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Creagerj
09-18-2007, 20:20
With all the polls about "your favorite focal length" I would like to beg the question as to what your leas favorite focal length is. I won't say mine just yet because I don't want to taint the results, but I get the feeling that my opinion will be shared by many.

FrankS
09-18-2007, 20:51
easy for me: 135mm. I rarely even use a 90.

pvdhaar
09-18-2007, 21:57
I'll take this as what's your least favourite on an RF.. In which case it's the focal lengths over 75mm. So I ticked 135..

On an SLR, though, I really do appreciate long focal lengths to compress perspective in landscape photography..

gumanow
09-18-2007, 22:03
Anything above 35mm is a waste. Why do you think they call it 35mm to begin with? :-)

gavinlg
09-19-2007, 00:25
Well, I never use anything over 50, and the 135 vf framelines in just about every rf are microscopic so I could never see myself using a 135. so 135mm

cmogi10
09-19-2007, 00:31
Every Lens has their uses, I've found myself to be a 35 50 75 guy and anything besides that doesn't really work for me.

Doug
09-19-2007, 01:17
I don't even have a 135mm (for either RF or 35mm SLR) and no desire for one. I'm not fond of 90mm in RF either.

richard_l
09-19-2007, 01:31
Of the focal lengths which I use (28mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 90mm), 28mm is my least favorite, not because I don't like the field of view or the rendering of my lens, but because at the camera to subject distance which I prefer for this focal length, it can be a PITA to avoid unpleasant perspective effects (particularly converging verticals). This problem could easily be overcome with more practice, but life is short, and I really enjoy more laid-back photography with less demanding focal lengths (35mm to 50mm).

Richard

VinceC
09-19-2007, 01:52
I voted for the 35mm. I prefer the extra coverage of a 28mm. The 35mm seems like a compromise, neither wide nor normal. And, thanks to point-and-shoot cameras, it's by far the most common, most overused focal length.

rover
09-19-2007, 02:03
I am riding that 135 train out of town.

That is what an SLR is for.

Kim Coxon
09-19-2007, 02:18
For me it is 35mm for both SLR and RF. Not quite sure why it is but I never seem to get on with the length. As a "std" lens, I prefer to tightness of a 50 and for slightly wide, prefer the coverage of a 28.

Kim

roundg
09-19-2007, 02:40
I just can't live with 35MM. I even forced myself to use 35mm in a period of time. I once own 35/2.5summaron, 35/2.8 summaron, 35/2 summicron,CV35/2.5 and other 35mm SLR lens but all give up ....

VinceC
09-19-2007, 03:01
I use my 35mm a lot, mainly because it is a lot faster at 1.8 than the 28/3.5. So it gets a lot of low-light work. But if I had a fast 28, it wouldn't get much use at all.

Iggy
09-19-2007, 03:11
About 3". Not too big, not too small.

Erm... I've got the wrong end of the stick, haven't I.

50mm of course!

Joe Mondello
09-19-2007, 06:45
Well, I voted 135 but in truth as Will Rogers famously said: "I never met a focal length I didn't like." ;-)

BSchall
09-19-2007, 07:41
I just don't have a normal vision. My normal lenses, 50mm on 35, 80mm on 6x6, 150mm on 4x5, just don't get used. Give me a wide angle 24, 28, 35 or equivalent.

oftheherd
09-19-2007, 08:27
For me it is 35. I don't have that equivalent in RF, but would not use it if I did. I got turned off to that focal length with SLRs. It isn't wide enough for me as a wide angle, and is too short for normal which the 50mm does quite nicely thank you. I know a lot of people like it, I am just not one of them.

Chris101
09-19-2007, 08:55
I grew up hating the 35mm, because folks said it was a wide angle when it was really a short normal. I love it now, having gotten used to it in Nikon form, but shooting RF exclusively at 35mm. I never use 135mm on anything, but I have no animosity toward it. I voted 28mm. While it is a wide angle, it's weak. If I want to shoot wide, 21 is the goto FL.

raid
09-19-2007, 11:07
The 135mm focal length is great for portraits and for isolating the background from the main subject. I like to use 35mm-90mm lenses. If my opinion is based on which lenses I happen to own and use, then I don't want a 75mm lens or 40mm lens.

drewbarb
09-19-2007, 11:21
I can't say I don't like any focal length, specifically, but I have never got on very well with 35mm. It's not wide enough to be wide, and not long enough to give normal perspective. I don't shoot with it much, except in my Olympus XA, where I'm quite happy with it, since it's my only choice. I've never used a 75mm lens much, and while the 75mm Summilux is very nice, I've never found that length to be much more than a curiosity. But I'm sure I could find the right moment and use for any focal length anyone wants to put in my bag.

VinceC
09-19-2007, 11:25
I've never owned a 75mm lens. But I have shot a 50mm on a DSLR with a 1.5 crop factor, and I really liked the result.

PhotoMat
09-19-2007, 11:34
"What's my least favorite focal length?"

Probably that of a lens I don't own. ;)

SolaresLarrave
09-19-2007, 12:07
I like the wide view, and I also like the long view. Given that circumstance, I rarely use my 50mm lens. However, every time I have used it I also say to myself "This is a really nice short telephoto! I should use it more often"

Then I switch to a 35 or 90.

I should have sold it, but just those moments in which it has come in handy that are so pleasant make me keep the lens.

mike goldberg
09-19-2007, 14:58
I'm one of those that helped the "yellow" 135mm bar get longer. I have no 135 frame lines, don't like a turret, and 135 is too long to be a portrait lens.

principe azul
09-19-2007, 16:06
135mm?

"Now vestigial, like a male’s nipples."

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/columns/sm-august-04.shtml

Creagerj
09-19-2007, 18:10
Well I checked 135mm as well. I don't like it on either SLR or Rangefinder. I rarely use anything but 50mm.

ferider
09-19-2007, 18:19
135 is a great focal length - in particular when using the M3's 90mm framelines ....

