Zoom vs Telephoto

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  1. martinez_81

    martinez_81 TPF Noob!

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    Hi all,
    Can someone tell me what is exactly the difference between Zoom and Telephoto lenses in terms of specifications and application?

    Thanks
     
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    telephophoto implies a long focus lens that makes objects appear closer.
    eg telescope, telephone, etc.

    zoom lens is a lens that changes focal lengths - can be ultra-wide to wide, wide to normal, normal to medium telephoto, etc.
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Before anyone asks there are reasons that you would pick a fixed telephoto lens over a zoom lens. Fixed focal lenses can often be made with very wide apertures, and are typically shaper and otherwise better performing than their zooming counterparts.
     
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    Telephoto just means long (focal length, not physical lens length) Zoom mena sit has more than one focal length
     
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    martinez_81 TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the advice. So basically telephoto are tailor-made for only one focal length, whereas zooms can vary, for example 75-300, etc?

    Cheers for that:thumbup:
     
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    It's more like

    how it works - zoom (changing focal lengths) and prime (one focal length)
    how it sees - wide angle - normal - telephoto
     

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