Technique Tips: Handling long lenses

Use these techniques to get the best result with long focal length lenses.

Use a tripod whenever possible. Even at the fastest shutter speeds tripod shots are sharper than hand held shots.

Lock the mirror of an SLR camera up, out of the way before releasing the shutter. If your camera does not have a mirror lock up feature, use the self timer with a short 2~4 sec delay; most self timers releases the mirror immediately, so vibration will have ceased by the end of the delay, when the shutter is tripped.

Use a cable release and the fastest shutter speed possible.

When hand holding lenses of moderate of long physical length, use one hand to support the lens barrel and the other hand to support the camera body. Keep your elbows against your body to steady your arms.



More about telephotos lenses

- Short Telephotos Lens
- Medium Telephotos Lens
- Long Telephotos Lens
- Mirror Lenses and Telescopes
- Tele Extender
- Characteristics of Tele Lenses