Normal lens

Written by Gail Bjork

By taking a photo with a lens with a “normal” focal length, you’ll capture the same angle of view as seen by the human eye.

When using a 35mm film camera, a 50mm lens* is referred to as a “normal” lens since it has about the same angle of view as the human eyes. A zoom set in the normal lens range produces an image close to the same perspective as the original scene.

Same shot taken at different focal lengths

wide angle

Wide angle: 5.8mm/28mm equivalent

Normal: 14.5mm/50mm equivalent

Normal: 14.5mm/50mm equivalent

Telephoto: 24mm/116mm equivalent

Telephoto: 24mm/116mm equivalent

Second numbers represent the 35mm equivalent.

*or equivalent on a digital camera lens.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.