Crop factor and "normal" lens

Started Mar 17, 2009 | Discussions thread
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Crop factor and "normal" lens

I've come to understand that a 50mm lens is called "normal" because when you look through the viewfinder, the size of the objects you see through the lens are of "normal" size, i.e., roughly the same, as you see with the naked eye. Is this correct? If so, how does this play into the crop factor of a DX (APS-C) camera? Is the resultant captured image greater than "normal" size because of the zooming that the crop factor (1.5x for Nikon) yields? Or does the viewfinder also reflect this crop factor by showing objects larger than "normal" size?

I ask, because last night while playing with my new 50mm lens, I was noticing "normal" sizing in the viewfinder, yet I know about the crop factor... Yes, I'm confused.

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