Busy Bees – Project 365

Finally had the time and patients to take some photos of the bees that enjoying our lavender. I started with ISO 400, but ended up with ISO 1000 because of the shade and the dark background inside the lavender. I start to enjoy the Tamron 90mm Marco lens. It is the older version of the Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro (272E) that has a lower Dyxum rating. I originally was interested in the Di version, but after reading great reviews about the older version, I got one in excellent condition on eBay for $100, great price compared to the Di version, yet is the same exact design and optics!

This lens is very, very sharp. It doesn’t distort and the colors are nice. The auto focusing can take a while, even for a macro lens. In contrast the manual focus ring is very smooth. A number of reviews talk about that the lens is great for landscapes and portraits. I will have to give it a try one of these days.

  • Location: Antioch, CA
  • Camera: Sony SLT-A77V
  • Lens Model: Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1
  • Focal Length (FF): 135
  • FNumber: 11
  • Exposure Time: 1/160, 1/100, 1/160 & 1/160
  • Exposure Mode: Auto bracket
  • Exposure Program: Manual
  • Exposure Bias Value: 0
  • Metering Mode: Pattern
  • White Balance: Shade
  • Sensitivity (ISO): 400 & 1000
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