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Telephoto is technically a specific type of lens design, but usually means any lens with a long focal length and correspondingly narrow field of view.

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Nikon telephoto zoom ring turns but Lens won’t extend

Nikon telephoto lens zoom ring turns but will not extend lens but will retract it if I manually extend the lens! What is causing this and is it something that I can fix myself?
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Sony A7III travel/wildlife combo: 70-200mm f/4 + 2x teleconverter, or sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3?

After taking my Sony A7III and Sony G 70-200 f/4 telephoto to a couple of hiking and camping trips, I'm looking forward to improve my equipment to get more into wildlife photography. So I need longer ...
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Is there an EF to MFT adapter that is known to work well with Sigma's or Tamron's 150-600mm lenses?

I own a Panasonic Gx9 camera and a 100-300mm lens. That gives nice reach, not that more reach could not be even nicer (for waterfowl, etc.) Is there an adapter for Micro Four-Thirds that has good ...
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Recovering physical distance from perceived distance in telephoto lens

I am trying to find a way to estimate the DOF from the perceived distance through a telephoto lens. The problem is, most DOF calculators use the physical distance from the subject to the lens to ...
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How can I get more magnification when shooting wading birds?

I have a Canon EF 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 IS USM lens. Will all 300mm zoom/telephoto lenses give the same magnification of the subject as mine does or, to get more magnification do I need to get a zoom or ...
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Telephoto lens for camera whose lens cannot be removed

Is it possible to add a lens in front of another lens to make it a telephoto lens? I have a few "fisheye" adapters that I can put in front of any lens to take a fisheye photo, but I wonder ...
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How do I eliminate the shake I'm getting using a supertelephoto lens and tripod to shoot the moon?

I have a Sony 200-600 (~5lb/2.1kg) that I'm looking to use for moon photography with a Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ tripod. I'm also using a 2X teleconverter and an APS-C camera (α6600). However I think my ...
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Does the Sigma MC-11 adapter work with the Sigma Canon Teleconverter?

I'm currently looking for tele lenses for Sony E mount. I haven't settled on a camera body yet, but I'll probably get an a7c. One option would be the Sigma 100-400mm for Sony E. Though without a Sigma ...
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K10D poor focus - manual or auto - with full-frame zoom lens

I'm getting very poor focus particularly at the long end of an 80-320mm tele lens that I am using with my Pentax K10D. The lens was originally bought for my 35mm Pentax SLR (maybe an MZ5 or something, ...
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How does Leica R Telyt-R 4/250mm compair to a more modern lens?

Looking for a 300m to use with Leica M digital 24Mb. Use case for the lens: Always from a tripod, only at infinity (no autofocus/quick focus needed), photographing objects that are not moving. I ...
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Supertele autofocus starts to squeal

I have a Nikon 200-400mm F/4 and the autofocus is fast and precise as it always was but recently the motor started to howl/whistle (maybe to squeal). I heard that those big lenses need their motors ...
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Canon 200mm f/2.8 L II USM vs Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX APO DG OS or something else?

I'm looking for replacement of my Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. Camera is Canon EOS 700D. Requirements: amateur photograph, especially nature and birds, mostly walking rarely hiding, focal ...
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maximal detail in extreme low light: longer lens or shorter and faster lens?

I have found a spot where I can take photos of owls. The problem is that they are always showing up very late so it gets quite dark. I have a Nikon D500 which goes up to ISO 51200 and last night I ...
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Why arent there supertele lenses for APS-C sensor sized cameras?

Recently I was looking for Nikon supertele lenses (500mm F/4 or 600mm F/4) and I recognized that they are all fullframe and really heavy lenses. Some of the newer lenses are a lighter than the older ...
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View (in EVF) keeps moving after taking a shot with telephoto lens

I have a Nikon z6 and recently my Nikkor z 70-200mm f/2.8 vr s telephoto lens (my first ever telephoto lens) finally arrived. After using it, I observe that the view in EVF keeps moving right after I ...
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Why am I sometimes having "doubled image" and soft photos with my Tamron 100-400mm

