For a long time now, I’ve been thinking of what it would be like to have a “Big Lens.” You know, one of those Lens’s that are used for photographing wild life, birds and taking long shot’s. Ones like a 150-600mm Lens that I see much of and other people using one.
I found out that I could rent one of these Lens’s at a reasonable cost down at Perfect Image in Lancaster, PA. After some consideration on this, I decided to do it. The cost for renting a big Lens like the 150-600mm is $70.00 for 7 day’s. Not bad. $10.00 a day is more than reasonable for me. So, I took the drive to Perfect Image in Lancaster yesterday morning to rent one of these. It takes about 40 min. to drive there, but it’s all open highway.
This is the Lens that I rented. It’s a Tamron 150-600mm V1 f/5-6.3 ASF Lens. If your thinking that it’s big, it is! It’s a bit heavy, also. Weight is about 4 lbs. When I picked it up I was surprised to see just how big it is, and find out that they are not light. This kind of Lens is used with a Tripod and a Gimble Head. So, after doing some light paper work, I headed out with my loaned Lens to see what it will do. I have to remember that if I drop it, scratch it, or damage it in anyway . . . I just bought a $800.00 Lens! Must be darn careful!!
I headed up to the Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge which was not too far away to try my Lens out. I had with me a Tripod, but no Gimble Head so I just mounted the Lens on top of the Tripod without it. Worked just fine. This is the very first shot I took with the new Lens. It’s nice and clear, as you see. Some of the Snow Geese have left the area for their flight North to the Tundra in Alaska. Their are not as many as before, but still are there. Very soon all will be gone.
Here they are doing what they do . . . eat & rest.
Here someone or something spooked them and they all took flight at once. You can’t hear the roar of all the wings, but it’s a sound you don’t forget.
So far, even though, I didn’t get to use the Lens very much I love it. I have it until next Wednesday, so I will be “out there” more in the near future.
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