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RayPA
01-16-2008, 14:17
I don't think this poll exists yet, which surprised me. I keep seeing statements in threads like "I'm a 50 shooter," "I'm a 35 shooter," (that was me) etc. So I went looking and didn't find a poll. Let's see what members consider their focal length. I tried to cover as many FL that I knew. If you've got a unaccounted for FL, please pick the closest.

:)

kully
01-16-2008, 14:21
50 for me. I'm too shy for 35 and anything longer and I'm struggling to focus quickly.

aizan
01-16-2008, 14:26
50mm...there's a greater emphasis on composition with it, though i'd like a 35mm, which seems to place a greater emphasis on content.

RayPA
01-16-2008, 14:27
50mm...there's a greater emphasis on composition with it, though i'd like a 35mm, which seems to place a greater emphasis on content.

I like that distinction. :)


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Al Patterson
01-16-2008, 14:28
I went with 40, even though I'm currently using the GSN with a 45. Both the CL and Canonet have 40. I also have been known to put a 50 on the CL.

Keith
01-16-2008, 14:41
50mm ... I love some of my lenses in my 50 kit and any doubt I had about this length has been dispelled by my new 1.2 Canon. I adore this lens and this focal length in general ... 35's are ok for a change but I keep coming back to 50 and and it invariably provides me with my best photos! :)

infrequent
01-16-2008, 14:44
50mm for now but want a wideangle for sure. thinking 25mm will make a nice kit with the 50mm.

nico
01-16-2008, 14:45
No doubt, I like the 21 and 28 Fl but my favourite is 50. It suits my way of taking photos.

robertdfeinman
01-16-2008, 14:48
I bought my Bessa just so I could use the 12mm Heliar. Before that I was strictly SLR (35 and 6x7) and 4x5.

I've since expanded my collection to include 35,50 and 90. I no longer use my 35slr (Canon AE-1), but I do continue to use my Pentax 6x7 for landscapes and such. I also have a Noblex panoramic, but that's a whole different aesthetic.

I've given up on 4x5 (even with a roll back), it's just too much of a hassle at airports and modern films are good enough that the difference between 6x7 and 4x5 isn't really a factor. I do miss the tilts and swings sometimes.

Perspective correction with Photoshop helps, but there is no adjustment that will match a tilted film plane.

RayPA
01-16-2008, 14:48
.... I keep coming back to 50 and and it invariably provides me with my best photos! :)

Probably THE determining factor. I like 50 frame lines, but the 35 just gives me more satisfaction. I like the versatility.

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kuvvy
01-16-2008, 14:55
For my CLE I use the 40mm Rokkor it came with and it's a fine lens. Recently bought a CV 25/4P and that's the whole of my extensive RF outfit:) I don't do long lenses.

OldNick
01-16-2008, 15:27
While I voted "50", it really depends on the subject matter. For airplanes, one of my favorite subjects, the 35 works much better.

Jim N.

photophorous
01-16-2008, 15:31
I'm voting 50, because I've always loved that focal length, but I've been using and enjoying my 35 more than usual lately.

Telewatt
01-16-2008, 15:52
My classic lens is the Super-Angulon 21mm..but for people in the street I use the 35mm..

leica M2 fan
01-16-2008, 16:27
Recently have been using the 25 and must say it is a delight. It doesn't seem to me to be too wide and the perspective is very appealing. It used to be the 35 which I still love but this 25 has swooped me up presently. :)

Bob_McBob
01-16-2008, 16:32
50mm, always. I bought a 35 to use on my R-D1, and I feel uncomfortable using it on an M6.

lic4
01-16-2008, 16:47
I've gotten my best shots with a 35mm, but I wish I were better with the 28mm. Does that make any sense? I can't seem to do well with the 28mm, but when I see really talented work with the lens (eg Trent Parke), I try my hand at it again. Should I stop already??

back alley
01-16-2008, 16:52
Recently have been using the 25 and must say it is a delight. It doesn't seem to me to be too wide and the perspective is very appealing. It used to be the 35 which I still love but this 25 has swooped me up presently. :)


me too!

joe

parasko
01-16-2008, 16:54
Now that RF digital exists and there is a crop factor to consider, a poll like this isn't really saying much unless everybody also indicates which camera they are using...
...because using a 50mm on an M7 isn't the same as using a 50mm on an M8 due to the crop factor.

infrequent
01-16-2008, 16:55
@leica M2 fan - which 25mm are you using?!

GeneW
01-16-2008, 17:30
I think 40 combines the best of 35 and 50 into one convenient lens.

Gene

back alley
01-16-2008, 18:47
I think 40 combines the best of 35 and 50 into one convenient lens.

Gene


i'm curious if people might start collecting 40's like they do 50's?

i have a 40 coming in soon and wonder if it will take over...

joe

GeneW
01-16-2008, 18:54
i'm curious if people might start collecting 40's like they do 50's?

i have a 40 coming in soon and wonder if it will take over...

joe
Hmm, it might. I had a CL once with a 40mm Summicron that, aside from a flare problem, was a spectacular optic. I really liked the 40mm frame for general shooting. A little tighter than 35 and a little wider than 50.

