Here are our 10 best telephoto zooms under £1200
If you’re eager to get closer to the action, then a telephoto lens should be at the top of your wishlist. These powerful optics are the perfect partner for wildlife or sports photography, as they allow you to zoom in tight to shoot high-impact images.
Most feature built-in image stabilisation systems to help minimise camera shake, which is more of a risk when shooting with longer focal lengths.
However, some of these larger lenses can be rather heavy, so come with a tripod socket to transfer the weight. We’ve tested 10 of the very best telephotos under £1200 to reveal the optimum telephoto lens, and with prices starting at just £269 there’s something here to suit all budgets...
Here are our 10 best macro lenses under £1000
Close-up images, by their very nature, demand the highest quality from the lenses we use to capture them, so in these situations most photographers will reach for a macro.
These specialist optics allow the focal point to be extremely close to the end of the lens, which means you can fill the frame with minuscule detail and magnify small objects to achieve impressive – and often surreal – results, and reveal worlds otherwise unseen.
We’ve rigorously tested 10 of the best macro lenses currently available. All of the lenses here boast a true-to-life reproduction ratio of 1:1 or more, and are available for under £1000. Let’s find out who makes our top ten...
Here are our 5 best value low-level tripods
There’s an old photography saying that ‘the sharpest lens is a tripod’. And this is never truer than when shooting long exposures or intricate macro images. However, not all tripods are created equal and, for macro work in particular, you’ll need your trusty three-legged friend to be flexible enough to give you the creative freedom you need.
In this round-up, we’ve focused exclusively on low-level tripods, all of which will allow you to capture unique compositions very close to the ground. We’ve also limited our selection to affordable and sturdy options, with the most expensive being £258.
Let’s take a look at five of the best low-level options currently competing for your money...
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Looking for a bag that doesn’t scream out ‘photographer!’? Then a messenger-style camera bag will be just the ticket. These bags look like ordinary shoulder bags, so won’t attract unwanted attention, but hidden away inside is a padded area to keep your DSLR or CSC plus lenses safe and secure when you’re out shooting. And top access through a zip or flap usually makes it faster to access your kit than a conventional rucksack. These bags have enough space for the core equipment needed on a day’s shoot, plus extras like a tablet, laptop, a waterproof jacket or even your lunch. But which one should you buy? Let’s take a look at five of the best...
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