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I have heard of something called a focal length multiplier, particularly in connection with the size of the image sensor in a camera. What I don't understand is what this is and why ans how it is related to the size of the sensor. Can anyone please explain this?

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marked as duplicate by Michael Clark, dpollitt, jwenting, AJ Henderson, Paul Cezanne Aug 28 '13 at 15:44

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Which bit of the Wikipedia article are you having trouble understanding? – Philip Kendall Aug 28 '13 at 9:16
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Don't worry I will be searching before asking now. – Sachin Kainth Sep 2 '13 at 12:09
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"Focal length multiplier" is another term for "crop factor". It is used for comparing the angle of view of a lens of a given focal length across film or sensor size.

This is explained in more detail at

What is crop factor and how does it relate to focal length?

and the relationship between focal length, sensor size, and angle of view is explained at What is "angle of view" in photography?

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and it's even more of a misnomer in that the focal length does not get multiplied at all. – jwenting Aug 28 '13 at 13:18

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