Originally posted by Jed
Okay, this is a very common misconception which a lot of people have. The reality is that perspective doesn't change with zooming or by changing lenses. In reality a 14mm lens has exactly the same perspective as a 400mm lens. The only thing that changes perspective is your feet, or your subject's feet. In other words, the distance between camera and the subject. That creates the perspective and it's up to the photographer to then pick a lens that will frame the subject correctly.
Could you elaborate on this a little more?
I seem to be suffering from the misconception you mention.
Assuming the subject is, say, 3 feet from me, the perspective using a 14mm lens would definitely be different from that of a 400mm lens, wouldn't it? How would I move the camera relative to the subject to retain the same perspective using the different lenses?