30mm vs 50mm on Cropped Sensor Body

Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:55 am
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The photo on the left is taken at 50mm, such as with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. On a cropped frame body this is actually 80mm. The photo on the right is taken at 30mm, with an actual focal length of 48mm on a Canon cropped frame body.

In terms of a walk-around-lens the 50mm lenses are pretty cheap and give you great results but it is a little close for most uses.

It is not surprising that most SLR's in the past were paired with a 50mm  or 35mm prime lens. But the 50mm in a 1.6x Canon crop is 80mm, a little too close. Zoom lenses are great for specific uses like photojournalism or wildlife but city life is better at a true 50mm, which is around 30mm as defined by the lens for most DSLR cropped bodies.

If you are required to move around a bit you might see something that a zoom lens might not let you see.

Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:55 am
Name: microft | Comment: Hi! Can you tell me at what distance where these photographs taken

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