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« on: October 15, 2010 02:13:21 AM »

check out this picture


more on this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361938.0

is of a picture I have recently hung. I looked at it more carefully and realised that the vertical lines of the frame are bowed, like I took it with a fish-eye, ditto the straight lines of a piece of paper.

I bought a Kodak point and shoot digital camera, about $200 or so and used the automatic function to take these pix...is it me, or the lens, this is the camera

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I would like some opinions before I start complaining about it.

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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2010 03:57:57 AM »

Well, this is based on major inexperience, but it looks like you've got a minor fish eye lense, which is a way to cram in more width than the distance would normally allow, simply to be able to fit more world in a small area. Good for taking vacation-style pics of landscapes with those cameras, if nothing else. (it's also used for big time photography of course, but that's not why they put it in small cams.. Smiley ) Zooming in just a little might help correct it.
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2010 04:57:51 AM »

I will try that, I 'spoke' with them online and they said that some settings can be altered on the camera, but I will try zooming a little to see if that works

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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2010 03:18:58 PM »

Melladh is right. What your camera has is a "wide angle" lens - meaning is sees more than you can see, but to achieve that, it bows straight lines. The more you zoom in, the less distortion there will be. So what you need to do is step further back from what you're shooting and zoom in on it (like Melladh said). Neither the camera or you are doing anything wrong; this is just the effect you get with this type of lens.
(Just a note for clarification - a fisheye lens is an extreme wide angle lens to maximize the distortion on purpose, so I wouldn't say this is a fisheye lens, but it is wide angle)
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2010 03:21:44 AM »

N30Nb100d  thanks hon. I will remember this for the future..I just thought that there might be a duff lens on my camera

one of these days I am going to have to learn about digital SLRs and photography properly!
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2010 12:44:06 PM »

(Just a note for clarification - a fisheye lens is an extreme wide angle lens to maximize the distortion on purpose, so I wouldn't say this is a fisheye lens, but it is wide angle)

I keep forgetting that name, though I know of it so well when I hear it - I just learnt about fish eye lenses first, when I was a kid, and I was so fascinated with the name of it that it stuck really deeply Cheesy

edelC did you try it out? Did it get better?
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2010 03:10:58 PM »

Melladh I did and it seemed to work. I only viewed the picture on the camera rather than uploading it. But it defintely looks better

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