What`s the difference... ??

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  1. old-mo

    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    Between "Telephoto" and "Zoom" len`s..

    Took loads of photo`s with me new camera............. all turned out crap..:doh:

    Cannot get me head round all the F`s, Apertures, White Balance, Back Light, and setting`s..:swear2:
     
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    Telephoto is a single long lens I.e. 500mm
    Zoom is multi I.e. 28-300
     
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    Thanks Ken.............. does that mean a telephoto will zoom in 500mm and a zoom len`s only 300...

    Which to me means the telephoto zooms in more...

    I`ll pay your fuel .... come over and show me how to drive the stupid bloody camera....:giggler:
     
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    Until you understand it all Mo, just use the Auto settings ..

    it will also have program mode.. and there should be different ones for different types of photos.. . Landscapes, Sport, Portrait etc that take the guess work out of it ..

    Guess it's time to read the manual.. modern SLRs have a steep learning curve.... just take one step at a time..

    look for a local camera club to learn the ropes..
     
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    Telephoto does not zoom. It is fixed.
    Normal lens is usually 50mm
    So a 100mm telephoto lens if say photographing a bird, the bird would be twice as big.
    A zoom lens say 28mm-300 goes from wide I.e.28mm to a much closer shot at the 300mm end
     
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    F numbers are the hole which lets light into your camera the bigger the f number the smaller the hole.
    Shutter speed dictates how long the hole stays open to let light in.
    The bigger the f number the more will be in focus in your shot. You must have enough light to maximise this though!
     
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    There are excellant tutorial videos on 'You Tube' for most cameras. The manufacturers websites also often have links to tutorials.
    Don't despair, with use it will become instinctive.

    Lorraine x
     
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    Tis complicated and I have tried to simplify what I said.
    As said start with camera on auto then play!
    Best tip for a beginner is to use the rule of thirds. Look it up on Google.
    You will get better shots!
     
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    Don't worry about the names. I have a number of telephoto zoom lenses

    Telephoto just means that the lens is shorter than its focal length, a 600mm lens that is physically only 300mm long could use mirrors to shorten the light path (mirror lens) or the more common, telephoto lens group (telephoto). Yours will probably be a telephoto zoom, and now you know that you can forget it :)
     
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    I can recommend the book below in the link. It will give you a pretty good idea of how the camera works and how to get the best from it.
    Otherwise, do as Jim says above and put it in Auto or Programme mode.
     
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    If you need to know how it works give it to a child of about 12, they will have ot perfect in minutes.

    Once had a fancy Olympus camera over 30 years ago, kept getting blurry pics, son aged 12 wanted to take it on school trip to Russia.
    Told him it would be difficult for him, wife said let him have it
    Came back with loads of perfect pics, don't you just hate kids.
     
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    Strictly speaking any lens over 50mm is telephoto.
    Any lens under 50mm is wide angle!
     
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    Why not start by setting it to 'ia' intelligent auto, to get used to it and then venture out to using the other settings.
    I had a few problems when I bought mine and found that the 'white balance' was set to a minus so most of the pics were too dark when set on manual, I changed it to '0' and I've been quite pleased with the results.
     
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    Strictly speaking that is wrong Ken, as was your earlier advice that a telephoto lens is a fixed focal length. He's confused enough :)

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephoto_lens
     
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    fair enough i will keep out of trying to help
     
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    As Jim said don't worry about it that much. It isn't important.

    Just remember that the longer the focal length of the lens (the bigger the number in mm) the closer it will make the subject appear and vice versa.
     
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    What make and model of camera is it Mo?
     
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    Nikon D3200 and 5 different lenses... and umpteen filters.

    and other stuff that is going in the bin.. :madder:
     
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    Trouble is Jim........... using auto focus I have to do the samee as with my Sony Digital...... ie....... hold the shutter thing down half way while it focuses.... then press again to take the photo...

    And by the time I have done that and taken the photo.... the bird is half a mile away.. :swear2:
     
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