I sometimes get unsharp results out of my Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD, with a "doubled image effect", especially visible in the out-of-focus area (bokeh). But the rest of the time, ...
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Compare superzoom image with DSLR image

I take photos of birds and frequently use most of the 50X zoom available on my Canon SX50 camera, which has a 1/2.5” sensor (about 25 square mm). I want to compare the superzoom image I get to what I ...
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Would a Canon EF 800 f/5.6 with a 2x extender on a Raspberry Pi camera work? (9024mm focal length, f/90.24)

The new raspberry pi high quality camera has a sensor size of 1/2.3", with a C-mount. If I attach a C-mount to Canon EF lens adapter, then a 2x extender, then the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM, from ...
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is live view or mirrorless suitable for telephoto shots of moving subjects?

I have been experimenting with Live View of my camera (Nikon D5100) to get a feel for what a mirrorless camera would be like, and also because I am wanting to shoot video clips of distant moving ...
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Would the Nikon TC14E II teleconverter work with a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8?

I mostly do photography using Nikon gear. When it comes to video I use the Panasonic GH5 and adapt my Nikon lenses via adapter. The adapter does not have any electronics. So I'm stuck to manual focus (...
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Supertele: 400mm vs 600mm

Im about to get the Nikkor 400mm F/2.8 VR (not the FL one). This is a lens I always desired. I have already planned some tours through northern Europe and hope to gain some wildlife photography ...
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Should I use automatic focus or manual focus for bird photography?

I have a Canon Rebel XTi and some decent lenses. I am considering getting a 500-1000mm f/8 telephoto zoom lens. For photographing birds that are 25-100m away, should I use an automatic focus or a ...
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Things to look for in a camera to match cameraphone image quality

I have a 10-year old "upper-entry" level DSLR. I am considering upgrading to a new camera, but I am interested in knowing what sorts of things to look for that will allow it to match the image "...
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Good health practices for photographers

As many other professions. photographers tend to suffer of particular health issues, related to the way we use the first and most important piece of our equipment: our bodies. Manufacturers are ...
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Canon APS-C Budget telephoto recommendation for Sports/Nature [closed]

I need a budget telephoto to use on my Canon 80D for sports and nature. It must replace my Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-ii Vc, which I find unconvenient because of its poor AF performance on telephoto ...
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Why do I get blur with a telephoto lens even with mirror lock-up?

Trying to fix the blur I see when shooting via a 75-300mm telephoto lens (this one) on a tripod, I enabled mirror lock-up in my Canon EOS 500D, and set a 2-second self-timer, so that after raising the ...
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Tamron 100-400 (Canon EF) sharpness

I'm puzzled by how the results that "The Digital Picture" have received while testing the new Tamron 100-400 telephoto zoom lens contrast the positive reviews by the actual users all over the Internet....
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Which lens has the same capability of lens mounted in Nikon P1000?

I am a beginner in photography and I have a Nikon D3400. I was impressed with the super zoom of Nikon P1000. But, I came into a conclusion to buy a tele lens rather than going for P1000. P1000 has a ...
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What causes this bloom with an old telephoto lens?

I recently got a Görlitz-Meyer Optik Telemegor 250mm F5.5 I am using this telephoto-lens on my Sony a6300 APS-C camera and I like it. The problem I currently have is, that I get a lot of "bloom" in ...
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What lens would I need to photograph a very distant cathedral dome?

I want to be able to photograph the dome of St Paul's cathedral from King Henry's Mound in Richmond Park. Would a telephoto or zoom lens be the best, what focal length/zoom would be the best for ...
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Is there any Superzoom Point&Shoot camera available which offers more telephoto zoom than Nikon Coolpix P1000?

I am planning to buy a Superzoom point and shoot camera and my goal is to get maximum telephoto zoom. I have ended up in Nikon Coolpix P1000. I went through this article: The 20 Best Superzoom Cameras ...
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Is it beneficial to use a crop sensor camera with a full frame telezoom?

I have a Canon 100-400L telezoom lens. It gives up to 400mm of focal length, but when used on a crop sensor camera, the equivalent focal length would be 640mm. Because the equivalent focal length ...
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How many extra stops do monopods offer for tele photographs?

