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a lens defect which causes straight lines to be curved or bowed

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Do the Lightroom lens correction tools make good lenses less important?

Lightroom has Lens Correction tools such as Distortion, Vignetting, Chromatic Abberation, etc. depending on the brand and model of lens. Due to this feature, is it less relevant what the distortion ...
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Photo stretched at corners?

Can anybody tell me why the heads of the two women are stretched in the corners? What is the name of this defect and how could one avoid it? I'm not a photographer (though becoming one is one of my ...
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How wide can a lens be before it begins to produce distortion?

Some lenses will produce distortion near a photo's edges (lines that should be straight begin to curve). Fisheye lenses definitely do this, and some ultra-wide lenses will do this too. I like wide ...
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What are Barrel and Pincushion distortion and how are they corrected?

I have some questions regarding Barrel distortion and pincushion distortion. Since they are related I have put them in single post. I am aware that barrel distortion occurs more in wide-angle ...
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What's the term for wide angle lenses with no distortion?

Is there one word to describe the difference between wide angle lenses that have a circular distortion and wide angle lenses that produce images where perspective lines remain straight?
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How do straight edges end up curved in photos?

In the standard model for a lens straight lines in the subject of a photograph will always end up straight. However I have seen a variety of photographs in which straight lines end up being curved, ...
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Why do images get “corrupted”?

I have had my Nikon D40 for a while, and some of the pictures are coming out distorted. Two examples are below: So my questions are: How do I fix them after the fact? - i.e. after they have been ...
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Software to auto correct lens distortion based on photo

A photo contains digital information about the make of the camera the focal length,etc. Does any software use this information and auto correct the lens distortion in the photo. I know that Photoshop ...
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Is it technically possible to build a camera body to correct for lens defects?

Most lenses tend to be expensive because the lens needs to be very complicated in order to correct for various optical effects (aberration, etc). Is it possible to build a sensor and processor ...
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What causes this bluish tint and other anomalies in this image?

I bought a Tamron CF Macro 28-70mm 3.5-4.5 lens on eBay for $35 AUD plus postage - cheap enough to give it a go and see what it's like. I took a range of photos with my Sony NEX-C3 to get a feel for ...
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Is pincushion or barrel distortion really all that bad in a lens?

Given that software can pretty trivially fix pincushion and barrel distortion patterns if you're shooting in RAW (Lightroom did the right thing just by knowing what lens I used with the given EXIF ...
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How can I check for damage to my lens from impact with a window?

I was taking a photo at an airport when I accidentally zoomed my Canon SX40HS into a window. The impact wasn't super hard, but there was a thump. I cannot see any visible damage, but how can I check ...
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How difficult is it to correct mustache-style distortion?

I am considering the Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC but I am somewhat concerned about the 5.3% of mustache-style distortion this lens produces. I like most of what I read about this ...
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What does “distortion <XX%” mean in lens specs?

I'm going to buy a lens and I would like to understand what "distortion <XX%" means. It's a vari-focal 10-60mm lens, and mentions distortion <12-1%. According to my understanding, at 10mm focal ...
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How to avoid unflattering facial distortion when using a slightly wide angle lens?

A 35mm prime on a full format body (or 24mm on cropped) is a great lens to walk around with. But when one gets too close to someone to take a picture, invariably some of their features are ...
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How to make a panorama from pictures with distortion

I recently took the photos for a panorama in Chicago. Unfortunately, I didn't think the situation through properly, and I shot at a wide angle. When I first attempted to stitch the photos, I got this ...
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What lens for taking photos of artwork with Nikon D800 without distortion?

I'm an artist and I do need to take photos of my paintings with heavy texture. I bought a 50mm f1.8 with my new Nikon D800 and I find some distortion when the painting is big 36"x 60". I used to ...
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why close ups are too wide

I have been taking close up pictures for a while with no problem. I think I may have done something with the settings, because all of a sudden my closeups are distorted (wide). I have a sony cyber ...
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Which raw processors interpret distortion/CA correction from Micro Four Thirds cameras?

I've been thinking about Micro Four Thirds, which in many cases encodes distortion and chromatic aberration correction into the raw files. But, the raw processor I currently use (Bibble) ignores this ...
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Are there any free or better alternatives to Fisheye-Hemi?

I've been tempted to get a fisheye lens (The Nikon 10.5 DX specifically), and have seen the Fisheye-Hemi plugin for "normalizing" fisheye images. Does anyone have experience of using the plugin or ...
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Is lens focal length specified considering the effect of barrel distortion on field of view?

