Trying out some lenses – Bird photography in the area

Today I have some bird photos for you. All the images were taken this weekend. As you might have guessed I have two lenses, the Tamron 150-500mm and the Fujifilm 150-600mm.

I’ve used the Tamron lens before, but this is my first time with the Fujifilm lens. Quite interesting. Now I won’t do any comparisons just yet, as I want to get out with them some more and see how I go. I might take them to the zoo and photograph some birds there as well.

I also need to get some practice in, It has been quite a while since I did this type of photography and it is a skill. It can be hard to hold the lenses still.

Anyway, I leave you here with some photos taken with each lens.

Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Fuji X

These were taken at Woodlands Historic Park.

Fujifilm XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR

The following were taken down at Banyule Flats.



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  1. Tamron’s lens shows far better resolution.

    I use a Panasonic (Leica) 100-300 (which is 200-600 if we pretend I’m using a 35mm) and I get excellent resolution — given the right light conditions. I had an equivalent Olympus lens that was not nearly as good. Since the two lenses should have been essentially equivalent, I was expecting a more or less equivalent result, but the Panasonic lens was MUCH sharper, especially when I was shooting through glass. It also cost more and it became obvious why. I’m pretty sure that Leica/Panasonic makes this lens for other cameras, too. It lives on my biggest baddest Olympus OMD EM-1 M2. Since I am always taking bird pictures, it’s pretty much married to that camera because I keep it “at the ready” near my “birding” window.

    1. I don’t know that it was necessarily a good comparison, I was shooting into the sun with the Fujifilm, but I am hoping to take them both the same place and shoot the same things to get a better comparison Marilyn.
      That’s interesting about the different lenses Marilyn. I like birds, but not sure I will ever do it as much as you do. Thanks for that Marilyn.

  2. That was the reason I sold all my Fujis and lenses and switched to Olympus, now I can easily get up to 1200mm FOV and I never use a tripod. Keeping it still is still challenging, but weight is no longer an issue.
    That Kookaburra is a great looking bird!
    All beautiful shots!

    1. I don’t do a lot of bird photography, so it is fun to use the lenses now, but I don’t know about using them long term. I know my Fujifilm gear is much lighter to my Nikon stuff, so that is good at this stage. How do you get 1200mm? Thank you Marc.

    2. Well, I have the 300mm f4 pro lens from Olympus, which gives perfect images with the oly 2x converter, which gives 600mm.
      But Olympus has a crop factor of 2x, so compared to full frame or 35mm field of view that gives 1200mm.

  3. They turned out very well, especially considering they were handheld. When I use longer lenses, I get an awful lot of camera shake in my pictures. Looking forward to your comments comparing the two lenses and the results that you get.

    1. Thank you Ceci though not hand held, I used a tripod for the Tamron, way too heavy for me to hand hold. I used a monopod for the Fujifilm lens, though probably could hand hold it, it isn’t as heavy.

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