Thursday, January 20, 2011

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I learned ~

Several times a year, I visit our local refuge. It is a resting point for many of our feathered friends. Some traveling 1000s of miles, making this their only stop between Brazil and the Antarctic. On one visit last year I witnessed over 40 different species of birds. Then last month after a visit to the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, I learned of the harbor Seal migration through the area, making Sandy Hook their home for the winter months.

Can I say, I need want a zoom lens. Currently, I am shooting with a 200mm. While this is wonderful for capturing my puppies, it isn’t strong enough to capture the birds or allow getting within a safe distance of the seals.

The other evening I stopped at a camera shop, inquired and played around with several different lens, a Phoenix 100 - 400mm, a Tamron 200 - 500mm, and the Sigma 150 - 500mm. I am most interested in the Sigma as it is an auto focus lens, compatible with my camera, a must for my aging eyes. This lens, unfortunately, is out of my current price range. The good news is the shop will rent it, for a day, for several days or for a week or more. Renting may be the way to go.

I am posting images taken from the same distance, I zoomed in at different mm to see the difference. While these are far from wonderful photos, I thought you might be interested in seeing them for comparison.











11 comments:

snapshots2011 said...

We're walking that fine line between want and need...lol.
I'm going to go on the side of need...haha.
I can't wait to go see the seals! (As soon as I get my lens that I "needed"!)

Kimberly said...

Oh yeah. 500 mm all the way! I wish we had a camera shop you could rent lenses from. The only one we had locally apparently closed up shop.

I've been telling my husband that I "need" a stronger zoom also. :) I have 2 lenses - 18-105 and 55-200. And while I love them both, I would love a 500mm zoom.

Here's hoping you rent that 500mm and get some shots of seals!

Chelsea said...

What clarity between all the shots. And that's great you found a place that will let you play with such a fun toy! ;)

Janell said...

wow that must be a big lens! Looks pretty sharp though. I am in lens want mode myself. hehe

Sarah Halstead said...

Very cool! Good luck, hope you can buy one soon.

Courtney said...

Holy cow! That is crazy how much it zooms!! I don't even know what I would photograph with that :O) I would love to see some more of your pictures with this lens!!! You need to rent that bad boy one day :O) Thanks for sharing that! I loving seeing the differences :O)

Kristy said...

It is fun to play with a telephoto zoom lens!

Melissa said...

Don't you love renting? I've just learned about this and but I can't decide what to rent! :) Those pictures are awesome, I have no idea what I'd use a zoom for but that would be handy! :)

Amber said...

these types of posts are def. helping me understand more about lenses, so thanks.

i think renting the lens is a great idea. i have a friend who does that every time she goes on vacation and loves it

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

This lens can really zoom! It's great that you can rent it for a day or week.

Gretchen said...

I just got a DSLR with a 55-250mm zoom lens and am already dreaming of the day I can get an even greater zoom! Have fun with yours... whether you rent or are able to buy!