What Is a Telephoto Lens and Why Is It Important?

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  2. What Is a Telephoto Lens?
  3. Why Is a Telephoto Lens Important?
  4. Telephoto Lens Usage Tips
  5. Conclusion

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{"blocks":[{"key":"at6l1","text":"Telephoto lenses are very popular among photographers. They’re very useful and can take your photography experience to a whole new professional level. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":151,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":151,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":151,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":151,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"2ogmb","text":"A telephoto lens has a focal length that is longer than the image's diagonal size. In easier language, a telephoto lens allows you to take pictures of distant subjects. A telephoto lens also allows you to magnify the subject you want to capture.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ropq","text":"Further on, this article will contain more information that answers what is a telephoto lens, as well as, why it’s significant.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":127,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":127,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":127,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":127,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

What Is a Telephoto Lens?

{"blocks":[{"key":"3l9s","text":"Telephoto lenses are available in a range of focal lengths. It can be a medium telephoto that usually ranges between 135 to 300mm. On the other side of the coin, it can reach up to super-telephoto which is typically ranging from 300mm and longer.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":246,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":246,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":246,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":246,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"fdhms","text":"There’s also a short telephoto lens that has focal lengths ranging from 85mm to 135mm, these lenses are ideal for everyday usage because they’re small and light.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":161,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":161,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":161,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":161,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"fmtvj","text":"Unfortunately, the longer the focal length, the darker the image becomes. Some higher-end telephoto lenses have a bigger maximum aperture. This aperture allows more light into the lens to overcome this problem of dark images.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":225,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":225,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":225,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":225,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"9nfpn","text":"A zoom lens is one that has a focal length that can be adjusted. The term \"prime\" refers to a lens with a fixed focal length. Telephoto lenses, such as the 70 to 300mm, can be used as zoom lenses. A telephoto lens, such as a 200mm lens, can also be used as a prime lens.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":270,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":270,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":270,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":270,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"c42q5","text":"Telephoto lenses require a lot of glass to bring subjects up close to the camera. As a result, they’re frequently huge and heavy. It also raises their price.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":157,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":157,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":157,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":157,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"bb1tp","text":"A narrow field of view is caused by the long focal length. These lenses have a range of 30° to 1° of the field of vision. When you can't get close enough to your subject, this technique comes in handy.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":201,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":201,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":201,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":201,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"e6r7r","text":"Telephoto lenses change the scale of your subject in relation to the background, compressing them together. Your background will appear larger and closer to your topic as a result of this.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":188,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":188,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":188,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":188,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Why Is a Telephoto Lens Important?

{"blocks":[{"key":"6v7bi","text":"Knowing what a telephoto lens is, provides more room to discuss why it’s important for photographers. Thus, the following points are the main reasons why photographers use a telephoto lens. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":190,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":190,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":190,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":190,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ckcqu","text":"Bringing Far Subjects Closer to the Camera","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":42,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":42,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":42,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":42,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"5lnd4","text":"A telephoto lens' principal advantage is that it extends your focal length. It extends your reach. Thus, a telephoto lens is employed to photograph distant scenes.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":163,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":163,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":163,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":163,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"3k2pj","text":"Photographers of wildlife and sports, for example, must maintain a set distance from their subjects. That’s why they rely on telephoto lenses to capture their subjects from a greater distance.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":192,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":192,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":192,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":192,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"bthi","text":"For sports and wildlife photography, the best choice would be to capture pictures using 70 to 200mm, 100 to 400mm, 135mm, or 600+mm.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":132,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":132,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":132,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":132,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"96pm7","text":"When venomous species are being pursued, a telescopic lens comes in handy. For instance, all intriguing species should be photographed from a safe distance.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":156,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":156,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":156,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":156,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"4o4gl","text":"Working from a larger distance is beneficial for delicate objects like ice formations and dew-encrusted spider's webs, as the warm breath can damage the scene.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":159,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":159,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":159,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":159,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ana4s","text":"Emphasizes Blurred Backgrounds for Portraits Photography","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":56,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":56,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":56,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":56,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ea6ts","text":"The blurred background effect is usually enhanced by using a longer lens with a larger aperture. However, it's not so much about the lens as it is about the distance you can shoot from with a telephoto lens.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":207,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":207,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":207,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":207,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"2nhkr","text":"When you shoot from a long distance, the final image compresses the subject by bringing the background closer to it. As a result, when the background is blurred, the subject is isolated, which is ideal for portraits.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":216,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":216,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":216,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":216,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"b8spa","text":"In the photograph, the topic will appear smaller in comparison to the background. This compression has the effect of making face features more proportionate and consistent.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":172,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":172,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":172,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":172,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"elf2a","text":"To get the best result, use 70 to 200mm, 85mm, or 135mm for portraiture.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":72,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":72,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":72,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":72,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"29c8","text":"Shooting Moving Subjects ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":25,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":25,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":25,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":25,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"cm2jb","text":"When photographing wildlife, one of the difficulties you'll confront is subjects who refuse to stay still for long periods of time. Rather than taking the chance of missing a shot, try using a wide aperture. 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Telephoto Lens Usage Tips

{"blocks":[{"key":"crr2m","text":"Telephoto lenses have a wide range of applications and can be a valuable addition to a photographer's toolkit. However, there are three tips to make sure a photographer is having the best experience with the telephoto lens.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":223,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":223,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":223,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":223,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ha7b","text":"These three tips help in explaining the telephoto lens better. This corresponds to helping the photographer reach their best potential with the telephoto lens’ help.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":165,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":165,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":165,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":165,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"4artv","text":"Stabilization ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":14,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":14,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":14,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":14,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"7ba17","text":"Camera shake is always a worry, but it's even more so when using telephoto lenses. Reducing camera shake will aid in the sharpness and focus of your photographs.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":161,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":161,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":161,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":161,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"2n98h","text":"Many telephoto lenses include image stabilization built-in, which can be extremely useful when shooting with a long lens. When shooting at greater focal lengths, if your lens doesn't have built-in stabilization, consider using a tripod.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":236,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":236,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":236,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":236,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"cfhhp","text":"Aperture","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":8,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":8,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":8,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":8,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"uge5","text":"Aperture refers to how wide a lens' inner ring may open to let light in. A wide aperture is advantageous for a number of reasons. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":130,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":130,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":130,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":130,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"6gmce","text":"Shooting with a larger aperture will allow you to have a faster shutter. Additionally, it’ll help you nail the shot when the light is low. A larger aperture is extra helpful if the shooting is for a moving subject or if there isn’t any form of stabilization.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":258,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":258,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":258,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":258,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"6eud8","text":"Shallow Depth of Field","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":22,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":22,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":22,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":22,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"efoqr","text":"Another one of the best features of telephoto lenses is their ability to produce photographs with a shallow depth of field. 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Conclusion

{"blocks":[{"key":"cu5hv","text":"Investing in a telephoto lens is a terrific way to improve the quality of the pictures taken and add a new dimension to any skill set. Telephoto lenses are extremely adaptable and effective in a wide range of scenarios. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":220,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":220,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":220,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":220,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"7vo9t","text":"A decent telephoto lens may help take the photography experience to the next level, from zooming in on distant subjects to taking attractive portraits.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":151,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":151,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":151,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":151,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}