Cattle Egret With High Breeding Plumage

I am still going through images that I shot on Photo Trips that I did not get to while I was still working. These are from a trip to Florida a couple of years ago. The images were taken at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery. I was using a Tamron 150-600mm lens on a Canon R. Both images here were @ 600mm. After using the Tamron lens for a while I am quite impressed with the quality of the images & versatility of this lens. Even with a 1.4x or 2x Teleconverter and processing images with Adobe Camera Raw you can get amazingly nice images of far distant birds & other subjects! Or portraits of closer birds. The Canon R would still autofocus even with the 2X Teleconverter. Plus the Tamron lens was easily hand holdable and no need for a tripod. Unlike the Sigma 300-800mm beast of a lens which was 13 lbs, so no handholding that lens for sharp images.

Cattle Egret with High Breeding Plumage, Tamron 150-600mm lens @ 600mm, Canon R

12 Comments on “Cattle Egret With High Breeding Plumage

  1. Sharp shots. I really like the cattle egret – a bit smaller than the rest of their family, but they have a lot of spunk.

  2. I do advise that people check the compatibility of their camera model with a teleconverter attachment. My Canon Rebel EOS will not autofocus the Tamron with a teleconverter. The general rule is that the configuration only works with the more professional Canon models — not the consumer-grade models. Tamron says compatible models will autofocus through F8.

    The other thing I learned by trial-and-error is that a teleconverter for the Canon Rebel only works with Canon’s professional EF lenses — not the more affordable EF-S.

    • It also depends on the make of the teleconverter and the specific Canon body. My Canon 1D bodies will autofocus with the teleconverters up f/8. So it depends on the teleconverter. A 1.4x adds one stop additional to lens f/stop. A 2x adds 2 f/stops to the lens. I was using a Canon R body which will autofocus with the Tamron lens up to a stacked 1.4x & 2x, all be it a slower autofocus. I also have a wide selection of teleconverters, some not Canon which sometimes autofocus when the Canon’s do not. Thanks again!

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