What’s your favorite focal length?


incognitox

Link Posted 26/02/2010 - 12:43
We all have our favorite lenses. Do you find yourself shooting with one lens more than the rest? If you had to pick one focal length to shoot with for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My favourite one is 135mm on SLR! Sample photo taken with Pentax-M 135mm f3.5


Anvh

Link Posted 26/02/2010 - 13:14
My most used prime is the DFA 100mm but I use the DA*50-135 more now but also on the long end.

I tried to sort things on focal length in lightroom but that didn't work, here is a list of lens use instead.
D-FA 100mm Macro - 2145
DA 18-55mm - 470
DA 18-250mm - 104
DA40mm - 711
DA*50-135mm - 3822
Unkown lens - 1911 (with a quick look it's mostly the DA18-250)
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ
Last Edited by Anvh on 26/02/2010 - 13:15

bwlchmawr

Link Posted 26/02/2010 - 13:26
An interesting question and one which I can only have answered recently. Previously I used zoom lenses, so was not really aware of what focal length I was using but having acquired a number of inexpnsive manual focus prime lenses, the one I reach for most is the 28mm. This equates to a 42mm view on a DSLR. It's odd but I rarely regret fitting this lens or find myself stepping forwards or back as I do with a 24mm, 35mm or 50mm. I have a 135mm but it so compromises what I'm trying to do that I find it's a pain in the neck (although I do like the odd compressed perspective it gives).

Yes, 42mm: I see most of my shots in that focal length.

Regards,

Andrew


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Steveninwyoming

Link Posted 26/02/2010 - 13:51
If I could only have one lense I think it would be a Zoom. 28-300. You can do what ever you want to do with it.

Anvh

Link Posted 26/02/2010 - 13:54
Andrew, from what I understand you use a 28mm for the shot of yours?
When I look at the photo it says 43mm and that's not correct because you're using a 28mm lens.

I'm saying this because the shake reduction needs to have the correct focal length to work properly or else it mgith even blur your photos because the focal length is off with 50%

Focal length is lens specific and does not change regardless what camera you use, a 100mm is 100mm on a mid-frame camera and on an APS-C sensor.
What change is how much the sensor/film capture about what the lens see and that change the angle of view or what most use the field of view.
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ
Last Edited by Anvh on 26/02/2010 - 13:55

johnriley

Link Posted 26/02/2010 - 14:13
On film, my favourite lens was 100mm.

On digital, the 16-45mm is the one, but if I had a restricted budget the 18-55mm would do just fine. In fact, I use the WR version on a K10D for all my eBay images.
Best regards, John

Malo1961

Link Posted 26/02/2010 - 15:14
@ Stefan,
There are some exif viewers who only show the focal length after correction for aps-c.
So the use of a true 28 mm would be shown as 42/43 mm. As does mine on the example of Andrews picture.

I know from previous experience the program PhotoMe shows both values.

And I haven't seen any reference in Andrews comment that suggests he dials in the wrong value. Just that he likes the field of view of a 43 MM the most. Pentax seems to agree with him,hence the 43 LTD.

BTW...my favourite focal length usually comes down to the FOV of 60-80 MM. Moderate tele so to speak.
Best regards,

Martin.


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Last Edited by Malo1961 on 26/02/2010 - 15:18

robbie_d

Link Posted 26/02/2010 - 15:18
28mm on digital seems to be the focal length I gravitate towards.

I think versatility has something to do with it.
If you can't say something nice about Pentax, you won't say anything at all.

Apparently.

Anvh

Link Posted 26/02/2010 - 15:36
Malo1961 wrote:
@ Stefan,
There are some exif viewers who only show the focal length after correction for aps-c.
So the use of a true 28 mm would be shown as 42/43 mm. As does mine on the example of Andrews picture.

I know from previous experience the program PhotoMe shows both values.

And I haven't seen any reference in Andrews comment that suggests he dials in the wrong value. Just that he likes the field of view of a 43 MM the most. Pentax seems to agree with him,hence the 43 LTD.

BTW...my favourite focal length usually comes down to the FOV of 60-80 MM. Moderate tele so to speak.

my browser (opera 10.50) says:
Lens focal length: 43
Focal length, 35 mm equivalent: 64

Photome:
Focal Length: 43 mm (equiv. 64 mm)

It could indeed be the 43mm LTD but Andrew didn't talk about that lens.
Since he said he like to use the 28mm that's the reason I said that, it would be a shame if he would use the SR wrongly since he takes such stunning photos.
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ

thoughton

Link Posted 26/02/2010 - 15:40
Based on shots taken with a Pentax 18-55 and a Tamron 17-50 most of my shots seem to be around the 30-35mm region.
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Malo1961

Link Posted 26/02/2010 - 15:44
Hmmmm.......Strange Stefan. When I look at the picture it doesn't look like something that has the FOV of 64 MM

The front to back sharpness (even at the used F8 ) seems to wide in relation for that field of view,also. Could be me, though.....
Best regards,

Martin.


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mckendrick

Link Posted 26/02/2010 - 16:11
incognitox wrote:
We all have our favorite lenses.....

My favourite one is 135mm on SLR! Sample photo taken with Pentax-M 135mm f3.5

A very under rated lens, as I have said elsewhere. This was one of my first lenses back in 1979 and I used it pretty much exclusvely for a few years.

I went through a period in the 80's and 90's where I used almost nothing but my A50 1.7 but since the dawn of the *ist D my most used lens is probably the DA 18-55 which I'm finding very handy.
Bodies: MX, LX, *ist D, K-50, KP

Optics: SMC Takumar 28-80mm 3.5-4, SMC Takumar 80-200 4, SMC M200mm 2.8, SMC A28mm 2.8mm, SMC A50mm 1.7, SMC A100mm 2.8 macro, DA10-17mm 3.5-4.5 Fisheye, DA18-55mm II 3.5-5.6, DA50-200mm 4-5.6
Last Edited by mckendrick on 26/02/2010 - 16:15

Anvh

Link Posted 26/02/2010 - 16:13
Same here Martin, I think Andrew was using a 28mm but dialled in 43mm when asked for the focal length for the shake reduction.

It's an obvious mistake to fill in the equivalent focal length instead of the actual focal length.

Andrew probably knows what he has done, so let's await for his answer.
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ

Malo1961

Link Posted 26/02/2010 - 16:26
I think you are right, Stefan.
Best regards,

Martin.


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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 26/02/2010 - 16:32
Anvh wrote:
Same here Martin, I think Andrew was using a 28mm but dialled in 43mm when asked for the focal length for the shake reduction.

It's an obvious mistake to fill in the equivalent focal length instead of the actual focal length.

Andrew probably knows what he has done, so let's await for his answer.

Yes, Stefan, you're absolutely right. Coming from pre-digital times (not quite Daguerreotypes) I have to convert back to 35mm terms in order for things to make sense (actually I still do the same with decimal currency but best not spread this around, I mean, who else on this esteemed site would know what half-a-crown is really worth?)

But on a more serious note, I must dial in the correct focal length when using manual lenses or,as you point out, the shake reduction won't work properly which would be ironic, since that's one of the reasons I stuck with Pentax!

Interestingly with M42 lenses and their screw converter I don't get the option to choose a focal length...I wonder what the camera selects then? Does any body know? (Actually, Kris will be home from work soon and he's sure to!)

Apologies for misleading you

Best regards,

Andrew
Best wishes,

Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
Ernst Hass
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