Spring birding with the wrong lens

Started Mar 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Ralf B
Ralf B Veteran Member • Posts: 8,184
Spring birding with the wrong lens

So I had my Tamron 17-50/2.8 back from repair (loose front body segment including loose front lens segment) and spring broke early March. So the family went for a walk in a nearby lake resort which is busy with people, which may explain why the robin shown below did not mind to be shot from less than yard distance - it never stopped singing!

Now this was a tiny fellow, so 50mm focal length was nowhere long enough to fill the shot. So see two full frames and two 100% crops below which at least demonstrate the Tammy's very satisfying center sharpness. I love my a55/Tamron 17-50/2.8 combo - and I wish for more spring days as South Germany got another cold front these days.

Shot 1:

a55 + Tamron 17-50/2.8, +1.7 EV comp due to counter light, RAW via Apple Aperture

Above shot, cropped

Same cam / lens / exposure and PP workflow

Square crop

Now if I had had my 70-400G with me, that small buddy would have filled the frame...
C&C welcome as always!

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