Focal length question about the Alamo in San Antonio Texas.

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  1. Samuel Hotton

    Samuel Hotton Member

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    I am going to visit my son in San Antonio Texas. Can someone please advise me what focal length lens for a 35mm camera will be required to photograph the exterior front of the Alamo mission. Not knowing the stand-off distance of the site or the scale, I have no idea how wide of an angle lens to bring on the trip. If you have only shot the mission on medium format, this is ok as I can convert MF coverage to 35mm coverage easily.
    With thanks,
    Sam H.
     
  2. pentaxpete

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    AS far as I know from the film 'The Alamo' -- there are no steep cliffs to fall down nearby so just go back further until you get in what you want !
     
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    Hi Sam, I used an old Yashica rangefinder with a 45mm lens back in 1981 to photograph the exterior front of the Alamo. It worked out well, looked like a picture post card. Have a great trip!

    Griz
     
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    I've never been to the Alamo and most often use MF but I would imagine that a 28mm if you have one would give ample coverage. Some might want tightly composed details of just parts of a building and need longer lenses. Remember that perspective control can be an issue when photographing buildings. When I travel with MF I usually take my 50mm, 150mm and 2x. Although I have longer lenses, those keep the weight respectable and cover most of what I do. If I were driving from home I would take more and not be concerned with overhead bins. For sure take a tripod and if using B&W film some filters.

    Some internet searching especially seeing photos of where you will be going would be helpful to have a lay of the land. enjoy your trip.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/
     
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    I was recently there. The Alamo is viewable from a decent enough distance, but the more distance you have, the more people will be between you and the structure. Bring a lens between 35mm and 28mm or shoot at 24mm and get closer. Bring multiple rolls- not for the Alamo, but for the rest of the Riverwalk area. It is beautiful down there.