Okay, bring your camera in close… Closer… A bit closer… There! Perfect!

When you want to get in real close to your subject, you are entering the realm of the macro photographer. Usually this means you need a specialized macro lens, one that allows for extremely close focusing distances and provides a reproduction ratio of at least 1:1. For some subjects this may be your only choice, for example, capturing the minute details of an insect. For situations like that I will grab my M.Zuiko Digital 60mm F2.8 Macro lens. But often I want to capture a great close-up of my subject, giving it the macro ‘feel’ without actually being all that close. That’s when I put on a longer lens and turn to telephoto macros.

Using a telephoto lens for your close-up shots comes with several advantages over a regular macro lens;

​Better depth of field – macro lenses have very shallow depths of field and often require you to focus bracket in order to get sharpness throughout your subject. Although this can be the case with a telephoto lens it is far less of an issue.

Better control of natural light – given your increased distance you are far less likely to cast unwanted shadows on your subject with your camera or body.

Easier framing – Since most telephoto lenses are also zoom lenses it is easier to frame your shot

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Shooting Telephoto Macros
Shooting Tips and More by Peter Baumgarten at Olympus

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Taking landscape photography to the next level with telephoto lenses

Do you naturally associate landscape photography with wide-angle lenses? A good telephoto lens can raise a landscape photographer’s creative game considerably – whether to draw out natural patterns that are less apparent when viewed through a wide-angle lens, or to enhance the density of a scene to capture a more naturalistic sense of scale.

Landscape photographer Vladimir Medvedev believes using telephoto lenses for landscape photography isn’t just an interesting flight of fancy, but is essential for creating amazing photographs. “Using different focal lengths is one of the most powerful artistic techniques in the photographer’s arsenal,” he says. “Telephoto lenses enable you to emphasise details that cannot be achieved with wide-angle optics. No amount of processing will help compensate for the lack of a long-focus lens, so I can’t imagine any expedition where I would go without a telephoto.”
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Taking landscape photography to the next level with telephoto lenses
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Can You See the Jaguar Hiding in the Tree?

Ron Magill, Nikon Ambassador, wildlife photographer and zoologist regularly travels the globe photographing and documenting wildlife. He normally takes his pro gear for these images but in recent years he’s also begun taking bridge-zoom COOLPIX cameras along for the trip. On a recent research trip to the Pantanal in Brazil to study, among other things, jaguars, Ron took along his COOLPIX P1000, “to see if there may be some opportunities to see what it could do in this environment,” he explains.

Ron found the COOLPIX P1000 to be “worth its weight in gold when it comes to versatility and ease of use and transport!”

“When it comes to birds that often fly away before you can get close enough to get the shots you’re hoping for, that 3000mm optical zoom is priceless!” He adds, “It was able to capture some very nice shots for me that were just not possible with my other gear from the distances I had to work with.”

“While working with the jaguar researchers, we were tracking a collared jaguar and found her up in a tree where she was fairly relaxed,” Ron explained. “After getting what I needed with my D5 and D500, I decided to take out the P1000 to do a series for the researchers to illustrate how effectively a jaguar can conceal itself in a tree. If she had not had the radio collar on, we would have never found her!”

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COOLPIX P1000 Zoom Sequence Highlights the Camera’s Breathtaking Zoom
Super telephoto zoom bridge camera amazes
Featuring Nikon Ambassador Ron Magill

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Test du NIKON AF-S 500 mm f/5,6E PF ED VR

Ce 500 mm à lentille de Fresnel est gros comme un zoom 70-200 mm f/2,8. Il affiche de belles performances et un tarif étonnant — au bon sens du terme. À 4000 €, la facture est lourde, mais on pouvait craindre pire, les prix ayant tendance à s’envoler en ce moment, toutes marques confondues.

Un 500 mm gros comme un 70-200 mm
NIKON AF-S 500 mm f/5,6E PF ED VR
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Test du SIGMA DG 60-600 mm f/4,5-6,3 HSM OS Sports

La longue focale est l’outil de base pour la nature et le sport. Mais les téléobjectifs sont chers et n’ont pas la polyvalence des télézooms. Polyvalence extrême dans le cas du nouveau 60-600 mm, puisque Sigma propose ici de tout faire avec un seul objectif… Gonflé!

Télézoom x10
S’il n’en reste qu’un!
SIGMA DG 60-600 mm f/4,5-6,3 HSM OS Sports
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