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Mountains in Kowloon as Seen from Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island

Mountains in Kowloon as Seen from Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island

I like telephoto lenses very much because they make it possible to achieve completely new perspectives. You see things which you wouldn’t see without them. However, when you are a travel photographer, carrying telephoto lenses can be a bit of a challenge though because the good ones tend to be heavy and the light ones often don’t deliver good image quality. 

You might think “this lens weighs only 1 or 2 kilograms, it’s not so heavy” but this adds to the total weight of your equipment. When you carry 1 or 2 full-frame DSLR bodies, a standard zoom, a wide-angle zoom, a tele-zoom, maybe a tilt-shift lens in case you need it and a decent tripod, your equipment will weigh more than 10 kilograms and carrying all this on your back is no fun, especially in hot climates. As a matter of fact my equipment grew so much that I didn’t feel like carrying it on my back so I invested a few hundred euros in a rolling camera bag from Think Tank Photo. And a good investment it was indeed, as I was finally able to transport my 2 full-frame Canon DSLRs, a collection of L lenses and a carbon fiber tripod without sweating too much.

This photo was taken from Victoria Peak in Hong Kong with a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L at a focal length of 360 mm. Was it worth it to carry this rather heavy lens? Well, this image sold a couple of times so apparently some buyers found this view of Kowloon mountains interesting. So I’d say yes, it was worth it. This is not a view that you often see. It’s only possible on a day with very good visibility, which in Hong Kong is not too frequent and… with a decent telephoto lens, which can be somewhat heavy to carry…

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