Telephoto Lenses

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
by John Harris ·Posted 09/20/2021
What can you do with a high-end telephoto lens? Be a boss, is what you can do. I mean, c’mon! Strutting around the sidelines or cuttin’ through the bush with one of these beasts resting on your shoulder―not only do you look tough, but you’re also carrying a lens that you need to get the best photos in sports and wildlife photography. When I say best, let’s not underestimate the greatness of photographers who can create wonderful images with a wide-angle lens or even a telephoto of lesser quality, but to really excel in the disciplines of
0 Plays ·Posted 08/05/2021
The photos of David Rothenberg are some of the most exciting that we have seen in a while―condensed and entangled compositions of airplanes over urban housing and portraits of travelers, through plane windows, or bathed in a holy light at a train station. His work is provocative, playful, and compassionate and asks us to look at compositions and subjects carefully, addressing issues of isolation and hope. On this episode of the B&H
0 Views ·Posted 08/04/2021
Sigma is breaking new ground once again with the release of the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens. This is the first Sports-series lens built specifically for full-frame mirrorless cameras and is also the longest DG DN lens currently available from Sigma. It’s an ultra-telephoto zoom built with refined optics, updated handling features, and a revised form factor that is lighter and smaller than the past SLR-intended versions of this same lens
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 08/04/2021
This post is all about the gear I am bringing with me to the Games in Tokyo. As always, my goal is to share with you all what it is like to be at the Games. In the past I focused mainly on the photography, but this time around I plan on giving you the photographic view, but also the behind-the-scenes view from these very different Games. As I stated before, this is the first Games where I need to bring everything with me, since Canon is not allowed to lend products to photographers (due to COVID protocol) unless it is a dire emergency. And yes
0 Plays ·Posted 06/30/2021
In support of the 2021 OPTIC Outdoor, Photo/Video, Travel Imaging Conference, to be held online July 11-12, 2021, the B&H Photography Podcast team conducted our own photo walk, much like they do as part of the OPTIC Conference events. For this episode we took our cameras and microphones to the beautiful Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, in West Hartford, Connecticut,
by Jason T. ·Posted 07/08/2021
Wildlife and sports may not have a lot in common, but one thing is for sure—you usually can’t get too close to the action when you're photographing either one of them. Generally speaking, when shooting wildlife or sports, photographers use long telephoto zooms, like a 100-
by John Harris ·Posted 06/04/2021
I grew up playing sports and, from the posters in my childhood bedroom to countless team photos to the work I did covering boxing, sports photography has always been a part of my life. On the B&H Photography Podcast, when we can speak about the subject, it’s joyous and easy, like I’ve reverted to a native language. Over the years, we have been fortunate to welcome a handful of sports photography legends, we have discussed sports portraiture, tennis photography, surf and skate