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In the 4 x 5 what lens do you prefer most for non portrait general shots? Thanks

-- Bob Haight (, May 28, 2002


90mm and 180mm.


-- Doug Paramore (, May 28, 2002.

Bob, I probably use the 210mm focal length more than any other.

-- Eugene (, May 28, 2002.

210mm for me too.

-- Jeff (, May 28, 2002.

The 90mm and 65mm are the ones the get out of the bag most often.

-- Colin (, May 28, 2002.

Bob: Do you intend this as a different question from the usual "if you could only have one lens..." question? The fact that people use a particular lens the most often probably doesn't mean (or doesn't necessarily mean) that same lens would be the one and only lens they would want to have on hand.

-- Kevin Crisp (, May 28, 2002.

Another vote for 210mm.

-- Donald Brewster (, May 28, 2002.

Kevin: My question really is, I guess, where most people shoot in this format; whether towards gentle wide or short telphoto. It appears the 210mm is popular. I have the 150mm and am looking towards that second lens.

-- Bob Haight (, May 28, 2002.

Bob, If you have a 150mm lens I would suggest a 240mm if your next requirement is a longer lens. I have a 150 and 210 and these are closer in length than I would like. If I were starting over I would perhaps get a 90,135,210 and 305. As it is I have a 90, 150, 210 and 305 and the 150 and 210 are too close while the 90 and 150 gap may be a little big.


-- Dave Schneider (, May 28, 2002.

Bob: In that case, what matters is whether you find yourself out in the field with that 150, most often wishing you had something a little wider or a little longer. I think something in the 110-120 range is a must, so for me that would be next, followed as soon as I could afford it by a 210 or 240. A three lens combination of 120/150/210 or 110/150/210-240 is very, very versatile. And the 240 would be something small and light like a G Claron, not one of those mounted in a Copal 3.

-- Kevin Crisp (, May 28, 2002.

I would go a but extreme for a 210mm and a 75mm...for all purpose most the time I use the 210mm...

-- dan n. (, May 28, 2002.

I just rearranged my lens collection, to a 90/150/210 combination.

This will do to most circunstances.

-- Enrique Vila (, May 28, 2002.

I use 250mm most of the time on 66, so I would expect to use my 480mm Sinaron (no longer made) most on 54 - I like to pick out details from landscapes.

I use 66, 69, and 6x12, and have 47XL, 90, 150, 240, 360, 480, 600 and 900mm lenses

-- Dick Roadnight (, May 28, 2002.

135 or 180

-- Wayne (, May 28, 2002.

I feel so comfortable with my 110XL. It's taking up almost my last shots.

-- jose angel (, May 29, 2002.

I started off with a 210, went to a 90mm than a 240 and somewhere along the line got a 135, an Imagon and the most recent (about 2 years ago) got my 360mm. When I go out now a days, I mainly shoot with my 210 and my 360 except for the perverbial wide landscape with my 90... Once you shoot with a longer lens with 4x5 you'll get addicted, well, at least that is what happened to me.

-- Scott Walton (, May 29, 2002.

The one that frames the scene best. At least 1 of each mentioned so far. If you're asking from the perspective of a want-to-get-started beginner, 210 is awfully useful for many things and generally allows you to make every mistake possible with movements because of it's generous image circle.

-- Jim Galli (, May 29, 2002.

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