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Tele lens comparison with White Wigtails in a stream

This blog post is basically from a practical comparative field test between my two long tele-zoom lenses:- Canon EF 200-400mm/4 L w. 1.4x ext.- Tamron 150-600mm/5.6The Canon lens was used on a EOS 1DC (same as 1DX when used for stills). 12 f/sThe Tamron lens was used on a EOS 7D MkII which gave it a max. focal length of 960 mm. 10 f/sAll photos are cropped to various degree.Most of them are shot with fully open iris and manual focusing.Along side with our house is a small lake which a kilometer south narrows into a stream that pass under a bridge. A couple of days (April 27th) I noticed that two white wigtails often "played" in and around the stream. I found them "amusing" and they also where a suitable object for this test. They very much acted like dippers except they were not diving in the stream water.Below you find some photos from two days of testing. One day in sunshine (1DC) and the other day in cloudy weather (7D MkII).

May 04, 2015

Tele lens comparison with White Wigtails in a stream

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This blog post is basically from a practical comparative field test between my two long tele-zoom lenses:
- Canon EF 200-400mm/4 L w. 1.4x ext.
- Tamron 150-600mm/5.6

The Canon lens was used on a EOS 1DC (same as 1DX when used for stills). 12 f/s
The Tamron lens was used on a EOS 7D MkII which gave it a max. focal length of 960 mm. 10 f/s

All photos are cropped to various degree.
Most of them are shot with fully open iris and manual focusing.

Along side with our house is a small lake which a kilometer south narrows into a stream that pass under a bridge. 
A couple of days (April 27th) I noticed that two white wigtails often "played" in and around the stream. 

I found them "amusing" and they also where a suitable object for this test. They very much acted like dippers except they were not diving in the stream water.

Below you find some photos from two days of testing. One day in sunshine (1DC) and the other day in cloudy weather (7D MkII).



White Wigtail

Tamron 150-600 mm:  600 (960) mm; ISO 1250; 1/2000 s; f/6,3

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White Wigtail Capture Date: Apr 28, 2015 08:24 PM
Shot with new Tamron 150-600 mm.
Camera:Canon EOS 7D Mark IIISO Speed:1250Exposure:1/2000 secAperture:f / 6.3Focal Length:600 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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Tamron 150-600 mm:  600 (960) mm; ISO 1250; 1/2000 s; f/6,3
White Wigtail

Canon EF 200-400 mm/4 L:    400 (640) mm; ISO 640; 1/1000 s/ f/5.6 (fully open)

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White Wigtail Capture Date: Apr 28, 2015 08:24 PM
Shot with Canon EF 200-400 mm/4 w 1.4x ext.
Camera:Canon EOS-1D CISO Speed:640Exposure:1/1000 secAperture:f / 5.6Focal Length:560 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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Canon EF 200-400 mm/4 L:    400 (640) mm; ISO 640; 1/1000 s/ f/5.6 (fully open)
White Wigtail

Canon EF 200-400 mm/4 L:   300 (420) mm; ISO 640; 1/1000 s/ f/5.6 (fully open)

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White Wigtail Capture Date: Apr 28, 2015 08:25 PM
Shot with Canon EF 200-400 mm/4 w 1.4x ext.
Camera:Canon EOS-1D CISO Speed:640Exposure:1/1000 secAperture:f / 5.6Focal Length:420 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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Canon EF 200-400 mm/4 L:   300 (420) mm; ISO 640; 1/1000 s/ f/5.6 (fully open)
White Wigtail

Tamron 150-600 mm/5.6:   400 (640) mm; ISO 1250; 1/2000 s/ f/5.6 = fully open

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White Wigtail Capture Date: Apr 28, 2015 08:27 PM
Shot with new Tamron 150-600 mm.
Camera:Canon EOS 7D Mark IIISO Speed:1250Exposure:1/2000 secAperture:f / 5.6Focal Length:400 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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Tamron 150-600 mm/5.6:   400 (640) mm; ISO 1250; 1/2000 s/ f/5.6 = fully open
White Wigtail

Tamron 150-600 mm/5.6:  500 (800) mm; ISO 1250; 1/2000 s; f/6.3

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White Wigtail Capture Date: Apr 28, 2015 08:28 PM
Shot with new Tamron 150-600 mm.
Camera:Canon EOS 7D Mark IIISO Speed:1250Exposure:1/2000 secAperture:f / 6.3Focal Length:500 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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Tamron 150-600 mm/5.6:  500 (800) mm; ISO 1250; 1/2000 s; f/6.3
White Wigtail

Tamron 150-600 mm/5.6:   150 (240) mm; ISO 1250; 1/2000 s; f/5.6 (fully open)

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White Wigtail Capture Date: Apr 28, 2015 08:29 PM
Shot with new Tamron 150-600 mm.
Camera:Canon EOS 7D Mark IIISO Speed:1250Exposure:1/2000 secAperture:f / 5.6Focal Length:150 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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Tamron 150-600 mm/5.6:   150 (240) mm; ISO 1250; 1/2000 s; f/5.6 (fully open)
White Wigtail

Canon EF 200-400 mm/4.0 L:   560 mm (with extender); ISO 640; 1/1000 s; f/5.6 (fully open)

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White Wigtail Capture Date: Apr 28, 2015 07:48 PM
Shot with Canon EF 200-400 mm/4 w 1.4x ext.
Camera:Canon EOS-1D CISO Speed:640Exposure:1/1000 secAperture:f / 5.6Focal Length:560 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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Canon EF 200-400 mm/4.0 L:   560 mm (with extender); ISO 640; 1/1000 s; f/5.6 (fully open)
White Wigtail

