800mm for flowers

Started Mar 18, 2020 | Photos thread
OP richj20 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,872
Re: 800mm for flowers

John Koerner wrote:

Nice images.


I just used an 800mm lens for a flower yesterday ... a 10 lb behemoth

Nikon D5 + 800mm f/5.6 FL ED + 1.25x TC = 1,000mm

What a beast!

The thing I like about using telephotos for (some) flowers, is the compression that smaller lenses don't afford. Blurs out the backgrounds better.

On paper, the specs would seem to suggest that. However, I've been able to get nice backgrounds with 50mm.

Stink-net, Oncosiphon piluliferum, invasive. Riverside is working to eradicate this!

Telegraph weed

California Golden Poppy, Eschscholzia californica

White Clover, Trifolium repens

Remaining seeds of a common dandelion, Taraxacum officinale

Arroyo Lupine. I include this because it illustrates a lot of what I photograph, low to the ground; very cumbersome to use a large lens in these situations

Nonetheless, if my goal were to have these types of backgrounds for everything, I suppose I would carry several lenses!

- Richard

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