Are telephoto lenses good for travel?

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mfinley
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Re: Are telephoto lenses good for travel?

darrenhaken wrote:

I was attracted to the telephoto as two photographers work I follow online use a 70-200 to pull off shots I've normally never taken myself.

Normally it's a candid portrait in a scene with nice compression or to get a tighter shot of a landscape/cityscape.

Right, that sounds like the routine use of a travel photographer's typical usage for telephotos. I would advise anyone who is truly interested in being creative and expanding their vision of converting the 3D world to the 2D world photographically during travel to provide themselves with a swiss army knife of lenses over the complete focal range learn to be like a golfer and understand when to use the wedge and when to use the 9 iron. I think the majority of photographers understand when to use a driver versus the putter, but they don't understand when to use a 3 iron versus a 5 iron.

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