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I'm new to the camera and photography so I am sorry in advance...

With both lenses the camera came with (18-55 and 75-300) if I use the camera's magnifier or the lenses zoom for close up pics from near or far, the camera will take a picture from further away than what is shown on the screen. Why?

Shouldn't it take whatever picture is shown on the screen?

Thx

Looking for beginner classes now...

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marked as duplicate by mattdm, AJ Henderson, Michael Clark, Paul Cezanne, MikeW Jul 27 '13 at 5:52

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Looks like you will find your answer in this previous question: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/39521/… –  Danny T. Jul 26 '13 at 20:11
    
I think Danny is likely right. Does that answer your question? I think it might, but you do specifically say that the lens's zoom doesn't work either. Can you describe a little more clearly exactly what you're doing? –  mattdm Jul 26 '13 at 20:15
    
Thank you, I understand now to manually focus on the lense and crop the picture later. –  Mr. Jul 26 '13 at 23:05

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Turn off the Live View and look through the viewfinder instead. What you see in the viewfinder is what the sensor will see. That's largely true for Live View mode too, but Live View lets you magnify a part of the image (mainly so that you can check focus); the camera will still record the whole image, not just the magnified part, when you take the picture.

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DSLRs use optical zoom, not digital. Digital zoom is simply a crop of the full size image that the sensor picks up. You can take a photo and crop it after the fact and it will be the same exact quality as what you would get if you could only take a picture of what you have magnified.

Since DSLRs are designed to use optical lenses for their zooming, they do not support digital zoom generally.

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