When I was 14 I bought my first SLR, an OM2. It came with a 50, and the
normal 2nd focal length to add was 135. Ever since then I like it and only
got used to 85/90 with my Leicas.

From the entire list above, the only not-so-useful hybrid for me is the 75.

Roland.

eli griggs
09-20-2007, 06:06
For me, the 28 is a pain. If I'm going wider than 35, then 28 is too small a step; I'd like a 24 or even better, 21 out front. I don't mind converging lines or other 'distortions', that's part of the beauty of those lenses and many of my favorite documentary shots carry that footprint.

I know it'll be quite some time before I am able to add a 21 or 24 LTM to my bag, but the day I do, I'll be doing little happy dances around the yard; hope the neighbors don't call the police again...

Eli

Gary Cox
09-20-2007, 09:02
I checked 135mm, but should have checked 90mm as that is the longest I have. For my purposes and style, it just seems too big, too heavy, and cumbersome. I have a 28, 40, 50, 90, but feel that I would like to get down to one lens with my one body (M4). In reality it will probably be the 28 and 40 if I can even afford to hang on to this expensive of a set up. ;-)

Gary

BillBingham2
09-20-2007, 10:57
I would have voted a 21, but it was not even there. From the list, I'd have to pick 135.

B2 (;->

Berliner
09-20-2007, 14:16
50mm. Probably because it was the only lens I owned during my 'learning photography' years. I had an instructor that only allowed the class to use 50mm. In hindsight, it was a great learning tool, but I don't own one now--35 is my normal lens. Actually, I only own three M-mount's--35-75-90--and the 90 is hardly ever used...

kshapero
09-23-2007, 14:16
I checked the 135 just because I felt like I had to pick on someone.

thpook
09-23-2007, 14:44
My travel kit is an M2 with a 35 or 40 and a 90mm. I hate the 90, because it's used just often enough to justify bringing it with me, and heavy enough to give me a nice sore shoulder at the end of the day.

I wouldn't use a 135, not out of hate for it, it just doesn't suit how I shoot. The 35 annoys me a bit, and the 40mm is my favorite lens ever.

Ken Ford
09-23-2007, 18:47
A year ago I would have said 135, but I've found my Elmarit with goggles to be very useful on an M3!

I have no strong love for 90s - I prefer 75 for a short tele.

Ronald M
09-23-2007, 19:13
This is like asking the starving family which child they need to eat first

DougK
09-26-2007, 11:25
Of the choices listed, I'd say I like 135mm the least, mostly because I just don't work with long lenses that much anymore.

EDIT: When I do need a telephoto lens, though, it's a good length.

fbf
09-29-2007, 04:34
135mm for sure. I don't see any advantage of 135mm on RF, that's why I'm still carrying around my 135L with canon sometimes.

wlewisiii
09-29-2007, 20:14
I went with 75 over 40 but both are about equally annoying for me - neither fish nor fowl being either too long or too short for my tastes.

William

Dr. Strangelove
10-02-2007, 02:22
I voted for the 35mm. I prefer the extra coverage of a 28mm. The 35mm seems like a compromise, neither wide nor normal. And, thanks to point-and-shoot cameras, it's by far the most common, most overused focal length.
Actually, in P&S cameras 38 mm (or its equivalent on small digital sensors) seems to be more common than 35 mm. 38 mm is closer to 40 mm than 35 mm.

I think you summarized pretty well the reason to use 35 mm. It's sometimes called "wide normal" lens. It is pretty much the jack of all trades. For example it's possible to take decent portraits with a 35 mm lens, but nearly impossible with anything wider.

oscroft
12-02-2007, 09:19
Assuming the question is about RF focal length, I went for 135 - I really can't handle trying to frame using such a tiny little viewfinder frame (and with an external VF, parallax problems make it unusable for me). But on an SLR, I really like a 135.

cosmonot
12-02-2007, 17:38
If I need to shoot anything over 80mm, I use my Olympus OM. Go for the zuiko 85/2 for speed, or the Tamron SP 80-200/2.8 for reach.

So yeah, 135mm sucks.

LeicaTom
12-19-2007, 12:16
I went with 135 - I also dislike anything under 24 as well, don`t need it, for the work I do

I use 50`s and a 85 on my screw mount Leica`s all the time - and a 24 wide on my vintage Canon SLR

Tom

m_chris
12-19-2007, 13:29
why is ti so many dislike 135mm? Got a CZJ sonnar 135mm that produces beatutiful images......though i do understand the framlines. But this then means the problem lies in the camera than the lens itself : )....mind you i don't use the 135mm often, but it does shine once in a while

aoresteen
12-19-2007, 15:29
Well, I don't like the 800mm on my M3. Hard to ballance. :D

Other than that, I'll use 'em all sometime.

aizan
12-19-2007, 19:25
i went with 135...cuz really, what else is there to choose?

erikhaugsby
12-19-2007, 21:36
I hate the 90, because it's used just often enough to justify bringing it with me, and heavy enough to give me a nice sore shoulder at the end of the day.
Truer words were ne'er spoken. Especially considering my 90 was cheap enough for an impulse buy, but still enough to keep me from picking up a few other things (it is Leica, after all).

Mike Ip
12-21-2007, 16:21
135. If you need to go tele, use an SLR :p

bobkonos
12-21-2007, 19:30
135. Rarely use 90 as it is.

dof
12-21-2007, 22:47
For me it's definitely the 28 - not that I don't own one. The trouble is it sits on the edge of wide without delivering a unique perspective. I find that I use it if I have to for coverage in a tight spot, but rarely because I want to for the look it imparts. Granted I try to use the longest lens I can for a given view as a rule, but there's a big gap between 35 and 24.

Looking at the results here leaning heavily on the 135, I have to wonder how many people have used this length on an RF camera? I don't even consider it for the many reasons already listed.

