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    The standing lens on my ETRS is the 40mm. I also have a 50 but like the 40 a smidge better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stradibarrius View Post
    ... What is your primary use for wide angle beside landscape work?
    It's time to get to your question.

    Architecture.
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    Beautiful image Ralph! So architecture is another real use. I read some where a glamor photographer said W/A was indispensable????
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    I have the 50mm for the mamiya 6 as well as the 45mm for the RF645 and I find I use them either when I have my back to a wall already or I want to get a subject in the very near foreground as well as another object or landscape in the distance. When I'm out photographing I have the focal lengths (50,75,150) in my head and can pretty much visualize what lens I'm going to need on the camera before even holding it up to my eye. I think atleast one wide angle lens is a must for most MF work.

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    "I have 50 mm Distagon for my Hasselblad. OK, it's 6x6 and not 6x7, but close enough. Anyway, it came in the kit with the camera and I honestly didn't think I'd use it all that much. Thought I'd use the 150 and the 80 most of the time. Boy was I wrong. I like that 50. If I had to give one lens up out of the kit it would be the 150 (not that I'd want to), because I use that one least.
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    I tend to stay away from wide angles for landscape. I like wides and ultrawides for closer-up scenic things and documentary-style stuff, street etc. For most landscape compositions I tend to go at least normal or longer. On my rb kit, I think the 127 and the 210 get the most use for landscape; on the mamiya 6 it's the 150.

    I use my rb/rz wides for close-up and macro, mostly.
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    funny you mentioned that, but when I look at what lens sits on my SQ-A most of the time it's definitely 50mm PS. If I had a 40mm I guess it'd be different, at least for 80mm which I never use that much.

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    I use wider lenses when I want a wider angle of view. I want a wider angle of view when I want to take pictures in which I feel the wider angle of view would be beneficial, for any of a variety of reasons.

    I do it to increase how much of the background appears in the picture, while keeping a foreground subject the same size, meaning that I move closer to the foreground subject. I do it sometimes simply to increase the angle of view while keeping my location the same. I do it when I am shooting without looking through the camera, to allow myself to shoot from perspectives from which I cannot look through the camera and still get the shot, and/or to snap pictures at times at which I cannot shoot if I take the time to look through the camera, to allow myself to get reasonably sharp pictures via less-than-accurate pre focusing and depth of field. I do it sometimes to allow myself to move close enough to significantly warp a subject's appearance, while still capturing the subject within the frame.

    I do all of this regardless of format, except inasmuch the format dictates subject matter. I do not as often, for instance, zone focus medium format cameras, or otherwise shoot them sloppily and haphazardly, as I do small format, since I usually choose to use a small format camera to shoot subject matter with which I find these methods of shooting to be helpful. Like you, I find myself using wider lenses less often than normal lenses, though, as I said, this is pretty much across the board, and has more to do with subject matter than it has to do directly with format. In every format, my most-used lenses are long or normal lenses. I find them easier and more "natural" to compose with, and to be better tools with which to create images that I consider "strong," "direct," and "graphic." Using wider lenses is much harder for me, though I do certainly make use of them. I find them to be excellent tools for literal representation, for one thing. They capture a lot of information, though, as I said, arranging it in a palatable fashion is harder and less natural for me than it is with normal and long lenses. When I do, however, I find myself rarely going wider than the equivalent of a 28mm lens on small format, unless necessary for some reason.
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    On 6x6, I only have a 50 as a wide angle, but it seems the perfect complement to an 80 (most used) and a 150. It is nice that Hasselblad stuff is so expensive......keeps the load down (:

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