I have been told that the 300mm lens would be a good standard lens to use on an 8 x 10 format for studio photographs = portraits and full figure.
I have also been told to use a 450mm lens in preference to the 300mm.
I would like to hear what some of you experts use in the studio.
If I could also use the lens in a outdoor setting (landscapes) that would be an extra bonus.
I intend to try a 210mm lens that I already have.
Answers always appreciated.
Go to flickr.com and serach "8x10 450mm" and "8x10 300mm". Or go into some of the LF/8x10 groups and search the focal lengths. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand posts!
So Paul, How did that trip pan out? Did you find a 135 that the P would handle and how did it work?
My normal lens on my 8x10 is a 300 Ektar Commercial. Stunning.
tim in san jose
Wow! Talk about a pain in the rear for shooting out and about in nature. I'd do yourself a favor for future outings. F's are cheap. Pick up an F-2 rear standard and a multipurpose standard for the front so you can leave the big P standards at home on this sort of trip, and end up with a lightweight and compact F-1. Doing this makes the camera about 6 lbs. sans lens and board – about as much as a Technika. The usefulness of most of the P's benefits (i.e. precision and solidity) is all but lost out in nature anyhow, and they do nothing but add weight (and quite a bit of it).
How did it turn out in the end? What lens did you use?
The 300 Ektar Commercial is what i will start looking for. Appreciate your help. It will be mainly for studio setups...but I trust it will be fine for outdoors also.
I used the H'blad in the end for the river trip...but used the Sinar for some interior shots at the River community called Jerusalem.
Are your photographs 8 x 10 's? I could only see them as thumbnails as I am not subscribed yet.
I especially liked the flags.
I know what you mean by the Sinar being weighty. I used the convenient Hasselblad in the end.
Its 8 x 10 lenses that interest me now. I like the time and concentration the Sinar P requires to set up.
The lens I am after is for a studio set up.
This is great to know. Would the 14" Commercial Ektar be just as effective for portraits on the 4 x 5 ?
hello Brian. Do you have any examples on line of your portraits taken with the Ektar on your 4 x 5" ?