Bingley
12-21-2007, 23:30
I have tried... I mean, I've REALLY tried... to use the 135. I just can't make it work. And, although I know that the 35/75 combination is a classic that many use, I just can't feel the love for the 75 focal length.

Senmu
12-31-2007, 02:00
I really must defend the noble 135. Back in October, I spent a few days on safari in South Africa with my M6TTL and a 135/4.0 Tele-Elmar. Through about 15 rolls of film, I had a great time, and captured wonderful images. While we were crawling around some rock ledges, the ranger remarked how well I was able to take care of my "antique camera" :p

dacaccia
12-31-2007, 02:08
always 50mm (or aequivalent 35/40mm on RD-1, 28/35 on 40D).
I also much like 75mm (or the 60mm on Leica-R).

Cheers,
dacaccia

Spider67
12-31-2007, 04:11
I chose the 135 not out of an aversion. It's a lens I rarely use. But it has it's merits on an RF when taking shots of concerts or stageshows and don't want to upset by having a "noisy" SLR so it's the time of the Kiev or the IIIS

Dogman
12-31-2007, 04:41
I chose the 50mm even though it is actually my favorite and most used lens. The reason is because all focal lengths are valid and useful depending on subject and circumstances.

jlw
12-31-2007, 10:05
Your ballot doesn't begin low enough for me. My least-favorite focal length is 21mm... sometimes you've gotta use it, but I'm never really comfortable with it. Too much background junk, too many crazy angles.

rogue_designer
12-31-2007, 10:06
I love, 21mm, 24mm, 35mm, etc.. but for some reason 28mm just rubs me the wrong way. Too short to use as a wide/normal, too long to really be wide...it just hangs in the middle like it can't make up its mind.

Drives me nuts.

narsuitus
01-05-2008, 09:32
I have used 20, 35, 40, 45, 50, and 100 on a 35mm rangefinder body. I like them all.

I would love to have the equivalent of a 135mm for my medium format rangefinder. However, since I prefer normal and wide-angle lenses on a 35mm rangefinder, and since it was the longest focal length on the list, I voted for the 135mm.

My real least favorite 35mm rangefinder focal length lenses, however, are the telephotos with the reflex housing.

Paul_C
01-06-2008, 18:14
I chose 135 pretty much just to fit in.

Keith
02-29-2008, 17:03
I'm reasonably happy from 15 up to 75mm and like the Heliar for this length ... 90 and 135 on a rangefinder really get hard to frame accurately in my opinion and although the results will be OK it's not much fun in the execution with that tiny square in the middle of the viewfinder! :p

holgaguy
04-30-2008, 10:24
I picked the 50mm For me it's too big and too small. I like either a 28 or 35 for general landscape or view type photoghy. And for people and things I go with a 85- 135mm . Making th 50mm Ok If you can only take 1 lens. But I perfer taking 2 bodies one with the wide and one with the tele.
holgaguy

xayraa33
04-30-2008, 10:42
the 135mm lens belongs on an SLR camera.

raid
04-30-2008, 11:15
There is a "problem" with this poll since it does not include the very wide lenses, assuming that such lenses are not being viewed as least favorite lenses. I often have heard from people here that anything wider than 28mm look unreal is not nice looking.

Axel100
05-01-2008, 02:39
My guess is that a lot of people doesn´t read the word least in the titel of this thread.
May I be right?

Regards, Axel

ERV
05-01-2008, 02:48
I like the size and portability of a rangefinder camera with a normal or wide angle lens and don't have a lens longer than a 50mm.
I always wonder why there are more 90's for sale than any other lens...

literiter
05-07-2008, 05:11
35mm, 50mm, 90mm and 135mm. But only seem to use the 50mm, then the 35mm. Framing with the 90 and the 135 is more like sighting a gun than composing.

I like the longer lenses with my other kinds of cameras.

yanidel
06-29-2008, 13:29
135mm because of framing not focusing. I use the patch but can rarely frame right from the first shot, too bad it is not parallax corrected on the RD1

outforalaska
06-29-2008, 15:46
I'm picturing my high school teacher yelling at me for not reading the WHOLE question. I voted 50mm thinking it was my favorite vote.

My guess is that a lot of people doesnīt read the word least in the titel of this thread.
May I be right?

Regards, Axel

colyn
06-29-2008, 16:27
I never use the 135mm except on very rare shots..

micromontenegro
06-30-2008, 04:55
Yeah, sure, 135mm sucks. Specially the Sonnar:

http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll309/micromontenegro/GabySonnar001.jpg

johnastovall
09-19-2008, 17:22
They are all good and where are the 24's, 21's, 18's, 15's and 12?

kxl
09-19-2008, 20:15
Given the constraints of an RF, the longest lens in the poll would have been the obvious choice for most, so this really doesn't say much.

Taking away the obvious, and choosing only from "popular" RF focal lengths, for me the 28mm and 40mm are my least favorites. The 50 is my favorite, and if I want wider I use a 35; wider than that, I use a 25.

Spider67
11-02-2008, 03:33
"the 135 is more like sighting a gun than composing. "
Yeah thats right except wehn you use the FSU turret VF.....but then there goes the compact size of the camera. (altough it's bearable on a Kiev modelut lightmeter)

Yeah 135 is very good for SLR's

mh2000
01-08-2009, 10:50
I voted considering FL's to be on either SLR or RF... so I like using 90 and 135 sometimes on an SLR... can't imagine using them on a RF. Most hated FL for me is 35mm, period... really boring, not long enough to be normal or wide enough to be wide... but there are times when 35mm is still right... so I have an Oly XA and Minox GL... but I always hate working with that FL.

Gabriel M.A.
01-08-2009, 11:32
This is like asking the starving family which child they need to eat first

That's a tad extreme, but I understand your point.

Gabriel M.A.
01-08-2009, 11:33
They are all good and where are the 24's, 21's, 18's, 15's and 12?

Yeah. I would have voted for 12mm. Really weird and funky for RFs.

kdemas
01-08-2009, 12:21
I would have to say the 40mm, it's a bit of a "tweener" length for my taste as I am used to the 35-50 step.

