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What's up with the super long lenses being used in close quarters

Discussion in 'General Technical Discussion' started by atlanta_man, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. I've been paying attention to TV news where lots of pro photographers are gathered.
    The other day, in the oval office, several photographers were using big long white lenses to shoot at what looks to be all of 6ft to the subject.
    One would occasionally let the big rig hang from his neck and then snap a few with his cell phone.
  2. Probably photographing pigeons thru the windows and ignoring the occupant of that office. I’ve found that to be a good survival technique in these weird times.
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  3. That's how they fake the news? :eek: :D :p 
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  4. nu2scene


    Sep 27, 2007
    Las Vegas
    Never mind that, what about the horrible shutter snaps, as each photog fires off 10 fps, constantly.

    If I were the president, I'd stop that immediately. You each get 2 snaps. That's it. Then I want it quiet! Enough with the constant shutter fires throughout the entire thing.
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  5. Lately I notice that no flash is the custom.
  6. I believe the current President's love for himself would get you fired if you worked for the Whitehouse and made that suggestion. :) 
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  7. Mirrorless to the rescue! :cautious: 
  8. Finally ! a good reason for mirrorless.
  9. All kidding and/or politics aside, I've noticed that too and have wondered why the photographers aren't using more appropriate lens for the occasion. Of course, they could be using APS-C cameras (not likely) or the minimum focal lengths of the lens might be less than I think they are. Regardless, when they bring the photographers in for photo opportunities, I doubt they are too concerned about the chatter from all the shutters going off.
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  10. It certainly does seem to be overkill when it takes 14 photogs to document an oval office meeting.
    Actually, the TV only showed 14, could have been more around back of the TV cams.
  11. With 40 - 60 news organizations having staff at the Whitehouse daily, I am somewhat surprised that only 14 were there.
  12. Well, if this was the slow/no news day when Kanye, or Ye showed up . . . .
  13. I know I don’t want TV if this is what they’re showing.
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  14. You know there is no way to know if there is going to be a news worthy story or not when the press is invited into the Oval Office. The job is to shoot everything and some producer decides whether to broadcast the story.
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  15. 73Z1


    Sep 15, 2008
    +1 From what I've seen when they show the whole room, there are usually far more than 20 stills photogs shooting, plus TV cameras. The Oval Office is 35ft 10in long by 29ft wide, so a 70-200 or even a 300mm is likely a good option when one has to shoot from behind a TV camera or across the room. Amateurs crop where pros fill the frame completely, so where possible, the longer the lens, the better.

    They usually need only a waist-up shot of an individual person and maybe the ability to include 2-3 people near the president for most shots. A 70-200 on a FF body would IMHO be ideal for shooting an intimate or 'portrait' type shot from 20 ft away to under 6ft. Using 70mm on a FF body one could get really close to the subject/desk if only desiring to shoot a single individual chest-up.
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