Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/10/13

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Subject: Re: 135mm Focal Length
From: (David Morton)
Date: Mon, 14 Oct 96 03:19 BST-1

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> I regularly use 135mm on both my M6 and IIIc and have 
> no
> difficulty whatever doing so.  I also use a VISO on both for longer 
> focal
> lengths, though I admit it is more difficult for me to use reflex 
> focusing
> than RF.
> I also regularly use a 50mm normal lens.  Rarely, I use a 35mm lens.  
> Quite
> rarely, a 28mm or 20mm.  Probably three-quarters of my photography is 
> with
> 50mm, 90mm or 135mm, and one-quarter with 35mm or wider.

One experiment I'd like to try is to take one of the new auto cameras 
with a wide zoom & clever databack, which would record the focal length 
in use. Then send a few photographers from different 'user groups' out 
and see what focal lengths they actually use.

I have this funny suspicion that the numbers 20, 28, 35, 50, 85 & 135 
would feature quite high on the histogram.

In a recent article David Bailey (moderately well-known UK snapper) said 
that his 'desert island' choice of two lenses would be a 35mm and a 135mm.

I've always preferred the 35mm as a standard over the 50mm, but I was 
surprised by his choice of the 135mm as a portrait lens over 85-90mm, 
having said that I do use my 135mm f2 an awful lot.      |  "The loss of an old man  |  is like the destruction
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