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Questions tagged [telephoto]

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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Best settings for astrophotography stacking?

I have recently had the idea to try to photograph the Andromeda galaxy by stacking multiple exposures of it with a normal telephoto lens (I saw a video on YouTube about it). Now, I don't have a ...
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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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Any fix for poor lens clip on Canon on the 600 mm f4 lens hood

I've spent £10,000 on a lens and Canon use a bit of rubbish to fix the lens hood onto the body! First time I sent the hood to be repaired and it set me back about £80. Since then I've repaired it ...
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Why hazy and unsharp background with Nikon 55-300 VR lens?

I am using Nikon D5600 camera with Nikon 55-300mm VR lens. There seems to be a lot of haze in the photos, which are taken on a bright sunny day. Moreover, there are some photos in which the background ...
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How to calculate which system will work better for me?

For all intents and purposes assume I am using the same 400mm lens, which would give a me better resolution of the subject (bird)? A 50% crop of 42 megapixel Sony a7riii Fullframe A full crop of 20.3 ...
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Is two teleconverters on a sigma 150-600 sharper than one on a 1100mm mirror lens?

I was considering taking photos of the moon and stumbled on a review of the MTO 1000a mirror lens. This is acording to this site a sovjet design from the eighties of an 1000mm mirror lens. (Some other ...
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Is Sigma 150-600mm f 5-6.3 contemporary “F4-5.6” on Crop Sensor?

I bought Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Contemporary DG OS HSM Lens for my Crop Sensor Canon 1300D. What I've noticed is that it gives me max aperture of f5.6 at 600MM instead of f6.3 and f4.5 at 150mm on my ...
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Is Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD better than Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300 mm 1:4,5-5,6G ED VR?

I am new to photography. I got a chance to test both the lenses (Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD and Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300 mm 1:4,5-5,6G ED VR). The Nikon lens has VR and hence with full zoom, ...
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Top lens for kitesurfing [duplicate]

What is the best lens for kitesurfing photography? A similar question was asked before, but I need a bit more clarity if possible. I'm hesitating between the Canon 500mm f4 II vs Canon 400mm f2.8 or ...
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Is Tamron 70-300mm lens gives more noisy picture than 18-55mm Nikon kit lens for same ISO?

I am new to photography and have recently purchased a Tamron 70-300mm Telezoom lens without VR. I understand that a 70-300mm lens is quite different to 18-55mm lens but I just was just checking the ...
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How do I fix the problem on my Nikon D3400 saying “lens not attached” for a Vivitar series 1 500 mm manual Telephoto lens?

I just bought a Nikon D3400 and it came with a kit including the Vivitar* (series 1) 500mm f/8 telephoto lens. I expected it to attach and work immediately, but the t mount adapter* for the lens ...
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Telephoto lens: is optical stabilization important?

I'm planning on purchasing either a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Telephoto or a Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM IF lens. The first one has a narrower range and does not have optical ...
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Are there tools used to remove heat-haze or other atmospheric conditions for long range shots?

So I was on a hill doing long range landscapes, miles away. I notice that the shots are specifically less sharp and noiser if I'm aiming at a city, but if I aim at the body of water in front of it or ...
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70-300mm lens with Nikon D3400 [closed]

I have Nikon D3400 camera and I want to buy a 70-300mm lens to take pictures of the moon. I have four options based on my limited budget: Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens Sigma 70-300mm 4-...
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Is a filter required in the built-in holder of telephoto lens having such holder?

Some telephoto lenses such as the nikkor 400mm AI-s f/3.5 (and many others) have a built-in filter holder. Is a filter required in that built-in holder for the lens to perform according to the ...
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What strategies can I use when a subject is too close to fit in the frame with a telephoto prime?

One problem with telephoto primes is the fixed field of view which may not match the desired image size. When I use primes with average focal lengths like 50mm it is less of a problem because I can ...
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If I add a 2x telephoto adapter to a 18 - 55 mm 1:3.5 - 5.6 lens will portrait backgrounds go out of focus better?

I understand that I need a telephoto lens, combined with a low fstop to separate the subject in a portrait from the background, which will be out of focus. I'm confused if I add a macro/2x telephoto ...
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Digiscoping with superzoom or DSLR? (with spotting scope)

With a middle-priced spotting scope such as Kowa's TSN-773 or 664 series, is it worth it to do digiscoping with a good DSLR? Since the image quality is definitely not going to be as good as using a ...
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Need help choosing a telephoto lens

I have a Canon kit, which comprises of 4 lenses: a 17-40 mm f4 a 50mm f1.8 a 100mm 2.8 Macro, and a 70-300mm IS USM (non L) I am looking for a telephoto/supertelephoto to replace #4 above. I am ...
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What is the little “haze” on my lens?

