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08-29-2019, 10:04 AM - 3 Likes   #1036
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Another tamron 500mm 55BB, K3.

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08-30-2019, 06:38 PM   #1037
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Wow, I think if I had the patience, I could count every one of that crow's visible feathers. Or is it a raven? Can't tell the difference. Anyway, great shot. I was paying attention to the out of focus highlights in that shot and the one beneath it, and the donuts were very well controlled in both images.
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Thanks Michael. There's always a bit of luck in these shots, the crow was hopping along the wall by the bowling green. I was concentrating so much on the focus I clipped the tail feathers. Even with great light and an OVF magnifier there is still, IME, an inherent imprecision in what seems to be best focus, and actual nailed on focus when the pic is scrutinised on the PC, with these lenses. Burst mode can be a useful tool, though in this case I was taking single shots.
And yes I scored with the bokeh on that one - as good as a refractive lens!
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More Pentax 400-600mm

Still learning to use this lens. Not as sharp as my other lens, but Iím still pleased with the results.

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09-08-2019, 11:14 AM   #1040
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You guys sold me on the Tamron

Picked up a Tamron 500 55BB after seeing the shots on this thread, and I'm not disappointed.
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Reading this thread helped me decide to purchase a near mint Tamron 55B SP 500mm/8 in case with filters. This one has a slide out hood and the tripod mount. I’ve been very pleased with it’s performance. Here are some shots using different non-Pentax cameras:

Handheld using GX8 w/Tamron SP 500mm/8 55B for equivalent 1000mm fl.











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And these using the Fuji X-H1 w/Tamron 55B SP 500mm/8 Mirror for equivalent 750mm fl. Click on the pics to view them full size on Flickr.

Cropped shot of the moon:




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Tripod mounted shots from the cemetery:












These two are my favorites:



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QuoteOriginally posted by rmcnelly Quote
Reading this thread helped me decide to purchase a near mint Tamron 55B SP 500mm/8 in case with filters. This one has a slide out hood and the tripod mount. Iíve been very pleased with itís performance.
Excellent shots! Looks like that lens has found the right home! The tripod mount and slide out hood are nice extras that the 55BB lack. I usually shoot hand held, but the mount would be nice. The slide out hood would be great to have as the screw-on one has to be screwed on and doesn't have a thread to keep it on the lens when it's reversed for storage or transport like the Tokina 500 mirror I used to have. It would be interesting to see the two Tamrons compared side by side.

Again, great shots!
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Yes good pics there, rmcnelly, good work at 1000mm equiv FoV.

I added pics of the two varieties of tamron 55B's to the review page recently. Those were the first 55B's I have had. Mostly I can't detect any real difference in IQ between these versions, or the later 55BB, the tech description on adaptall-2.com suggests that the 55BB is more consistent across the (full) frame, so may not be discernable on apsc.

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It is really nice having the tripod mount, quickly able to level the lens, or rotate to portrait position.

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Yes good pics there, rmcnelly, good work at 1000mm equiv FoV.

I added pics of the two varieties of tamron 55B's to the review page recently. Those were the first 55B's I have had. Mostly I can't detect any real difference in IQ between these versions, or the later 55BB, the tech description on adaptall-2.com suggests that the 55BB is more consistent across the (full) frame, so may not be discernable on apsc.
Thanks!

Your pics on the review page helped me determine this had the sliding hood before purchase. The give away was the orientation of ďTamron SPĒ on the hood.
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Shot low in the sky in some haze.
Pentax Q-S1 w/Tamron 55B SP 500mm/8, no crop. The Q-S1 has a crop factor of 4.65 = 2,325mm equivalent focal length.
I look forward to trying this combo when the moon isn't so full.


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Flooding Blues

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Shooting too close to the subject

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I love these mirror lenses, but Iím still learning what I can shoot effectively at this focal length, so not the best shots. Need more space!!
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When Turkeys Fly

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He flew into the tree, posed for a few shots, then moved on.
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09-19-2019, 09:14 AM   #1049
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Interesting shots.... What kind of bird is that, and where does it call home?
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I was wondering the same thing. I was thinking either a female turkey or a vulture of some kind.
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