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    Re: Which lens next?

    In fact, today portraits are massively made with shorter than normal focals. We call "Selfies" those nose jobs

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    Re: Which lens next?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    If you do landscapes, go longer (an obvious rebuttal to Pere, just for sake of the usual fun banter). But there are actually no rules, just personal preferences. I happen to mostly like long perspectives. Somebody else might gravitate more toward wide-angle compositions. That's why the already repeated advice of supplementing your 150 with a 240 one direction, and 90 the other, is wise. It gives you a range of possibilities within a modest budget. One has to experiment a bit to find their own groove.
    Honestly I don't even have a wide angle for my digital camera. I either use my 35 mil prime or a long lens. I do like the occasional close up so I will go long first.

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    Re: Which lens next?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pere Casals View Post
    In fact, today portraits are massively made with shorter than normal focals. We call "Selfies" those nose jobs
    I think it is positive a development. It will make using shorter lens for ULF portrait more acceptable. At least in a short run until the market will catch up.

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    Re: Which lens next?

    On this end, the 2nd lens I purchased was always one half or double the focal length of my first lens.... except for 11x14. My first lens was a 508mm f/7 Caltar. Second lens was a 355mm f/9 G-Claron.

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    Re: Which lens next?

    Consider a 240mm APO ronar or 9-1/2" APO artar in shutter (1st choice) or 300mm APO ronar or 12" APO artar in shutter depending on bellows capability of your field camera.

    The APO ronar or artar is small enough to fit well on a field camera.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jtomasella View Post
    Honestly I don't even have a wide angle for my digital camera. I either use my 35 mil prime or a long lens. I do like the occasional close up so I will go long first.

  6. #16

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    Yes, a 90mm would be your next lens. I do not like 210mm lenses. For me, I am either too close or too far away. For a long lens, I recommend the Nikon 300mm f9. My favorite lens is the Rodenstock 180mm f5.6. for "normal"use. Good luck!

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    Re: Which lens next?

    Quote Originally Posted by jtomasella View Post
    My camera (Nagaoka) came with a 150mm. Which lens do you find yourself using more, wide or long?
    The question should be, which focal length lens do you find yourself really wanting, longer or shorter?
    Don't base your vision on others suggestions---chart your own course.

    Personally I went with both a longer and a shorter lens. The shorter lens came first because that is what I needed most to suit my vision. Vision sounds kinda highfalutin' I know, but initially I often found myself running out of real estate on several shots.
    OTOH a bull made a longer lens (so I could shoot safely behind fence) more necessary.
    Mental note: a large format photographer working under a dark cloth apparently suggests the presence of a very willing Angus heifer to many bulls.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
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    Re: Which lens next?

    Is your 150 a convertible like a Symmar 150/265? if so then go wide. I found for landscape work I preferred a 135 over a 150 but I shoot wide mostly - I always carry 65, 90, 135, 180/315, then I may choose two of the following 200SF, 210/370, 250, or 300/500. Cheap lenses are easy to buy and experiment with but hard to sell since there are so many of them. Getting a good shutter is just as important as the lens.
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    Re: Which lens next?

    For wide, consider a Fuji 105mm SW. 90mm is the obligatory wide lens for architecture, but not necessarily for landscape.

    Or, the Schneider 110mm Super Symmar.

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    Re: Which lens next?

    get a 210/370 symmar
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