What does vignette mean?

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Debbie L Veteran Member • Posts: 3,421
What does vignette mean?

What does vignette mean?

bill Junior Member • Posts: 30
Re: What does vignette mean?

I believe that its when you add a telephoto lens of some sort and at a certain zoom point you will acutally catch the lens body creating a dark or shadowed circle around image..
anyone, is that correct or at least partly..

Debbie wrote:

What does vignette mean?

Terry Sessford Senior Member • Posts: 2,497
Re: What does vignette mean?

Vignetting is a reduction in light falling on the CCD sensor (or film in the non-digital world) at the edges of the image due to some physical obstruction. Naturally this shows itself as a darkening or shading of the image and appears first in the corners of the image (because they are furthest from the centre). Very slight vignetting will just darken the four corners of the image a little, but very pronounced vignetting will result in a fuzzy black border completely surrounding the image.

With a zoom lens vignetting is most likely to be a problem at full wide angle because this is when the field of view is greatest so that it includes any physical obstruction that is present. A zoom lens with no attachments should not show any vignetting, if it does then it is a pretty poor lens! However, when various attachments are screwed on to the front of the lens then any lens, no matter how good, can suffer this problem -- in the extreme it can be like taking a photograph through a tube or pipe. Vignetting can be caused by attaching a teleconverter (as Bill said) or a stack of filters etc.

A vignette is simply a device that causes vignetting! (Sometimes a photographer may actually want vignetting in order to create a romantic fuzzy frame around the main subject in the photograph, and special filters are available to do this -- vignette filters.)

bill wrote:
I believe that its when you add a telephoto lens of some sort and
at a certain zoom point you will acutally catch the lens body
creating a dark or shadowed circle around image..
anyone, is that correct or at least partly..

Debbie wrote:

What does vignette mean?

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Barry Carter Veteran Member • Posts: 4,370
Re: What does vignette mean?

I kinda explain vignetting at my web at:
http://www.oeonline.com/~chiron/afocal.html

Ciao...Barry

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Dale Hitchcock New Member • Posts: 21
Re: What does vignette mean?

vi·gnette (vĭn-yĕt')
n.

A decorative design placed at the beginning or end of a book or chapter of a book or along the border of a page.

An unbordered picture, often a portrait, that shades off into the surrounding color at the edges.

A short, usually descriptive literary sketch.
A short scene or incident, as from a movie.
v.tr., vi·gnet·ted, vi·gnet·ting, vi·gnettes.
To soften the edges of (a picture) in vignette style.
To describe in a brief way.

Terry Sessford wrote:
Vignetting is a reduction in light falling on the CCD sensor (or
film in the non-digital world) at the edges of the image due to
some physical obstruction. Naturally this shows itself as a
darkening or shading of the image and appears first in the corners
of the image (because they are furthest from the centre). Very
slight vignetting will just darken the four corners of the image a
little, but very pronounced vignetting will result in a fuzzy black
border completely surrounding the image.

With a zoom lens vignetting is most likely to be a problem at full
wide angle because this is when the field of view is greatest so
that it includes any physical obstruction that is present. A zoom
lens with no attachments should not show any vignetting, if it does
then it is a pretty poor lens! However, when various attachments
are screwed on to the front of the lens then any lens, no matter
how good, can suffer this problem -- in the extreme it can be like
taking a photograph through a tube or pipe. Vignetting can be
caused by attaching a teleconverter (as Bill said) or a stack of
filters etc.

A vignette is simply a device that causes vignetting! (Sometimes a
photographer may actually want vignetting in order to create a
romantic fuzzy frame around the main subject in the photograph, and
special filters are available to do this -- vignette filters.)

bill wrote:
I believe that its when you add a telephoto lens of some sort and
at a certain zoom point you will acutally catch the lens body
creating a dark or shadowed circle around image..
anyone, is that correct or at least partly..

Debbie wrote:

What does vignette mean?

Arnold Edmondson Regular Member • Posts: 159
Re: What does vignette mean?

Vignetting in pboto terms is a darkening of an image ussualy in the corners. This was common in photography when using wide angle lenses 20mm and the like particularly when using a lens hood (anyone remember them?). For extreme wideangle lenses special lens hoods were supplied to reduce or eliminate vignetting. A practical example:- If you look at an Olympus C3030 lens barrel you will notice 4 triangular cuts in the lens surround. The lens system of the C3030 is taken straight from the C2020 and the difierence in internal geometry caused by the different CCD sizes (3.3Mp CCD is physicaly bigger) the triangular cuts are positioned to stop the lens barrel causing Vignetting of the images.

Arni.

Debbie wrote:

What does vignette mean?

Debbie L OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,421
How about Kenko Kut 3000 for Oly 2020?

Thanks, everyone for you replies. I understand now.

My next question is...I have an Oly 2020...do you think the Kenko Kut 3000 will give much vignetting? Which zoom lens (that can still be hand-held) do you recommend for this camera?

Dale wrote:
vi·gnette (vĭn-yĕt')
n.
A decorative design placed at the beginning or end of a book or
chapter of a book or along the border of a page.
An unbordered picture, often a portrait, that shades off into the
surrounding color at the edges.

A short, usually descriptive literary sketch.
A short scene or incident, as from a movie.
v.tr., vi·gnet·ted, vi·gnet·ting, vi·gnettes.
To soften the edges of (a picture) in vignette style.
To describe in a brief way.

Terry Sessford wrote:
Vignetting is a reduction in light falling on the CCD sensor (or
film in the non-digital world) at the edges of the image due to
some physical obstruction. Naturally this shows itself as a
darkening or shading of the image and appears first in the corners
of the image (because they are furthest from the centre). Very
slight vignetting will just darken the four corners of the image a
little, but very pronounced vignetting will result in a fuzzy black
border completely surrounding the image.

With a zoom lens vignetting is most likely to be a problem at full
wide angle because this is when the field of view is greatest so
that it includes any physical obstruction that is present. A zoom
lens with no attachments should not show any vignetting, if it does
then it is a pretty poor lens! However, when various attachments
are screwed on to the front of the lens then any lens, no matter
how good, can suffer this problem -- in the extreme it can be like
taking a photograph through a tube or pipe. Vignetting can be
caused by attaching a teleconverter (as Bill said) or a stack of
filters etc.

A vignette is simply a device that causes vignetting! (Sometimes a
photographer may actually want vignetting in order to create a
romantic fuzzy frame around the main subject in the photograph, and
special filters are available to do this -- vignette filters.)

bill wrote:
I believe that its when you add a telephoto lens of some sort and
at a certain zoom point you will acutally catch the lens body
creating a dark or shadowed circle around image..
anyone, is that correct or at least partly..

Debbie wrote:

What does vignette mean?

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