I actually like the 135mm, though it clearly was destined to win this poll. The small framing makes it an unusual experience, and one that may don't care for.

Reading through the thread on a subject such as this I always enjoy the wide variety of preferences, everyone has their own way of shooting. The beauty of it is... there is no "right answer" :)

Kent

Dave Wilkinson
01-08-2009, 13:14
Just sold my last 28mm - too close to my regular 35mm....if I need wider I always find myself reaching for the 24!
Dave.

Gary E
01-08-2009, 13:39
I've used a Hektor 135mm and got great results on an M3, but using this FL on any other body resulted in mixed focus issues. I usually have better results on a SLR with anything above 90mm, but I've decided to keep the Hektor as my only 135mm lens. Costs peanuts compared to current offerings from Leica.

KenD
01-08-2009, 17:02
I never met a lens I didn't like!

KenD

Matt(1pt4)
01-08-2009, 17:02
I can't figure out how to make use of anything wider than 35, but I think I could put a 135 to good use. At least the 135 frame lines in my M6 have corners instead of the castrated 90mm frame lines.

kievman
01-28-2009, 22:59
The 135 Rules!!!!!! Actually I have never used a135 on a RF camera, I Have been considering buying a 135 for my Canon 7, so if anyone has a 135 LTM they want to let go for cheap ( less than $75.00 ) send me a PM . I have seen some really cheap (less than 40.00) jupitar 11s on the bay.andf I would be happy with one of those - Michael

uhligfd
04-18-2009, 19:48
I certainly would not vote a 28 mm lens as least favored in MF format (if one were available, I would love one so superwide, as would hundreds and thousands!), or a 135mm lens as un-favored in LF, come on.

This poll is so imprecise, it smells bad. Why did poster not ask for angle of view most out of favor? What were his thoughts?

Maybe the poster and all the voters would reconsider if this was for the APS format?
Was it not? Who knows. Not specified: useless poll and question, in my book. Sorry.

Trius
04-20-2009, 17:44
It's not on the list, but my least favourite is 24mm. A couple of my contacts on flickr are great with the 24; me, I can't seem to make a single good shot with it. Shrug.

Drewus
04-24-2009, 16:56
I voted 135, just because it's not a length i'd use for the shots I enjoy taking.

50mm is my preferred length. It has just the right amount of reach, and it seems like whenever I spot a good photo opportunity i've already framed it in my mind at 50mm anyway.

Maybe I just need to walk closer to things :)

Larky
05-29-2009, 08:39
Anything above 90mm I don't like or trust. Like Mushrooms, what are those frilly bits?

steverett
05-29-2009, 14:29
My least favorite focal length is 10,000 mm. That, and 2mm.

pagpow
06-20-2009, 09:50
on RF -- 135mm. Piling on. Even sold it on SLRs'.

TheHub
06-21-2009, 02:29
28mm and sometimes 35mm. I shoot mostly 50- if I want wide I go 21mm.

Bill58
06-21-2009, 22:17
I sold my 100 and 135 Canons due to disuse and now my max is 85, which I use rarely. Anything over 85 is for my F2as.

I often go to my 25 and 28 Canons for streetshooting.

lawrence
07-20-2009, 12:59
I just voted 135 and to find out that I'm just a regular Joe who hates 135s like everyone does! The problem with 135 is it's just a bit too long for portraiture and a bit too short for anything else. Strangely, when I started photography back in the '60s is was the first additional lens you bought (the next being a 35mm). I do find 28mm and 75mm a bit weird too, the 28mm having that definite wide-angle look but not being really wide and the 75mm being a bit too short for head shots. But somehow I like them...

Honu-Hugger
07-20-2009, 17:55
135mm got my vote as second least favorite, 21mm was not on the list.

jpmac55
07-26-2009, 04:57
I am not sure if I have a least favorite but certainly my 75mm is least used.

mawz
08-15-2009, 05:51
135 here as well. Don't even really like it on SLR's (never tried it on RF's and my Bessa R doesn't even have 135 framelines). of course I don't much like lenses in between a 105 and a 300, they're too long for normal use but not long enough for most real telephoto use.

raydm6
11-08-2009, 23:58
I voted for the 28mm - too close to my 35.

I like the longer focal lengths. I will say that buying the Leitz bright-line viewfinders SVGOO (for 90) and SHOOC (for 135) made shooting with the 90 and 135 more enjoyable. It's a blast to look through those things and they are stunning little jewels of you can find them in mint condition.

alexz
11-13-2009, 01:10
M least favorite is definitely the lens that I do not own. :)
Out of 3 I do have, both 35m and 50mm share about the same percentage of usage, while 90mm gets out of the closet quite rarely just due to its specialty.
Usually I leave the home with either M6 with 35mm or M7 with 50mm (depending on my morning mood). However tend to put 90mm on M7 (or M3) should I be planning some portraiture adventure or probably crowd-picking opportunities.
So, even 90mm is my least used one, but certainly not the least favorite.

kzim56
11-13-2009, 01:27
I've never really gotten the hang of using anything wider than a 35. I've owned good 24's and 28's but haven't produced many satisfying photos with them. I tend to get the best results in the 50-105mm range.

johne
11-13-2009, 07:54
For me it is the one I used to make a bad picture. Had to be the lens!
johne

Paco
11-14-2009, 00:57
For me the 15, 21, 28, 35, 40 are all good. but if I had to choose,
between 35 and 40 would be my choice
90 and 135 the least use
PACO

ChrisPlatt
11-15-2009, 13:15
IIRC I originally voted for 135mm, but on second thought I'd probably choose 50mm.
Others use it to great effect, but to my eye 50mm is always "neither here nor there".
I don't even bother to carry one anymore - it's just so much useless ballast for me.

