Is 75mm sufficiently wider than 90mm on 4X5? : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

My widest lens is 90mm. Sometimes this is not wide enough for interior shooting. Is 75mm sufficiently wider than 90mm (i.e. is it really that much wider?) or should I consider one of the ultrawides (55, 58, 65mm)? I use a Linhof Master Technika both hand-held as well as on a tripod. The widest lens that can be cammed for hand-held use is a 75mm. Lenses from 55 to 65mm require a wide angle focus attachement.

-- Mark Nowaczynski (, February 03, 2002


I my architectural work, I have found the 75mm to be the most frequently used lens for interiors. If used carefully, it does not exhibit as much wide angle stretch as the 65mm that I also use. There is a noticeable difference in perspective between the 90 and the 75- you would want to have both.

-- David Rose (, February 03, 2002.

Hi Mark

Yes as already stated it is a must for inside and outside shooting the 75mm. I have also the 55mm APO Grandagon a very wonderfull lens but with not much coverage left for shifts etc. I could almost work without 55mm but I need it for small rooms etc. sometimes also for rollfilm 6X9cm.

-- Armin Seeholzer (, February 03, 2002.

I do primarily landscape photography. I have the 65mm, 75mm, and the 90mm lenses and the difference between the 75mm and the 90mm is significant. However that difference between the 65mm and 75mm is not. Because of this I have just sold my 65mm lens. My most popular lens is the 75mm followed by my 120mm lens.

-- Stpephen Willlard (, February 03, 2002.

I have the Nikkor-SW 90mm and 65mm lenses. I use my 65mm about 70% of the time for architecture. I tested a 75mm for my uses, and it wasn't wide enough. Besides, I like the forced perspective look. So, from this vantage, I recommend getting a 65mm. The Nikkor-SW, with a maximum aperture of f/4, is a lot easier to focus than those lenses with a max of f/5.6. The Nikkors are also more contrasty than the other brands, which is great by me.

My next 4x5 wide angle will be the Schneider Super-Angulon XL 47mm, which covers the format. There's no equivalent Nikkor lens.

-- Myco Megasoid (, February 04, 2002.

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