Difference between telephoto and zoom?

13 years 2 months ago #52331 by fed5du
I have a 18-200mm lens. Is this lens a zoom or telephoto? What is the difference?


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13 years 2 months ago #52332 by Scout 4x4
A telephoto lens usually starts at around 70+mm. It can either be a prime lens that has just one focal length like 70mm, 100mm, 300mm etc. A zoom lens just covers a range of focal lengths but can also cover the telephoto range, for instance 100-300mm. But it can go from say, 24-70 and is called a wide to telephoto lens because it covers the wide angle length (beginning at 24mm in this example) and extends through the telephoto range.


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13 years 2 months ago #52334 by fed5du
So my lens is a zoom lens correct?


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13 years 2 months ago #52335 by Scout 4x4
you are correct. :thumbsup:


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13 years 2 months ago - 13 years 2 months ago #52547 by Stealthy Ninja
It's a super-zoom.
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13 years 2 months ago #52563 by chasrich
Does it come with a cape???
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

“Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light, I just make pictures… ” ~ Vernon Trent
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13 years 2 months ago #52569 by Stealthy Ninja

chasrich wrote: Does it come with a cape???
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


Yes :blink:
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13 years 2 months ago #54265 by Henry Peach
The term telephoto has come to be commonly used to describe lenses with longer than "normal" focal lengths, but the definition is a lens with a longer focal length than actual length of the lens.
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13 years 2 months ago #54816 by Stealthy Ninja

Henry Peach wrote: The term telephoto has come to be commonly used to describe lenses with longer than "normal" focal lengths, but the definition is a lens with a longer focal length than actual length of the lens.


Common use wins then.

By the second definition (most) 14mm lens would be telephoto, as would a 24mm and most 35mm lenses. Heck my 50 1.4 is a telephoto too. My 14-24 is a telephoto zoom. LOL :blink:

The list goes on. ;)
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