Chris

emraphoto
11-15-2009, 13:24
Sadly anything over 35mm really. Just don't speak that long lens language.

jsrockit
03-02-2010, 08:42
I don't like anything above 50mm.

FS Vontz
03-02-2010, 11:10
I chose 28, but not for any particular reason

Creagerj
03-02-2010, 11:15
I started this thread over two years ago. I can't believe it is still going.

Fuchs
03-02-2010, 13:11
I started this thread over two years ago. I can't believe it is still going.

ha

as per the original question, easy: 135mm.

I have 5 of them (Elmar LTM, Canon LTM, Elmarit-M, Tele-Elmar-M, Elmarit-R) and never took a picture with any of them.

Creagerj
03-03-2010, 10:28
I actually use my Nikkor 135mm sometimes...but not much.

ernstk
03-03-2010, 10:28
It's uplifting to see that the 50mm is so widely disliked.
I feel that it's a totally bland focal length. It doesn't have the perspective of a 35 or a 28 and lacks the necessary characteristics for a good portrait lens. It's caught in the middle of what's really useable and as such, for me, is useless. I own Leitz, Nikon, Minolta and Olympus OM 50mm lenses, all of which came with cameras and I can't remember when I last used any of them.

Ernst

edodo
04-05-2010, 02:57
50mm lens is to the SLR world the cornerstone! Without it generations of photogs would feel orphan that's how much important 50mm is to them (remember 50mm permits to open both eyes with an SLR)
Now witht RF, 50mm is the most interesting focal lenght and the most demanding. Wide angle lens and telephotos are "boring" because they are very predictable focal lenght. The wide angle because it is only usefull when you want that angle effect and to catch big things with little distance, and the telephoto is so boring because it only catches what you aim it at!

The 50mm in RF is wonderfull because you have to think hard to get the photo you want. If everyone on this planet call it the normal focal lenght it's because it is! Just master the 50mm and rest will fall into places!

k.a
04-05-2010, 03:17
on slr i really like 24mm, not superwide nor close to normal focal length.

on my m8 i like 28 (35mm eqv) since it's pretty wide and you get a big viewfinder without using an external viewfinder

...so my least favorite is 135mm, no use of it...

Bogotron
04-10-2010, 09:32
As I almost exclusively do street photography I don't have much use for anything longer than 50mm.

kuvvy
04-10-2010, 09:47
At the moment it's my new CV 40mm Nokton. Only had it a few weeks and despite it's excellent performance I don't think the focal length is suiting me or perhaps it's more the 35mm framelines on my RD1 I'm not used to, as my framing seems off on some shots.

back alley
04-10-2010, 11:04
At the moment it's my new CV 40mm Nokton. Only had it a few weeks and despite it's excellent performance I don't think the focal length is suiting me or perhaps it's more the 35mm framelines on my RD1 I'm not used to, as my framing seems off on some shots.

that surprises me. i notice you have been using it (from your flicr pics) and i thought using it really well.

i think i could live with just the 15 and the 40 if i had to.

raid
05-31-2010, 03:53
Hm, the 212mm focal length is not what I like to use.

Instantclassic
05-31-2010, 09:48
I seem to use the 35's the most. Both the Summicron and the Summilux depending on light conditions. 135mm is too long for me.

SimonSawSunlight
05-31-2010, 11:04
I think the 35mm is the perfect choice if your photography is not about the 'effect of the focal length'. as it doesn't really have one. I love it.
add 100mm and I'm a bit turned off though :D not only because it's not very usable on an RF, but I also feel that it is just a bit too long for most short-tele purposes (unlike 75-100mm). or too short, if you really want a pronounced tele effect. then again I never really use teles except for the occasional shot with my 150mm on my Mamiya 6.

lmd91343
09-05-2010, 14:57
135mm

It is very lonely. It sits at the back end of the RF self in my camera cabinet all by itself. It has had less than 100 images taken through it. I feel very sorry for it.

I can easily focus it wide open on my 7s. I have a very good hit ratio on my bottom loader. However it is hard to frame even with my parallax corrected 7s and impossible with the bottom loader. Also I have camera shake issues if i don't use 1/500 or 1/1000 or a tripod. That limits my exposure and film choices

israel_alanis
09-16-2010, 22:03
Definitive my 40mm works for bus, metro and some street closer shots, but 135mm is a great one.

rizraz
09-17-2010, 01:00
I don't bother anything above 50mm, even with my SLR or DSLR...... so I guess my least favourite would be 135mm

jwnash1
09-20-2010, 11:38
135mm without a doubt. I find 200mm and 300mm more useful than 135mm
John

bastian a.
11-15-2010, 13:03
Long ago I voted for 28mm as my least favourite lens ... meanwhile I like it because I forced myself to use it ... and it works :)

So today my least favourite lens length is 135mm. I have two of them for Leica M and one for Leica R and hardly use them. Maybe I should try it more often.

Brian Levy
11-15-2010, 13:48
50mm on a 35mm frame just does not do it for me. I've always been a 35-40mm type of guy. The 645 equiv of the 50mm lens is 75mm and I have one of these on my mf and also dislike it.

leica M2 fan
08-27-2013, 12:14
On RF cameras I don't like or use any thing over 85mm. But on SLR
I love them.

tjh
08-27-2013, 12:27
My least used focal length on my Leica rangefinders, screwmount and M, is 75mm. (I don't have a 90 and my 135 is an ancient Hektor). I have a Voigtlander f/2.5 and the wonderful Leica Summicron but somehow these lenses don't wind up on my cameras. The 50mm focal length is just about as high as I generally find comfortable.

Roger Hicks
08-27-2013, 12:59
42.5mm. I don't even have one any more.

After that, 19mm, 40mm, 60mm, 100mm, 105mm and 127mm. Among the lenses I've actually owned or used, 20mm followed by 12mm.

This is not an outstandingly meaningful poll, as it comes close to attempting to prove a negative.

