A beginner’s question this time:
What does zoom have to do with wide angle? I thought they were two opposite things!
Not necessarily. A “zoom” lens is simply an adjustable lens. As opposed to a prime lens.
What you are perhaps confusing with a “zoom” lens, dear student, is a telephoto lens.
Let me explain.
There are two main types of lenses:
- Zoom – this means adjustable focal length.
- Prime – this means not adjustable: you have to zoom in by stepping forward.
And, an entirely unrelated classification, there are various lengths of lenses:
- Wide angle – roughly, less than 24mm on a crop camera
- Standard – roughly, 30-40 mm on a crop camera
- Telephoto – roughly, longer than 50 on a crop camera
So a 10-20mm zoom lens is a wide angle zoom lens. A 24-105 zoom lens is a wide-to-telephoto zoom. A 24mm prime is a wide angle prime lens. And so on!