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Today I've tried my new lens, but the image was very distorted in the right side. Here's the image:

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Is this normal? (The building on the right is very skewed)

Bigger image: link

  • Out of interest, which lens are you using here? – Kirk Broadhurst Feb 5 '14 at 1:28
  • Sony's SEL16F28 – blez Feb 5 '14 at 12:52
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Distortion caused by a lens's optics would give you barrel distortion (objects appear to bulge outward) or pincushion distortion (squishing inward). The skewed lines you are observing are straight; this is perspective distortion, and is not a problem caused by the lens nor fixable with better optics (you can fix it with a tilt-shift lens, but that's a special type of lens).

You can read more about exactly what perspective distortion is and how to deal with it here.

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You're getting what is called Perspective distortion which is most noticable in wide angle lenses. Check out this link for more info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perspective_distortion_(photography)

Basically close up objects in the center of the frame will look enlarged while objects on the sides will be stretched away from the center of the photo.

  • Re: your last paragraph. Only if the object on the sides are further from the camera. If you are using a rectilinear wide angle lens to photograph a flat wall at a close distance, one inch squares at the edges of the frame will appear larger than a one inch square at the center. – Michael C Nov 7 '17 at 20:33

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