Cheers,

R.

progie
08-27-2013, 13:17
You don't have my least favorite in there. Fish eye. (Yuck)

Dralowid
08-27-2013, 13:18
You guys who have given up with 135 are missing something, even on a rangefinder...

Dirk
08-27-2013, 13:26
85mm. For some reason, 90mm and 105mm work great for me, but 85 doesn't do it. It's too limited to being just a portrait length, whereas 90 and 105 I can use for other stuff, as well. Don't know why the slight difference in focal length between 85 and 90 is so important to me; but for some reason it feels like a world of difference.

Scrambler
08-27-2013, 13:55
"What's my least favorite focal length?"

Probably that of a lens I don't own. ;)
I'm the same. And (between film SLR primes and RF) I own all but 75mm and 135mm. And of those two I have to go with 135mm as I own and use the lens lengths either side of 75mm. Just can't see the point in having an 85mm I love and getting a 75mm as well. But I have never been tempted to get a 135mm even with them being cheap in LTM.

Roger Hicks
08-27-2013, 14:14
I'm the same. And (between film SLR primes and RF) I own all but 75mm and 135mm. And of those two I have to go with 135mm as I own and use the lens lengths either side of 75mm. Just can't see the point in having an 85mm I love and getting a 75mm as well. But I have never been tempted to get a 135mm even with them being cheap in LTM.
ALL? 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 15mm, 16mm, 17mm, 18mm, 19mm, 20mm, 21mm, 24mm, 25mm, 28mm, 35mm, 40mm, 42.5mm, 50mm, 55mm, 58mm, 60mm, 73mm, 85mm. 90mm, 100mm, 105mm, 115mm, 125mm, 127mm, 180mm... Those are just the ones I'm sure about (and omitting 75mm and 135mm). I think there may also be 29mm, 32mm, 38mm, 52mm (yes, I know), 70mm, 101mm, 120mm, 150mm...

Cheers,

R.

tunalegs
08-27-2013, 14:41
I have a 23mm lens in my collection. I also know there are 65mm and 66mm macro lenses out there.

But forgetting the weird stuff, 75mm (on 135 film) has always seemed rather pointless to me. 90mm or 100mm gives a more useful jump up from 50.

edge100
08-27-2013, 17:47
Some days, I really dislike 50mm; it seems neither long enough nor wide enough. This usually passes, though, and I break out my 50 and enjoy its merits.

I never get tired of 35mm, though.

squareshooter
08-27-2013, 18:24
In the 1950s, I had a Leica 3F with 35mm, 50mm, 90mm and 127mm lenses. I really did not like the 127mm although that length is not on your survey. It was a Wollensak.
A friend of mine had a 30mm lens on a Yashica SLR which he loved. The 28mm was too wide for him and the 35mm too narrow. What does it all add up to? I have no idea.

Scrambler
08-27-2013, 18:34
ALL? 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 15mm, 16mm, 17mm, 18mm, 19mm, 20mm, 21mm, 24mm, 25mm, 28mm, 35mm, 40mm, 42.5mm, 50mm, 55mm, 58mm, 60mm, 73mm, 85mm. 90mm, 100mm, 105mm, 115mm, 125mm, 127mm, 180mm... Those are just the ones I'm sure about (and omitting 75mm and 135mm). I think there may also be 29mm, 32mm, 38mm, 52mm (yes, I know), 70mm, 101mm, 120mm, 150mm...

Cheers,

R.

LOL. All the ones on the survey. Apart from the survey lengths, and zooms, I think I have only had 45mm and 55mm focal lengths.

Dare I ask, Roger, how many you have/ have used of your list?

Roger Hicks
08-28-2013, 01:14
LOL. All the ones on the survey. Apart from the survey lengths, and zooms, I think I have only had 45mm and 55mm focal lengths.

Dare I ask, Roger, how many you have/ have used of your list?
Ah... All the ones in the survey. Of course. Amazing how one can mistead the obvious. Sorry.

Trying to answer your question, I currently own 14mm (Sigma-Nikon, usable on Leica with an adapter), 15mm (CV-Leica and a Sigma fish-eye), 18mm (ZM), 21mm (several), 28mm (CV-Leica), 35mm (several), 50mm (several), 55mm (Pentax), 58mm (Exakta), 65mm (Leica and Subjektiv), 75mm (Leica), 90mm (several), 100mm (Dreamagon T-mount) and 135mm.

I've owned or borrowed for extended periods 12mm (CV), WATE 16-18-21, 24mm (Leica and Nikon), 25mm (Zeiss in both Contax RF and ZM mount), 38mm (Robot), 43.5mm (Robot), 85mm (several), 105mm (Nikon).

Of the others I've handled and sometimes taken a shot or two with 16mm (Zeiss), 19mm (Canon), 73mm (Leica), 127mm (Wollensak). There are probably others but I don't remember.

That's what decades of writing for the photo press will do for you... Or used to do for you. It's a lot less fun nowadays and there's a lot less money about.

Cheers,

R.

Rodchenko
08-28-2013, 03:04
A slip of a finger on a mobile phone caused me to vote wrongly.

My least favourite is far and away 50mm. Like looking through a tunnel, yet not a telephoto.

35mm was my favourite for many years, but coming back to rangefinders, I have moved towards 40-ish mm most of the time.

Murchu
08-28-2013, 03:24
Thinking about it, no real least favourite personal focal lengths, just ones that do not lend themselves so well to me, for the different subjects I might shoot. Tele's are about reach to me, so I need the reach or I don't. Once I get past a certain width though, there are genuine focal lengths I would not know how to shoot with. Anything past 20mm, like 18/ 15/ even 12mm, I genuinely would not know how to approach shooting with them, and have a respect for people who can produce good work regularly with such focal lengths.

rbsinto
08-28-2013, 04:20
50mm. No doubt.
I have both a Nikkor 50 1.4 AI and one of the re-issued Nikon 50 1.4 rangefinder lenses, and virtually never use either.
Never liked the focal length. Too wide to be long, and too long to be wide. For me its only saving grace is its high speed.
My normal lenses are both 35 mm (Nikkor f2, and Nikon 1.8 rangefinder).

steamer
08-28-2013, 05:12
why is ti so many dislike 135mm? Got a CZJ sonnar 135mm that produces beatutiful images.....

