Had to give the Tamron 24-70mm G2 lens back and in place of it I was loaned the 150-600mm G2 lens to try out. The Melbourne Zoo seemed like a great place to try it out and see how it would go.
The Melbourne Zoo
The zoo is a great place to test telephoto lenses. Even though the animals are fairly close, they often aren’t close enough for photos. Having a lens that will allow you to zoom in and fill the frame with them is really good. With the animals often on the other side of the pens, then it was even better with such a long lens.
Tamron 150-600mm G2
The 150-600mm is a popular lens and a great alternative to anyone wanting to photograph animals or birds. It is, however, also a very big lens, and a weight to match. If you have trouble holding heavy lenses then this one may not be for you. At least not if you are hand holding the lens.
I decided if I was going to use the D850 and the Tamron lens I was going to use a monopod. It was my first time taking the Sirui tripod apart and turning it into a monopod. This worked really well and it took the weight of the camera and lens with no problems at all. It certainly made it much easier to take photos with it.
Add a 1.4x Tele Converter
When I borrowed the lens I was also loaned a 1.4x tele converter. This, in effect, turned the the 600mm into 840mm, which allowed me to get even closer. Perhaps the biggest down side with using one is that you can’t get very wide open apertures, but it was worth it to get closer images. If you look at the image of the snow leopard above it was taken using it. She was right across the other side of the pen, so a fair distance away. The image has been cropped, so it gives you an idea of how good the lens and tele converter are to use.
Here is a gallery of a few of the images that were taken with the lens. Besides the first 3 three images, all the others were taken with the tele converter.