Gene

back alley
01-16-2008, 18:58
i have to admit that i'm looking forward to the arrival of my 40 as i plan to mate it with the cle and use it as a daily camera combo. i hope it will eliminate some of the decision anxiety about 'which lens today'.

thomasw_
01-16-2008, 19:02
50 as my go to lens, as it can do so much. but the 35 is a close second...

Rafael
01-16-2008, 19:15
50mm has always been the most natural match for how I compose photographs. I am learning to love 35mm. But I am quite sure that 50 will always be my most used focal length.

RayPA
01-16-2008, 19:24
I've gotten my best shots with a 35mm, but I wish I were better with the 28mm. Does that make any sense? I can't seem to do well with the 28mm, but when I see really talented work with the lens (eg Trent Parke), I try my hand at it again. Should I stop already??

I know what you mean. I've gotten some shots with the 28 that I like, but when I see Winogrand, I'm always amazed. I find it hard to compose with the 28, and I don't know how folks handle anything wider. It's great that they do; I'm envious.


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Originally Posted by GeneW
I think 40 combines the best of 35 and 50 into one convenient lens.

Gene


i'm curious if people might start collecting 40's like they do 50's?

i have a 40 coming in soon and wonder if it will take over...

joe


I agree about the 40, Gene. For me, it's training wheels for the 50. ;)

joe, what 40 are you waiting for?


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back alley
01-16-2008, 19:29
the minolta rokkor 40.
i had 2 complete sets of the rokkors when i had 2 cle bodies years ago.

it all got sold when i decided that i needed to shoot medium format only.
please kick me!

joe

RayPA
01-16-2008, 19:51
the minolta rokkor 40.
i had 2 complete sets of the rokkors when i had 2 cle bodies years ago.

it all got sold when i decided that i needed to shoot medium format only.
please kick me!

joe

that's a great lens. Worth waiting for.


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Chris101
01-16-2008, 20:03
I said 35, cause that's the only RF lens I have. With an slr however I'm much happier with 50mm. I used to be a 21mm guy, and as soon as I get my OM1 back from the shop, that's the first lens I'm gonna put on it.

BillBingham2
01-16-2008, 20:05
I have to say I am surprised at the number of 50mm shooters there are. I never really LOVED the focal length till I got my 50/1.4 Nikkor. I voted 25, as I've loved that lens longer and it just seems "normal" to me. When I think about it, I've moved from a 35 to a 25, but I was happy with the 35, this 25 opened up new doors for me.

I do not think I'm in love with a particular focal length as much as am I'm in love with a specific lens. While I really liked my 90 'Cron on my Ms, I loved my 85/1.8 on my FTn. I do not think that I would be in love with the ZI 25 as much as I am with the CV 25. Not that I would not love to own it, everything I hear makes it seem almost perfect.

Good question and interesting results.

Thanks.

B2 (;->

projectbluebird
01-16-2008, 20:25
50. It makes up 5 of the eight lenses I own, and both of the fixed lens cameras have one.

I agree with the comment about composition with a 50. It's true!

Doug
01-16-2008, 21:22
I think 40 combines the best of 35 and 50 into one convenient lens.I'd agree, Gene... I was infected by the 40 Rokkor on the CLE back in the 80's and have liked it ever since. For me it's an easy field of view to calibrate the eyeball to, when out scouting for pics.

Plus or minus 5mm, as I'm almost as happy with 35 and 45mm.

i'm curious if people might start collecting 40's like they do 50's?I'm sure, Joe! I have that original 40 Rokkor, also use kuvvy's old 40 Nokton, and got a 43 Pentax from another RFF member.

Then, as suggested above, there are the other-format near-equivalents: There's something very special about the 75mm f2.8 Asph on the Pentax 67, about like a 37-38mm field of view; "natural", and what a piece of glass! I think 28mm would do the same on the M8, and 24-25mm on a Pentax dSLR or Olympus Pen F. Also 60mm on the Fuji 645... and the 65mm for the Bronica RF645 is a 40-equivalent.

GeneW
01-16-2008, 22:31
I'd agree, Gene... I was infected by the 40 Rokkor on the CLE back in the 80's and have liked it ever since. For me it's an easy field of view to calibrate the eyeball to, when out scouting for pics.

Plus or minus 5mm, as I'm almost as happy with 35 and 45mm.

I'm sure, Joe! I have that original 40 Rokkor, also use kuvvy's old 40 Nokton, and got a 43 Pentax from another RFF member.

I also picked up the 40/2 Ultron AIS for my Nikon. A wonderful lens, imo, and it's also nice on my DSLR, where it becomes an effective 60.

Gene

Lichtmaler
01-16-2008, 22:48
I vote for the 35mm, in my opinion the best allrounder! Actually I have only this one for my camera.

I want a second, either 75mm or 90mm, that should be enough!

Karsten

Doug
01-16-2008, 23:15
I also picked up the 40/2 Ultron AIS for my Nikon. A wonderful lens, imo...Right! Forgot mine as I was still thinking RFs... I have the Ultron SL in Pentax KA mount, and then I also got the FA mount Pentax 43 Limited (as well as in LTM mount). These both are great useful lenses.

