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"Crop Factor" refers to the sensor size of a camera relative to a 35mm (Full-Frame).

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What is "angle of view" in photography?

I read on the Lens Buying Guide @ neocamera: Focal-length determines the angle-of-view seen through a lens for a given sensor-size. With a full-frame sensor a lens gives the same angle-of-view ...
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What is crop factor and how does it relate to focal length?

I'm reading that a 50mm lens is recommended as a first prime lens for DSLR owners as it's supposed to give a 'natural' perspective, but when used on (most) DSLRs, the view is cropped, as if you were ...
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Is crop-factor a bad thing?

It seems to me that there is a preference for full-frame sensors rather than cropped sensors, and I'm curious as to why. It seems to me, that the cropped sensor means that I get more bang for my buck ...
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Does my crop sensor camera actually turn my lenses into a longer focal length?

So, I mount a 200mm lens on my Canon 450D. It effectively becomes a 320mm lens. Is this the equivalent of 320mm on a full frame camera? That is, from what I've figured out I get an equivalent field of ...
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Can a smaller sensor's "crop factor" be used to calculate the exact increase in depth of field?

If APS-C and similar crop-sensor digital cameras have a focal length multiplying effect such that a 50mm lens has an apparent focal length closer to the field of view of an 80mm on a full frame camera,...
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Can I use my APS-C kit lens as a reference for choosing between 50mm or 35mm prime lenses?

I'm looking at getting a second lens in addition to my Nikon D7000's kit lens. I want to know if it's possible to use my 18m-105mm kit lens to get an idea of the focal length for a 35mm lens vs. a 50 ...
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When I use FX lenses on a DX camera, does the focal length or minimum aperture change?

If I put a Nikkor 35mm f/2 FX lens on a DX camera, is it still 35mm f/2, or has the effective focal length or minimum aperture changed, because it is being used on a smaller format than what it was ...
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Why do Full Frame lenses and crop body lenses exhibit the same crop factor when used on a crop body camera?

I have a Canon 7D, which has a crop factor of 1.6x. When using a Canon EF-S lens I get the focal length stated on the lens, when using a Canon EF lens I get the focal length times 1.6 when used on ...
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Why don't comparisons of aperture take sensor size into account?

When one compares focal length, many times we use the 35mm equivalent length. A 50mm lens on an APS-C sensor camera(1.6x) would be a 80mm equiv. length on a full frame camera. But when we state the ...
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Does a camera's crop factor apply to the magnification of macro shots?

If I have a lenses (or in my case extension tubes) that would allow the lens to magnify 1:1, does a 1.5x crop factor body make it really 1.5:1 ?
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50mm vs 85mm for portraits on a crop sensor?

I've read several times that a 50mm lens will make features like noses noticeably stand out compared to an 85mm lens. However, I'm never sure if the post/article is describing results on a full frame ...
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What are the different sensor sizes used in DSLRs?

What do the different sensor size names used by Canon mean? There's APS-C, APS-H and full format? What are the standards used by Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, and others? What are the ...
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How do I calculate the difference in lens reach between a superzoom compact and a DSLR zoom lens?

I know it's a beginner question, but I spent the last 3 days reading this forum and other resources on the Internet and I reached a breaking point. So decided to ask the question after all, as I ...
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Why are 35mm image sensors the standard?

I often hear about sensors being full frame (which I think means 35mm sized) and others being cropped (if they are less than that) such as APS-C sized sensors. My question is what is so special about ...
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What does 'Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens' mean?

In the specifications of Canon 550D, about the lens the following is mentioned ...
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Does crop factor still apply to a vintage film SLR lens?

My friend has a Tamron 24mm lens on his Nikon D5000 and he says that because of its age and the fact it is manual focus, it is still actually a 24mm on his crop sensored camera. Is this right? If so, ...
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Does a Nikon DX lens on a FX camera get subjected to the 1.5X crop factor?

