telephoto lens(redirected from Long lens)
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a photographic lens with a focal length that is longer than normal, in which the distance between the front surface of the first lens and the back focal plane is shorter than in other types of long-focus lenses. This feature permits a reduction in the overall size of still and motion-picture cameras. Telephoto lenses are used in producing large-scale photographs of distant objects and for portraits.
The most common designs for telephoto lenses make use of two components (Figure 1), each consisting of a group of lenses; the first group is a converging system, and the second is a diverging system. The components are combined in such a way that the back principal plane H’ is moved forward of the lens and the distance L is shortened. The shortening index Kt = L/f′ In some telephoto lenses, the focusing distance of the second group of lenses is positive, and Kt is close to unity. Such lenses are considered three-group systems.
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