I keep my extra lens in my camera bag, that's it's home, and it means when I am racing out the door I can just grab my camera bag and know it's got all it's goodies. So I was a little peeved at myself on our last photo walk when I opened my bag to find my 55-250mm zoom lens was not there.
I would usually use this as a great opportunity to take some wide and macro shots with the 17-70mm lens, accept it was cool and overcast and all the birdies were out in the middle of the day taking advantage of the bird friendly weather, so I asked hubby if he had a longer lens in his bag that I could use.
His response, 'I've got my macro if you want.'
'I'll give it a go' I said. Now if you're all confused about why I was saying yes to a macro lens to use for bird shots I totally understand.
If you're a photography buff it will all make sense (or you might think I'm crazy to bother) and if not, I'm afraid I don't think I can explain it properly, at least not this early on a Sunday morning. It's a Sigma 150mm macro lens. While 150mm isn't that long of a lens for a bird photos it would still give me a chance at a shot if I saw a feather friend reasonably close.
The Sigma lens is a totally new-to-me lens there is an awful lot for me to learn about it's capabilities, I find the best way to do that is to go and take some shots. One of the biggest challenges for me when using this lens was it's lack of stabiliser, I'm just not used to not having that extra help for taking a shot.
I'd really like to take this lens for a walk on a day with a bit more sunshine, we were only out for a short while before big black clouds came rolling overhead and we had to leave or get wet.
None of my bird shots were worth writing home about but these 3 shots I wouldn't have even tried for using my 17-70mm. Mum and baby coote is a pretty scenery shot, as is black duck, and I quite like my little red breasted chap in flight despite the fact he's more blur then bird.
I thought I'd snap a few close up shots too. Now we get to see this lens show off it's stuff.