My friend has a Nikon 35mm DX lens that I want to use on my FX camera. If I use his lens on my camera in DX mode, does the effective focal length of the lens become ...
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Does the shutter speed and focal length rule of thumb apply to cropped sensor cameras?

So, the rule of thumb for shutter speed is that it shouldn't be less than 1 / focal length. Well, that's straight forward on full frame cameras, but what about cropped sensor cameras? Is it going to ...
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Is an EF 50mm f/1.4 the same as 50mm with an EF-S lens on a Canon 550D?

I have a Canon 550D with the standard 18-55mm kit lens. The 550D has a 1.6× crop factor. My question is very simple but whenever I've asked before (Yahoo Answers) I always got overly-complicated ...
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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 get the 'equivalent' focal length for a DSLR lens for my camera?

On my Nikon D3000, how do I figure the focal length equivalence? In other words, if I want a lens that is just like a 50mm lens on a 35mm film SLR, I need to multiply by a factor. What is the factor, ...
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Why did Canon come up with APS-H and why did the top-of-the-line 1D's *still* use it and 1.3x crop, when FF existed for four years (the 5D)?

With the 1.5/1.6X (APS-C/DX) crop factors and full frame just about ubiquitous these days in the digital world -- why hadn't Canon's top-of-the-line 1D's moved to FF sooner? It took four years! Is ...
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Does crop factor increase the minimum focus distance?

I currently have a Canon 100mm 2.8L mounted on a cropped sensor camera, which makes it 160mm equivalent. I have two questions. Since the equivalent focal length is 160mm, does that mean that the ...
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Should I use 0.976 as the Canon 5D mkII Crop Factor / Focal Length Multiplier?

When I import images from my Canon 5D mkII to Hugin I've noticed that it auto inserts the value of 0.976 as the Focal Length Multiplier. Should I change this to 1? The images meta-data read with ...
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Do I use the crop factor in calculating aperture size and area?

How do I calculate the aperture size and area, considering an 35mm equivalent focal length value and non-equivalent aperture f-number (in terms of exposure, no multiplication of the crop factor of the ...
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APS-C crop factor 1.5x or 1.53x

I'm having issues wrapping my head around how to get crop factor based on 35mm. I understand what crop factor is but my math is confusing me. For example, everyone knows that aps-c is a 1.5x crop ...
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Is the kit lens focal length specified for APS-C or FF?

I have the 18-55mm kit lens for my Canon 50D and was wondering if they're still specified against full frame 1:1 crop? Would my 18mm actually be 1.6x? I ask because I doubt anyone with a full frame ...
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Must I allow for crop factor in the viewfinder when shooting with a Nikon DX format camera?

Will a Nikon D5100 (dx format) viewfinder show me what the captured image will be, or do I need to allow for "crop" factor? Will that depend on/alter with using a DX lens or an FX lens? I don't have ...
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How can I get the same image with the same 50mm lens on both FF and APS-C?

First things first, I'm talking ONLY about framing here. No light sensitivity, no bokeh quality, no pixel quantity, etc. A 50mm in a FF camera will give a certain composition and framing. How can I ...
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Understanding Lenses Focal Length with Converters

I read about APS-C sensors EOS DSLRs, that if the focal length is 300mm and as the image ratio is 1.6 then the 300mm x1.6 = 480mm focal length. So if I add a 1.4x teleconverter to 300mm lens so I ...
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What is the crop factor for Four Thirds cameras considering aspect ratios?

I'm considering switching to the Micro Four Thirds system. Finding lenses which match my style is a key part of that, and "normalizing" via crop factor is a convenient tool. The crop factor for Four ...
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Which lens focal length to match binoculars' magnification: An alternative approach

The question of how lens focal length and binocular magnification appears to have been asked over 3.86 quinzillion times. Regardless, it's still hard to get an answer the layman can understand. I'd ...
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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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50mm lens=75mm on DX camera? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a 50mm lens for my nikon d3100 and I just came across an AF-S 50mm f/1.8G lens and it says in the description that if it's used on a DX camera, the angle of view is going to be 75mm. I ...
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Why do my 100mm EF macro lens and my EF-S zoom set at 100mm appear to give a different field of view?