Given a NIKON 14mm f/2.8D ED AF Ultra Wide-Angle Nikkor Lens on a full-frame sensor, in theory the field of view is HFOV: 104° x VFOV: 81°. However this lens exhibits noticeable barrel distortion ...
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Why doesn't the GoPro automatically correct for the fisheye distortion?

Automatic correction of various lens distortions is possible through specialized software that takes a few camera parameters and produces an output image free of distortion. Why don't most cameras do ...
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Auto cropping scanned document or photo

I usually take a picture of bill or receipt using my mobile phone and store it in a computer. Is there any desktop or Web-based software which can straighten the photo of a paper and flatten it? For ...
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Is 85-135mm really the best for every single kind of face?

They say that focal length around 85-135mm is the best for the head and shoulder kind portraits. I've done some tests myself, I can definitely see the differences. The face is more natural looking ...
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Are Nikon Distortion Control Data firmware updates critical?

Nikon has released the Distortion control data upgrade for D90 and D5000 (I am an owner of Nikon D90). The Distortion Control Data firmware upgrade is available for Nikon D90 and D5000 cameras ...
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Seeking Mac Software Solution for Correcting Barrel Distortion

I have a Nikon D7000 and a 14-24 wide angle lens which I love, but it does result, often, in a great deal of barrel distortion. I'm seeking a software solution; ideally an Aperture plug-in, to ...
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Are there medium priced cameras that can capture photos with very little distortion?

I just got the Sony DSC-WX9 and DSC-HX100V a couple months ago, and found that, if a person's face is right in the center of the photo (for a photo with 4, 5 people standing, from head to toe), then ...
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What's the succinct reason for face-warping in wide angle lenses?

Is there an accurate way of explaining face-warping when using wide angle lenses? I realised I can't actually explain it without diagrams, so a succinct definition (no more than a few lines) would be ...
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Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D has less distortion than Nikon 50mm f/1.8 G?

Some of the Amazon reviews say that Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D has less distortion than Nikon 50mm f/1.8 G? The D is about $80 cheaper, is smaller, lighter, has less distortion, and has manual aperture ...
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I noticed high lens distortion with my kit lens, are they normal / how to avoid this?

I recently bought a Sony NEX 5N with the standard 18-55mm lens kit and noticed today that it has a high lens distortion (see below). Enabling the option to suppress lens distortion in the setup did ...
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Does sensor size affect lens distortion?

There was recently a video posted about how different focal lengths affect portrait photography, specifically how distortion at smaller focal lengths have more distortion and are less flattering. So ...
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Correct a fisheyed picture using Hugin

I've got a Olympus Body Cap 9mm fisheye lens for my Panasonic DMC-GM1 camera. I was told to use Hugin to correct the fisheyed pictures taken with that lens. When I import my pictures into Hugin, it ...
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What is the best way to take pictures for Panography style post-processing

I have recently started to play with Panography, which is a style of stitching pictures together, however on my first couple of attempts, quite a few of the pictures that I took were distorted towards ...
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Can I configure the D7000 to perform lens distortion corrections on the embedded JPEG in the RAWs it saves?

Lightroom eats the distortion present in the D7000's kit lens for lunch. However, it's time consuming to check which photos I like by performing this correction on all the photos in lightroom first. ...
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Can the Sony A55 software-correct lens aberrations like the Panasonic GH2 does?

Panasonic GH2 automatically corrects lens geometric distortion and chromatic aberration. If I understand it right, it always applies this correction just after reading from the sensor — so the image ...
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Nikon D3100 transfer distorts photos [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do my images get distorted on my Nikon DSLR? I've been using this camera (Nikon D3100) for over a year and have absolutely no problems with it, until yesterday. When ...
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What is this warped effect and how to achieve it?

What is the name of the effect used in this photo and how do you apply it to a photo? As you can see, the nearest servers (which look like cupboards) are somewhat distorted. That is the effect I ...
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Is there any way to do lens correction in Adobe Photoshop 7?

I am walking through a tutorial for Photoshop but at one point they choose "Lens Correction" in the Filter --> Distort menu. I am on Photoshop 7 so I don't have this. Is there anyway to do lens ...
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Is there a free application which can apply adobe Lens Correction Profile (.lcp) files?

Seeking a free and preferably open-source, ubuntu-compatible application that can apply Adobe .lcp files to remove barrel distortion. Any recommendations?
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How to transform image to be projected undistorted onto a sphere [duplicate]

I found this similar question: Is it possible to print a photo so it can be mounted on a globe? I do not believe the similar question is a "duplicate" because it is for a similar but different ...