This is what it looks like to shoot portraits at absurd 900mm

Sep 26, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

This is what it looks like to shoot portraits at absurd 900mm

Sep 26, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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One would say that shooting portraits with a 400mm or 500mm lens is overkill. Absurd, even. But what shooting portraits at 900mm? Manny Ortiz teamed up with Irene Rudnyk and Gerald Undone to find out. They used a Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens for shooting portraits, and to make things even more absurd, they paired with an APS-C Sony a6400. In other words, they shot portraits at around 900mm equivalent and it looks like they had a lot of fun doing this crazy experiment.

The team had ten minutes each to take shots, and it was challenging to say the least. Communicating with the model was pretty difficult, to begin with, due to the distance between her and the photographer. Just look how far Manny had to stand just to take a headshot:

Irene even had a problem just holding that bulky, heavy lens. Manny helped her out a bit, but together they made the lens shake so much that she had to find another solution.

Gerald pointed out just how shaky the lens is and how difficult it is to even keep the model in the frame at 900mm without a tripod.

The guys did get some good shots, though. But honestly, shooting portraits at 900mm equivalent is, as Manny says at the very beginning, absurd. Still, it looks like they had a lot of fun, and I had fun just watching this video. So I recommend you watch it too, I’m sure you’ll find it amusing.

[900MM PORTRAITS! This was a really BAD idea | Manny Ortiz]

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4 responses to “This is what it looks like to shoot portraits at absurd 900mm”

  1. Don Smith Avatar
    Don Smith

    But the model is not dressed to play tennis. Fundamentals!

  2. Murray Hammur Avatar
    Murray Hammur

    Actually….I don’t think it’s a terribly bad idea sometimes when you can’t get close, or want to remain undetected….as long as you don’t mind full frame/close up shot….and if you use your max ap and have a far enough away background, you can easily get awesome bokeh which you might otherwise have a hard time getting without a smaller F#.

  3. Vincent Cyr Avatar
    Vincent Cyr

    How is it a bad idea? I use a 500mm mirror lens for candids all the time. The subject is 15-20 yards away, and they forget there is a camera pointed at them. They tend to act much more natural than when your really close. If it didn’t come off as “creepy as hell”, I would love to do street photography with it.

  4. Andre Wright Avatar
    Andre Wright

    Impressed……. hand holding a lens of that size…… the whole time it looks like a toy the way its just tossed this way and that