I have a Canon EF 100mm Macro and a Canon EF-S 18-200mm Lens, and using a Canon EOS 60D. I ...
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How can I see the equivalent focal length of the current zoom of my Nikon P900?

I have a P900 that I use for birding. It's great for carrying around and not so great when (as usual) the light is low. I'm considering using an alternate set-up, for example a D500 coupled with a ...
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Confused about T-stop number. Does it account for crop factor?

I understand that a T/stop number deals with how much light is let in, instead of the sensor size vs. aperture like the f/stop number. However, what I haven't found is whether or not that T/stop ...
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Do you get more bokeh on a APSC sensor with a full frame 50mm f/1.8 lens or a APSC 30mm f/1.4?

I am trying to compose a detail shot where I want to get as much background blur as possible. I am using Sony a6500 camera (APSC 1.5x crop factor body). I am considering two lenses: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 (...
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Does an APS-C lens label itself with effective or true focal length? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if I've phrased this correctly, but I've just purchased two prime lenses: Nikkor 50mm f1.8/G (FX) Nikkor 35mm f1.8/G (DX) I know that the effective focal length of the 50mm FX lens is ...
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DX 35mm vs FX 50mm

Will the picture taken from AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G and AF-NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G be one and the same because of the DX and FX format??
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Canon APS-C: what is the maximum sensor size EF-S lenses are designed to support?

Given that Canon APS-C cameras differ in sensor size (e.g. 70D has a 22,5 x 15,0 mm and 700D has 22,3 x 14,9) is it possible for future models to switch from a 1,6 to 1,5 factor like Nikon crop ...
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Does the D7200's 1.3x image area setting crop a RAW file in-camera?

Apologies for the poor explanation, I'm a Pentax guy so not very familiar with Nikon gear, and have been asked if there is any way to fix this problem. My MIL has a Nikon D7200 which has had the "...
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Can I use a 127.5mm focal length on a crop camera to see what the view would be like using an 85mm full frame lens?

I have a Nikon D7500 which is a DX format camera. I am thinking of getting a Nikon 85mm lens but I only see one that is in FX format. I have a 70-300 lens in DX format and was wondering if I set the ...
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EF-S lens focal length [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does my crop sensor camera actually turn my lenses into a longer focal length? If I have an EF-S lens with a focal length of 10mm on an APS-C camera (i.e. with sensor crop ...
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Do medium format lenses have a crop factor?

When having a 50mm lens made for a APS-C camera its often the case that the lens has a focal length of 50mm on fullframe. However this means that you are getting something like a 75mm due to the crop ...
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How to achieve a normal 50mm look with a Nikon APS-C camera?

I have an APS-C camera and want a lens that will achieve a normal 50mm look. Do I buy a DX 50 mm or get the FX 35mm? Will they have the same effect?
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What's the equivalent of a 85mm portrait lens on Sony A6500 (APS-C)?

When conventional wisdom refers to 85mm as the perfect lens for portraits, it refers to 85mm for a full frame sensor. Is this right? In that case, is it correct to apply the crop factor and say a 55mm ...
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Are film lenses effectively longer focal lengths on cropped-sensor DSLRs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does my crop sensor camera actually turn my lenses into a longer focal length? My wife has a pair of Tokina lens (28-80mm and 100-300mm, I believe, without the lens here to ...
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Does crop factor affect exposure time?

I'm confused on this, even after researching: Given 2 cameras- one full frame with 50mm lens, one Micro Four Thirds (2x crop factor) with 25mm lens, let's pretend the cameras are beside each other, ...
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Is it beneficial to use a crop sensor camera with a full frame telezoom?

I have a Canon 100-400L telezoom lens. It gives up to 400mm of focal length, but when used on a crop sensor camera, the equivalent focal length would be 640mm. Because the equivalent focal length ...
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