Do you have a preferred 40?

yerba
01-16-2008, 23:49
In most cases it's 50. Strange thing, I tend to use 35 when it's dark. Anybody experience this ?

LeicaTom
01-17-2008, 00:09
50mm is......and mostly FAST ones the Canon f1.5 50mm "Japanese Sonnar" is one of my personal favs :)

Tom

fototammer
01-17-2008, 00:19
Why there is no 45mm to choose? That was common length for fixed lens RF and I always liked it. I prefer Canonet QL 1.9 (45) above 1.7 (40mm) because of that focal length, knowing that the lens of the second is somewhat sharper.

pvdhaar
01-17-2008, 00:32
I use a two lens setup; a 25 and a 50. Both are fine in their own right, but the 50 remains the story teller lens, so gets the vote.

Kim Coxon
01-17-2008, 01:15
I always considered myself as a "50" man. I rearely used a 35 and the next stop was the 28mm. That also became the norm on the RF's and I got rid of my 35 as I didn't use it. I then managed to get a Pentax 43mm and this has taken over as my "normal" lens on the M6. I~nterestingly, I rarely use the SLR version and still tend to use a 50.

Kim

i have to admit that i'm looking forward to the arrival of my 40 as i plan to mate it with the cle and use it as a daily camera combo. i hope it will eliminate some of the decision anxiety about 'which lens today'.

photobizzz
01-17-2008, 03:12
Until I recently recieved my 40/2 M-Rokkor I would have said 50mm but I really like the extra FOV of the 40mm and still get the feel of the normal lens.

Keith
01-17-2008, 03:19
I've had two 40mm lenses ... a Rokkor which went when I sold my CL kit and a Summicron which I sold here. I like the 35mm focal length although I don't use it a lot but 40mm mystified me ... it's that close to 35 that it seems pointless. I've noticed in the poll that it's the third most popular length so I must have missed something. I even modified the Summicron to bring up 35mm framelines but still wasn't impressed ... in fact to me that just made it more pointless because not only was it odd ... it also became innacurate. I know rangefinder framelines are fuzzy logic at the best of times but why have a lens that makes it even more fuzzy. I realise there are a couple of cameras out there with 40mm framelines but there's none in my kit! :rolleyes: :p

mfogiel
01-17-2008, 03:24
I've voted for the 35mm, but in reality while this one is somehow most versatile, in reality "my" lens depends on where I shoot, so:
50mm for cafe's, restaurants
35mm for people in the streets
28mm for street scenes
25mm for landscape
21mm for architecture

DWeston
01-17-2008, 04:00
Have always considered myself a 50mm guy, but my 50 cron is out for repair and coding, and I bought a 40mm Nokton in mean time. Liking it so far, like the extra stop and seems sharp, other parameters still not decided. Very comfortable lens. Also have 40mm Ultron for my D300. Very nice, sharper then my 35L I had on Canon. Since I use these on APS - C and H bodies the equivalent FLs are somewhere between 52 and 60mm approx. anyway, soooo where does that leave me??? Sort of back to a ~50mm guy....

Aziz
01-17-2008, 04:21
28mm for me. I like the feeling of being in the middle of things and having such close interaction with my subjects with a 28. Now if only I could get my photos to show that

tritiated
01-17-2008, 04:32
I'm new to this forum, new to this rangefinder business, new to film, new to photography - and I really enjoy it so far! I love quiet clicks, responsiveness and the fantastic results available using film!

Out of the little gathering of cameras I have at my disposal (Yashica 35 CC, Canon Giii QL17, Sokol 2 Automat, Fujica SLR) my favourite is the 40mm on the Canon. The 35mm on the CC is a great lens, but I can't seem to get to grips with composing with it yet.

Ultimately I would like to get better at using the 50s, but for me so far the 40 is so comfortable. I can imagine this is likely to change in the time to come ..
can there be a lasting focal length love at first sight!? haha

I have designs on one day owning the 40 1.4 VC lens, and strapping it to a suitable body - but since I like the Canonet's 40 1.7 so much, I might just spend the 500 pounds required for such a purchase on film/development etc.! Can anyone justify this purchase?!haha

gregg
01-17-2008, 06:04
I was a 50mm adherent for a long time but picked up a ZM Biogon 35mm last fall and it hasn't come off my M6 since... I still have a few 50s, including a beautiful coated summitar, but will probably only put it on for special occasions.

Using 35mm in documentary work requires that I get closer to the subject which is a great challenge but, in my experience, adds a lot of intimacy.

RayPA
01-17-2008, 07:11
I'm new to this forum, new to this rangefinder business, new to film, new to photography - and I really enjoy it so far! I love quiet clicks, responsiveness and the fantastic results available using film!

Out of the little gathering of cameras I have at my disposal (Yashica 35 CC, Canon Giii QL17, Sokol 2 Automat, Fujica SLR) my favourite is the 40mm on the Canon. The 35mm on the CC is a great lens, but I can't seem to get to grips with composing with it yet.

