Cameras are spellbinding. The uses of a camera have come from documenting important information and scenarios to monitoring or surveying people in their natural habitat, i.e. urban settlements. Both Cameras and Camera lenses are certainly vital in today’s society. Among the many variants available, a Telephoto lens stands apart from everything else.
There is a multitude of lenses that people use to click multiple photographs and videos. These lenses serve various purposes based on the requirement. It doesn’t mean that all lenses are specified to one particular role or something.
Anyone can improvise and create some breathtaking images breaking the rules of photography. It will give a nice and fresh look and feel to the output. The different types of lenses that are popular within the photography circuit are as follows:
- Prime Lens (Non-Zoom)
- Fisheye Lens (Extreme Wide Angle)
- Wide Angle Lens
- Macro Lens
- Telephoto Lens
All of the lenses mentioned above have their respective specialties. A prime lens is something that will bring immaculate image quality. A fisheye lens would provide distortion as an added feature instead of being a flaw, covering a massive depth of field.
A wide-angle lens would do the same but in a more natural manner. A macro lens is great for focusing on smaller objects whose details are usually missed out by the naked eye or a fixed focal length lens.
3 Important Characteristics of a Telephoto Lens
As we have mentioned above, the rest of the lenses have their work cut out. When it comes to Telephoto lenses, this is where things start getting stretchy, literally. Telephoto lenses are the ones that have a medium to long focal length.
With this feature, any telephoto lens can be used to click targets that are considerably far away. The reasons for having the targets far away vary from the target being inaccessible (like flying airplanes) to the target being considerably unsafe (like wild animals or volcanoes).
The most basic characteristics of a telephoto lens are:
1. Telephoto lenses provide a true zoom: This zoom is extremely helpful to make the subjects appear closer than they are. Pretty much the work of a combination of a bunch of convex lenses. Since the light bends accordingly, there is no loss of quality in the images.
2. Telephoto lenses give a different meaning to blurred backgrounds: As a feature, the Bokeh Mode is being added nowadays to many normal wide-angle lenses or so. But the true sense of having blurred backgrounds is achieved normally by a telephoto lens. This will bring the focus on to the subjects more than anything else.
3. Telephoto lenses create great portraits: This might be a surprise to beginners but telephoto lenses can actually give you a scintillating portrait image. The use of Bokeh naturally is what gives such amazing portraits. The lesser detail in the background matters here as well.
How creatively have you used your telephoto lenses so far? Let us know in the comments section below.