There is no best set of focal lengths (or maybe even manufacturer) for any format. Your unique "seeing" will, or should, be different as you move among them. A "normal" 35 image should not be aesthetically the same as a "normal" 120, a "normal" 4x5, a "normal" 5x7, and so on, even though you can certainly find technical equivalence between lenses in published comparative focal length tables – and this is not solely because of differing aspect ratios.
Originally Posted by j-dogg
FWIW, and intended only anecdotally, my three lens 5x7 kit consists of 110mm, 180mm, and 300mm. These choices were made based mainly on bellows draw, weight considerations, and availability. The 110mm, however, was a specific, and at the time expensive, choice for a wide angle, a comparable focal length I used frequently in smaller formats to establish important near–far relationships. I rarely use it! I have found that my 5x7 tastes lean more heavily to the 180 and 300 ...and longer – having somewhat recently added a fourth, 450mm, to the quill. The 110 may in fact eventually be dropped from my carry in favor of the new longer three, when weight considerations are paramount.
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