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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-05 10:00 AM
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7. W=wide angle T=telephoto.
On 35mm film format(which at times differ from digital or larger film formats) the median focal length (the equivelent of what our eyes see) is 50mm. Anything underneath that, like 35mm, 28mm, 14mm fisheye...is wide angle.

Telephoto is any focal length that is higher in number than 50mm. 80, 200, 210, 300, 1000, 2500, etc.

A zoom lense is an adjustable focal length lense. It can go one , the other and anywhere inbetween. It's bottom focal length (could be either w or t) is the first XX and the top telephoto is the second XX. For example...28-80mm zoom lense. Zooms are more versatile than fixed lenses.

What your question is, the answer would be a MACRO function on the camera. Generally it takes 80mm at least to do a macro (or close-up shot) on 35mm film format. It could be different depending on the digital camera you choose. the longer the focal length on the macro, the closer to your subject you can get (Down to insects showing off hairs). At $300, almost all digital cameras will have a macro function, usually indicated by a flower icon. Like this...

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