View Full Version : 4x5 LFers, what lens focal length do you favor for stil life photography?

02-04-2012, 07:16 PM
Just taking a survey from those LFers who engage in still lifes, what focal length works best for you. I have a 210 f5.6 Rodenstock Sironar N and a 120 f8 Nikkor SW, any images would be cool. Thanks


Rick A
02-04-2012, 08:24 PM
It all depends on my mood, and the image I'm trying to portray. It also depends on the size of the subject. I favor a 105mm, 127mm, 10", and a lens thats only marked "5x7". I have several other lenses, but those are my favorites.

David A. Goldfarb
02-04-2012, 08:52 PM
For 4x5", 210mm.

02-04-2012, 09:04 PM
4x5 = 203mm Optar

Dan Henderson
02-04-2012, 09:28 PM
Not only for still life, but for almost everything I reach first for my trusty 210. I have a 150 when I need to go wider, a 305 when I need to reach out and touch something, and a 90 for extreme situations. But my first instinct is always the 210, which I find very interesting since my overwhelming favorite medium format lens was a 150, for all intents and purposes the corollary lens in MF. My unscientific hypothesis is that everyone "sees" most naturally at a certain perspective.

02-05-2012, 01:30 AM
I like 210mm myself, as it provides a reasonable working distance (5') which does not interfere as much with lighting the subject or set, yet lets me frame a 24" x 31" area. You'd need to be about 3.5' if you tried to do the same shot with 150mm.

02-05-2012, 03:22 PM
thanks all for your thoughts

02-09-2012, 07:13 PM
240mm G-Claron

02-09-2012, 07:36 PM
Depends on the desired field of view and magnification... anything from 90 to 360.

Perry Way
02-09-2012, 08:12 PM
Nikkor W 210 f5.6. I love that lens!

02-09-2012, 08:17 PM
Check out Christpher Broadbent's page. I believe he use 120mm-135mm on 4x5.
He is the greatest still-life photographer in history, in my opinion.

02-09-2012, 09:51 PM
210 would be my choice.

02-10-2012, 08:30 AM
yeesh.....now that's a question GUARANTEED to get you every possible answer....

hehe yeah, which is why I listed the full range of focal lengths in my possession ;)

02-10-2012, 09:22 AM
135mm and 180mm f/5.6 Nikkor-W. If I ever find the right subject, I'll give the 120mm Nikkor-AM a try.

02-10-2012, 12:36 PM
The 120 AMED is very nice but sometimes it's hard to bring light in with such a short focal length. That said, sometimes I even use the 120 with a diopter.

02-10-2012, 02:23 PM
For me it all depends on what I am looking for in the final image. I generally use a 210, but the 180, 150, and 300 have been used.

02-10-2012, 02:47 PM
1. 210mm
2. 240mm
3.120mm Macro