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When to Zoom Out

When to Zoom Out

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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 Tamron or a lens like the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, which give exceptional reach without the price tag of large-aperture prime super-telephoto lenses.

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After getting a super-telephoto, it is tempting to use every bit of focal length that the new lens can offer. I mean, that is why we purchased it, isn’t it—to capture that perfect close-up shot? But is that always the best idea? Are we missing out on a more interesting shot by zooming in too much?

When most people think about what lenses wildlife photographers use, they often think of huge prime lenses covered in camouflage. These big lenses do have some advantages. They are normally a little faster and a little sharper, but they also have disadvantages such as being very heavy, making it difficult to shoot without a tripod, and their weight makes them difficult to carry on long hikes. They also lack the versatility that a zoom lens offers. If the animal gets too close, the only way to zoom out is with your feet. The steep price tag can also be an obstacle to a photographer just starting out. But just because you don’t have one of these prime telephoto lenses does not mean you can’t be a successful wildlife photographer. With your 150-600mm or similar telephoto zoom lens you can still capture spectacular wildlife images.

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