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05-12-2014, 09:42 PM   #1
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Get rid telephoto?

Back in the SLR days, the longest lens I had was an 85mm. Now I have a Tamron 90 equalling approximately 135mm on an APS-C sensor. I am thinking of giving away my 50-200; never ever used it (don't even know if it works). Are there others here who lead a happy life without a long telephoto? If so, what's the longest you've got?

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QuoteOriginally posted by DominicVII Quote
Back in the SLR days, the longest lens I had was an 85mm. Now I have a Tamron 90 equalling approximately 135mm on an APS-C sensor. I am thinking of giving away my 50-200; never ever used it (don't even know if it works). Are there others here who lead a happy life without a long telephoto? If so, what's the longest you've got?
Same here. My personal shooting style doesn't require long lenses. I don't like birding or shooting airplanes. I've got the obligatory 55-300, but it just sits there. Never getting used.
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Not me, my favorite lens for general shooting is the DA*60-250. I am eagerly awaiting the rumored new tele zoom, though expectations are probably unrealistic.
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I have a Tokina 500/8 which is a mirror lens, but it has it's limitations so thats why I use it seldom. I have the F70-210 (too short on a safari) and the Sigma 180macro which obviously is not for birding either.
My focal lenghts are mostly between 14mm and 60mm plus the occasional macro shots.

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It's always nice to have a tele lens just in case IMO. I mostly use mine for events and that occasional moon shot

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QuoteOriginally posted by DominicVII Quote
Back in the SLR days, the longest lens I had was an 85mm. Now I have a Tamron 90 equalling approximately 135mm on an APS-C sensor. I am thinking of giving away my 50-200; never ever used it (don't even know if it works). Are there others here who lead a happy life without a long telephoto? If so, what's the longest you've got?
You must not shoot much in the way of events, Dom. But more power to ya! :-)

Urban walkaround I'll have a 50-135 at disposal, hiking I can add the 55-300, but if driving I know the Tammy 70-200 is in the car.
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Evening,

I do wide angles - landscapes, cityscapes, 50mm and less, usually. At times I also do some airplanes, and an occasional bird. I do have an 85mm (actually two - a Contax Zeiss and an Tak - each are so good, I can't make my mind up as to what to use and or keep - but that is another thread). I do however find that a 55-300 (and I also have a A* 300) does come in handy - especially for "long range" landscapes. I have shot several at 300mm, and cropped - lopping off the top and bottom 1/3 - leaving the middle section. Since the result is of a traditional long skinny photo - folks think that they are stitched. For me, they are effective in terms of stacking landscapes on top of one another (think of sets of hills - one in back of other sets of hills, etc.).

Bottom line, is that depending on what and how you shoot, it may provide you with yet another "look" that can be effective.

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I love my M*300 for landscapes!

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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
Not me, my favorite lens for general shooting is the DA*60-250. I am eagerly awaiting the rumored new tele zoom, though expectations are probably unrealistic.
Do you know the focal length of this rumored telephoto?
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It's always nice to have a tele lens just in case IMO. I mostly use mine for events and that occasional moon shot
I have also kept mine just in case, but that just in case never occured. Moreover, the low light performance of the 50-200 is of limited value. The best telephoto, usable in low light, at a reasonable price I would say is Tamron 70-200, but way too heavy...

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Are there others here who lead a happy life without a long telephoto? If so, what's the longest you've got?
If I'm traveling light, the DA 70 is as long as it gets
(the analog of my trusty old M100/2.8 on film).

But if weight and size aren't so much of a limitation,
I'll go up to 200mm on APS-C,
and then use the Q with the Pentax adapter
for the few occasions I need longer.
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couldn't live without my tele, too nice for the surf shots
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QuoteOriginally posted by DominicVII Quote
Back in the SLR days, the longest lens I had was an 85mm. Now I have a Tamron 90 equalling approximately 135mm on an APS-C sensor. I am thinking of giving away my 50-200; never ever used it (don't even know if it works). Are there others here who lead a happy life without a long telephoto? If so, what's the longest you've got?
At home I rarely use anything longer than my 18-135, but usually the long end is for close focusing rather than tele use. Of primes I rarely use longer than the DA70.

On safaris, however, the 55-300 is used for at least 90 % of my pictures. Which means that, in number of shots, it is my most used lens. Very rarely use at home, though.
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Obviously you guys don't have kids, or if you do, they don't play sports.

Otherwise you would need a telephoto lens

Another good use of a telephoto lens is when you are walking around, and you see something cool in someone's yard, but you don't want to trespass into their property I use my 70-210 a lot in this way, when I do my "walk arounds" I take it with me just in case.

But the truth is that everyone's style is different. I don't have a use for a super wide lens. 28mm FF equivalent is already a bit wide for me, though I can see using it in tight spaces. But lots of people seem to like their DA 15s... I don't have any desire to own one.
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Depends solely on what your shooting preferences are. I have wide angles...12-24, 16-45, 18-135, 10-17 and 21. Great lenses when I'm doing vintage car shots and groups of people.

When I'm shooting drag racing, wildlife and wild birds...my 55-300 and 150-500 are tremendous.

If you don't shoot wildlife, sports, etc.....then a long lens probably has no application for your type of shooting.

As the Brits say...easy-peasy...decision.

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