The Denver Zoo - Leave the Tripod at Home - Brandon Miller Photography

If there is one place I like to go to take my camera, its the zoo. Especially the Denver Zoo. A while back (July 2017)  I picked up an older Tamron 200-500 5.0-6.3 mainly to shoot the upcoming eclipse.  In regards to the eclipse the lens worked perfectly and I was able to capture some amazing images of that once in a lifetime experience. However once the eclipse was over, what was I going to do with such a big piece of glass?


My photographer friend, Allison, and myself dawned our kits and headed off for a day of fun at the Denver Zoo. My main goal, get a killer image of one of the many “free range” peacocks they have roaming the premises. The Tamron 200-500 being an older lens has nothing in the realm of image stabilization built into it and the auto focus system is driven by the in-camera focus motor. So needless to say, I was stuck lugging my tripod around for the entirety of the day. For the most part, when I am not shooting landscapes, I don’t really care for the shooting experience that comes with a tripod. Next time I am going to be shooting with my monopod. That should also eliminate the issue of narrowly missing strollers and small children eager to see the exhibits.

While at the Denver Zoo, I was able to capture stunning images of exotic birds, zebras, lions, otters engaged in a serious cuddle puddle, and yes… even the peacocks. It’s and excellent way to get out and spend time among the crowds and “wild” animals. As for the lens, the auto focus was speedy and the images were tack sharp for a sub $500 lens. If you’re looking for a longer focal length without shelling out your hard earned money, the Tamron 200-500 5.0-6.3 is a excellent bang for your buck.