Telephoto Lens

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?

  • Wildlife
  • 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.

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