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Definition of "telephoto" []

  • Of or relating to a photographic lens or lens system used to produce a large image of a distant object. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to an instrument that electrically transmits photographs. (adjective)
  • A telephoto lens. (noun)
  • A photograph made with a telephoto lens; a telephotograph. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "telephoto" in a sentence
  • "The rugged 12. 1-megapixel camera features a 28mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens, 4. 6x optical zoom (zooming up to 128mm in telephoto, even during video recording), image stabilization and an "Intelligent Scene Selector" that automatically adjust settings depending on the situation (night, macro, portrait, and so on)."
  • "The next morning, after breakfast and a quick chat with the front desk clerk, they drove through town to an electronics shop called François JOST, where Harvath purchased a high-resolution digital camera, a small digital camcorder, and a top-of-the-line printer. in addition to extremely powerful, high-definition telephoto lenses for each camera, he also purchased a type of lens that had once only been available to people within the intelligence and law enforcement communities."
  • "It really is more of a general telephoto, which is fine, but I already have a 70-300mm VR which (aside from the slower aperture) is an excellent general telephoto for me."
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