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Subject: [Leica] How did 50mm become the "normal" lens for 35mm cameras?
From: Frank.Dernie at (Frank Dernie)
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:42:01 +0100
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I had seen your preference for 85/90 before Alan, and I was happy to read 
Doesn?t seem to be a common way of looking, but that is the way it is for me 
Frank D.

> On 22 Sep 2016, at 19:35, Alan Magayne-Roshak <amr3 at> 
> wrote:
> On Thu, 22 Sep 2016 Frank Dernie <Frank.Dernie at>wrote:
>> .... My preference of lens to represent the view "as I see it" needs a
> 85/90mm lens. A 35 is on the limit for me as a maximum wide angle >for
> observational pictures. OTOH one can get really good visual effects with
> wider, it is just that the resulting picture bears no resemblance >to what
> I see naturally, for me.
>> ...
>> ...
> =========================================================================================================
> I was happy to read this.
> I thought I might be the only one anywhere who likes 85-90mm best, with
> 50mm as second choice, which makes my Fuji X-E2 (APS-C) so good for me.  I
> can use my old 50mm lenses as fast 85's, but in a small size.  With
> adapters, I can use a Summicron collapsible, a DR that I put into a rigid
> mount, a Canon f/1.2 LTM, a Zuiko f/1.4, a 1968 Nikkor f/1.4, and a
> Super-Takumar f/1.4.  The 35mm f/2 Summicron that I didn't use much on my
> M's now works like a 50mm.
> For a light outfit to use outdoors, I liked my 90 Elmar on the IIIf, but
> always wished I could've afforded a IIIg so that I could have focused and
> composed without having had to use the bright line VF on top.   I was
> always worried it would get knocked off, too.
> -- 
> Alan
> Alan Magayne-Roshak, Senior Photographer
> University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Photo Services
> (Retired)
> UPAA Photographer of the Year 1978
> UPAA Master of the Profession 2014
> amr3 at
> "All the technique in the world doesn't compensate
> for an inability to notice. " - Elliott Erwitt
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