Ultimately I would like to get better at using the 50s, but for me so far the 40 is so comfortable. I can imagine this is likely to change in the time to come ..
can there be a lasting focal length love at first sight!? haha

I have designs on one day owning the 40 1.4 VC lens, and strapping it to a suitable body - but since I like the Canonet's 40 1.7 so much, I might just spend the 500 pounds required for such a purchase on film/development etc.! Can anyone justify this purchase?!haha

Welcome to the forum! As far as justifying the purchase of a camera...we can help you do that very easily. Hang out here, get afflicted with a bout or two (or three) of GAS, and you'll have no problem inventing justification for camera purchases. :D


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RayPA
01-17-2008, 07:13
I also picked up the 40/2 Ultron AIS for my Nikon. A wonderful lens, imo, and it's also nice on my DSLR, where it becomes an effective 60.

Gene

Now that's a special lens! Mine doesn't seem to want to come off my D200.



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GeneW
01-17-2008, 09:57
Now that's a special lens! Mine doesn't seem to want to come off my D200.

Ray, gotta agree with you on that one. The 40/2 AIS Ultron is one of those really special lenses.

Gene

Doug
01-17-2008, 13:49
In most cases it's 50. Strange thing, I tend to use 35 when it's dark. Anybody experience this ?Interesting point... I do tend to put faster film in the camera with the wider lens because I'm more likely to use that wider lens indoors and in other circumstances where there's lower light.

shadowfox
01-17-2008, 13:58
For general purpose (walking around, travel, covering events, etc.) 50mm is still the most versatile.

But for shots with people, I'm gravitating towards 35mm even 28mm (currently waiting for the arrival of two *potent* 35mm's ;) ).

I used to be so confused as to why people like wideangle lenses, but now I start to get it. Plus I love the ability to do close-ups.

Having said all the above, once in a while walking around with 135mm or 200mm is Niiiiice!!! :D

Kim Coxon
01-17-2008, 14:03
Interesting. Most peoples perception of distance changes when it is dark. I wonder if it because you feel objects are closer and therefore go for the wider lens :confused:

Kim

In most cases it's 50. Strange thing, I tend to use 35 when it's dark. Anybody experience this ?

Jan
01-18-2008, 16:53
I use 35 the most but 50mm has that special something which makes well composed shots look even better

jlancasterd
01-20-2008, 14:38
depends whether I'm using a full-frame 35mm RF (when I prefer a 35mm lens) or my M8 (for which I mostly use a 28mm)

Matus
08-24-2009, 04:28
Well, I woted '40' though right now my only rangefinder is Oly Xa with 35/2.8 and I have just bought a Jupiter-3 ;) I plan to get R3A and based on my experience with the XA I will take 40mm as my take-me-everywhere lens - I guess it may get the Rokkor 40/2 simply because the R3A has only 40mm framelines. But I do not want to loose the 1:1 viewfinder of the R3A just to have 35mm frame lines.

Gary E
08-24-2009, 07:44
At one time, my M4-2 was a fixed 40/2 Summicron-C. I also love my 45/2.8 Contax pancake as well, but if I can't use these two, the 50 is next in line. I'm not sure why I can't get into the 35mm swing. Below 40 I use the 21 though the 24/25 is something I wouldn't mind trying.

kermaier
08-24-2009, 08:01
50mm on 35mm film, 35mm on R-D1 (1.5x crop factor).
::Ari

f16sunshine
08-24-2009, 08:07
40(cv) on the RD1. As has been said. It seems to cover for both the 35 and 50 nicely. Joe which 40 do you have coming in?

Kent
08-24-2009, 11:24
It has to be something between 35 and 50 for me. These are the only lenses I have (35, 50, 53).
Wider mostly is too wide and longer often too long for me.
I guess I prefer the compromise: 40mm. Gives me the best of both worlds...
...and my fav fixed lens RF cams sport lenses between 40 and 45mm.

naql
08-24-2009, 11:36
I voted 50 because I have more 50s than any other focal length. It just feels easy to shoot with.

I like 35 as much though. I have a LTM Summaron that I haven't used yet because it looks a bit hazy and needs a CLA. I love the CV 35 Color Skopar. I also like using my Jupiter 12. I think part of it is because I have an M2 and R4M and the framelines for 35 are great on them both. It is probably the focal length I like the most but I use it less for now.

I do have a CV 21mm too but I only really use it for landscapes and nature photos.

Its a tough choice. Each length has its uses.

monochromeimages
08-24-2009, 11:46
Last year I used 35 nearly all the time. This year I have used 50 much more than 35.

Wonder what next year will bring ?

I've never been really happy with my results from anything wider than 35.

Turtle
08-25-2009, 01:53
The 40mm frame on the 0.85 M finder would have been nice. Although I find the 80mm on the Mamiya 7 and 65 on RF645 much more useful than a 50mm equivalent, I still find myself using the 65 on 6x7 and 35 on 35mm most of all. Such a great compromise if you are happy to get in moderately close. I am shooting 50mm slighly more than I used to but cannot imagine I will ever feel it is an all rounder for my purposes.

