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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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What does it really mean that telephoto lenses "flatten" scenes?

This is another perspective distortion question. I understand that perspective distortion is primarily a function of capture and viewing distance, but I am still working on fully understanding the ...
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What is the difference between a telephoto lens and a zoom lens?

Looking at the product page for Nikon lenses, I notice a distinction between telephoto lens and zoom lens. What is the difference between the two? Why would I want one over the other? I wiki'd ...
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Are full-frame cameras bad for sports photography?

I was reading about crop factor from various places on the internet, and the general idea that kept building in my mind was that full-frame cameras are good for wide-angle shots but not that good for ...
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Would a fixed or zoom telephoto lens be better for learning?

My daughter has a Nikon D-90 camera body and two prime f1.4 lenses 50mm and 35mm. She is interested in learning more, and I am curious which of a zoom or fixed telephoto lens would help her best? Is ...
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How does focal length relate to macro magnification? [duplicate]

I'm new to photography and would like to know a little more about zoom lens, The main thing I wonder about is this, I have a Fujifilm S4000 camera that claims to have 30x magnification. The new ...
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Why choose an 80-200mm over an 18-200mm lens?

Being a beginner, I can't see why I must choose an 80-200 over an 18-200. Are there scenarios where an 80-200 would be preferable over an 18-200? I will be buying a D7000 soon and am looking at these:...
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How can a telephoto lens take great landscape photos?

I've read in various answers on this site people mention that telephoto lens can be used quite nicely for taking landscape photos. How is this possible, as my (beginners') understanding of landscape ...
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What is the relationship between "macro" and "telephoto" lenses? [duplicate]

Can anyone explain the difference between "macro" and "telephoto"? I know that a macro lens will give you a magnification of 1:1 but how does it differ from a telephoto lens?
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Is a macro lens suitable for distant subjects - wildlife, sports, portraiture?

Some macro lenses have a really nice focal length that would make them a nice prime-telephoto lens, but are there any downsides of using a macro lens when shooting distant subjects (besides the lack ...
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How to select lenses for outdoor sports photography?

I would like to get into sports photography, and would probably want a better telephoto lens so I can get better close up shots. What other factors should I keep in mind as I make my choice? Does IS (...
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Looking for a good, cheap entry-level telephoto lens for Nikon D5100

I currently own a Nikon D5100 with the 18-55mm kit and am looking for a good, cheap entry-level telephoto lens. I'm a beginner, and plan to do wildlife, nature and landscape photography with an ...
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70-200mm lens: Canon or Sigma? f/2.8 or f/4?

I was thinking of buying a Canon EF 70-200m f2.8 mk1 (I would love to buy mk2 but here's a noticable difference in price, at least in my country), but after awhile I came to the conclusion that this ...
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How do people shoot very large moon views?

I see pictures of the moon that looks like it is very close to the earth; I am wondering whether they are real or is there a trick to show the moon that big? Here is an example: http://www....
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Which is better: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM or Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM (without IS)?

Simple question: Which lens is better? The L Series (non-IS) Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM or the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM? I am an enthusiast and usually shoot landscape, my kids playing ...
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What Nikon lens to buy to make photos of birds?

Currently, the zoomiest lens I have is a Nikon 18-200mm. I want to be able to take photos of wildlife, or in most cases birds, which I can't do at 200mm. For a long time, I wanted to purchase a Nikon ...
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Is optical image stabilization a necessary feature for any lens?

I am looking to buy a decent telephoto lens for my Nikon D3100. A 55-200mm Nikon lens costs almost Rs. 9000 ($144.67) and a Tamron 70-300mm lens costs almost $130 . The problem is that these lenses ...
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Why are some big telephoto lenses so expensive compared to telescopes?

I'm looking at an ad for a used Canon 1200mm f/5.6L EF USM Autofocus Lens where they are asking $180,000. Yes, that's not a typo. I don't get it. I'm an amateur astronomer and I know I can buy a ...
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Are mirror lenses good for wildlife photography in daylight?

I've recently seen these Rokinon/Opteka mirror lens with whooping focal length (like 500mm, 600mm, 800mm, 1000mm) at a cheap price. And I have seen some of their same pictures in Flickr and vendor ...
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Is there construction-agnostic term for a lens with a long focal length?

Turns out that telephoto refers to a specific construction of a long-focal-length lens, i.e., one where the lens is physically shorter than the focal length. Is there a generic term for referring to ...
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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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For greater telephoto range, should I use 70-200mm + teleconverter or a longer zoom lens?

Right now, I have a Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-f/5.6 VR lens. I like it, but want more telephoto range and would also like to be able to use faster shutter speeds. I am interested in the 70-200mm f/2.8, but ...
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What are the differences between two generations of Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS?

I was going to buy Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS lens from eBay. But I saw there is a another lens available as MK II with same focal lengths. I googled to find difference between above lenses, but ...
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What "start up" telephoto lenses do you recommend for Canon for wildlife photography?

