I really like wide and ultra-wide but, beyond that, I like "options". Since I only shoot landscapes I don't always need much wiggle room so... my "ultimate" 4x5 kit would look something like.....
47mm SA XL
72mm SA XL
110mm SS XL
150mm Apo Symmar
Ian, those 65 F8s in Compur 00 shutter are the sweetest little things! They work nicely on 5x4 too, but I had to be really careful not to get vignetting when using even very small movements. I tried to combine front drop with tilt to keep the IC on target. People kept telling me they did not cover 5x4, but I have the negatives as do you!
Have to agree, I don't use my 65mm very often but when I do I've ended up with some great shots. I did try my 75mm f8 SA on a Crown Graphic and it could be a great conbination.
I think it really depends on your personal "view" on landscapes. When I started with LF I was mostly using a 90mm and a 150mm lens, and my 65mm saw little use. But this has changed over time. Now I use my 65mm much more often and the 90mm sits in the bag. Somehow my "view" must have gotten wider, and the images have changed, too. And I see the need to go even wider and recently aquired a 47mm SA (didn't have a chance to test it yet).
Also, my lens selection depends on the type of landscape that I try to capture:
- Seascapes (with flat shoreline): 65mm and 150mm
- Inside the forest: 65mm and 90mm
- Flat landscapes (which are difficult): 65mm and 360mm
- Mountains, hills and meadows, or single trees: 90mm and 150mm
As to the OP's question: I would get a 90mm to start with and add a 65mm later. It is an AND, not an OR for me.
Thomas Greutmann, http://www.blackandwhitegallery.de
To clarify my post (#22)... Between a 90mm and 75mm I'd either go a tad wider and get a 72mm SA XL or a little longer and get a 110mm SS XL. This leaves the option of acquiring what's, IMHO, the ultimate W/A kit for 4x5 film (47mm SA XL, 72mm SA XL and 110mm SS XL). That's just my opinion.
47mm SA XL, 65mm/5.6 SA, 72mm SA XL, 90mm/8 SA and 90mm 6.8 Angulon, 120mm Angulon and 121mm SA, 150mm Germinar-W, 210mm/6.1 Xenar, 300mm Symmar, 355mm G-Claron. Except that the 300mm Symmar is about as heavy as all the rest combined..
I don't only shoot landscapes, and even when I do I often find myself in very tight places. So wiggle room and wide to ultrawide are quite necessary to me.
I have a Nikon 75mm lense, it's too wide in landscape shoot, it very hard to handle the distortion.
but in architectural Photography, wide angle lense is very useful.
depend on which kind of photo you want to take!
try to do the best!
There is nothing that says you can't have both! LF gear is relatively cheap these days.
I have both Rodenstock Grandagon-N 90 mm and 75 mm lenses. I frequently use the 90 mm lens for landscapes and I often use the 75 mm lens for architectural photography, particularly when it is difficult to get sufficiently far back from the subject . I only rarely use the 75 mm lens for landscapes.