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

    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

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    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.
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    For 4x5", 210mm.
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    4x5 = 203mm Optar
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    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.


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    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.

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    thanks all for your thoughts

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    Depends on the desired field of view and magnification... anything from 90 to 360.
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    Nikkor W 210 f5.6. I love that lens!
    I love the wilderness and I love my trail cameras, all Fuji's! :) GA645, GW690 III, and the X100 which I think is the best trail camera ever invented (to date).

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