Super telephoto lens tested to get shot of new pope

As preparations for the Conclave heat up inside the Vatican, media too continue to search for the story angle and ‘the’ picture.

A day before the beginning of the conclave at the Vatican March 11, Reuters photographer Dylan Martinez tested a 1200-1700mm super-telephoto zoom lens, that lets photographers take detailed ‘up close’ photos some 130 metres away.

Martinez, in St Peter’s Square, has his camera and telephoto lens trained on the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica where a new pope will appear after his election.

Cardinals held final discussions on Tuesday, NZ and Pacific time and there still appears to be no front-runner.

@papalsmokestack reported on Twitter, that in light of their being no firm favourite, a rumour swirling around Rome is that the Cardinals may enter the Conclave but not actually take the first vote until Wednesday night, NZ and Pacific time.

In his letter to New York priests, Cardinal Timothy Dolan expressed a hope of having a pope by Friday (NZ time).


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