FIRST DAY IN MY PHOTO BLIND – big surprise on the game camera and Tamron 150-600 G2 issues.


I’m sitting in my photo blind and
this is the first time this year I’m down here. Like you can probably see this is the permanent blind not the Tragopan. Outside there is… dead…
There’s nothing, but… I’ve sprinkled out some peanuts and some sun seeds… and I really really hope I can attract some birds,
because the frost will come next week… and I just want the birds to get used to me being here. Last season was very good because I could sit in here with my telephoto lens sticking out… and they didn’t bother that much and even the buzzard came and the ravens and stuff. So yeah, but look what I have in front of me. I have this guy. It’s the game camera. And it has been sitting here all night. It was actually supposed to send me pictures if something happened, but let’s try to get it. This guy is you know, one of these game cameras
that sends photos… to your phone or you can just set it… so it takes photos and doesn’t send them to the phone. And it’s an awesome way to see what’s going on in nature when you’re not there. And I found many foxes and badgers and stuff with this guy. This one is set up to actually send photos to my phone but it doesn’t. So either there hasn’t been anything here during the night or it’s just not working. But I brought my computer and
I thought when we’re having a little break… we can have a look at these pictures. First I want to set up my 600mm.
I brought my 600. I brought my Tamron and… I’m setting up the 600 now… I think on the tripod pointing out, also just
so the birds can get used to there being something… and then they can decide
if they want to come here or not. So yeah and… not to forget.. Look what I also have… Coffee! Freshly brewed back home. So when everything is set up,
when the camera is pointing out… It’s time to have a cup of coffee.
Maybe time to have a look if there is anything. If this one has captured anything during the night. So yeah. Oh, it’s awesome to be back in the photo blind.
I love to be here. It’s really really really nice. It’s so comfortable and cozy and…, okay… I think we are already. I’ve seen magpies now and I’ve heard the crows. I can see the magpies are sitting down in the pine trees in the background. So, I think now with the telephoto lenses up
it’s just about waiting. I just like to see the birds. And actually it’s not very often that I photograph them. Sometimes I just go here and have a look at the small birds taking the seeds and stuff. And I love to… attract birds to my garden during the winter and I just make sure that if I start giving them seeds… I continue during the winter. So it’s not that I go and
give them a lot of seeds… and then when I’m done with my … I just forget them, because
then the poor little guys will just… have this habit to come for
food and water in my garden. so… Yeah, I think… it’s time to have a cup of coffee. Wait wait, let’s turn off the camera.
Maybe it is working and it’s filming in here. Maybe it has run out of batteries actually. Maybe we can see if there are any pictures on it. It says “low battery”. Oh. Uhoh, this one doesn’t look good. We have this one now and
I have new batteries. Maybe on this one there is something. But we’ll find out. And I totally forgot to tell that
I’m actually not here alone. I’ve brought a friend today. Maybe it would be… polite of me to introduce, so… Look here, he’s sleeping… Bjørn… Bjørn! Hi! Hi! Are you sleeping? Sorry. The little guy is here… sleeping on the… on the little skin. He doesn’t care about these birds,
but I thought it’s more interesting for him… to be here then actually being home alone.
So yeah. Let’s get some coffee. It’s coffee time. Oh! It’s so good. There’s like nothing better than
sitting here in the photo blind… listening to the magpies. I can see they’re sitting considering should they
come down and have a peanut or should they not? And I’m sitting here with the camera having a cup of coffee. It’s awesome Oh by the way, I think there’s a few things I have to catch up on and I think this is a very good opportunity… to like update you on what’s happening.
First of all the Tamron… this guy… Yeah this guy. You know, I had the issues in Scotland
where the focus… just stopped working.
Then I see some moisture inside… so I send it over and I got it back and… they like…
kind of I was promised that they would like tell me… get an answer on how weather sealed it is and what was actually wrong and stuff, but I didn’t get anything. I just got the repair note… saying that they have replaced the focus motor. They have replaced a lens element. They have like… adjusted the contacts… between the lens and the camera. That’s it. And then I went out with the lens the other day and it focussed perfectly, super-sharp. It’s brilliant. It is just as good as it always is. But it still has this issue and I would love to hear if any of you have had the same issue. Where I press the focus… There’s like the focus… goes to infinity or something and then it just,
you can hear the focus motors continuing to run like *rrrrrrrrrr* But nothing happens it’s like yeah, I can’t explain it. And then when I tried to focus on something else, even though it’s high contrast, even though it’s perfectly lit… I focus and it just goes *rrrrr* without actually moving the element inside so it doesn’t focus. It just says the sound of the focus motor.
Yeah. So it’s weird. I still love the lens. I still bring it. Because often it it helps to like turn off the camera… take the lens just a little bit off, put it on again turn on the camera and then I’m good to go. If you’re out there and you have this… like this opportunity of like a fox coming… through the grass and it’s beautifully lit
