5 Frames from a 500mm – A Complete New World

I discovered a ‘reflex’ telephoto lens from Tamron, f8 and now I cant take into consideration images in the identical manner.

Ive been on the lookout for a 500mm or greater for some time and biding on a couple of, only for somebody with extra money to bid greater than me. Then after months of looking out I discovered a advert for a Tamaron 500mm to Canon FD mount, his advert appeared aggravated at one other particular person not paying and wished to eliminate the lens asap. So it was up for 500kr (£50) purchase it now. I didn’t hesitate and clicked purchase it now!

I’ve this lens on my Canon A1, its seems wonderful small however massive on the identical time. I can maintain it in my arms and get pretty steady view by means of the viewfinder, shaky, ish however nonetheless greater than comprehensible and never needing a tripod.

I’ve additionally had the lens round my neck for about 3 hours and had little bother. I discover it’s there however while taking images it’s a pleasant break for my neck.

The Canon A-1 has a aperture piroity mode, so caught it on f/8 and saved an eye fixed on the shutter pace to ensure we the place taking pictures above 125. I used to be utilizing Kodak t-max 400 and we’re getting into the summer time months right here within the North of Sweden, so it’s slightly chilly nonetheless within the air however 24 hours of daylight.


Let’s begin with layering.

With a telephoto lens like this, you are able to do loopy stuff together with your backgrounds to make them extra fascinating, like this floating sanua is about 1.5km away from these timber and the observational tower on the hill is round 15km away. With a 50mm that will be a dot. This lens simply provides it to a different layer of your picture. Not taking away out of your principal topic however including supporting character’s to make your picture look higher.


Avenue images

All of us love the concept of taking footage of individuals in candid conditions, like this skilled woman strolling her bike by means of city. However this form of images could make a few of us nervous about getting caught or having awkward interplay, despite the fact that they in all probability wouldn’t care. However with a 500mm lens I’ve to be 30/50 meters again so I’m not cropped into there faces. Draw back to this fashion is folks transfer and discovering focus is one thing I’ve had might want to practice myself to do. Particularly because the viewfinder is shaking rather a lot… however, I get to do road images and nobody cares.


New angles

With this lens, I’ve discovered I get to take a look at the world in another way, and so much sharper than earlier than. That is an artwork piece within the one of many parks in my metropolis and no lens I had earlier than might get this angle, most are from beneath and so much wider angle. With this lens I can minimize out numerous the noise from the across the image and present the viewer (and myself) an image I imagined the primary time I checked out this tree with hen containers on it. I can actually concentrate on what the topic is after which begin to consider what else I would like add to the picture.



In fact now I can take footage of animals with out them being terrified of me and leaving. This additionally works with animals that need to come as much as me and makes it tougher to shoot. They need to be far sufficient away not discover you and are available for cuddles. Once more animals transfer quick and focus will take time, fortunate this little man saved coming again to the identical spot for me.


I can take footage of issues actually distant. I used to be impressed I used to be capable of get such an in depth {photograph} of this airplane. Simply makes me marvel what I’ll discover subsequent that’s so distant that I’ll get to shoot subsequent.

Facet be aware – apparently this makes bokeh balls flip into donuts… I feel I like the sound of that however I didn’t discover many within the images I took with this roll. However I’ve seen footage and I don’t discover myself offended.

In conclusion, that is one other instrument I’ve been completely satisfied so as to add to the toolbox. It does so many issues that my present lenses don’t do. Im in love with the way it can flatten a scene so I can get a lot data right into a shot. Primarily as a result of I reside in a spot the place its primarily timber so I want to seek out objects 20km so as to add into my footage. It will possibly additionally journey with me with out taking over numerous area.

For those who discover a good reflex lens going for affordable, it’s my opinion that you’ll not remorse it.

Whereas writing this text a 1000mm appeared at my native secondhand store and after being talked down from shopping for it, I went again and picked it up. I’m intending to jot down a article about it quickly as soon as I’ve processed the movie, proper now I’m studying in the direction of eliminating it to somebody who has sufferers and a sturdy tripod… however I additionally marvel about saving it for after I can see the moon once more…


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