I was thinking this exactly. No love for the 135. I guess they don't have the a Zeiss 135. I forget about it sometimes , then I'm always amazed by how well it performs.

jsrockit
08-28-2013, 05:21
Anything outside of 35mm-53mm.

rwintle
10-03-2013, 05:56
I didn't vote because it depends on film/sensor format (size). But I'll go for 135 - a bit long for my tastes, without being long enough to be telephoto-useful for the kinds of things I like to shoot.

Cyriljay
10-12-2013, 16:02
I like 35mm and 50mm on M6 and on M8 I use it exclusively 35mm, as it the lens that is convenient focal length to general photography. I have voted for 90 as the least as that length is very limited used on my cameras.

M Currie
10-15-2013, 13:21
I voted 28. I don't quite know why, but it just seems that I don't get what I want from it. I love 50 and find it comes closest most of the time to what I am envisioning. 35 is nice for a bit more inclusion, and still pretty normal. 24 is good and wide and just short of distortion. I love 85 for indoor people shots and 105 for outdoor, and 135 is at least pretty decent for pulling things in. But there's just something sort of "eh" about 28

Takkun
10-15-2013, 13:35
I was thinking this exactly. No love for the 135. I guess they don't have the a Zeiss 135. I forget about it sometimes , then I'm always amazed by how well it performs.

Makes my camera look obscenely huge, but I'm loving the goggled 135 elmarit. Got it while my 90 is with Mr. Goldberg with the intent of selling it once I got it back, but I'm finding I use it more and more.

Shot with ADOX 50, not my favorite film, but I quite like this photo. (http://s11.postimg.org/71ms2ov9v/Scan_131004_0023_2013.jpg)

My least favorite? I think 28. if I want wide, I want WIIIIIDEEEEE. And it's not enough, but the 35/50 combo works well for me. I think my 'normal focal length' of my vision is around 75, but I find the 35 most useful for me and the 50 good for lowlight.

I know for a lot the 28 and 35 are standard walkaround combo for people, but if I'm going to use a lens that needs a finder, I may as well go with a 21 or 24.

JChrome
11-08-2013, 03:39
I don't know if I can call a focal length "least favorite". More like, "least used to".

I never really shot with 135mm and then I took it as the only lens for my trip to Washington State and found that I came away with some really great images. I think it taught me that I can enjoy any focal length, I just know I have to work within the limitations of that frame.

JChrome
11-08-2013, 03:42
This is not an outstandingly meaningful poll, as it comes close to attempting to prove a negative. Cheers, R.

Not at all. Not even close. Proving an ontological negative is different than proving something you feel negative about.

Stdon
11-18-2013, 22:35
a 50mm, any 50. Just don't like the angle of view. I have a 50 f1:1.2 Ai and it's pretty good but I have it just to have one. Rarely used and for nothing of importance.

Sid836
11-19-2013, 00:22
85mm is the upper limit for me.

Joe AC
11-19-2013, 10:12
I expected the 135mm to come in first but would have never guessed the 50mm to come in second!

Joe

michaelwj
11-19-2013, 12:41
I'll take this as what's your least favourite on an RF.. In which case it's the focal lengths over 75mm. So I ticked 135..

On an SLR, though, I really do appreciate long focal lengths to compress perspective in landscape photography..

I'll take it as on a RF too. I picked 40 mm, it's too close to 35 and 50, I can see how some might like it, but not me. Coming in close behind, it'd be the 85 and 100, might as well use a 90 which I have frame lines for.

Michael

Godfrey
11-19-2013, 16:43
I don't think I have a least favorite. Or at least it depends upon what camera and lens we're talking about.

Various different lenses on various cameras haven't appealed to me, but the same FoV on another camera with another lens has.

G

raid
11-20-2013, 04:02
With a 50mm lens, you have to work harder to create a great image. Isn't this most of the fun in photography?

Major Tom
11-20-2013, 05:02
I wish I had the luxury to hold an opinion on this.

Margu
11-21-2013, 11:44
my least favorite focal length is anything less than 42mm.

with smartphone default focal length at 35mm equivalent, and starting focal length for kit lenses, both dslr and mirrorless at 28mm equivalent, the world is full of widenagle shots.

boomguy57
11-21-2013, 12:00
This is kind of a dumb question (no offense to OP), as there is rarely "one" answer as there is for the opposing "favorite" question. By that I mean if you don't like 90, you probably don't like anything longer either, for example.

I always find it interesting to read how much others are attracted to focal lengths that I find unsuited for me. 75, for example--not as good as a 90 for portraits or longer work, and not as versatile as the 50 (again, YMMV). Or why someone could dislike the 35 (heresy!) as it's my favorite. And others still are all-wide-all-the-time, which I don't get either.

It's interesting to hear others' views. It's a very personal thing I guess.

Harry Lime
11-21-2013, 13:30
Anything wider than a 28 or longer than a 90.

Chris101
11-21-2013, 20:38
I don't like 28, but I do like 21 and 35. Don't know why, must be numerological.

raid
11-22-2013, 07:32
I like 28-40-50-66-75-90

The "66" is a 50 on the M8.

djcphoto
12-16-2013, 17:42
Anything less than 50mm is perverse.

JChrome
12-16-2013, 18:41
With a 50mm lens, you have to work harder to create a great image. Isn't this most of the fun in photography?

As Margu said in another post, the world is filled with wide angle shots. I think that means to make a good wide angle shot is just harder. To me, going wider isn't "easier".

Darthfeeble
01-10-2014, 15:48
85 and above, I'm shakey with a wide angle and unless I brace against something, a longer lens is just a waste of time.

