Technical Discussions

Comparing Supertelephotos: Canon and Nikon

Published June 24, 2009

We wanted people who have never handled supertelephoto lenses to be able to gauge their size and weight. So, here’s a comparison of Canon Supertelephoto lenses:

And here’s a comparison of Nikon Supertelephoto lenses:

Mike Henry
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Author: Roger Cicala

I’m Roger and I am the founder of Hailed as one of the optic nerds here, I enjoy shooting collimated light through 30X microscope objectives in my spare time. When I do take real pictures I like using something different: a Medium format, or Pentax K1, or a Sony RX1R.

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  • Jeff Reed

    Very helpful video on comparative sizes of nikon telephotos lenses. You said that holding the 300 f/2.8 (or any of the heavy lenses) by the camera can damage the mount because of the weight of the lens. I use the Cotton Carrier vest-type holder and can comfortably “wear” a heavy lens all day with that. Question: Since it’s the body of the camera that is braced in the vest and the lens is pointing straight down but hanging freely, am I damaging the mount if I hang a heavy lens that way or is it just when the rig is in shooting position that damage can occur?

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