Focal Distance and DX vs FX

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Focal Distance and DX vs FX
Dec 17, 2011

I've been admiring the work of Lee Jeffries and noticed that many of his very tight portraits are shot with a 24mm lens (others at 85mm) on a Canon 5D. I set up a 16mm lens on my Nikon D7000 and using a test subject "filled the frame" with a tight head shot. The 16mm focal length should be roughly equivalent to the 24mm on a FX body.

I was surprised at just how close the lens was to my subject, less than 12 inches from lens to face to get the tight head shot that Lee gets.

I assume that the focal plane to subject distance would be the same for a 24mm on a FX body. Am I wrong?

I'm just very surprised that the camera is that close to the subject at that focal length. Is that typical?

I know that the shots could be cropped too. It's just seems to be a strange focal length for such tight portraits. Wouldn't it be easier to achieve with say a 85mm equivalent lens from a greater distance?

Can anyone with portrait experience comment on this?

Canon EOS 5D Nikon D7000
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