This image of the crazy, zany, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo was shot from my balcony today, using the Tamron 500mm f8 SP mirror lens, the model 55bb in Tamron speak, that I posted a short article on a few days ago. I didn’t notice the foliage in the way of the bird’s tail when I took this, oh well it’s a bit hard to see at f8.
This has been sharpened a bit in Photoshop to counter the natural softness inherent in raw images, but otherwise is pretty much as it was shot. I didn’t have a tripod handy, so this was shot at 1/400 sec on a setting of 250 ISO. The short physical length provided by the folded optical path makes it a snap to hold steady in comparison with a conventional long focus lens, especially one that isn’t a telephoto (look it up).
The model 55bb Tamron SP mirror lens is an absolute beauty. Get one if it ever crosses your path. Sharp across the field, contrasty too, and brightness is almost constant with little vignetting (unlike most other mirror lenses). And that’s on a full-frame camera. Just remember to use the hood.