Monster Zoom Used to Photograph Pope

March 18, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photographers | 5 Comments |
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Reuters photographer Dylan Martinez used a huge Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED super-telephoto lens to take photos of Pope Francis from ground level on Saint Peter’s Square. This is a rare but not exactly new manual-focus lens - in fact it was first used at a Japanese tournament held in March 1990. The large (888mm long), expensive and unwieldy (16kg) lens isn’t often seen out in the wild but when you do see one in person you won’t mistake it for anything else. Italian newspaper La Stampa published a couple of pictures of Martinez working the monster lens on 12 March 2013 here. The pictures he took with the rare super-telephoto zoom appeared on the Reuters blog as well as in publications worldwide.

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#1 Warren Lyons

Would love to get an adapter and hook that up to one of my Panasonic or Olympus micro 4/3 cameras. Talk about getting up close and personal.

3:42 pm - Monday, March 18, 2013

#2 newoldmate

iPad photographers are searching ebay right now for an adapter.

6:41 pm - Monday, March 18, 2013

#3 dan delion

Pictures of the lens and of the Pope are poor. They need work in Photoshop. The lack of quality is surprising in pro work!

5:02 pm - Tuesday, March 19, 2013

#4 Fabio

I agree with Dan , being also a professional photographer I would think twice before publishing such a low quality photo, accpetable only if we know that light conditions were really poor, given the equipment used, a Nikon D3 or D4.
It's amzing how technology is advancing in small sensor cameras, it's possible now to get a cheap, lightweight camera that reachs the same as this monster with surprising quality.
Just for fun , check this bird taken at 1600 mm (digital zoom) with a Nikon P510
http://www.flickr.com/photos/53212405@N08/8484943306/in/photostream/lightbox/
Not bad for a few hundred dollars, looks even better after seing the Pope picture.

3:19 pm - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

#5 Anne

The picture quality of the pope is shockingly poor, a really bad example of the "prowess" of this lens. It seems the picture quality coming from "photojournalists" from the big agencies (reuters, EPA, AP, Getty etc) get diluted each year as the agencies main focus seems to be growth at the expense of quality! I cant wait till their quality gets so crappy compared with the freelance photographers (many of whom take better pictures and actually are passionate about the medium) that the media will be forced to look at alternatives to what I call the Corporatization of photography!

7:38 pm - Wednesday, March 20, 2013