I have never tried 40mm on 35mm film and would probably like it, but with no frame lines in current Ms, its not going to happen sadly.

Turtle
08-25-2009, 01:54
...40mm would pair superbly as part of a 28-40-75 kit.. Do any of you shoot this?

dufffader
08-25-2009, 07:24
When I started I thought I was a 35 user. But after a couple of years I realised I prefer 50 much more than 35. It's the way a 50mm manages to isolate a subject, but not in a telephoto way. Looks natural, but less of the clutter of something wider than 35mm. Its this neat look that I prefer.

Kent
08-29-2009, 02:43
When I started I thought I was a 35 user. But after a couple of years I realised I prefer 50 much more than 35. It's the way a 50mm manages to isolate a subject, but not in a telephoto way. Looks natural, but less of the clutter of something wider than 35mm. Its this neat look that I prefer.

Well explained!

SimonSawSunlight
08-29-2009, 06:22
definitely 35 for me. oh I just bought a second 35mm :D

I maybe would have put a 21mm option, because 21 is compleeetely different from 15 imho...

Doug
08-29-2009, 13:51
...40mm would pair superbly as part of a 28-40-75 kit.. Do any of you shoot this?I agree with this choice, Turtle! And a very excellent vehicle for at least the 28 and 40 is the Minolta CLE... on which I use the 28 Summicron, 40 Rokkor, 40 Nokton, and 43 Pentax. Unfortunately this camera has no 75mm framelines, but one can either fudge with the 90mm frame or use the nice CV 75mm accessory finder.

Ronchnam
08-29-2009, 14:07
For me it depends on the camera. With the M4-2 I used a 50/2 Summicron. Now I prefer 40/2 Summicron with Cl and Cle. Even on my R-D1 I prefer 40 to my 28 Rokkor. I don't matter the crop factor.

Brad Maestas
10-15-2009, 15:30
I started RF photography with a 35 (came with the camera). At the end of a few months I felt very comfortable with it though I still struggled a little with predicting its perspective distortion. I then got a 50 and yes, it's more challenging with regard to composition, especially since I like to take the occasional pictures of architecture and live in NYC. But the challenges spurred me on and now the 50 spends most of the time on the camera (as I still feel like I am working on it, despite having now shot it more than the 35). I still break out the 35 from time to time but the 50 gets the most use. Again, I still feel like I am trying to wrangle the 50 and how the framelines correlate to the exposed image but I am sure that I will eventually get to the point where I am then unfamiliar with the 35 and will have to spend time with the 35 again. I used 28 and 50 a lot with my SLR but now I am preferring 35 and 50 with RF.

degruyl
10-16-2009, 05:23
Normal, walking around lens is either 50 or 35. I use 50 more lately. I do use the range 21-90 on the cameras, though.

Put another way: I use 65mm on 6x7 format, with a 150mm in my pocket. That is closer to 35mm. I leave the 80 mm (normal) lens at home.

kdemas
10-16-2009, 05:31
I agree, cuts right to the point for me as well.

Kent

I like that distinction. :)

Originally Posted by aizan
50mm...there's a greater emphasis on composition with it, though i'd like a 35mm, which seems to place a greater emphasis on content.

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benlees
10-22-2009, 17:34
Almost all the stuff I use right now are fixed lens between 35 and 40mm equivalent.

surfer dude
10-25-2009, 00:49
Well I voted 35mm because I only have that one lens for my rangefinder right now, although a 50mm is in the mail. I'll be interested to see how the dynamic changes then, although I back my original judgement that the 35mm will still get the most use.

It is interesting, isn't it, that the 35-40-50 block is so prominent in the voting. Perhaps rangefinders lend themselves to a more "normal" (less "exotic") way of seeing or perhaps indeed those of us who come to rangefinders do so after cutting our teeth on the exotics with SLRs etc. Hmm, not sure...

januaryman
11-06-2009, 05:17
I like 50's okay, but time and again I'm framing a shot that needs me to back up more and I can't. Or the image just needs the background to be pushed further back. Whenever I'm packing just a 50, I always end up mad at myself for not bringing along the 35. I should work the other way around. Pack a 35 and bring along a 50 just in case.

alexz
11-06-2009, 13:32
I tend to adhere to one-camera-fixed lens approach. Hence having shooting with both 50mm and 35mm, I keep 35mm "welded" to my M6 0.72 and 50mm - to my M7 0.85 (formerly to M3). Then, when for people's shootout (such as events or similar) and low-light, there goes 50mm, however for all-around outdoors and non-dedicated trips - the preference usually goes to 35mm.

Ezzie
11-06-2009, 21:46
I'm new to RF's. I voted 40mm however, which seems to be what I gravitate to more than anything else. 40mm in field of view terms mind, as the lens used is a 28mm on a 1,5 cropped digital RF body.

kxl
12-23-2009, 12:02
This poll has been around for almost two years, so I beleiev there is a large enough sample size.

I'm actually somewhat surprised that the 50mm has received more votes that the 35mm (approx 39.6% to 31.5%), and not by a slim margin at that. I would've thought it'd be the other way around.

