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    Re: Do I really need a second lens for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by ndwgolf View Post
    Please can you try and help me understand that statement ?

    Neil
    Sure. The image circle for a lens is listed for infinity, but the image circle INCREASES as you focus away from infinity -- AKA, the subject is closer to the lens/film. So a lens designed for a smaller format will cover a larger format -- if the subject is close enough. Check out:

    http://www.subclub.org/fujinon/

    I use microscope lenses on my 4x5 cameras because the subject is so close to the lens.

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    Re: Do I really need a second lens for 8x10

    I own 250mm, 14" (about 360mm) and 16" (about 480mm) lenses. So mild wide, normal and mild long lenses.

    I could probably get by with just the 14" normal focal length. There is nothing wrong with that if it's what you want to do.

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    Re: Do I really need a second lens for 8x10

    Apparently Paul Strand only used 1 lens, the same lens on both 5x7 and 8x10 too. I have too many lenses myself and most often use the same focal length again and again. We are spoiled in our prosperous lives and I am certain that more choices limits creativity. Less is more.

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    Re: Do I really need a second lens for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by mdm View Post
    We are spoiled in our prosperous lives and I am certain that more choices limits creativity.
    That is certainly true.

    One multi-week assignment that we gave everyone at the photo school was go take a 35mm camera out with only one lens, or a zoom lens taped to a single focal length. Take all shots at that FL and present them for discussion.

    Some students really enjoyed this limitation, others hated it.
    I suppose it's all in how you view the world through the viewfinder.

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    Re: Do I really need a second lens for 8x10

    I have a Zeiss 590mm Apo Planar, and a 600mm Apo Ronar, and they are both great lenses for 8x10 tight headshots.
    But that's on Sinar Normas and bellows draw is never an issue
    - Sinar Norma User

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    Re: Do I really need a second lens for 8x10

    Lenses are like beer. No, you don't need another one. Unless you're a lensoholic, and then, yeah, you need another, and another, and another...
    "I love my Verito lens, but I always have to sharpen everything in Photoshop..."

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    Re: Do I really need a second lens for 8x10

    LOL... that's funny, Mark.

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    Re: Do I really need a second lens for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by xkaes View Post
    Sure. The image circle for a lens is listed for infinity, but the image circle INCREASES as you focus away from infinity ...
    I used a Fuji W 250/6.7 on my 11x14 the other day. No movements, focused a little closer than infinity, and closed down to f64. Lost the image in a couple corners, but now I know I can use it for close-ups.

    With 8x10 I used just a 300mm lens (Fuji W 300/5.6) for years. No portraits, though. I have several more lenses now...Fuji W 250/6.7 and Fuji W 360/6.3 in shutters (handy for portraits and out in the sunlight) and several process lens w/o shutters (great under the redwoods -- 210mm and two RD Artars -- 19" and 24"). Unless I have a particular image in mind, I tend to stick the shuttered lenses in my pack.

    If I took just one, I would take the 250mm for tight places, the 300mm for walks in the woods, and perhaps the 360mm for wide open places...but just the 300mm for a mix of everything.
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