Photography 101: Should You Own a 70-200mm Lens

Check out another helpful photography tip from Stephen Dennstedt’s blog along with some stunning photos.

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

Should you own a 70-200mm lens? Yes you should. On a full-frame DSLR it is a very versatile lens and almost de rigueur for a well-rounded photography kit. On an APS-C crop-sensor body it gets a little more complicated.

Nonetheless it’s important to have this very useful equivalent EFOV (Effective Field of View) focal length range close at hand in your photography. If I was only allowed three lenses for my kit the decision would be easy for me.

Number one would be a 24-70mm followed by a 70-200mm and lastly a fast 50mm (f/1.2, f/1.4 or f/1.8) prime lens. With those lenses you can shoot virtually everything with the possible exception of small wildlife at a distance. Back in my film days I shot with two original Nikon F SLR camera bodies with Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lenses mounted on them 90%…

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