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Thread: If you could have only three lens focal lengths?

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    If you could have only three lens focal lengths?

    More specifically, I have a 4x5 (Zone VI), which came with a 90mm and 210mm lenses.

    There is a third 300mm/500mm convertible lens that is just too big for this 4x5 camera (OK, I'm sure if there was a will, there would be way), but I'm considering trading it in for another lens—but which one?

    Which lead this LF neophyte to wonder, if you had only three focal lengths for LF, which three would they be? (perhaps listed in priority, the first being the only and only you could not live without).

    If you shoot with a different format, but want to share your choice of three lenses, go for it.

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    Re: If you could have only three lens focal lengths?

    Michael,

    Simply add a 135 or a 150 to the 90 and 210, and you will have the classic trio for 4x5

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    Re: If you could have only three lens focal lengths?

    I've been using 90-150-210 on 4x5. I could probably live without the 90, replacing it with a 105.

    A 150/168/180 is a very good all-round lens if you have to go with just one lens.

    I can live just fine without any of my photographic equipment.
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    Re: If you could have only three lens focal lengths?

    150mm

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    Re: If you could have only three lens focal lengths?

    Well, I was recently in the exact same shoes, having a camera, a 90mm and a 210mm. I bought a 150mm convertible symmar. That gives me 3 lenses to carry and possible focal lengths of 90, 150, 210, and 265.

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    Re: If you could have only three lens focal lengths?

    I use a 90, 150, and 240.

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    Re: If you could have only three lens focal lengths?

    65/75
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    Wish I had the bellows to use a 600. Loved the 24" Artar but the cc400 is no C1. Chamonix and Fuji 600t would be great .
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    Re: If you could have only three lens focal lengths?

    65/90/150

    The crucial pair being 90/150, could easily swap the 65 for a long lens like 240 or 300.

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    Re: If you could have only three lens focal lengths?

    Dave, you got my attention with that line up—I tend to prefer the wider side.

    I guess my first move is to swap the 300mm/500mm convertible for a 135mm or 150mm, then play with those three for a while and see if I can get my hands on a loaner 65mm to make a final decision.

    Thank you all, I think I am now a man with a plan (unless I keep that jumbo bit of glass and look for a 8x10....hit me NOW!).

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    Re: If you could have only three lens focal lengths?

    A 90--150--300mm does all I need.


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