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    Smile What are the main differences between Standard zoom & Telephoto zoom lenses

    Hi All,

    Pls forgive my ignorance here, not really up there with these tech jargons. Confused between these two terms Standard & Telephoto zoom.

    I was looking for a 70-200 zoom lens for basic party & travel shooting.

    Kindly educate me. Thanks a ton.

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    There are 3 main types of zooms:

    - Wide zooms, which cover wide angles, usually wider than 30mm
    - Standard zooms, typically covering about 28mm to about 70mm
    - Telephoto zooms, which cover telephoto angles, usually 70mm and longer

    There are also the all-in-one zooms that cover everything. The 70-200 would be a medium telephoto zoom

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    Default Re: What are the main differences between Standard zoom & Telephoto zoom lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by theRBK
    There are 3 main types of zooms:

    - Wide zooms, which cover wide angles, usually wider than 30mm
    - Standard zooms, typically covering about 28mm to about 70mm
    - Telephoto zooms, which cover telephoto angles, usually 70mm and longer

    There are also the all-in-one zooms that cover everything. The 70-200 would be a medium telephoto zoom
    The all in one would be the 18-200... A popular choice in Nikon's arsenal as the one they rolled out is a VR version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08
    The all in one would be the 18-200... A popular choice in Nikon's arsenal as the one they rolled out is a VR version.
    friend, ppl Canon 30D you talk about Nikon lens

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    Smile Re: What are the main differences between Standard zoom & Telephoto zoom lenses

    Thanks a lot theRBK. That clears a lot of confusion.

    So it only signifies the range, the technology behind it is all the same is it?!


    Quote Originally Posted by theRBK
    There are 3 main types of zooms:

    - Wide zooms, which cover wide angles, usually wider than 30mm
    - Standard zooms, typically covering about 28mm to about 70mm
    - Telephoto zooms, which cover telephoto angles, usually 70mm and longer

    There are also the all-in-one zooms that cover everything. The 70-200 would be a medium telephoto zoom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magz K
    So it only signifies the range, the technology behind it is all the same is it?!
    yup, only range...not technology...that is signified by all those alphabets in the lens name

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    Default Re: What are the main differences between Standard zoom & Telephoto zoom lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by theRBK
    friend, ppl Canon 30D you talk about Nikon lens
    Paiseh... hehe

    didn't read carefully...
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    Default Re: What are the main differences between Standard zoom & Telephoto zoom lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by theRBK
    There are 3 main types of zooms:

    - Wide zooms, which cover wide angles, usually wider than 30mm
    - Standard zooms, typically covering about 28mm to about 70mm
    - Telephoto zooms, which cover telephoto angles, usually 70mm and longer

    There are also the all-in-one zooms that cover everything. The 70-200 would be a medium telephoto zoom
    U forgot the ultra-wide zooms and super-telephoto zooms.
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