Difference between zoom and telephoto?

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  1. stsinner

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    Okay, I tried to use the search feature, so don't jump me too harsh. I don't feel like looking through every single post that contains the words telephoto and zoom...

    Can someone explain to me the difference between a telephoto and a zoom lens? I thought, apparently incorrectly, that you used a telephoto lens to zoom in..

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    You do. Its basically a preference of how you wish to say it. Most P&S are referred to as zoom and SLR lenses are as telephoto. This is the only difference as far as I know.

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    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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    Zoom lenses have variable focal lengths ... ie 70-200mm.
    A prime (fixed focal length) lens has one size ... ie 50mm

    A Telephoto lens is considered greater than 50mm ... ie 100mm or 300mm.
    A Wide lens is considered smaller than 50mm ... ie 35mm or 20mm

    50mm was the standard lens based on 35mm film format ... so with digital DSLR's it can vary, but usually 30mm ... so just replace 50mm with 30mm in my statements.

    A Telephoto zoom lens is a variable focal length lens greater than 50/30mm.
     
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    Nope, it actually refers to the ability to adjust the focal length(zoom). A telephoto-zoom, is a zoom with a range in the hundreds i.e. 70-300. A telephoto is just any lens, zoom or prime, with a long focal length. So basically, it is zooms and primes, telephotos and standard or wide. And it is not a foolish question, that is how you learn.
    Wow, totally got triple posted.
     
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    Yeah, maybe you folks should start reading what was already posted before responding with the same... :lmao::lol::lmao:
     
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    ... ahh but if you are slow creating the post like us, you'll miss it.
     
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    So by all this logic a 18-200mm is a wide telephoto zoom....
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Good question, st...been wondering myself.
     
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    Look at the post times. They were all typing at the same time.

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