and everything is just awesome… you have been waiting for that moment and then suddenly the lens start to be like *rrrrr*…. It’s… I really love the Tamron, but it’s just now
where I’ve had these issues. I’m… I just don’t trust it anymore. But I hope it’s just mine.
I hope no one else is having these issues. I hope it’s just mine and I wish they would just replace it. But then we’ll see anyway. Now everything is perfect, I wish… I wish… I wish I could see just a glimpse of a bird out there. It would be awesome. Should we see if there is anything on the memory card? Just while we’re waiting. I have my laptop.
We can go and check out if there is anything. So yeah, let’s do that. Look at least there should be a picture of me when I was sitting it up. Oh, oooh! Hey look at this…look at this! Oi! Oi oi oi oi oi Do you see? Do you see them? All the birds? Magpies, crows,… Buzzard. There is a buzzard sitting right there! Definitely a buzzard sitting there.
Let’s see if we can see the photo. See? That’s the buzzard. What else do we have?
Here… here… That’s the buzzard! And there’s a buzzard.
Oh! There are two buzzards! Okay Okay, wait a second, wait a second. Buzzard, crows. Buzzard, crows. Oho! Look at that photo! Look at that photo! It’s a buzzard, in the air! Ha! Okay, shhh.. Okay Now I’m scaring away everything here. Let’s see,
let’s see. Holy moly! Look at this, look at this, look at this, look at this! Look, do you see?
Do you see this guy? Do you see this guy? It’s… Wait let me zoom in. This is awesome.
Wait, wait wait, this is awesome. Okay, look there. Look there. Wait… Look right there. Do you see? It’s the fox! Let’s see maybe next video he comes. No, he doesn’t. Dammit. Dammit. Where is he? No. Oooh, there was a fox.
Okay, that was awesome. That was awesome. There are magpies outside now. There are definitely magpies outside now. Lots of them! Oi oi oi oi oi oi Come on, come on,
come on, come on, come on… Now come the crows,
now come the crows. Dammit! Oooh, it’s so hard! Just… Just the fact that I moved…
You saw how little I moved the thing here… and everyone are gone now. Poof!
There were like 20 out there. It is so hard, but it’s the first time down here.
Isn’t it amazing? Brrr Oh it is definitely getting cold. Wait… They are back. They are back, all of them. Just give me a…it’s getting cold. Ho, that’s better. Okay let’s see… see if we can get something. Let’s see if we can make some video of these. ♪♪ It’s totally dead outside now. When I tried to move the little vloggin camera
behind me so you could see the… the live view on the video
like I made too much movement, so pew everything, all the birds were gone… and now I’ve been sitting here for quite a long time and… nothing has happened. I don’t know if you can hear,
Bjørn is snoring down there. *snoring intensifies* The little guy. So it time to pack, I think…
Like… Taken into consideration that it was the first time I’m here this year, like this season. And I’ve been vlogging, I’ve been talking.
I’ve been moving the camera… forth and back, like I mean,
it’s pretty good that I’ve seen so many… magpies out there. I think I’ll come here a lot during
January, February, maybe March. I’ll definitely bring you with me when
we go down here and one thing is sure… if snow is falling in Denmark we are going down here to sit and see if we can
photograph the buzzard or the magpies in the snow. It’s going to be awesome. So I think it’s time now for me to pack my stuff together and get that little lazy dog home. No, the last thing I want to talk about is you probably noticed my last two videos from where I was out: the first one which was really fun to make was a day in the forest doing bushcraft. I don’t know if you have seen the video,
but I’ll put a link up there. It was really really nice to make that video.
Like I wasn’t saying anything on the video… I was just like faffing around doing some bush craft, making some pictures and I know some of you… were like saying in the comments like
“oh why have you stopped talking”? I have not stopped talking as you can hear now. Now you have been listening to me talking for minute after minute. But it’s just, the one thing is sometimes when I do these YouTube videos, you know, it takes a lot of time… talking to the camera and when I’m talking to you right now… I’m not watching out there all the time. and when I’m in the forest with my camera looking for the deer, looking for the fox… I do make the video sometimes where I’m telling what I’m doing… But it’s also very nice for me not to have to say anything.
Like I might talk to Bjørn or I might talk to myself… but it’s more… it’s hard to explain, but it’s just so much easier to reconnect like… Be there and be present in the moment and furthermore I have missed some chances out there
because I’m vlogging… because I’m talking to the camera
and then I scare things away. And I think I’m just starting to sometimes… I’m explaining your things like I do now,
but others other days… I’m just bringing the camera,
because the alternative is that I’m not bringing it. So I just want to bring you out there with me,
just show you what’s going on. And just hope it’s good enough. So yeah… I don’t know if you saw that video,
but have a look at it and you can have… twenty two minutes or something of me saying nothing,
then you can rest you ears after this talk. So that was a lot of talk. It’s beautiful out there, let’s go home
See you out there. ♪ ♪

