A 500mm lens is a must-have for wildlife photography, but I have long resisted because such a heavy piece of equipment requires a bulky tripod and I haven’t the patience to fiddle with such things.
Until now. Nikon has recently come out with a quality 500mm lens specifically designed to be hand-held. It’s not for the frail, weighing in at 5 lbs., but manageable.
Two things I am looking for as I test out a new lens = (1) how fast it picks up and focuses on subjects speeding across the sky, and (2) how sharp the images are.
I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw two juvenile eagles sitting on rocks about 200 yards from shore this morning.
One of them hopped around a bit, after a fish the other had dropped in a crevice.
I alternately stood and sat for 45 minutes with camera and lens held up to my eye waiting for the eagles to fly. Liftoff would be a perfect picture. The camera got heavy, my arms got tired, and my fingers began to cramp.
An osprey took a dip nearby in the water and I interrupted my vigil to fire off some quick shots.
A pelican dropped in fairly close to the eagles.
Then a damn helicopter buzzed overhead and spooked the eagles as I was looking in the wrong direction! All my patience was for naught.
Tzuri, fortunately, was a more willing subject.
All in all, I’m thinkin’ this new lens is a keeper.