Why does nikon....

Started May 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
stevehughes
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Re: no such thing
In reply to Terry Vickers, May 28, 2013

My Dad, an experienced film photographer for decades, still wrestles with this on his D40.  When I tell I just got an 85mm lens he replies with "is that actually 85, or is it 125?"

The fact is that it is an 85mm lens regardless of whether it is mounted on a DX camera or an FX camera.  The focal length is a physical property of the lens.

What I have suggested to Dad is that he just needs to re-learn his concept of what 'normal' etc means when applied to lenses on DX

On film / FX, 50 is normal, 35 semi-wide, 28 wide and 21 ultra-wide

On DX, 35 is normal, 24 semi-wide, 18 wide and 14 ultra-wide.

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Steve

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