22/10/2013 | by Oli Walker
At the other end of the scale are the lenses that let you get in on the action from a distance: Telephoto, or zoom lenses. In snowboarding these are typically used for shooting big mountain riding, powder and larger kickers. Basically hard to reach places or features that would get lost using a wider lens. Get a load of Terje Haakonsen and John Jackson’s part from Burton’s 13 to see some great telephoto lens camera work.
This where big money comes into play, with the ‘long’ lenses, anything from around 70mm to 400mm, costing from the hundreds to thousands of pounds. These are for the ultra-serious cinematographers, willing to put the money and effort into making great films, but there’s no reason you couldn’t have a moderately-priced lens in your bag to get your mate’s new sick line or that end of season big kicker session. To avoid getting super-shaky shots you’ll probably need a tripod – hand wobbles are multiplied the more you zoom in.