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  1. #21
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    Well, I ordered a TAMRON SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD from B&H Video, on Saturday night ... it arrived today, via UPS ... looking like this:



    then, upon opening said packaging ... I found this:



    BTW: If you look through my truck's windowshield glass ... you will barely make out the UPS truck behind it ... the golden UPS logo on the side, because I had the UPS driver "standby" as I "documented" and opened the darn thing. Happily, the lens survived this treatment. And, oh, speak of the devil ... here it is!




    One thing is for certain, it'll be a while before this lens suffers from "zoom creep" ... it's good and stiff.

    And this ... is my dog ... with that lens, handheld, cropped at 100%

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    EXIF: A700 w/ 200-500 f/5-6.3
    @ 200mm - f/6.7 - 1/30 sec - ISO-400 - Reflected light - M

    Uh, guys ... that's HANDHELD ... at 200mm ... 1/30th ... of ... a ... second? Hey ... no photoshop magic, either. Just a crop and a raw lens.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-16-2008 at 06:29 PM.
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  2. #22
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    Very nice! I hate it when boxes arrived all smushed.
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  3. #23
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    Well, I guess I am wondering why B&H did not mark it clearly "FRAGILE. Toss underhand!"

    I've been in these delivery facilities when the trucks come in and the swap begins. I know they are in a hurry, but from cryin' out loud, this is OTHER PEOPLE'S STUFF!

    Well, at least I did NOT have to return this one, but it does give me pause.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  4. #24
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    Okay ... zoo stuff. I kind of messed up, today ... because BEFORE I got to the zoo, I took a left and went to Chicago ... to the only place that just happened to have the SONY 135mm f/1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar lens. Uh, like the last one in stock ??? In the entire city ... know what I mean? Talk about pressure. Then, like an idiot ... I like went and shot through it? Holy smokes!!! It's like getting into a Ferrari ... after driving a Corvette. Something in you changes ... and you are like ... never the same.

    So ... obviously ... yeah, I popped for it ... and it's now, like, my favorite lens. LOL

    Anyway ... back to the zoo ... w/ the 200-500. Here is my 200-500mm shot of the Mandrill ... which I had a hell of a time getting with the 80-400mm, last time. A much better effort, I do believe. I really like that lens. Sure, it's kind of big, but it does deliver.


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    And his neighbor, one of the tree apes, snackin' down. This not a crop ... the lens gets right in there at 500mm

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    I hope that answers a few questions. The airshow is getting closer ...
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-17-2008 at 11:31 PM.
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  5. #25
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    are you having AF issues with the a700 ? the mandrill shot looks great but the gorilla and some of your other shots in the other thread look misfocussed to me. not being a smart ass here, just an observation.
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  6. #26
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    No, you're right ... I was focused on that darn branch right in front of him. LOL

    Honestly, I could not quite tell on the LCD, even magnified ... and I did not have any other shots that I liked from that particular run.

    Today, well ... I got this guy with the 200-500 ... no branch!
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  7. #27
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    overexcited hands Don ? lol
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  8. #28
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    I'll tell ya ... today's effort at the Zoo was not quite as fruitful as the first one, that I did on the 1st. It was 98-degrees, here, today, and the animals were not pleased. Oh the giraffes and zebras did not seem to mind ... in fact, they were "playful."

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    The big, furry mammals took the day off ... sleeping or hiding in their "habitats."


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    I have to quit picking the "hottest days" to go.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-18-2008 at 12:01 AM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  9. #29
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    have seen enough

    Have been waiting and thinking, and asking advice in other posts about waiting for the 70-200 2.8 or the 200-500mm looks at don's pics, makes note of hand held hmmmmmm. checks the bank account, going to sign off here and check B&H and a few others for instock and price........WOW my third lens and havent even had the camera 2 months yet!!
    do you think I have a lens problem

  10. #30
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    No ... no problem. Why do you ask? LOL
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    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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