Official definition of reach

Started Jan 23, 2011 | Discussions thread
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"Reach" is a colloquialism

Peter Shute wrote:

Can anyone tell me if there is an official definition of the word "reach" as used in photography? Searching and asking around, I've found several variations of use, but no actual definitions. Usage seems to include:

  • focal length

  • magnification on the sensor

  • usable magnification when printed

"Reach" is a colloquialism and really doesn't warrant studious, detailed formalism. I take "Enough Reach" to mean "the relative size of the subject displayed on the image is satisfyingly big enough to enjoy". To have "not enough reach" means the image representation of the subject is too small.

I don't really see any absolutes in this and whether you achieve the resulting image size optically or digitally isn't the issue as long as you are satisfied with the result.

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