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    Lens recommendation for 4X5

    Hello All,

    I am new to large format photography and I have just ordered Tachihara 4X5.
    I am looking for few lenses for portraiture and landscape. I would appreciate if someone can recommend few lenses.


    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Lens recommendation for 4X5

    Since you said portraiture and landscape, I would start with a 210mm. Get any one from the big four (Rodenstock, Schneider, Nikon, Fuji) used.

    If you had not said portrait, I would have said start with a 150mm... Same advice on what kind.

    Check the classifieds here and KEH.com. I would stay away from eBay until you know your way around LF a bit.

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    Re: Lens recommendation for 4X5

    Thanks John.

    I was also looking for 150mm. So you are suggesting 210 over 150 mm for portraits?


    Thanks
    Girish

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    Re: Lens recommendation for 4X5

    I think a 135mm is nice for landscape and enviromental portraits.
    David

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    Re: Lens recommendation for 4X5

    Quote Originally Posted by crowgraphy View Post
    Thanks John.

    I was also looking for 150mm. So you are suggesting 210 over 150 mm for portraits?


    Thanks
    Girish
    Yes, 210 makes a nice portrait length on 4x5. You can use a 150 with good effect for a more environmental style portrait. If your camera has the bellows to handle it, a 300mm will get you closer to a headshot.

    But portraiture works a little differently in LF than in smaller formats. The 210 is a nice length.

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    Re: Lens recommendation for 4X5

    Thanks John, appreciate it!

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    Re: Lens recommendation for 4X5

    What John said.

    I use a 150 and 135 nearly interchangably. The 300 is really good for head-and-shoulders.

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    Re: Lens recommendation for 4X5

    What kind of lighting are you using for portraits? Makes a difference as to what I'd suggest.
    I'm assuming you have two or three monolights.


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    Re: Lens recommendation for 4X5

    I more interested in single light portraits or may be outdoor portraits. The point is I don't use too many lights. Please suggest.

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    Re: Lens recommendation for 4X5

    Common and now relatively cheap 210mm Plasmats have tremendous coverage for 4x5 and will let you exploit camera moves til your heart's content. Affordable 150mm's-- not so much.

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