100 Replies to “FIRST DAY IN MY PHOTO BLIND – big surprise on the game camera and Tamron 150-600 G2 issues.”

  1. So sorry for the mono sound!! Was playing around with a new system, but apparently I screw that up!! I hope you will enjoy the video anyway;) And hey! Thanks for all these fantastic comments – it means so much to me 👍👍🙏🙏

  2. Watching your videos inspired me to do Wild Life Photography only the problem is I can't afford one of a camera! As soon as I got I will start photographing.

  3. Hi Nice ti see Yuri videos … I am using Nikon D3100 with tamron 300 MM macro…but have some issues in focus..Nikon P900 works fine with both bird photography and Macro as well..any suggestion ?

  4. A lot of commentary about wanting you to start doing voice overs on your videos. Don't do it Morton; I love the feeling of being in the blind with you. I know it's harder to do but it's what makes you so great, my friend. Keep taking us along with you!

  5. Really enjoyed the video. Do you find that the camouflage wraps on your lens work to scare the animals less? What brand of wraps are they I didn't see them in your equipment list. Thanks!

  6. Sir just awesome video.
    Beautiful birds and lovely nature .
    And one thing that I like most is your video music just mind blowing .Hereing the music I feel that I am so so relaxed . Thank you Sir .

  7. Morten I for one LOVE the video's where you say nothing, it's like we are there with you, we get to enjoy watching what you but also we get to LISTEN to the nature, it relaxes my senses.

  8. Coffee and cozy comfort. Cool 😎. Switching it up with or without audio is fine by me. Either way, I appreciate you sharing those moments with your fans. Hi 👋🏼 Björn! Thanks 🙌🏼

  9. Just exquisite, Morten. Bring us more… ;). Thank you so much. I googled the price of your Tamron and they're rather cheap here in Canada.

  10. I just love this…..i bought a blind that i will be putting up soon for the winter…..and my little dog always comes with me too….love photography

  11. I can force that issue on my Tamron, if I have set the focus to 10m instead of infinity. So maybe something with that switch is wrong on your one. What I mean is, that your Tamron maybe locks the focus distance on its own, that would explain the noise of the running focus motor.

