Michael Breitung Photography


Benefits of using a Telephoto Lens

Most of the landscape and cityscape photos I take are photographed with a wide angle lens. And, if you ask other landscape photographers about their most used lens, I guess you’ll get a similar answer. But while the photos you can take with such a lens often look spectacular and dynamic, having a portfolio full of them can become boring for the viewer.

In my opinion it’s important to create some diversity, not only through the subjects and light you photograph, but also by using specialized equipment. In this article I show you how to do so using a telephoto lens.

Autumn mood in Saxony Switzerland

Fantasia : Prints Available
Equipment: Canon EOS 5DSR | Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS | Lee 0.6 hard GND
Exif: f/11 | 70mm | ISO 100 | 1/60s

More than one year ago, as I was planning my travels around the world, I realized that I could no longer take three lenses onto my travels. By that time I still owned a Canon 16-35 f/4 IS (buy on Amazon), a Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 (buy on Amazon) and a Canon 70-200 f/4 IS (buy on Amazon). All three together weighed nearly 3kg, which was too much for the jorney I had planned.

A decision had to be made. Since both the wide angle lens and the tele lens allow me to take photos out of the ordinary, photos that look different to how we see the world with our bare eyes, the decision fell to the Tamron lens. It’s also a great lens, but I figured that it would be the focal range I would miss the least. And, if need be, I would be able to crop in a bit from a photo taken with my wide angle lens.

In the video below I show you some situations where a telephoto lens is very useful and I also share some tips about how to use it to create photos, which can hold the viewers attention.

I hope you found this video useful. If you have questions or if you want to share what you think about telephoto lenses and their use, feel free to head over to my youtube channel and leave a comment beneath the video there.

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