Georgiy Romanov
02-19-2014, 04:14
28-35-50, depending on my mood

sanmich
02-19-2014, 05:06
The one waiting for me at home when I NEED it right now.

rumbliegeos
02-19-2014, 07:03
Actually, lenses wider than 28mm are my least favorite lenses, but I consider that a personal defect.

Vics
02-19-2014, 09:09
I looked at this poll, and was surprised to see that I had voted 50. I have no idea why. 50 and 35 are my long time favorites! I never use any of my long lenses...

filmtwit
02-19-2014, 09:09
I've always found the 28mm my least favorite.
I'd rather shoot 24mm or 35mm.

Richard G
02-19-2014, 09:50
Maybe it's 50: I take more bad shots at that focal length than any other.

Turtle
02-28-2014, 10:38
For me, anything longer than 50mm is far from favourite when using rangefinders. Even with the 50mm, I far prefer a 0.85/0.9 finder

shortstop
03-14-2014, 23:24
75 Planar of my Rolleiflex. The angle of view is similar to 40 mm in 135, but wider in vertical (this is due to the square format, that is therefore "magic" at least for me).

pixelatedscraps
03-14-2014, 23:42
Tough question. Probably 40mm or 75mm. Neither seem to fit my eye at all.

redhawk
04-27-2014, 19:33
I voted 75mm. I've borrowed a friend's Summicron ASPH a couple of times and it just never did it for me. 75 seems superfluous. I could see it working for someone who prefers or is limited to working at a particular distance to their subject but I much prefer 85/90 for portraits and landscapes. Also, I've had 28s before but I like the step from 24/25 to 35 better.

Monochrom
05-24-2014, 19:36
Hi, for sure almost everybody will find to be 75 to 135 useless.

But talking about normal to wide i choose

35mm as the one i use less.

I prefer a lot 50 and 28...and 40 i really like!

fireblade
05-24-2014, 22:02
everything over 50mm

Steve Bellayr
05-26-2014, 19:48
I don't believe there is such a thing as a favorite lens. There are some lenses that remain on the camera most of the time. Then there are those focal lengths that we seldom use because the opportunity to use them seldom arise but when we need that special focal length we really need it.

Dayrell bishop
07-12-2014, 02:48
The lense I use the least for my 6d is 50mm , for my etrsi 150mm , eos film cameras 50mm , most other cameras have fixed lenses

presspass
08-25-2014, 07:44
I'm in the minority, but I love the 135. Over the years, many of my best shots with rangefinders have been with this length. To make it worse, my favorite is the 135 f2.8 with goggles. I like the results I get with this lens more than the 3.4.

DNG
10-28-2014, 07:15
135mm... I have not bought a 135mm for a long long time...
I prefer the 85-105, and 200mm +

as wides go... like them all, I own a 24(35 on my XE2), 28 Fov's
I would like a 21 though for my Nikon FE

CMur12
10-28-2014, 15:55
35mm.

This poll appears not to be limited to RF cameras, so ...

In 135 format, I shoot old SLRS and my least favorite focal length is 35mm.

(My favorite focal lengths are 28mm and 85mm, with honorable mention going to 50mm. I normally jump from 28mm to 50mm, with no need for anything in between.)

For travel and living abroad, I have used compact, fixed-lens RF cameras (Olympus 35 RC and Canonet GIII 17 QL), and the 40 - 42mm focal length suited me fine for these purposes. This is close to 35mm, but the latter still seems a bit wide for what is passing for a normal lens.

In medium format, which I shoot more and more, my lens selections are more limited and I haven't had a focal length that I didn't like.

- Murray

NeeZee
12-18-2014, 06:18
I voted 75mm because this is what a 50mm lens becomes on an APS-C sensor and I always found that terribly useless...

Ronald M
02-08-2015, 16:20
The wider it is, the harder it is to use and the less I like it. 12/18 mm are difficult lenses.

Monochrom
03-06-2015, 11:37
I think many voters like me were confused about the question.

Poll questions usually are made in positive.

Anyway my preferred lengths are 50 and 28.

I really like wides wider than 28, like 21 and 15.

The larger the lens is, the less i like it! so all those fancy luxes noktons and teles are really annoying.

On the other side the collapsible elmars are my favourites, it doesnīt matter if itīs slow if i can shoot at 1/5th it works!
I even made a mod to focus down to the rangefinder closer limit, a beaut!

Kent
03-29-2015, 11:10
I voted for 135mm, because I take this vote as one for RF cams.

I kind a like the 135mm on my (D)SLRs, though - nice for outdoor portraits, really.
For a (D)SLR there is no FL that I do not like, except longer than 400mm. ;)

taskoni
05-12-2015, 06:53
135mm, followed by 35mm

28, 50 and very rarely the 90mm is all I shoot

Regards,

Boris

Steve Bellayr
05-12-2015, 14:38
None of the above. I have all those lengths + a 500mm. Though nothing in between. Each has its use. For me lenses are tools that have differing uses.

lxmike
07-26-2015, 14:16
my 'first lens' in the late 1970's was a 50mm followed by a 28mm, these focal lengths have governed my view ever since

jsrockit
08-13-2015, 04:01
Least favorite? The one that doesn't work for the photo I want to make...

GarageBoy
09-17-2015, 07:13
I wasn't a fan of 70-75 til thats what I was stuck with because it's the longest I have on a standard zoom

BlackXList
10-19-2015, 13:31
Since voting 35mm, I've been putting in a bunch of work at that focal length, and I'm enjoying it a lot more.

Still have a way to go with it, but it's good feeling the improvement.

narsuitus
10-20-2015, 11:20
"What is your least favorite lens length..."

I have a few zoom lenses that cover all focal lengths from 14mm to 210mm. I have a variety of primes that cover many of the focal lengths from 12mm to 2000mm. I have favorite focal lengths for specific types of images but there are no focal lengths that I do not like.

However, of the focal lengths listed, I voted for the 135mm as my least favorite on a 35mm rangefinder camera.