Over the new few posts we will explore the different types of lens and how to use them. But first, a housekeeping note – I will be changing from 2 posts per week to 1.
Telephoto is defined as a lens with a longer focal length than standard (around 60mm or longer), giving a narrow field of view and a magnified image .
So what would you use a telephoto lens to shoot?
- Sporting events
- And believe it or not, you can also use for portraits.
Don’t confuse a telephoto lens with a zoom lens – how long the focal length is what makes a telephoto.
A telephoto lens makes distant subjects appear larger, this is one reason beginner consider buying one.
Lets consider a few different lens:
70-200mm is one of my favorite lens due to how versatile it is. I can use it for portraits at around 85mm; photographers love this lens for weddings. You can also use it for sports and wildlife. A great all around lens.
85mm this prime lens is for portraits, and can also be used as a wedding lens. You will move around more than with a 70-200 at weddings, but it works.
100-400mm sports and wildlife.
600mm+ sports, wildlife
These are just examples of how to use the various lens; it is best that you play with each and learn how you can use it.
There are some disadvantages to be aware of:
- because of the long focal length, the depth of field you can achieve is lower.
- Less of your subject will be in the picture due to a narrower perspective.
Thanks for reading, keep on shooting, and, as always I look forward to your continued support.