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What does it really mean that telephoto lenses “flatten” scenes?

This is another perspective distortion question. I understand that perspective distortion is primarily a function of capture and viewing distance, but I am still working on fully understanding the ...
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What is the difference between perspective distortion and barrel or pincushion distortion?

I've heard of: perspective distortion barrel distortion pincushion distortion mustache distortion What are these different types of distortion, and how do they relate? What causes them, and can they ...
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What is a portrait lens?

I hear this term used pretty often. Does it refer to a specific focal length? Or very low F-number? What does a lens need to have in order to be considered "portrait lens"?
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Would a 50mm lens on a Canon APS-C crop produce the exact same image as an 80mm lens on a full frame camera?

Scenario: I put a 80mm lens on a FF camera and take a picture I put a 50mm lens on a Canon APS-C crop camera (1.6x crop) and take a picture Going by the 1.6x crop, I understand the fields of view of ...
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Why is the background bigger and blurrier in one of these images?

On my EM-10 Mk2, I'm testing a Panasonic 25mm f1.8 (top image) against the 20mm f1.7 (bottom image). I tried to make the lamp take up the same space in the frame before focusing, yet the background ...
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Is an entry level DSLR going to shoot nice portrait pictures? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of buying entry level DSLR Nikon D3500. I haven't used DSLR before, so I'm not sure if it is a good decision to buy DSLR. I would like to know if with this camera I can shoot portraits ...
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Is it possible to change depth of field in RAW images?

I am beginner to photography, and I've learnt that we can do a lot of post-production in images by using RAW format. I'm looking for options to change/modify the depth of field in the RAW images - is ...
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How does crop factor affect perspective?

I have a question about crop factor and how it affects the perspective. Suppose you have one Super 35 camera and one APS-C camera. As far as I understand, to photograph the same image on the APS-C ...
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How do I calculate the “effective focal length” of a cropped photo?

Suppose I’ve taken a photo and then cropped it. If the crop is extreme enough then I might want to go back and take the same photo with a more telephoto lens so that I can take full advantage of my ...
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Would it be better to use a 35mm prime instead of a 50mm prime on a cropped sensor body?

It's said that 50mm is close to what the human eye sees and is a very versatile focal length in general, especially good for street photography which is what I'm most interested in. That being the ...
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Do I need a telephoto lens to make objects in the distance appear closer? [duplicate]

I have seen some photos where a far-away object looks much bigger compared to nearby objects. Apparently this is called lens compression and it has to do with the focal length of a lens. How can I ...
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Does wide angle equivalent in crop sensor skew image?

I see many posts on both this forum and elsewhere the discuss the use of a wide angle on a crop sensor. For example, they discuss how at 14mm lens is 14mm on a 35mm film or full frame, but with a 1....
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35mm for portraits

Ok everybody knows 35mm is not the most flattering focal length for a portrait and by portrait I mean somewhere from chest and above... and of course it gets worse as we get closer to the subject. So ...
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What can an 11mm lens do what a 50mm can't?

I think that with 50mm I will be forced to shoot at minimum f8 to keep everything visible, and will have to move back to include everything in the scene. Is there anything else that will stop me from ...
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How is focal length facial distortion different on an APS-C sensor compared to a full frame? [duplicate]

From my understanding (and research) focal length affects how a face will end up looking on a photograph. Here's an example of focal length distortion on a full-frame sensor: My question is: will a ...

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