  12. Вы все время говорите "парни", это неравенство к девушкам, нужно быть гендерным рабом, феминистки любят это, (сарказм)

  13. Født og opvokset i DK og allerede den gang var alle kragefugle og skader bange for alt der rører sig. Bor i Sverige, nu i 30 år, og her er de ikke nær så bange, her er gode muligheder for at fange dem.

  14. big fan of you sir, kindly if you make a video for beginner wildlife photographers , ideal budget must have kits and tips from your side it will be really helpful

  15. Yea that bushcraft video was awesome … i think you should also introduce that features of silent blogging…. the reason i'm telling this is , that bushcraft video was felt like i was with you too doing the same thing right there …so similarly i would enjoy such photography expeditions with you silently (but with the necessary explanations as you do) 😍😍

  16. When you use a big camera and a long lens sometimes there is a problem with bayonet ring on the camera. It made of very thick material and can have deformation after a while. Thats why i recently changed bayonets on mi d4 and d4s

  17. Hi Morten.Great video again.Thanks.If you want check out this video it's about a nature photographer from my country he builds special blinds etc. you might have heard of him anyway. https://youtu.be/57Q9SEwTyy4

  18. Hello Morten! i saw in your older movies that you have the 200 500 mm Nikon, why you change it with the Tamron? i like it a lot your movies! thanks!

  19. 😀 😀 WHAT AN AMAZING VIDEO. JESUS!!! I LOVE AND SEE MYSELF REFLECTED WHEN YOU SHOUT WHEN DISCOVERING THE PHOTOS OF THE BIRDS. Defininitely you LOVE what you do and show us on the videos. NOT JUST A MERE ANOTHER CAMERA TESTER. A REAL NATURE LOVER. Just tired of blablablabla about camera specs videos… THANKS FOR SHOWING US YOUR WORK FROM THE INSIDE.

  20. We don’t have any hooded crows in England, in fact there’s very few in Great Britain, the only place in the U.K. where they are in abundance is Norther Ireland. I think magpies are stunning birds with black, white and blue, such a pity they have so many superstitions around them. Great shot of the buzzard in flight, what species are there in Denmark? Is it too far north for the honey? The bushcraft video was amazing.

  21. You were talking too much!😁 (joking of course) If talking fits what you are doing, then speak up. This video for example, talking made sense and your excitement shows through. When you are out in the field and forest, you really need to be quiet. If you feel you need to speak in the "quiet" videos, maybe do a few seconds at the end of the day.
    Personally, I like your trekking films with less talking because it's truer to the experience. But, I've been there and sadly, those days are over for me. So I get to experience it through your lens. I also thoroughly enjoyed today's jibber jabber 😉Variety is good.

    The bottom line is you can't make everyone happy. Do what makes you happy and compromise for the viewer from time to time.
    Oh, I didn't notice any sound problem, my pc has a built in mono speaker.

  22. Wondered why the odd sound, but didn't faze me watching the whole video. How many magpies? crazy – I've just picked up a Buteo Mark II 1 Person photo blind, looking forward to using it!

  23. Have you considered mounting something like a GoPro or a small point-and-shoot camera to your D5 in the hotshoe on some sort of swivel? That might let you vlog a little easier without having to switch hands/ put a tripod down when you’re out in the field. It might stop you missing as many shots.

  24. Awesome video Morten! Just got the Nordisk Stillhed calendar and it is absolutely fantastic, the prints and design are amazing. Looking forward to hearing the backstory about the different pictures 🙂

  25. I had an old lens that developed the focus problem. It went out to infinity and didn't return unless I manually turned it from infinity.
    The problem was that the teeth were worn. I gave the lens to a friend, and he sent it off for repair and they replaced the warn part and it worked like new again.

  26. This has to be the most boring photography in the industry. How you sit there so long hoping something comes along is beyond me. 🙂

  27. Your handsome companion seems too like a good nap and was wondering why you woke him up. Your vlogs and photos are excellent.

