can just pop in, take a few photos and then leave.

Part of the reason I wanted to show these is that they were all taken at 500mm.

I did have some trouble with some of the animals, but that was sorted once I turned the stability off. I forgot about that when I am using a tripod or monopod.

It was quite interesting shooting through fences. It can be a problem at any zoo. Obviously, there are going to be fences. I found if I used spot focusing I could get a clear shot and surprisingly you can’t really see the fence.

The next image was also shot through a fence or wire mesh. However, there was also a fence behind the snow leopard, so I played around to see if I could get rid of it.

I had the lens for such a short time, but I am hoping that once it has been out for while I may be able to borrow it again for longer to see what else I can do with it. I have a few ideas.

It is so good to see Tamron doing more lenses for Fujifilm. Their lenses are often more affordable, but I guess we will see. I am surprised that there is a massive range for Sony, so let’s hope they catch up with us Fujifilm users.

The lens has been returned to Tamron Australia and now I’m trying the 17-70mm lens from Tamron. This will be an interesting one for me. It is the length of lens that I would use. I have it for longer so I will be able to try it out quite a bit. I will start posting about it soon.

That’s it for today, see you Sunday.

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23 Comments

  1. Great photos! I would be really interested to know what u think about 17-70. I almost bought it, but then changed my mind. I’m not sure how it feels without an aprerture ring.

    1. I’ve only been out with it once so far and it was great. You are right it doesn’t have the aperture ring, but it is still easy to change the aperture with the front dial on the camera. I have to admit I think I am more used to that. Thank you Svetlana, photos from that lens will be published soon.

  2. Great zoo images Leanne. In fact, that’s where I’m going today if I’m up for it. I use my 55-200 lens because the prime 300 for my Nikon is just too heavy.

    1. Thank you Anne, yeah, heavy lenses can be such a pain. Have you considered get more a zoom rather than a prime lens. I have the Nikon 70-300mm and it was great for the zoo and a lot lighter.

  3. The photos were gorgeous, would never have guessed they were through a fence. I have looked at these lens as I would like to do birds and wildlife, but their expense is a bit much right now. Hoping one day they will come down..

    1. Thank you. They are expensive, but if you love photographing birds and wildlife, they are most definitely worth the money.

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