Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding super telephoto, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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When most people think of a telephoto lens, they think of one that magnifies.…And while it's true that a telephoto lens does let you enlarge things that are far away,…you can also think of a telephoto lens as one that has a narrow field of view.…In fact, if a lens has a field of view that's narrower than a normal lens, that is narrower…that what you can see with your eye, then we think of that lens as a telephoto.…A little bit of telephoto isn't that noticeable.…For example, there is a difference between a 50-mm lens and an 80-mm lens, but you wouldn't…necessarily look at the 80-mm image and immediately think, "Oh, that's a telephoto image."…So we tend to think of telephoto as lenses that present a very telescopic magnified view,…and you probably already have some telephoto power in your camera's kit zoom lens.…
Typical telephoto lenses range between 50 and 200 mm.…Once you go passed 200 mm, you're entering the range of the super telephoto, which I'm…going to call 300 mm and up.…The defining characteristic of these lenses is that they give you a tremendous amount…
The course begins with a look at several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters. The course then explores ultra-wide angle and fisheye lenses as well as ultra-long telephoto and macro lenses. The course concludes with a look at tilt-shift lenses, which are useful for architectural photography and special effects, and at offbeat lenses, such as Lensbaby and Holga attachments.
The course also contains Photoshop postproduction advice and examples that illustrate the creative possibilities that an expanded lens collection provides. And because some specialty lenses are extremely expensive, the course also contains advice on renting gear.