  28. I found the silent vlogs quiet relaxing. I have to agree. The Nikon 200-500mm lens is incredible. I understand is nice to have that extra reach of 600mm. It was a hard decision for me but I stayed with Nikkor and I love it.

  29. Hey Morten, great video! I think the sound your hearing when you try to focus but it doesn't focus is not the focus motor but the VC motor. maybe anyways, the sound you made in the video sounded more like the VC then the Focus.

  30. Again, cool video. It's just epic to see how passionate you are. Keep up the great great work. 👊🏻
    I've recently uploaded my first video about photographing Muskoxen in Norway (in Dutch). But your work is next-level!

  31. I have had the same problem with my Tamron. We had been the whole day on the mountains with a little bit of rain and moisture. When we got back to the car I took a test picture and the AF motor was acting really wierd. I was driving home and had the camera and the tamron inside for 24 hours and when it had dried up it worked again. But yeah, like you im kinda nervous about it :/

  32. Just watching you in your blind lifts so much weight off my shoulders and calms me especially at this time of year. Thank you Morten i really enjoy watching your videos of you in your blind wishing that i had one that i could escape to take some beautiful shots.

  33. I had the exact same issue with my Tamron 70-200, very frustrating. One thing I noticed, is that it occurred more frequently when the lens was pointed upward. Interestingly, it was an issue with my one camera body (D610), and not two of the others (D7000 & D850).

    Tamron gave me a new lens after 3 failed repairs. The new lens's autofocus motor makes an unpleasant noise on the D610, but doesn't get stuck at infinity. Fortunately, I don't use that body as much, so can usually avoid having the lens on it. You should try the lens on a second body if you have.

  34. Great video Morten. You know you get what you pay for. We tend to cut corners to try to save a few bucks thinking we will get "JUST" as good or "ALMOST" as good and at the end of the day all we get is problems. Good glass takes years to perfect and in this video is looks like you are back using the Nikon 200-400. Spend a little more for better glass and you get better glass. I always come away from your videos feeling very relaxed and motivated. Your dog is spoiled rotten! :)) Thanks for the work you put in so we can follow along.

  35. Hi Morten. What happened to the Nikon 180-400? It was a lens you sounded so excited about when you first got it but I haven’t seen it in any of your videos since. I would to hear your views on it both good & bad. Mark.

  36. That hide looks super comfortable Morten. Sorry to hear about the issues with your Tamron. I know how much you like that lens, especially when you're hiking. Maybe it's time to replace it with the Nikkor 200-500.

  37. Had this exact issue with my Tamron 150-600 mm g2 in Kenya a couple of times. Extremely annoying. Even got an error message on the camera. Had the camera checked by Nikon, but definately a lens issue. Using the lens on Nikon d500, so not full frame.

  38. Hej Morten!
    Jeg har lige det samme problem med min Tamron 24-70 mm G2. Fugt er helt uden betydning, fejlen er der stadig.
    Jeg zoomer ind og ud og prøver utallige gange at fokuserer og til sidst "fanger" den "grebet" og den fungere så uden problemer.
    Slukker jeg kameraet og holder en pause på måske 10-15 min, så er fejlen der igen…..
    Jeg har også en Tamron 150-600 G2, og en 70-200 G2 ingen af dem har endnu den fejl…..

  39. Great Morten. It's really nice just being with you in the hide. Really looking forward to being out there in the snow next year.
    Always fun to watch what you're up to, mono sound/no speech/or full blown chat. it's a thumbs up from me.

  40. I’m experiencing the same issue on my Tamron 18-400. The lens is still exceptional value for the money but I think I will not go third party again in the future and just stick to Nikon.

  41. Que pena que no podamos de sentir los videos en Español,eres un crak y tu costancia en el trabajo son de reconocer y agradecer.

