So right after I started using the Sony a300, I ended up with a friend's collection of Minolta/Sony compatible lenses. The Tamron 200-400 seemed a perfect birding lens, but at the time I balked at learning to use it. Can't imagine why! I finally dusted it off this weekend, and lo and behold, I had a great time starting out with it all over again. This shot was entirely handheld.