Land See & Air

For less than £40 you can equip yourself with a top-of-the-range lens that suits your favourite summer activity

Summer is upon us, and with it comes a sprawling choice of photography opportunities. Head to the coast for the National Watersports Festival, for example, and you can combine the fun of your favourite water activity with some perfect, close-up shots of surfers riding the waves. A long telephoto zoom lens such as Sigma’s 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 can zoom right in on the action no matter where you’re situated on the beach, ensuring the surfer pops out nicely from the foam and waves in your image. When the light starts to fade, make use of the image stabiliser to keep your images shake free.

If you’re more of a landlubber, capture the speed and streamlined chrome of the Harleys at the Silverstone Hertz MotoGP. Nikon’s 70-200mm f/2.8 lets you focus with racing speed and has the loads of flexibility for scene-setters and close-in detail shots while on the fly.

Or why not capture a perfect composition of colourful air acrobatics at the Bournemouth Air Festival, or a flock of picturesque hot air balloons adorning the sky? With a wide-angle zoom lens such as Canon’s 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5, you can get a whole balloon into your shot from the basket, or capture a drift of silhouetted balloons against a sunsetted sky for a stunning keepsake.

But wide-angles and telephoto zooms are expensive, we hear you say? Not if you’re smart about it. Lens Locker lets you rent a Canon 10-22mm lens for as little as £29 for a weekend, a Nikon AF-S 70-200mm for £33 or a Sigma 50-500mm for just £39.99.

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