- a lens constructed so as to produce a relatively large image with a focal length shorter than that required by an ordinary lens producing an image of the same size: used to photograph small or distant objects.
Origin of telephoto lens
First recorded in 1940–45
Also called telephotographic lens, teleobjective lens.
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- a compound camera lens in which the focal length is greater than that of a simple lens of the same dimensions and thus produces a magnified image of a distant objectSee also zoom lens