How do zoom shooters actually calculate their shots?

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OP deednets Forum Pro • Posts: 11,926
Re: Way too complicated

michaeladawson wrote:

You're making this way too complicated. What does it matter whether it's a prime lens or a zoom lens?

Pick a focal length you want to shoot at to get the perspective and angle of view that you're looking for. Stand where you need to stand to get the shot you have in mind. Pick an aperture for the depth of field you want. The zoom lens simply means you have to change lenses fewer times.

Another vote for "couldn't care less" then?

My point was that since the slowish 16-80mm changes from a DOF of 455cm (16mm) to 139cm (23mm). So if you stand in front of a group of 10 (just an example) then you might not get everybody in focus if you use the zoom for framing only as you might not monitor the focal length but more like the framing.

If on top of that the aim is to get as soft a background as possible, then F8 and be there might not be the best method as such.

The majority here seemed to think I was overthinking things by a few kilometers, but I thought that since this is a gear forum, why not ask the question? It got personal - as per usual these days.

After all a terrible post and Jerry (mentioned here as he is a MOD and it is not often easy to determine whether he posts an opinion or a moderating "nudge") also siding with a poster that I have only ever "met" here being personal and on the attack (on my ignore list)... not a good thread I started and I wish I hadn't bothered.

Lesson for me personally: don't post anything too complicated, challenging etc. where a majority could respond with a "don't care" as there seems to be a pack mentality kicking in, which I deeply detest. Sentences like "I am with somebody on this occasion" I really can't stand. If somebody wants to say something then why not? I am all for a robust debate, but this siding with people to give one's argument some more weight, I don't know ... simply don#t like it. We have talk-back radio here in NZ where this "with you on this occasion" is being used frequently. Most seem to be ok with it, I am not.

Might have been guilty on occasion by giving a nod to somebody, but it's like speeding in a 40km zone or texting whilst sitting in the afternoon traffic, the fact that I might have done this myself doesn't mean I would subscribe to the principle.


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