January 31, 2015 at 8:18PM


Is there a realistic use in Hollywood style filmmaking for lenses longer then say 200mm

If so what would that be?


Long telephoto lenses are useful when ever you want to visually "compress" the view in a shot. It's the kind of lens that would be used in western movies to show a bunch of cowboys riding into a sunset with the sun looming very big in the frame.


February 1, 2015 at 10:08AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

This is how they got Elliot flying in front of the moon, right?

Charlie McDanger

February 1, 2015 at 10:32PM

Some times is best something intermediary, something like a 135 mm.

February 2, 2015 at 2:16AM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

A 10x Cinema Zoom sees fairly common use on a film set, something like an Angenieux Optimo 24–290mm or the new Canon CN-E 30-300mm. Those get strapped under helicopters, on big cranes, complicated car-rigs, where changing lenses becomes seriously impractical. Then some DP's also just want to keep their options open with a big zoom in certain circumstances, say if they are dealing with unpredictable elements like animals or working against time (dying light, limited location access etc.). Or if you need to do one of these:


Or some other zoom-specific effects.

But of course 95% of shots are going to fall into that 16-135mm range. However it's easy to think of locations that require a lot more reach - Overhead shot into a canyon, stuntmen on a cliff-face/parachuters/other extreme-sport type things. And then a truly long lens is also your friend if you want to steal shots at public spaces - yes, sounds a bit 70's, but filmmakers do still sneak their actors into real places from time to time, even on big productions (not because they can't afford the permit, but to capture the real feel of a place).

February 2, 2015 at 6:26PM


70's... too funny!

Jake the film guy Keenum

February 5, 2015 at 9:47AM

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