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Old Oct 11, 2010, 1:35 PM   #1
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I got out to the location, ready to shoot and forgot the tripod mount for my tripod! I have an assortment of tripods but the one I brought requires the tripod mount, Doh!


So I thought I'd try the tamron 300 sp 2.8 handheld on my K *ist.

What a hard combo to try. This lens wasn't made for macro, but it was made for taking great pics. Heres some pretty good ones





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Monarch or viceroy? I can never tell the difference










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Old Oct 11, 2010, 1:40 PM   #2
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some almost great shots... but no lens stabilization on IST and handholding this monster was rather difficult.. Tried my best
























finally a semi decent (perhaps) in flight shot

just a lil too far out of reach
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Old Oct 11, 2010, 1:42 PM   #3
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I loved the colors!



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Old Oct 11, 2010, 2:10 PM   #4
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Pretty good for a heavy hand hold.

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Monarch or viceroy? I can never tell the difference
Monarch - the Viceroy has an extra black band on the hind wing. The Buckeye and Sulphur are a good bit smaller, and thus harder to bring in from a distance.
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Very nice, You gotta love that lens!
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Old Oct 11, 2010, 5:35 PM   #6
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Hi NMR,

I shot my 300/2.8s quite a bit handheld for the first couple of years, but have pretty much given it up for the most part lately. I finally did give in and got a Wimberley Sidekick a while back, and it really makes shooting big lenses much more pleasurable. It's nice to know that you can get some good results handheld tho isn't it?

Also, take a look at this thread-- about using a ballhead in "faux gimbal" mode --

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...bal-heavy.html

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Old Oct 11, 2010, 5:58 PM   #7
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Im failing to see the point of this, when theres a built in tripod mount on the 300 sp which balances it very well ???. of course, when i do use the tripod, Im not strapping the camera onto the tripod, I am the lens, It'd just be way too front heavy if someone were to do that.

Maybe im not understanding what you're saying but my tripod has a ball head which is very nice and strapping the lens directly on that gives me 360 degrees of smooth rotation
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Hi NMR,

I assume you're referring to the "faux gimbal" post.

The ballhead is attached to the tripod ring on the lens, but instead of using the ballhead normally, I dropped the shaft of the ball into the "portrait" notch. This limits the movement of the ball to just up and down, and you rotate the whole unit with the panning base of the head. You don't have to worry about locking down the ball, you don't have to fight the weight of the camera/lens, and there's no need to worry about tilt in any direction. With a QR plate that's long enough to give you some front to back adjustability, you can actually balance the camera/lens on the head like a true gimbal, and really make it "one finger" easy to handle, but it's not really necessary. If you want to switch from landscape to portrait, you do it by rotating the lens in the tripod ring.
Try it, it makes handling this big a lens a lot easier, IMO.


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Great shots. If you wish to pursue using this lens for this type of shot I'd throw the tube that comes with the 90/2.5 on there. I use a 45mm tube with my 80-200 as a great bug lens. Works at about 3' or so at the closest.

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Old Oct 11, 2010, 10:11 PM   #10
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thanks for the tip john, I actually was planning on trying that! Most of those shots you've seen here is the closest I could get with these little guys, so I figure the tube is going to be great for getting butterfly shots, as I never can seem to get within a foot of them anyways, so the 300mm with tube may be my goto butterfly /dragon fly lens.

Thanks for comments guys, and the info on ballhead snostorm,
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