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  1. Weaving Wax

    Weaving Wax TPF Noob!

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    I've been using my lens for a few months now and am feeling the limitations. I can't get as close as I'd like with some shots. I was thinking of buying a telephoto. Is that the same as a regular zoom? I'd either want a zoom or a telephoto. What should I get? Budget is like less than $200. Anything decent for around that price? My gear is in my sig.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Telephoto refers to longer lenses...anything over 50mm really. Zoom refers to a lens that can change it's focal length...from 75-300mm for example.

    That's not much of a budget...but you could probably get a cheap telephoto zoom lens. There are several versions in the 70-300mm range that would fit your budget.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/3result...&A=search&Q=&shs=70-300&ci=8429&sb=ps&sq=desc
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/3result...&A=search&Q=&shs=75-300&ci=8429&sb=ps&sq=desc

    This is the one I have, and would recommend for you and your budget.
     
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    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    As an alternative why not use your feet to get closer? You may enjoy the perspective. I have a tendency to shoot up close and personal with wide lenses so it is natural for me. Give it a try.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Fred makes a good point. Your 50mm lens is a much better lens than any of the ones I listed (in your price range)...and you may be disappointed with the image quality of a cheap zoom...in comparison.

    On the other hand, lens quality seems to be more of an issue with digital (people zooming in a pixel peeping)...since you are shooting film, you probably won't find the cheap zoom too lacking until you enlarge to 8x10 or more (or until you use is in low light).
     
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    does that include climbing trees and cliff faces???

    NO... get a telephoto lens ;)
     
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    Well, I'll just save up for a really good lens. The 50mm is good for now. I've gotten some great shots with it. I do use my feet fred, but sometimes you can't get close enough!

    I'll look into getting a flash next. That're more important.
     
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    just getting closer is a good idea -sometimes.

    other times you just can't, as RedDevil points, or the image you'll get is not precisely what you want.

    It's not the same photographing same subject/same space in the frame with, say, a 35mm and a 105mm. The result will be different, and sometimes you just don't want the one that certain focal distance gives you, so getting closer or further away doesn't help.

    That being said, I do second the advice of using the 50mm. As much as you can. I've always loved having only a 50mm (plus a fully manual camera) and, together with it, the challenge of having to make the picture with a limitation. Sometimes you end up discovering new ways of looking at the things that you would't notice if you had a big range zoom and could photograph almost anything without moving from one single spot.
    Yes, feet are definitely one more "feature" to take seriously into consideration
     

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