December 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I just received the new lens I purchased.  For a long time now, I have been wanting to get a more powerful telephoto than the 70-200mm f/4L I already have. So, for a self-inflicted birthday present, I ordered the Tamron 150-600mm lens.

When I unpacked it, my wife's jaw just about hit the floor. This monster is huge.  As a comparison, here are my two telephotos side-by-side.

Canon 70-200 and Tamron 150-600Both of these are extended out to their maximum focal length.

And I thought my 70-200 was big! 

A few weeks ago, when I was out shooting at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge near Olympia, Washington, an otter came trotting up the frozen stream toward me.  When he got to within 30 or 40 feet, he looked directly at me, determined I was harmless, and then went about his business, completely ignoring me.   Of course, I was madly clicking away, getting as many shots of the otter as I could with my 70-200. 

I think I got bitten by the wildlife bug that morning.  I hope I can master this huge behemoth of a lens and bring back some spectacular images of all kinds of wildlife, songbirds, raptors, woodland critter, and such. 


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