Using a super telephoto lens has been a question since I’ve started shooting cycling. On the one hand, having something, that’s longer than the standard 70-200mm lens is only essential for finish photos, on the other hand, something, that’s longer than the standard 70-200mm lens is only essential for finish photos. What I mean by that is that while it’s really great to have a 300mm lens with you at the finish line, it’s exceptionally rare, that I feel the need to have one with me for the rest of the time. It feels silly to lug around 2.5 kgs of dead weight at challenging cyclocross race venues for two minutes of glory.
For the Cyclocross World Championships, I always rent one a Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 lens. It is a wonderful piece of kit, the photos are incredibly sharp, the colours are lovely, the autofocus is fast, etc. But, as the saying goes, if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. It can be quite tricky to compose shots with that lens that are interesting. Because most of the time, you are too close to the subject and all you can see is the subject and a homogenous, blurred background. While this is exhilarating at first, after a few hours, it gets boring and feels gimmicky. I think this lens is a bit like a very wide-angle lens: you have to be really careful and measured when you use it. It gives a very specific look and overdoing it can result in a lot of similar shots – I’ve ended up with a lot of samey shots.
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