We call her “Beastie Girl.” Last week, a Canon EOS 60D and Tamron 200-400mm telephoto lens got added to the expanding photography gadget list. Like I need another thing. Okay, well, it was painfully obvious I really did need this one.
Though I still prefer good old-fashioned field binoculars for spying on little birdies, snakes, and other things from afar, there’s nothing quite like being able to snap one for the album, say, to ID later at home or in the car.
Boy, can this camera take photos. I can see why my birding friends like it so much. What follows is fully processed by the camera as JPG’s — no additional software editing was done — ’cause who’s got time for that anyway? (Sorry. I don’t.) Neither do I have time to review. Thanks to the economical price and serious lens selection, the 60D won hands down. As I get more familiar with all its doohickeys and whatchamacallits, I’ll just go out and shoot when I can in auto mode.
The Olympus, fitted with a more general purpose zoom, will still be my go-to. I’m not ready to retire it quite yet.
Ultimately, a Tamron 150-600mm is what will be fitted to this camera body. Until then, this borrowed lens will be what I use for all the feathered beauties that grace my presence. Judging from the looks and stares I’m getting from them, they are surprised to see me with something so…professional.
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