I purchased a used 85-300mm lens online a few days ago. It works fine, with no problems at all (I think), however, I noticed this morning that there is something inside the lens, right between the ...
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Help with lens markings: vintage Vivitar 135mm prime 58mm F2.5 Auto Telephoto (OM Mount)

I was gifted some vintage gear. I'm estimating the Vivitar lens in question is from the mid-80's; I believe my relative bought it to supplement an Olympus OM-PC. This lens has color coding on the ...
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What are the technical limitations that prevent lens manufacturers from producing 70-300mm f2.8?

70-300 f2.8 lenses don't seem to exist. What are the reasons behind that?
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How do I get in-focus, not-blurry shots with my consumer-grade telephoto zoom? [duplicate]

I have a Canon Rebel T5, and a 75-300mm lens. I shoot and I get a lot of blurry unfocused shots. What can I do to improve this?
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What should I look for in a lens to take zoomed-in photographs of jumping horses?

I have a Nikon D3000 with a Nikkor AF 18-55mm lens and a manual Nikkor 28-200mm lens that I use zoomed-in more than 90% of the time. I love, love, love close-ups of horses, especially athletic ones. ...
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Why would I need a portrait lens if I have a telephoto zoom lens covering the same focal length?

I am using a Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F/2.8, a MFT telephoto lens. I am learning about photography by reading articles and reviews and in one review it was mentioned there is a great portrait ...
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Will my camera autofocus over the full range of a telephoto lens with variable aperture?

I'm looking to get a Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 for my Nikon D3300. I've been trying to wrap my head around the crop factor and how that works and how it affects auto focus. Spec sheet for my D3300 say ...
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What techniques can I use to take “macro” photographs with a regular telephoto lens and no adapter?

I have a telephoto lens which is not marketed as a macro lens. Right now, I have no budget to buy anything else. Can I use this to take close-up photographs even if they're not "true macro"?
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Why do images sometimes look “softer” at higher focal lengths (like 300-500mm)?

I get that it has to do with the lens, but what exactly is causing this?
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Lens recommendations for Nikon D7200

This is going to be my first DSLR camera. I have used a coolpix p600 before, so now i want great images, instead of great zooms. I have a budget of INR 1.6 - 1.7 lacs for the camera and lens. A new ...
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How to photograph distant objects (10km)?

How to photograph distant objects like man and cars, with resolutions enough to identify face and car numbers? I'm looking for suggestions and cost, 10km range, with good sun light. Thanks. Please ...
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What lens is compatible with Nikon D90 for birding? [duplicate]

I own Nikon D90 with a 18-105mm kit lens. I have been looking for a suitable lens for birding with D90. According to Nikon support https://m.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-af-s-18-300mm-3p5-5p6-vr would ...
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Will a telephoto lens give me better macro results with extension tubes than a 18-55mm kit lens?

I use macro extensions on a daily basis on my 18-55mm standard Canon lens. I tend to take a lot of macro shots, and was wondering whether a telephoto, for example, wouldn't be a better suited lens to ...
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Canon EF telephoto on a crop body [duplicate]

I know it has been asked before, but I'm still not sure if I understand the focal length issues of EF-lenses on APSC cameras in Canon system. I already have the EF-S 55-250 IS STM and I'd like to buy ...
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Zooming in meters [duplicate]

I'm new to photographing. But I'd like to know what 10x zoom means in meters. I know that it means the picture is enlarged 10 times, but what does it mean in meters? I mean does it mean like the ...
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Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VRII - Aperture not working?

My question is pretty straightforward: this lens' aperture stopped working for some reason. What could it be the cause? Me and a friend of mine tried it in studio, attached to a D750, and when we ...
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What would be a good beginners lens for portrait plus telephoto? [closed]

I have Canon 600D with Canon 50 f1.8 and Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-f4 OS Contemporary lenses. I am looking to upgrade to a Telephoto now, I am considering Canon 70-200mm f4 L USM (non IS), Tamron SP 70-...
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Will this camera, lens and teleconverter combo work well?

My old Nikon D5000 finally bit the dust along with my grey market nikkor 70-300 lens. I am looking at replacing them both. The camera will be replaced by either the D5200 or D5300. The lens I am ...
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Why buy prime super telephoto lenses instead of zoom super telephoto lenses?

35mm and 50mm primes make perfect sense to me: sharper images, simple operation, and framing can usually be handled by taking a few steps forwards and backwards. I'm struggling to see how one would ...
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I need a recommendation on FX telephoto zoom lenses

These lenses are usually used for sports and wildlife photography but my application is a little different. I am interested in doing ultra high resolution "close up" images of small plants in the wild....