First Images with the new Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens

First Images with the Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens.
 
So I wanted to get out this morning and shoot the new lens from Tamron, the 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens. The weather was horrible, dark, cloudy and sometimes foggy. Not ideal weather for testing a new lens, but to me possibly a great opportunity to find out what a lens can do. I wanted birds, wildlife and scenery so my friend David Carrigan took me to a few of his favorite locations. One of those locations brought us a great opportunity to photograph a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on a Birch tree. She really was not caring about us being there and worked the sap holes for about 5 minutes. The image attached was shot at 370mm but also using the 1.3x crop feature of the Nikon D-500. Even in really bad light, the lens focused very quickly, quietly and stayed locked on as the bird moved around the tree. I also photographed a waterfall at various focal lengths which I will share tomorrow. I have always wanted a lens that allows me to shoot the wide landscape and wildlife, particularly birds, and this lens is definitely going to fill those needs.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 3600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui N1204X tripod and G20X ballhead, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear
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