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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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What is a 200mm lens good for?

I just found that there is a 200mm lens at my school. It is a Canon with Image Stabiliser (with red detail). It is old, at least 10 years. It has been great playing around with it, but I really don't ...
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Practical Difference Between Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8?

As a photographer for my college's newspaper, most of what I shoot is either low light (concerts, dances, etc.) or sports, so I'm looking into getting a low-light/high speed telephoto zoom for my ...
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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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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 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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Is it problematic to mount a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens on Rebel XSi (450D) body?

I have a Canon Rebel XSi (450D) and I'm going on a two week trip to Argentina and Patagonia where I want to try some wildlife photography. I have the kit 55-250 f/4.5-5.6 lens which I like, but I ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Which galaxies can we photograph with a DSLR and a telephoto lens?

I see a lot of photos of the milky way by photographers using wide angle lenses. I'm wondering if there are other galaxies that can be photographed by using a telephoto lens (>500mm). How do I figure ...
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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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long range canon lenses

Currently I have a 7D and 2 lenses: a 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - which I use as a general purpose / go around lens - and a prime Sigma 30mm f/1.4 - mostly for concerts: indoor, low light scenarios (given ...
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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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How can I get sharp images using optical zoom function on a point-and-shoot?

We’ve got a point-and-shoot (Canon A590 IS), and it seems that the zoom function is completely useless because it is always blurry, even in broad daylight. For example, I tried to take a picture of a ...
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What does “the telephoto end” and “the wide angle end” of a zoom lens mean?

In the Canon Rebel T3i Manual, page 59, it's mentioned that "If you have a zoom lens, use the telephoto end to fill the frame with the subject from the waist up." Same note on page 61 and another one ...
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Is it possible to get a lens that will capture both far away and very close-by objects?

I have Sony A58 with 18-55mm standard lens. It's been almost 6 months that I have been using it and now I have started to feel that I can't either far away objects or very close-by objects with crisp ...
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What's better image quality; full frame with Canon 400mm 5.6L plus 1.4 extender, OR, cropped frame with same lens?

I am about to upgrade to a Canon 7D for my birding using my 400mm 5.6L lens. With the 1.6 crop factor sensor that gives (roughly) a magnification factor equivalent to my other option, a Canon 5D mkII ...
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Can telephoto lenses cause the background to be darker than the foreground in the same light?

I took this photograph yesterday afternoon at around 5:15pm EDT, about two hours before sunset: The sky, in my perception, was bright, and my little subject is standing in the same lighting as the ...
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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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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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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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Is replacing a 70-200mm Canon lens with a 135mm and extender a good idea?

In the Canon camp we are all very familiar with the range of 70-200mm lenses. I am very impressed by the 135mm f/2.0 L though. I am considering getting rid of my 70-200mm lens in favor of the 135mm ...
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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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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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How does one track action with a fast telephoto prime lens?

With my normal-range prime lenses, I tend to shoot with both eyes open — what I see in the viewfinder has a high correspondence to what I see with my other eye. With my 70mm (105mm in 35mm-equivalent ...
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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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What camera bag will carry a couple telephoto lenses for wildlife while still remaining relatively compact?

I had a look through some previous post about bags, but I did not find anything related to bags/backpacks for telephoto lenses with wildlife photography in mind (please correct me if I'm wrong). At ...
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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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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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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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