Super Telephoto Lens Tip | July 2015

Super Telephoto Lens Tip

Almost everyone does this.

Steve Kaye at Morro Bay, in blog: Super Telephoto Lens Tip

Steve Kaye at Morro Bay, Carrying a Big Lens

They carry their super telephoto lens on their shoulder because these lenses are heavy and because it’s convenient and because everyone else does this.


Here’s a case where doing what everyone else does can cost a lot of money.

Two weeks ago I took my camera system to Canon’s service center in Costa Mesa, CA, because the sharpness of my photos had deteriorated.

Their technicians found melted heat seals in my 600 mm, f/4, lens.

They told me that this can happen when the lens is pointed at the sun. Cost: $315 (after a 30% discount for the Platinum level CPS membership).

At first, I thought this was absurd. I never point my lens at the sun.

In fact, I tell people in my photo class to have the sun behind them when taking photos of birds.

Then, yesterday I went out to test my newly repaired lens. And like always, I put the lens on my shoulder as I walked about – until I realized that the lens was pointed up at the sky (and maybe the sun). Fortunately, I noticed this soon after I arrived.

So here is a Super-Telephoto Lens tip: Point your lens sideways (or down) while carrying it.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

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