I'm sort of a "weekend" photographer who likes to take photos of landscapes/cityscapes and nature/wildlife. At the moment I'm using Tamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Macro that ...
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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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What should I look for in lenses for long range and close up animal and natural shots?

I am looking at trying to buy a long range lens for shooting animals and nature. I'm kinda new to photography and am not sure which brand or size I should be looking for. What features are important ...
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What is a "2.2X Pro Telephoto" lens?

I am looking to enter the world of SLR cameras and learning some more about lenses. I came across a package that has a 2.2X pro Telephoto what exactly does that ...
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Tamron 70-200 Di VC vs Canon 70-200 II

I'm looking to buy a tele zoom, and was set at the amazing Canon 70-200/2.8 II, mostly for shooting indoor/concert type photography. But since its such an expensive lens I thought I'd check if there ...
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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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What special care do large telephoto lenses require?

I am a somewhat paranoid person when it comes to expensive things. I am about to buy my first telephoto(70-200mm f4 L in case you are wondering). This lens is much larger than I am used to wielding(I ...
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Why are superzoom lenses small but giant telephoto lenses huge?

This week I've read two news stories about two different camera lenses that can magnify things that are very far away. The first is the Nikon Coolpix P900, which is a point-and-shoot camera that ...
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Is digiscoping a good alternative to using a super-telephoto lens for birding?

While I was researching bird photography, I noticed some people suggest using a spotting scope in front of digital camera instead of a super-telephoto lens - this technique is called digiscoping. So ...
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What should I do to avoid switching lenses?

I'm thinking of buying a telephoto lens for my Canon 550D (3x zoom isn't very helpful), but I won't be able to do very good macro shots with it. Since I do a lot of both, I would be switching lenses ...
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How to take sharp photos while using maximum optical zoom?

When I shoot with high zoom (above 3X on my point-and-shoot camera), the sharpness of the picture seems to come down. Is it a feature of all cameras or is it due to higher sensitivity to camera shakes ...
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Is this a tripod head over capacity or just how they work?

Context I use my Sirui T-005X tripod with a Sirui C-10X head. When I place my Nikon 300mm f4 AF lens on it, I slide it on and tighten both the plate lock and the position on the ball head. After ...
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What tripod heads are ideal to mount a large telephoto or supertelephoto lens on a tripod?

I am in the market to purchase a large, fast telephoto (up to 300mm) or supertelephoto (400mm or longer) lens. These lenses are long and heavy, do to their very wide apertures. The shorter ones, 300mm ...
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Canon 70-200/2.8 IS (mk1) VS 70-200/4 IS

Currently debating which of these lens to get. The f/4 does have the advantage of being lighter, and there have been reviews that it's sharper than the f/2.8 wide open or with both at f/4. Rather ...
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Are prime lenses sharper than normal or telephoto zoom lenses?

Example: The prime lens Nikon 1.4F G is said to be very sharp at F3.5. So, if I compare that with the normal or telephoto zoom lens's F3.5, will the level of sharpness be same? If no, then will the ...
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Do all telephoto zoom lenses backfocus on the wide angle end?

I’ve just gone through a round of testing with two telephoto zooms, on two different cameras, and both appear to have significant back focus issues at the 70mm end. I just had the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 ...
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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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How can I do astrophotography with my 70-300mm lens?

I got a Nikon 70-300mm lens as it was on discount. I want to know if I can do astrophotography with it? I want to maximize the use of the lens. I wanted to get a 34-300 mm lens, but it was expensive. ...
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Is there a single lens suited for flying birds, mountains, and close-up portraits?

I have just bought a new DSLR (a Nikon D3000). I want to take photos of flying birds, mountains, and close-up portraits. Is there a single lens well-suited for these types of photography, so that I ...
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Which 70-300mm f4-5.6 lens is "better?" [duplicate]

I'm looking for a budget telephoto lens and I'm wondering which of these two is the better option. They have very similar specs: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital ...
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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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What is the best Canon telephoto zoom lens (around $1500-$2000) for general use?

Looking for a good telephoto zoom lens from Canon, I consider : Canon EF 100-400mm f/4,5-5,6L IS USMCanon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USMCanon EF 70-200mm f/2,8L IS II USMWhat do you recommend?
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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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How do I choose a telephoto zoom lens? [closed]

I have a Canon 1100D kit (18-55mm IS II) and a 50mm f1.8 lens. Now I'm looking for a zoom lens. What do you think about the following: Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 Tamron 70-300mm f4-f5.6 DI LD Tamron 55-...
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Choosing between Lenses Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS II vs Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

I am considering between these 2 telephoto lenses but I cannot make up my mind on which one to buy. I have read a lot about the pro's and con's of both these lenses.. For example 70-200 f2.8 IS II ...
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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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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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Why do my photos looked washed out when using my telephoto lens?

I own an aging Nikon D40 and recently picked up a new telephoto lens: the Nikkor 55mm-300mm f/4.5-5.6. I've noticed that when I zoom in on subjects, the color in my photos often looks washed out. Here ...
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