Zoom and the Micro 4/3 system.

Started Dec 17, 2012 | Questions thread
thomasw333
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Re: X zoom factor is a MARKETING term, not a photographic term!
In reply to Mike_PEAT, Dec 18, 2012

Mike_PEAT wrote:

X zoom is the difference between the widest position on the lens, and the fully zoomed in position.

Just to show how useless knowing how many X zoom a lens is, the following lenses are ALL 10x zooms:

18-180mm
28-280mm
38-380mm
50-500mm
100-1000mm

The only reason to say a lens is X zoom is to impress neophytes who think more zoom is better.

In fact serious photographers prefer to choose a lens with LESS zoom, or even no zoom (a prime lens), The more zoom you have, the more chance for lens distortions and softness you can have.

We already got all that, but this was good info,

"In fact some photographers prefer to choose a lens with LESS zoom, or even no zoom (a prime lens), The more zoom you have, the more chance for lens distortions and softness you can have."

I changed the word serious for some, I think it fits better with the knowledge we are sharing here.

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