  42. Morton, I never saw a final report on the Nikon 180-400mm f/4 TC 1,4 telephoto lens. There was the first day with it and you used it with the Kittiwakes 7 months ago. Other than the price issue, what were your conclusions about this lens. Thanks.

  43. That does it! I'm giving up photography and strictly taking up drinking coffee.😀You always make it sound so good.Ive actually started bringing my thermos with me when I go out to shoot now after watching your videos.You inspire in so many ways

  44. I really enjoyed that Morten, Your passion is contagious! Can I ask what game/ trail camera, I am looking to purchase my first one to observe and report on local wildlife in my area. Thanks!

  45. Hi Morton, I have had the same issue with my Canon 35-70 lens. I brought it for repair and they had to get it all apart to get to some contacts deep inside the lens. After repairing it was all fine
    Here is a link to someone who repaired it by himself. https://youtu.be/OegwekrolhU
    I would not mind to see you on video's where you are talking and not talking, when you don't talk…. the storytelling is still there, when you talk,….you share more passion (wich i also like).

  46. Hi, I stick with Nikon lenses now because I find them to me more robust, durable, and much better weather sealed. Much too expensive but after buying several cheaper lenses Nikon turns out to be more cost effective.

  47. I have the exact same issues with my tamron lens, have to turn it off and take the lens off for it to work properly again

  48. Thanks Morten for this nice video, although the sounds isn't best. I just want to give you feedback about the Tamron 150-600mm lens. I have the same lens (G2) but with Sony A-Mount. I never had an issue with the focus motor (yet). I hope you get the lens replaced and can continue to take great wildlife pictures!

  49. Hi Morton, I'm an aspiring bird and wildlife photographer. Am curious to know what binoculars you use and if you have any advise for me in terms of magnification, fov, etc..

  50. Never a need to apologise Morten… still wonderful…. I bought my wife a remote wildlife camera for Christmas…

  51. Hi Morten,

    just found a review of the G2 lens in which similar errors occured to the author with this lens (above Ch. 8). Hope, it might help you

  52. Your videos are awesome as is. No need to worry about if you are talking or not talking. Just do as you do. It is hard to vlog and get the wildlife shot for certain. So when you need to get the shot, toss us aside and get the shot and show us afterwards. Your excitement is so contagious! That fox on the game cam was amazing for certain! Cheers my friend!

  53. Morton you are very engaging and connecting don't alter this fact as while you chat & freely give of yourself this is for me at least the real appeal it tells me that we share similar values keeping in mind that its a privilege to be so close to nature that the photographs are the reward when they come for being there & that there is so much luck in actually getting "the shot". I am reminded though that I think it was Gary Player who when asked how he was successful answered "Its all down to luck" (paraphrased) "…but funny the more I practise the luckier I get" 😉

  54. My tamron 150-600 G2 has changed my photography so much its hard to explain. I am doing so much BIF the last 2 years, twice at Bosque, once to Texas Gulf coast for the Whooping Crane and locally in North Texas. Its sharp and do easy to walk and hand hold. My shots are excellent with 7d 2. simply put it feels nothing is so far out with a 600mm and it was so cheap compared to an older used 600 f4, for nearly 3 times the cost. I had a 600 prime for 3 days and knew it was not for me and my style of shooting.

  55. Morten, teus vídeos são sensacionais! Que vontade de ir fotografar na natureza, com toda essa paz que eu encontro nos teus vídeos. Parabéns pelo teu dom e por compartilhar comosco. Abraços aqui do Brasil.

  56. On my second copy of the G2 it has ruined many 'fox' moments now for remedial action very frustrating I am very disappointed 😞

  57. Trevlig video. Har du fortfarande problem med din Tamron 150-600 G2, är du nöjd med skärpan på 600 mm ? Mvh www.taiganatura.com

  58. It was amazing seing the fox so close to all those birds and they seemed not to be disturbed at all!!! Have you see the fox again at this spot?

  59. I have focusing issues in when I use the Tamron lens for video. It won't acquire focus even though I can hear the motor working. No issue with photos though. Very snappy.

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