Luddite Frank
12-23-2009, 12:50
I tend to shoot a lot of "documentary" images: architecture, trains, antique cars, etc.

Often, I can't get back very far from my subject, so I've gravitated to keeping a 35mm lens on my Leica III with Nikon Varifocal finder on top, all he time. Riding along in my kit bag are my 50 mm Summicron, 90 mm Elmar, and 135 Hektor.

In order of greatest user (most to least):

35 - 90 - 50 - 135

Next focal-legnth acquisition will be a 21 mm C-V.


Luddite Frank

cnphoto
12-23-2009, 13:40
I have a 28mm and a few 50's. i wish i had a 35mm, 28mm is always just a little too wide for me. though the 50mm on the M3 is bliss.

coelacanth
12-31-2009, 00:28
50mm is by far my most favorite and usual focal length across the systems (80mm for 6x6 MF). For RF, I do like 35mm as well while 85mm is my second favorite after 50mm for SLR. I can see myself using only 35mm, 50mm, 90mm lenses for my entire life, but if I have to choose one, that will easily be 50mm.

Marc-A.
12-31-2009, 01:39
For a few years, I've used only a 50mm lens, but I'm more and more comfortable with the 35mm. Well, obviously it depends on the subject and the location; for street photography in a city like Paris or London, I would rather go with a 50mm.

Debusti Paolo
12-31-2009, 03:34
I use a 45 planar on g2 and 65mm on bronica rf645 and 38mm biogon on my 903swc...now i'm looking for a fuji gw690 90mm/3,5 lens that should be a 38mm equiv.SO I'M a 40 mm guy

johannielscom
01-04-2010, 09:38
I voted "Longer".

It's the Bessa RF and the Horseman with me at the moment, so it's 105!

andydg
01-16-2010, 20:47
Just got my M6 here from another RFF member, came with a 40mm Nokton. Plan on using it until I can afford a 50mm cron, or perhaps a Zeiss Sonnar, when they become available again.

Gabriel M.A.
01-17-2010, 08:53
I selected "50" as that is the one that I gravitate to about 90% of the time. In RF.

As I have about ten 50mm RF lenses (which comprises about 3/4 of my RF lens total), I think that sounds about right :D

brainwood
01-17-2010, 09:14
I seem to favour 2 lenses more than the others :-

The 50mm

and the 21mm


.... though my avatar shows a 35mm which I also use alot.


does it have to be 1 ??

payasam
01-17-2010, 09:19
I use 35 and 85[/90], and I have used 28 and 135 also, but 50 is what I perceive as giving the most flexibility.

rya
01-17-2010, 19:59
I wish that I favored a 50 (for the prices), but the 35 is my go-to length.

Sanjay Sen
01-17-2010, 20:10
It used to be 50mm for me before, but now I love the 35mm focal length. I have tried 28mm but find it too wide for my liking.

Doug
01-17-2010, 23:29
To accommodate various film formats and crop factors, I'll put it in terms of angle of view; I like the vicinity of 60 degrees. That would be a bit narrower than a 35mm lens's 63 deg and wider than 40mm lens's 56 degrees.

This would be a 75mm lens on 6x7, a 60mm on 645, or the 28mm on an M8, for instance, but either 35mm or 40mm would be quite acceptable for 35mm film. :)

SimonSawSunlight
02-02-2010, 01:29
more votes for 50 than for 35, I find that rather surprising :)

it's still 35 for me.

Ewoud
02-02-2010, 02:51
This is a long going thread,

My vote is for 40mm, I love my Nokton 40 1.4 and Pentax Pancake 40 2.8

Just like a fifty only a tad bit wider. Took allot of my better shots with them.

I'm wondering if there are people here who are happy with the Voigtlander 40 2.0 on SLR...

Doug
02-02-2010, 12:22
...My vote is for 40mm, I love my Nokton 40 1.4 and Pentax Pancake 40 2.8
...
I'm wondering if there are people here who are happy with the Voigtlander 40 2.0 on SLR...Yes, the Ultron is very nicely made, and electrically it's a "KA" series lens, convenient for later Pentax bodies. There's one cemented pair, in the rear three elements like a Planar, and the rearmost element has aspheric surfaces on both sides. I've had mine for 6 years, and it performs very well. Like the Pentax 43mm, it has a bit of barrel distortion if you look for it.

DNG
02-03-2010, 12:55
I really don't know. I like the 28 for candid stuff more than a 50, but, then again, the 50 was bought (or will be bought) for low light, at which I don't have a lot of experience with this -- YET --...
I use the camera on the hip technique with a 35 or 28. so, shyness is not an issue. But, with a 50, I must raise the camera to my face...here, I am a bit shy at close ranges.

jsrockit
02-03-2010, 13:21
46.55mm is my new favorite... i.e. the 35mm lens on a M8.

Tom_K
02-03-2010, 14:31
I voted 35mm, for me it is a perfect focal length for street photography.