I have often wondered what the purpose of monopods is. It seems to me that they remove only two degrees of freedom out of three possible degrees of freedom of camera shake. And the situation is even ...
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Why do moon shots bring out the worst in telephoto lenses?

Assumption: The moon is just monochrome rock with some coarse structures, any old telephoto lens (including cheap 500/8s or junk mirror lenses) that is capable of taking a recognizable photo at all ...
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Take a telephoto portrait without background blur?

Is it possible to take a portrait of someone with a telephoto lens (for example 85 or 135mm) without any background blur (or at least with minimal blur)? I am planning to take portraits of somebody ...
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Why we can't use telephoto lens for macro objects?

As I know the focal length of macro and tele lenses are the same, which is around 200mm. Now I wonder, why we can not use tele lens for macro photography? P.S: Both macro and tele lenses have a focal ...
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Selecting a tripod for use with very long focal lengths

I have been playing around with very long focal lengths using a Kenko 3x teleconverter. I have had problems getting sharp pictures and I think camera shake is a big part of that. Given that I am ...
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Why would tying a camera remote to the back of a lens barrel be impractical?

The thought: Having at least shutter, meter on, and AEL toggle - maybe also ISO up/down, maybe also aperture up/down and focus mode, af point selection for modern automatic lenses, maybe also focus ...
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How bad is it to have a telelens without VR?

Yesterday I bought an AF-P Nikkor 70-300 and it was supposed to have VR but today the package arrived and I realized that it does not have it. Sincerily, it bothers me some to ask my money back so I ...
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What Lens to Buy [duplicate]

I'm a veteran hobbyist photography with a so-so photography IQ in the moment, by no means a settings expert. I often shoot landscapes and wildlife, but also will be taking pictures for my university's ...
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Autofocus issue in liveview for Tamron 70-300mm

I have been facing autofocus issue with Tamron 70-300mm VC USM lens on Nikon D5300. The camera autofocuses fine through viewfinder but it is not able to autofocus at all in liveview, the lens just ...
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What is the difference between the Nikon 55-300 DX and 70-300 DX lenses?

I am a new photographer and investigating entry-level Nikon telephoto lenses for possible purchase. (I already have the 18-55 kit lens.) I am confused about their telephoto zoom offerings. If I want ...
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Sigma 150-600mm vs 300mm prime with extender?

Just wanted to get a few opinions since I'm a beginner. I recently purchased a Sigma 150-600mm lens, and I'm wondering if I made the wrong choice. I still have time to return or exchange. I'm ...
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Telephoto auto focus on D3100 not working

I can seem to get the 200mm telephoto to manual focus on anything...and it doesnt work with auto focus either. Is someone able to offer help or suggestions as to whats happening. Thanks...Marnie
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How to do this prismatic/double exposure effect?

Hello all, just saw this picture on Instagram and was wondering how they got this effect and what the effect is called? Double exposure?
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Security: What lens is needed to capture a person's face from 1,000ft away?

My family owns property that has MANY trespassers; the property is over 50acres, and on it is a huge abandoned rock-quarry. If I go there I have to kick people out more than 50% of the time and if I ...
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Layman's guide to making distant things clearer - add on lenses/monoculars for mobile phones

I'm completely at sea with magnification, crop, zoom and telephoto, despite reading various info. I think it's because I'm not terribly scientific! All I would like to know is, if I am shooting ...
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How do I decide amongst several prime lenses for fast-moving sports?

I've already done a fair bit of research. I somewhat discarded the option of 70-200mm f/2.8 because of price and weight (I know I can get the new Tamron 70-200 g2 for about 1400 € but that's still too ...
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Which planet looks the biggest through a camera? Which planet is the easiest to take a picture?

I wanted to start astrophotography. Let's assume that I want to take pictures of planets when they are the closest to the planet earth, which planet would look the biggest thought a telephoto lens? ...
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Do I need a telephoto lens to make objects in the distance appear closer? [duplicate]

I have seen some photos where a far-away object looks much bigger compared to nearby objects. Apparently this is called lens compression and it has to do with the focal length of a lens. How can I ...
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