I am going to repeat something I have mentioned many times before, but that never goes out of style: the difference between a wide angle lens and a telephoto lens.
Here is the same car shot recently with a telephoto lens from afar and then with a wide angle from close up:
You see the difference, yes? If ever the saying “a picture paints 1,000 words” is true, I imagine it is here.
Wide shows enhanced perspective/depth. Telephoto makes it look flat. This is not because of magic in the lens: it is simply because of the vantage point you take using each lens.
- Telephoto creates blurrier backgrounds more easily, while wide can easily have extensive depth of field
- Wide is less susceptible to motion blur
Wide is better for situational portraits, low light shooting, and architecture, and much travel. Telephoto is better for flattering portraits.