TheHub
02-04-2010, 01:13
50mm. Anything wider gets too much into the composition. Anything longer loses usefulness for me.

enenrf
02-17-2010, 19:28
I have two 35mm, use one on my M8 which is taken along with me everyday. so, I am a 46mm shooter? lol

semilog
02-17-2010, 19:32
I only have a 50/2 for my rangefinder right now but I've never learned to see with it, intuitively, the way I can with a 35. 28 is a very tough FL to shoot, and I'm in awe of folks who use it really well. 24 I actually find much easier than 28. Maybe I should get a 25 Biogon, instead of the 35 that I've set my eye on...

neelin
05-01-2010, 22:43
I like the CV25 LTM for its focus click stops at 3, 1.5, 1m. No looking at the camera or lens required. Just zone focus & shoot for a general walk-around lens. I don't have any other lenses like that but would appreciate wides with this feature.
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robert wilson

parsec1
05-02-2010, 23:24
I seem to favour 2 lenses more than the others :-

The 50mm

and the 21mm


.... though my avatar shows a 35mm which I also use alot.


does it have to be 1 ??

No it shouldn't. For me :- 2 Ms one with a 'TA' winder+ 28 on and 75mm on t'other

kuvvy
05-03-2010, 10:47
I use an RD1 and my regular FL is the 28mm, either CV f2 Ultron or the tiny f3.5 Color-skopar. Recently bought a CV 40mm F1.4 SC Nokton and have been trying that out. Have to say that despite the excellent quality of the lens I just don't feel the FL is right for me and so it's gonna be sold.

lxmike
05-03-2010, 11:36
Maily 50mm and 35mm, would love to shoot wider but don't have the cash to buy a wider LTM lens

barnwulf
05-24-2010, 12:31
When I walk down the street, or where ever I am with my camera, I find that when I see something I want to shoot, the 28mm is almost always the best focal length. If I use a 35mm lens I always have to back up to get everything in the frame that I want to include and then the perspective is different than what first attracted my eye.. Of course there are those times when you are a bit farther away and then I use a 35mm. I also use the 21mm for some things. 95% of the time its a 28mm for me.

NickTrop
05-24-2010, 15:15
Kinda like developers - started with D76, tried a bunch, came back to D76. Started with a 50 kit lens on my first SLR, tried this focal length and that, back to the 50.

Vincent.G
05-24-2010, 16:04
I initially fell in love with 35mm when I got my summaron 35 f2.8. It allowed me to go close to the subject as it focuses down to 0.7m. Then after I got my cron 50 dr, I could go even closer to my subjects with frame filling shots and that made me a 50 convert. I am searching for a 50mm lens that give a unique signature now.

outback
07-04-2010, 00:20
No doubt: for me RF is 50mm! Second chioce 35mm but in any case fast,fast and fast again lens

DGA
07-05-2010, 00:04
I'm mainly a 28mm guy.
But lately I'm trying to reeducate myself into the 35mm realm with a new CV Notkon 35/1.2.

Chriscrawfordphoto
07-05-2010, 00:18
50mm for most of my work, 35mm for some. This isn't just with rangefinders, its my use pattern with my SLRs as well. When I shoot medium format, I use the 80mm standard lens 90% of the time.

jbielikowski
07-05-2010, 03:22
40mm is the king, very natural and I dont have feeling that I lost something, just like with 50mm. also on square i have 75mm which is nearlly same FL.

mathomas
07-28-2010, 05:21
If I have to choose one and only one lens to walk around with, then I guess it would be a 50mm (FOV). However, I've walked around with other focal lengths just fine. Problem is, if I'm shooting something specific, like cars, I want a 35 FOV. I could certainly get by with just a 35mm and 50mm FOV lenses.

(I have an M8 and an M2, which causes me to have to stress FOV above)

Mablo
07-28-2010, 06:04
I used to shoot only with a 35mm lens but then I forced myself to use 50mm for three months. Since then has 50mm been my preferred FL.

PKR
08-03-2010, 04:56
I only have a 50/2 for my rangefinder right now but I've never learned to see with it, intuitively, the way I can with a 35. 28 is a very tough FL to shoot, and I'm in awe of folks who use it really well. 24 I actually find much easier than 28. Maybe I should get a 25 Biogon, instead of the 35 that I've set my eye on...

HCB complained that America required a 35mm lens more than he liked. It makes sense if you think about the width roads in old Europe and other places that weren't built around cars.

Mcary
08-03-2010, 06:22
Well lets see, I just purchased a Canon 35mm F-2 off the classified's which means for the first time ever I'll have more then one lense of a particular focal length for a given system/format so I guess that make my RF focal length 35mm.

Chriscrawfordphoto
08-03-2010, 07:26
HCB complained that America required a 35mm lens more than he liked. It makes sense if you think about the width roads in old Europe and other places that weren't built around cars.

