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04-05-2018, 09:48 PM   #1
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Papparazzi and the Red Carpet

I noticed that on Red Carpet showcasings the photogs seem to use cameras that have large, telephoto looking lens. Why this enormous looking lens for a subject so close? The lens' look gigantic for such a close shot. Are there wide angles that are large like that?? any thoughts? A few do look normal. Is there some kind of secret? thanks.

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My best guess is they are mostly 70-200/2.8 or 24-70/2.8
I will pick 70-200 if I am a paparazzi, since I have to chase the running subject, and he/she may run or securities will block you once they see you.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bigfoxkiB Quote
My best guess is they are mostly 70-200/2.8 or 24-70/2.8
I will pick 70-200 if I am a paparazzi, since I have to chase the running subject, and he/she may run or securities will block you once they see you.
I would agree. Low light and practical zoom range. Most are using full frame too so if you are used to apsc the lens will look larger also as these are by their nature generally a bit larger.
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Lenses with a fast aperture (small f number) and any zoom range at all are large, regarless of focal length.

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Paparazzi not Papparazzi
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QuoteOriginally posted by bigfoxkiB Quote
if I am a paparazzi
QuoteOriginally posted by Andrea K Quote
Paparazzi not Papparazzi
And singular is paparazzo, not paparazzi, which is plural.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kerebron Quote
And singular is paparazzo, not paparazzi, which is plural.
So many paparazzi
Glad I learned a new word, thank you.
In my language we called them "Dog Team" "狗仔隊", since they follow you and can sniff every one of your thing.
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To be fair, if they are photographing actors on the red carpet (where they expect to be photographed, take poses, etc) they're not really paparazzi...

Some will have long focal lengths because they try to capture only faces, others will go for full body shots, etc. They often divide and conquer.

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Zoomed into 70mm on full frame isn't long. And they need longer because of access ... having to shoot across several rows of people to the celeb, or they don't get paid.
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