You can think of a medium telephoto lens as the "Goldilock" lens: just the right focal length for many subjects. It's not too wide or too "zoomy" and has a wide variety of purposes in your kit.
As you keep building out your lens collection, you'll want to think about how each of them fit together to cover all parts of the focal length range.
Check out the video lesson above to start thinking about how a medium telephoto might fit into your lens lineup. You'll learn how to use one to achieve a variety of looks for your images.
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A medium telephoto lens is just one of the many lenses you might be thinking about adding to your kit. It's fun to acquire more lenses to facilitate shooting more and more scenes.
To learn more about the many types of lenses, check out the course What Every Photographer Should Know About Lenses. Not all lenses are created equally, and I'll teach you what to look for as you begin to build out your own lens lineup.
Check out these other lessons that will help you learn to think about lenses: