Photo Tip: Medium Telephoto Lens

Oct 27 2015

Sharpen your nature photography skills with Heinrich van den Berg

A medium telephoto lens is a lens between 85mm and 200mm.

Beginner tip

The first lens you should purchase to take wildlife photographs with is a medium telephoto lens. If your budget allows, buy a lens that is fast, i.e. f2.8 or f4. With a fast lens, you can use a 1.4x or 2x tele-converter on the lens, making it even stronger. A typical lens in this range is a 70-200 f2.8 or f4, or a 75-300 f5.6.

Pro tip

The most utilized lens in our camera bag for nature photography is the 70-200mm f2.8 lens. It is the most versatile one for wildlife photography. It is compact, can be used with a 1.4x tele-converter without sacrificing any quality, and the f2.8 makes it a wonderful lens to use at night with a spotlight or flash. A medium telephoto lens together with an extension tube can even be used for macro photography.

How you can take a similar image

Lens: Medium telephoto lens.

Settings: Medium aperture to get every part of its face in focus. Medium ISO.

How: Shoot exactly with the direction of light to create minimal shadow on the face. Try and capture that highlight in the eye.

Bio: Heinrich van den Berg

I don't want to call myself a professional wildlife photographer, because the term has expired. I don't want to call myself a publisher, because I am a professional wildlife photographer. I don't want to be only a photo trainer, or an app developer or a writer. I want to call myself an artist, but what qualifies one to become one? I don't believe I am an artist yet, but one day perhaps I would be able to create something that I am proud enough of. In the meantime I just want to enjoy what I do.


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