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Super-Telephoto Lenses, 400+ and Beyond


We've all seen them at major sporting events: banks of photographers with long white or black lenses delivering pictures that are the envy of many. Costing the price of a small car, they are the lenses of choice for wildlife and sports photographers as well as photo journalists around the world, offering incredible quality both in terms of design and the resulting images. Perhaps it’s just curiosity, but they also attract interest wherever they're seen or taken. At the recent Focus on Imaging event in Birmingham, visitors gathered around the manufacturers’ stands to try out their super-telephotos, picking off unsuspecting visitors like a sniper. 

Buying one however is a considerable investment and certainly not to be taken lightly, but unlike camera bodies a well looked after lens will hold its value. Using one opens up new perspectives normally associated with binoculars or small telescopes with a narrow angle of view and compression of distance between objects. Over the past 15 years I've owned all of Canon's super-teles at some point, and today have the 400mm and 800mm versions. 

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