Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: ULF Lens buying help

  1. #1

    ULF Lens buying help

    Hi! Just wondering if there is someone on here who could help me choose a portrait lens that I can build my camera around, either 16x20 or 20x24, haven't decided yet and lens will determine. Just need someone to help me look for one so I don't make mistakes. I would be super grateful!

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    722

    Re: ULF Lens buying help

    well, good luck..................but a pure pukka portrait lens for that coverage is going to significantly set you back, so as long as you know that, then as I say good luck

    there are plenty of portrait photographers on this site and I'm sure that they'll chime in

    regards

    Andrew

  3. #3

    Re: ULF Lens buying help

    It's for wet plate, not sure if that matters. I've got about a grand for the lens set aside. Depending on the answers I receive here then 11x14 might also be considered lol.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    6,475

    Re: ULF Lens buying help

    Hmm. Normal for 16x20 is 600 mm. Normal for 20x24 is around 800 mm. You'll want a lens perhaps half again as long. 900 or 1200 mm, possibly longer. You're in narrow angle process lens territory.

    Normal for 11x14 is 450 mm or so. Think hard about 11x14.

  5. #5

    Re: ULF Lens buying help

    Quote Originally Posted by thevegasrealtor View Post
    Thanks for the info Dan, I'm thinking maybe 11x14 might be a good place to start for now. I suppose I can always go bigger later. So for 11x14 for shoulder and head portraits I should be looking at 500mm+?

    Thanks for the info Dan, I'm thinking maybe 11x14 might be a good place to start for now. I suppose I can always go bigger later. So for 11x14 for shoulder and head portraits I should be looking at 500mm+?

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Posts
    1,215

    Re: ULF Lens buying help

    Quote Originally Posted by thevegasrealtor View Post
    Hi! Just wondering if there is someone on here who could help me choose a portrait lens that I can build my camera around, either 16x20 or 20x24, haven't decided yet and lens will determine. Just need someone to help me look for one so I don't make mistakes. I would be super grateful!
    Here you have good info about lenses for 14x17", some cover much more.

    http://www.angusparkerphoto.com/blog...ndations-14x17


    Be aware that process lenses often have image circle specified for 1:1 magnification, so for close objects, for distant objects those lenses are covering much less.

    With general photography lenses it is the counter, image circle is specified for distant (infinite) subjects, so as you give bellows extension to focus close objetcs you get a larger circle of image.

    Regards.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Posts
    1,215

    Re: ULF Lens buying help

    Quote Originally Posted by thevegasrealtor View Post
    Thanks for the info Dan, I'm thinking maybe 11x14 might be a good place to start for now. I suppose I can always go bigger later. So for 11x14 for shoulder and head portraits I should be looking at 500mm+?
    For h&s 11x14" I'd use from 500 to 800mm. It depends on the prespective you want, this is distance from camera to subject.

    Humans do remember other's faces with the look they have from some 3m. If you get too close nose increases relative size in a front looking shot. But this is about tastes.

    Well, we know what was Yousuf Karsh's taste: 14" (355mm) for 8x10, this would be some 500mm for 11x14, but if you want a narrower framming than him then you should rise the bet to some 800mm.

    http://karsh.org/photographs/

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    AZ
    Posts
    3,862

    Re: ULF Lens buying help

    If you are just getting into wetplate, I recommend you also go read through the Collodion.com forum. Much of the equipment needed for wetplate is quite different than for Large Format film. Also, if you are just learning, you will spend a lot of money on chemicals trying to pour onto Mammoth sized plates, many of which will have learning flaws and problems. Better to start with about a 5x7 camera, and shoot 20 or 30 plates, cheaply, in 4-6 sessions, while learning. Then get out the big camera when you are certain you have your technique down.

    Typically a Mammoth sized lens will cost over your budget, but there are some poor man solutions that will get you there. With wetplate you need a pretty fast lens, F4.5 or faster is ideal for portraits. Any slower, and you are making your subject hold still for 20 seconds or longer, or flashing them with a thermonuclear amount of artificial light.

    A good, very fast, wetplate 8x10 lens is typically $1500 - $2500. Again, you can use a "second tier" lens, that is slower, but it's not ideal.

    I sold hundreds of wetplate lenses to happy customers from 2007 to 2012. This is just my advice.

  9. #9

    Re: ULF Lens buying help

    I bought a crown graphic to learn on but I'm just planning for the eventual urge to go larger and larger

  10. #10
    Tri Tran's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Montreal , Canada. Los Angeles, California
    Posts
    1,231

    Re: ULF Lens buying help

    I have a perfect lens for you. Let me know when you are ready.

Similar Threads

  1. studio wet plate camera info needed
    By RTucker in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-Aug-2014, 18:46
  2. General advice on quarter plate film holders needed
    By antonroland in forum LF DIY (Do It Yourself)
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-Dec-2012, 08:54
  3. Whole-plate camera back dimensions needed for a DIY wetplate holder project
    By Joe Smigiel in forum LF DIY (Do It Yourself)
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 15-Jul-2012, 08:38
  4. Help needed with plate holders
    By Tom Keenan in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 21-May-2009, 13:07
  5. Gandolfi half-plate camera...advice needed
    By Robert999 in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 6-Jul-2008, 22:16

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •