telephoto lens


noun Photography.

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.

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Also called telephotographic lens, teleobjective lens.

Origin of telephoto lens

First recorded in 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for telephoto lens

telephoto lens
/ (ˈtɛlɪˌfəʊtəʊ) /

noun

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
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