The 70-200mm zoom is the default lens on my camera. It is a fast zoom at f 2.8; produces sharp photos; and covers my favorite focal ranges. There are certain lenses, you just feel good with. It's kind of hard to explain, but, when I have that lens on the camera, I know what I'm going to see.
Telephoto focal lengths between 85mm and 200mm have the same characteristics as the super telephotos discussed last week. They deliver an image close into your subject without standing right next to them. They compress distances. They provide a more pleasing perspective, without distortion. Being a people photographer, telephoto is my most frequently used focal length range.
Telephotos, besides doing all the above, are also favored for use as portrait lenses. Traditionally, there have been several focal lengths touted for portraits: 85mm, 100mm, and 135mm. Each focal length has their champions, so don't ask me which is best. The real answer is the one you prefer. I have a 70-200mm zoom, so I have all three of the favorite portrait range focal lengths covered. I also have a 105mm prime lens. Both lenses have a maximum aperture of f 2.8 for great bokeh and light gathering (fast lenses).
These lenses create less distortion (seldom a goal in people photography) and the tighter perspective helps eliminate clutter in the background. Additionally, a longer lens allows you a comfortable distance to make your portrait. You don't want to crowd their space, especially for kids.
Telephotos are always popular lenses for whatever your subject matter. They can give you extra reach. Their characteristics give you a pleasing . The best of them can be expensive, but, if you don't need a pro-level lens, you can find them at a reasonable price. This is a lens range that will provide you lots of fun.
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