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09-14-2008, 02:06 PM   #31
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Tamron 90/2.8 for avian portraits !

I also have this lens and I like it. Very sharp, smooth bokeh; manual focus is precise.

I sometimes see a bit of purple fringing and a little blue tint at wide apertures. This is maybe the only negative point I found with this lens.

QuoteOriginally posted by Rodney9 Quote
I love my Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 (Di) Macro too, good for avian portraits as well...
I also used this lens for avian portraits. There is a place I sometimes go to feed birds in my hand; meanwhile, with my right hand, I can hold my K10D and take some pics with the help of autofocus.

Here are two pics taken this way:








other bird pics with Tamron 90/2.8:




And some other pics )







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I also have this lens and I like it. Very sharp, smooth bokeh; manual focus is precise.

I sometimes see a bit of purple fringing and a little blue tint at wide apertures. This is maybe the only negative point I found with this lens.



I also used this lens for avian portraits. There is a place I sometimes go to feed birds in my hand; meanwhile, with my right hand, I can hold my K10D and take some pics with the help of autofocus.

Here are two pics taken this way:





other bird pics with Tamron 90/2.8:

David

How on earth you could get it so close? They are friendly bird but getting so close and have them focused is quite something. Job well done


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David

How on earth you could get it so close? They are friendly bird but getting so close and have them focused is quite something. Job well done


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The answer to your question is on the second picture that you quoted: FOOD !!

Some birds will become quite friendly if you regularly bring food (they generally like sunflower seeds) and if they understand that it is safe. At the place I took these pics, chickadees will follow you (and almost harass you !) until you gave them food ! I just needed to put some sunflower seeds in my hand, stayed calm and they came.

Sometimes, white-breasted nuthatches and downy woodpeckers (so cute !) will come on my hand. One time, a hairy woodpecker landed on my hand, started to eat seeds and stayed on my hand for more than one minute !

Taking a picture with the camera on the other hand and having the bird of focus is much harder. You need to be quick... and maybe a little bit lucky ! A lot of pics will be out of focus (it is difficult for the autofocus to get the eye of a moving bird on focus within 1 or 2 seconds at a so close distance !! But if you try a lot, with time, you'll succeed !

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Thanks, David07, great shots and skills, I like them all. Thanks for sharing your experience and showing the results with this lens. I have the same lens, but probably not able to come up with these beautiful shots as yours even if I have the chance to take them.

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I also used this lens for avian portraits. There is a place I sometimes go to feed birds in my hand; meanwhile, with my right hand, I can hold my K10D and take some pics with the help of autofocus.
David

Suggestion: do not use AF. Use zone focusing with a very very short lens. I did that even with a woodpecker , a lot more difficult than a chickadee

You cannot rely on the AF to focus correctly at such distance.

This series tells you how I did

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=113707&forum_id=94&jump_to=669754#p669754 previous link not working




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QuoteOriginally posted by danielchtong Quote
David

Suggestion: do not use AF. Use zone focusing with a very very short lens. I did that even with a woodpecker , a lot more difficult than a chickadee

You cannot rely on the AF to focus correctly at such distance.

This series tells you how I did

Repost 16mm birdie shots in series - Pentax Fans Club

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Hello Daniel,

Thank you for your suggestion. I did not go to this place where I feed birds for a while; I was planning go there soon, on a sunny weekend day. I think you are right, so I will try and post the results !

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More image from Tammy with my new K20D. Because I was really close to the cat, I had not had enough light at F13. So I bumped that up to iso1600








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Daniel, great capture! (Looks like you had a flash mounted on the camera, but you didn't use it.)

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Daniel, great capture! (Looks like you had a flash mounted on the camera, but you didn't use it.)
Yes. I did bounce the flash up the ceiling. I cannot flash directly to his eyes.




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Great shot for the reflection theme.
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Ok . Here is the sequel of this long thread. I had my FA100mm macro back from my daughter who somehow is not too keen using a heavy prime lens. So at the end of the day, I have disposed of my Tamron at my cost (2nd hand). In here I have mixed my Tamron 90mm shots with those of my test FA100mm macro shots. See what you guys prefer/think.
I have made the choice of selling off Tamron mainly as result of it still retaining 5 yrs of Can warranty left and it is almost brand appearance wise. As far as I can see they are just very very comparable. Really hard to make choice for a non-lens-collector























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Varr-nice! It's a great lens if you everything is in focus.
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It's not just for macros anymore

I've got a slightly older copy without the "optimized for digital" coatings. To be truthful I haven't noticed any difference. What I really like about the lens is it's versalitility. Good outside portrait and excellent mid tele. Some of my favs with this lens over the years:






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