Tamron 150-600 mm/5.6:   400 (640 mm); ISO 1250; 1/2000 s; f/5.6 (fully open)

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White Wigtail Capture Date: Apr 28, 2015 07:49 PM
Shot with new Tamron 150-600 mm.
Camera:Canon EOS 7D Mark IIISO Speed:1250Exposure:1/2000 secAperture:f / 5.6Focal Length:400 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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Tamron 150-600 mm/5.6:   400 (640 mm); ISO 1250; 1/2000 s; f/5.6 (fully open)
White Wigtail

Tamron 150-600 mm/5.6:   400 (640 mm); ISO 1250; 1/2000 s; f/5.6 (fully open)

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White Wigtail Capture Date: Apr 28, 2015 07:51 PM
Shot with new Tamron 150-600 mm.
Camera:Canon EOS 7D Mark IIISO Speed:1250Exposure:1/2000 secAperture:f / 5.6Focal Length:400 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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Tamron 150-600 mm/5.6:   400 (640 mm); ISO 1250; 1/2000 s; f/5.6 (fully open)
White Wigtail

Tamron 150-600 mm/5.6:   400 (640 mm); ISO 1250; 1/2000 s; f/5.6 (fully open)SUMMARY:Personally I'm pleased with the results.The new Tamron 150-600mm/5.6 lens worked very well on the 7D MkII, also when I tested AF, which was very fast and reliable. The sharpness and resolution of the lens is more than acceptable, specially when you consider the price (you get 11 Tamron lenses at the price of one Canon lens like this one). You can work hand held with the Tamron lens for a short period of time. With the EF 200-400 mm I can't shoot more than 1-2 shots before my (weak) arms protest.Is there anything I miss on the Tamron lens?YES! It  would be nice with a complete inner focusing so the lens doesn't change its length. Then you could use your matte box with filters instead of having to buy 95 mm circular filters. Filter in this size are hard to find and they cost quite a lot.Of course such an enhancement would end up in a much higher price.The new EOS 7D MkII (new in my camera bag) have been called "a mini 1Dx" by some reviewers and I tend to agree with them. It's a fast camera with its speed of 10 f/s and a rather big buffer. This camera is a good choice for wildlife photo if you don't "must" have a full frame one.The most noticeable con in my opinion is the noise level which is higher than my EOS 1DC and much higher than my Sony a7S.For most wildlife photographers/videographers who wants a good "reach" and a fast camera this combination of Canon EOS 7D MkII and Tamron 150-600 mm is perhaps the best you can get today. Nikon doesn't seem to have a cropped sensor camera today to compete with the new EOS 7D. The price tag for this combo is also rather "moderate"! My next testing projects will be testing/comparing those two lenses on three cameras (EOS 1DC, EOS 7D MkII and Sony a7S) for video. EOS 7D MkII don't have 4K video but its HD video will be compared with down-scaled 4K from the other two cameras.4K video ( EOS 1DC and Sony a7S) will be recorded to the Atomos Shogun in ProRes HQ.I'm specially interested in testing video in low light since I often film in such conditions. One example is in the fall during the deer rut season.

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White Wigtail Capture Date: Apr 28, 2015 07:52 PM
Shot with new Tamron 150-600 mm.
Camera:Canon EOS 7D Mark IIISO Speed:1250Exposure:1/2000 secAperture:f / 5.6Focal Length:400 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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Tamron 150-600 mm/5.6:   400 (640 mm); ISO 1250; 1/2000 s; f/5.6 (fully open)

SUMMARY:

Personally I'm pleased with the results.
The new Tamron 150-600mm/5.6 lens worked very well on the 7D MkII, also when I tested AF, which was very fast and reliable. The sharpness and resolution of the lens is more than acceptable, specially when you consider the price (you get 11 Tamron lenses at the price of one Canon lens like this one). You can work hand held with the Tamron lens for a short period of time. With the EF 200-400 mm I can't shoot more than 1-2 shots before my (weak) arms protest.

Is there anything I miss on the Tamron lens?
YES! It  would be nice with a complete inner focusing so the lens doesn't change its length. Then you could use your matte box with filters instead of having to buy 95 mm circular filters. Filter in this size are hard to find and they cost quite a lot.
Of course such an enhancement would end up in a much higher price.

The new EOS 7D MkII (new in my camera bag) have been called "a mini 1Dx" by some reviewers and I tend to agree with them. It's a fast camera with its speed of 10 f/s and a rather big buffer. This camera is a good choice for wildlife photo if you don't "must" have a full frame one.
The most noticeable con in my opinion is the noise level which is higher than my EOS 1DC and much higher than my Sony a7S.

For most wildlife photographers/videographers who wants a good "reach" and a fast camera this combination of Canon EOS 7D MkII and Tamron 150-600 mm is perhaps the best you can get today. Nikon doesn't seem to have a cropped sensor camera today to compete with the new EOS 7D. The price tag for this combo is also rather "moderate"! 


My next testing projects will be testing/comparing those two lenses on three cameras (EOS 1DC, EOS 7D MkII and Sony a7S) for video. EOS 7D MkII don't have 4K video but its HD video will be compared with down-scaled 4K from the other two cameras.
4K video ( EOS 1DC and Sony a7S) will be recorded to the Atomos Shogun in ProRes HQ.
I'm specially interested in testing video in low light since I often film in such conditions. One example is in the fall during the deer rut season.
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