I'd think in the crowded conditions of Europe a wideagle would be better than a 50.

imhere
09-03-2010, 18:39
I'm both 50mm and 35mm :)

kozik
09-03-2010, 18:49
I feel like I have had more success with a 50mm but 35mm just feels right to me, hopefully I get the hang of it and improve.

tedwhite
09-03-2010, 19:49
I have a Canon 50/1.8 and a CV 35/2.5 - but after I bought the CV Ultron 28/1.9 last year it's still on my Bessa R.

wlewisiii
09-03-2010, 19:51
A normal lens. I shoot multiple formats, mostly RF. If it's 35mm film, I want a 50 and so on. Wides and tele's have their places, to be sure, but more often than not, it's a normal that brings the image home.

There are many good reasons these focal lengths have stood the test of time. All you have to is look around to see them... ;)

Edit: Hey Ted, good to see you posting! It's been a bit. I do like the 28 FOV (my Canon 28/3.5 is something I should not have sold... :bang: ) as well but if you ever decide to part with that 50/1.8 let me know :D

William

semilog
09-20-2010, 10:02
As of yesterday, it appears to be 23mm APS-C :D.

rizraz
12-07-2010, 02:05
35mm or wider..... once in a while I'll go up to 50, rarely to 90 tops.

bayusuputra
12-20-2010, 07:49
my MG-1 is 45mm.. No option, so i put 40mm.. I would like it to be in the wider side..

lxmike
12-20-2010, 09:00
Through out my life the lens I have used the most is the 50mm focal lenght and for rf compacts 40mm, I must admit that after buying a cv 25/4, I still lean towards the focal length of 50mm but really enjoy wider

Mephiloco
12-20-2010, 09:14
35 was my FL with my film slrs, I sold off all my non 35mm lenses in FD mount since they were never used. When I got my first rangefinder, I got a 35 with it. I only started using 50's again because they're simply faster. Until getting my 21/4, my canon 50/1.2 stayed on my M5.

I think since getting my CV 21mm that 21 has become my FL of choice, and basically if I have enough light, I go with the 21mm, if it's getting dark, back to the 50/1.2. There are, of course, times when either of those focal lengths is 'useless', but generally I find myself using and wanting to use the 21mm more. I was worried at first from some people here saying it's 'too wide' and that it's hard to frame, but I find it to be a lot of fun to shoot with and I get a lot of shots with it that I wouldn't otherwise, and not just because of the focal length

ianglean
12-31-2010, 10:11
I find 35mm just right for me. I can run a 28mm but any wider than that is not something I would use everyday.

semilog
01-06-2011, 23:42
35-4-evah, baby.

taskoni
02-04-2011, 22:15
Same here...

israel_alanis
02-04-2011, 22:41
I agree, very very natural, I love 40mm for street photography, I need to be very close to the subject and let me capture environment and that is what makes I love street photo.

40mm is the king, very natural and I dont have feeling that I lost something, just like with 50mm. also on square i have 75mm which is nearlly same FL.

guoshuo
04-07-2011, 05:26
50mm...there's a greater emphasis on composition with it, though i'd like a 35mm, which seems to place a greater emphasis on content.

makes a lot of sense for me, at least. as a beginner, i switched around and now stick with 50mm to train composition. however, in a long run, i suspect the train gets into some style or habit, right?

tedwhite
04-07-2011, 07:13
I like Aizan's thoughts about differences between 50mm and 35mm lenses. For years I wouldn't use a 50mm lens because I wanted to "get everything." Eventually this led to using a 28mm lens and, finally, a 21. Then one day, scanning recent prints, I saw a boring visual repetition. Took a while to figure out what nagged me: It was the field of vision.

However, I recently got a Leica III with a 50mm lens and find myself framing much more carefully, instead of just shotgunning the scene with a wide-angle lens of some sort.

leica M2 fan
04-07-2011, 12:23
A little over 3 years ago I posted that I was using the 25mm and loving it. It was the CV 25/4 made for the Nikon S camera. Truly a delightful lens and it led me to another super lens- the CV 21/3.5 which I have enjoyed using also. But as much as I like these on RF I found that I was using the 35 and 50 more! It's funny because with SLR I prefer 28 and 50. Furthermore, I am not a long lens user very much, not like when I first started in photography about 60 years ago. Then I used a 90 and 135 almost exclusively for everything! :) Interestingly, over these last 3 years so much has happened with me with regard to photography that is is head spinning!

Kolame
04-07-2011, 12:33
Whaaaaaaaaaat!?
87.48% use either 35, 40 or 50mm Kinda boring, huh?

ramosa
04-07-2011, 12:35
Whaaaaaaaaaat!?
87.48% use either 35, 40 or 50mm Kinda boring, huh?

Well, if lens choice innately makes for boring photography, I guess ;)

nikon_sam
04-07-2011, 12:45
My Olympus 35-S has the fixed G. Zuiko 42mm 1.8 lens...I own three of these cameras and they are the only Rangefinders I shoot with...
Now, I also have a Aires III C that has an H Coral 45mm 1.9 but I don't use this one...I have tried it many times but haven't been happy with the results as yet...

paulfish4570
04-07-2011, 13:18
still the 50, but barely. i've been shooting a 35 color skopar more than my 50 color skopar just so i can get better at framing and composing with it ...

alexnotalex
04-07-2011, 13:20
50mm for me.
My brain uses this focal length for my memories.