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    of 200mm or greater?

    I've not touched my 70-300 for a few years already, cause I hardly get to use it (It belongs to my dad, else, I would have sold it)

    So for the rest of you who use teles (200mm or more) often, what do you use to shoot with them? Besides wildlife/sports.


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    landscapes

    i kid you not.

    can be used for street portraits too, but not really my cup of tea.

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    Great for portraits.... it isolates the BG well. And the tele portion makes you decide which part of the picture you require only...
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    Once a year. PLAB open house one year, Singapore Air Show the next.
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    Streets and landscapes as well.

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    Lol. That's interesting... I only carry a 50mm and a 100mm for streets(aren't anything more than 135/200 too long for streets and portraits? unless you like sniping that much ), and 10-20 for landscapes. This 3 lenses are almost always inside my bag, so if I do require a tele for landscapes that are far away, I'll get my 100mm out. (and crop if required) I can't imagine carrying a tele lens for a trip and using having little opportunities to use them... it just adds to the weight

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcanopy View Post
    Streets and landscapes as well.

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    I second that. It give me greater compression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lypklypk View Post
    Lol. That's interesting... I only carry a 50mm and a 100mm for streets(aren't anything more than 135/200 too long for streets and portraits? unless you like sniping that much ), and 10-20 for landscapes. This 3 lenses are almost always inside my bag, so if I do require a tele for landscapes that are far away, I'll get my 100mm out. (and crop if required) I can't imagine carrying a tele lens for a trip and using having little opportunities to use them... it just adds to the weight
    my tamron 70-300 is pretty light..

    anyways, i do not like using anything longer than 50mm for street photography per se.

    which is why i said "street portraits".

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    I was planning for a 70-200mm but hold my horse when I really realise since when did I ever really gonna use tele except for a few events
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    I wud not have used my 18-200VR for more than a dozen times since acquiring it. In the same period, I have taken a few hundred shots with a 60mm 2.8 for macro work and a fair number for portraits/general photos using a 85mm 1.8.

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    I don't use teles much too. Used to own telezoom lenses in the past, but later sold them as I eventually realised that I rarely use them. If I need tele I can make do with moderate ones.

    However if you shoot sports, wildlife, and some nature, teles are quite mandatory.

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    My main workhorse are my tamron 200-500mm lens for birding and my nikkor 70-210mm f4 lens for nature/portraits shoot. Use them every weekends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lypklypk View Post
    of 200mm or greater?

    I've not touched my 70-300 for a few years already, cause I hardly get to use it (It belongs to my dad, else, I would have sold it)

    So for the rest of you who use teles (200mm or more) often, what do you use to shoot with them? Besides wildlife/sports.


    seldom

    too heavy

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    Got it, Sold it. Used less than 20 times in 8 months.

    Depends on personal preference and genre of shooting.

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    kidding me! my workhorse is my 500mm lense. Use it 90% of the time. The other lense I use is my Tamron 90mm (9%) for macro. The rest of my lense...(400mm, 70-200f2.8IS, 50mm,VL125f2.5, 17-40f4, 28-105, other I forgot what I have liao) hardly (1%)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeSwitch View Post
    kidding me! my workhorse is my 500mm lense. Use it 90% of the time. The other lense I use is my Tamron 90mm (9%) for macro. The rest of my lense...(400mm, 70-200f2.8IS, 50mm,VL125f2.5, 17-40f4, 28-105, other I forgot what I have liao) hardly (1%)
    What do you shoot with your 500mm? Nature? Sports?

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    Tried it n Sold it away in a few weeks. Cos the price is not proportional to my usage. Tried taking the moon, flowers, street etc. But i prefer uwa n prime with shallow dof to isolate my subjects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coinfucious888 View Post
    I wud not have used my 18-200VR for more than a dozen times since acquiring it. In the same period, I have taken a few hundred shots with a 60mm 2.8 for macro work and a fair number for portraits/general photos using a 85mm 1.8.
    If i've the 18-200, I forsee myself bringing that lens only on hiking trips..

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    Quote Originally Posted by niaomer View Post
    Tried it n Sold it away in a few weeks. Cos the price is not proportional to my usage. Tried taking the moon, flowers, street etc. But i prefer uwa n prime with shallow dof to isolate my subjects.
    Yea precisely...

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    I seldom go anywhere longer than 135mm, and I prefer primes anyway, so the 70-200 is out for me, or anything longer. YMMV though, because there's different strokes for different folks.

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