Empirical modeling of lens distortion in change of focal length

Seong Su Jeong, Joon Heo, Sun Kyu Woo

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The parameters of lens such as focal length, focus, and aperture stop changes while shooting the scenes with zoom lens. Especially, zooming action dramatically changes the geometry of lens system that causes significant change of lens model. We investigated how the lens model changes while zooming in general shooting condition. Each parameters of lens model was estimated and checked whether they can be modeled well in the condition of auto-controlling focus, aperture and vibration reduction. In order to do this, calibration images were taken, modeled in different focal length setting. And changing patterns of models were inspected to find out if there is some elements that have some particular pattern in changing with respect to focal length. The result showed us that although we didn't control the focus and aperture setting, there's specific changing patterns in radial and de-centering distortion. Especially, the strong linear correlation was found between coefficient of r2 and focal length. It is expected that many parts of distortion can be eliminated without additional self calibration even if zoom operation is done when shooting the scenes if we know its focal length and model of this coefficient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-100
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Korean Society of Surveying, Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb 29

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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