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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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The Zoom Lens

Most likely you will be shooting your projects with some format of video camera (such as mini-DV or HDV perhaps) and that camera will most likely have a built-in lens and that lens will most likely be a zoom lens. The zoom lens is very popular, especially with video cameras, because the one lens allows you to create a variety of shot frames—from a wide shot with a wide field of view of the world to a tighter, more magnified narrow field of view. On your camera’s zoom control, the wide end of the lens view is usually marked with a “W” (for wide) and the narrow or magnified end of the lens view is usually marked “T” (for telephoto). When the camera stays locked in place physically and you use the zoom to change your framing view from ...

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