Telephoto Lenses

by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 09/20/2023
When you head out into the wilderness armed with a pro camera and big telephoto lens to tackle some awesome wildlife, landscape, and bird photography, you had best be sure to have the right accessories for your adventures! Let’s take a look at the best accessories for wildlife photography because—trust me—you don’t want to be the only photographer out there without a cool camouflage lens cover! Tripods I’ve said it before and I am saying it again:
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 09/14/2023
Wildlife photography is in the realm of the telephoto lens. While almost any focal length lens works for landscapes and other types of photography, in general, when it comes to photographing animals in the wild, you'll want to have the longest reach you can. We will start our buying guide here with a discussion about focal length and then we will talk about other aspects of a wildlife photography lens you might consider when making a purchasing decision. Focal Length While it is sometimes possible to get close enough to wildlife to use a
0 Views ·Posted 07/12/2023
Sony has announced a trio of major upgrades to its photo and video lineup: the a6700 mirrorless camera, FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS II lens, and ECM-M1 on-camera microphone. Combining video features from Sony’s cinema-line with AI-driven tech, the a6700 elevates Sony’s APS-C lineup for creators while retaining its signature compact form. Complementing the new camera is the ECM-M1 on-camera microphone, which uses beamforming technology to offer an unprecedented eight
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 07/26/2023
What is the best lens for landscape photography? The answer is that any camera lens can and will be the perfect lens for capturing a landscape, depending on your viewpoint and the subject. But if a landscape photographer is heading out into the world with a single lens, betting money says they will go with a wide-angle zoom or prime lens affixed to their camera. Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens Let’s look at the most
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 07/25/2023
When it comes to bird and wildlife photography, the one word you need to know is: telephoto! If you've ever tried to approach birds or wild animals (not too close, please!) you've likely noticed they usually don't take kindly to humans and fly or scamper off before you get close enough for a photograph. The magic of the telephoto lens allows you to get "up close" without getting… up close. For birding and wildlife, getting closer usually means using lenses with a minimum 300mm focal length. We've all seen spectacular wildlife images by top
0 Views ·Posted 06/24/2023
Although a telephoto isn’t your typical lens for landscapes, it can create a more intimate feel for your viewer and lets you share overlooked parts of nature. In this webinar, photographer and Sony Alpha Collective Member Autumn Schrock shares her tips and tricks for capturing landscapes you love in a new way. 0:00 - Introduction 0:48 - Why Telephoto Lenses? 4:52 - Which Focal Lengths Are Considered Telephoto? 6:14 - Gear 16:00 - General Settings 18:47 - 5 Reasons to Use Telephoto Lenses 54:12 - More Advice 57:03 - Q&A 1:09:09 - Final
0 Views ·Posted 04/20/2023
Canon mirrorless fans, rejoice. The long-awaited RF 100-300mm f/2.8 L IS USM telephoto lens has arrived. The new lens will join only a handful of other telephoto lenses in the RF lineup. It is designed to fill the glaring gap left by the beloved EF 300mm f/2.8 L lens. RF 100-300mm f/2.8 L IS USM A welcome addition to many low-light
by Cory Rice ·Posted 03/09/2023
Leica has added a versatile zoom and expansive teleconverter to its growing SL lens lineup with the Vario-Elmar-SL 100-400mm f/5-6.3 and Extender L 1.4x. Offering an ideal reach for sports and wildlife, the new lens combines a relatively compact design, built-in image stabilization, and a detachable tripod base to provide sharp image capture whether you are shooting from the sidelines, on the frozen tundra, or deep in the steamy Amazon rain forest.
0 Plays ·Posted 06/09/2022
The 2022 OPTIC Outdoor, Photo/Video, Travel Imaging Conference or just “OPTIC 2022” is live and in-person again and we are excited to welcome the event’s director, David Brommer, to the program. Brommer will give us a sense of the updated conference, which after two years online is now a fully hybrid in-person and online event. Of course, we at the B
0 Views ·Posted 04/06/2022
Poised to shake up what it means to be a super-telephoto lens, Nikon has just announced the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens. Summed up perfectly by the tagline “All the Reach, Half the Weight,” this lens is Nikon’s fresh take on an 800mm lens, which now uses a Phase Fresnel element to dramatically cut down on weight and size to make this huge focal length something that’s truly portable. More than just a sleek lens, Nikon also made sure to imbue
0 Views ·Posted 03/22/2022
Sony’s FE PZ 16-35mm f/4 G Lens is a compact zoom designed for wide-angle enthusiasts looking for a feature-loaded, everyday carry with uncompromising optical quality. With a focal length ideal for street, landscape, and architectural photography, and on-lens controls, including a zoom rocker, that streamline video capture, this versatile lens is perfect for hybrid shooters who want an all-in-one lens to take
0 Views ·Posted 02/23/2022
There probably isn’t a photographer in the world who hasn’t thought, “If only I could get a bit closer, or have a longer lens, I could get the shot!” Well, Canon has heard your internal monologue and has just rolled out a pair of lenses that put the “super” in super-telephoto: the RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM lens, and the RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM lens for its RF mount
0 Views ·Posted 02/18/2022
David Swindler shares his must-know tips on how to use long telephoto lenses for outdoor photography, from landscapes to wildlife to portraits. In this video, he describes the process for choosing a telephoto zoom lens, how to hold one, how to balance it on a tripod, and more! Which of these lenses do you want to use on an outdoor photoshoot? Tell us why in the Comments section, below!
0 Views ·Posted 01/18/2022
This is your introductory guide on how to use a telephoto lens, whether you're taking landscape, sports, or wildlife photographs. Our host shares his advice on these long camera lenses, and discusses topics such as settings, additional accessories, and more. If you have any questions about telephoto lenses and their use, please post them in
by Caleb Quanbeck ·Posted 10/20/2021
Getting close enough to wild animals is one of the greatest challenges a wildlife photographer faces. So how do you solve this problem? The way most wildlife photographers do is to buy a telephoto lens with as much reach as their wallet allows. Today, a fairly economical way to enter the realm of the super-telephoto lens has been via the family of very nice 150-600mm lenses from brands like Sigma and