Yes. That's why I decided to post two wide shots, a simple one and a complex one: a wide can include so much that it can make it difficult to handle it all. Really, a picture should have as little as possible in it--just the important things to make your point. When the lens includes half the world in front of you, that can be difficult to do.
I shoot mostly landscapes on 6x7 medium format.
Reckon I use these lenses in order of use for landscapes (all lenses are given as their 35mm equivalent): 35mm, 50mm, 150mm, 28mm. For macro close-up nature patterns etc I use a macro lens. Intereseting as the 28mm is usually seen as the 'landscape photographers' lens but I often find it too wide, I like the perspective of the 35mm a lot better. At first I even had a 24mm lens but sold this as it was way to wide for how I see the world.
I also use a 617 pano and found the more common 90mm (roughly equivalent to about 28mm) too wide and use a 150mm lens which is equivalent to a wide standard.
You should try as many different focal lengths from friends cameras etc and see which suits your shooting style best.
Hope this helps.
my rule of thumb for a basic kit is:
Originally Posted by stark_674
1.standard lens=format diagonal
2.wide for landscape=1/2 standard
3.long for portraiture=double the standard
When I used to carry only 3 lenses (when I was using Canon NF1's) I used to carry one of the following 3 outfits:
14mm f2.8, 35mm f2 and 200mm f2.8 - this was the "in case" outfit, as the 14mm was what you would call a real wide (and rectilinear so no distortion), 35mm because you could shoot pretty much anything with it, and the difference between 14mm and 35mm was staggering, and 200mm because it was a big step from 35mm, and f2.8 was a wonderful aperture to shoot at.
24mm f2.8, 50mm f1.4 (old FD) and 100mm f2 - 3 lenses that you could easily shoot a wedding with...
and then there was the "motorsport outfit" - 300mm f2.8 (my "standard lens for sport"), 200 f2.8 (for when the 300 was a bit too long), and a 24mm or 35mm for wide shots....
Now days if I shoot film it's with an EOS so I use my 17-40L, 28-70L and either 70-200L or 100-400L (depending on whether I know what I'll be shooting or not).....
My honest opinion is to use whatever lenses work for you....
Thanks a lot for the useful link.....
Originally Posted by Newt_on_Swings
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Originally Posted by mdarnton
I agree with you Ralph, this is a very good strategy that gets the best "bang for you're buck " in avoiding spending money on lenses that that don't produce a significantly different visual result from each other, but bearing in mind that a few m/m in focal length of a wide angle lens is much more apparent in the resultant picture than in a telephoto one.
Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht
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