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What is your favorite focal length? And why? (4 replies)

Vlad Savin
1 month ago
Vlad Savin 1 month ago

What is your favorite focal length? And why?

I like 28mm on a 1.5 crop. It turns out 42mm.

In my images I want to convey my visual experience to the viewer. I want the viewer to look at the world with my eyes. Such a photographic philosophy. A 42mm lens does this very well.

socearrullain
1 month ago
socearrullain 1 month ago

35mm is a great focal length for composition and visual experience... not too personal, just enough that you are transported into the image, but not so much that you can't admire it from afar too.

It's quite a subjective topic this, everyone will have preferences based on speed of shooting and composition, but it will also be affected by what is happening in the shot - what is the story? Where do we want to take the viewer? That's the reason why planning out scenes and how they will be shot to convey emotion in the story arc is so important. But then, sometimes a particular focal length can be impulsive and lead to the best story/emotion ever without any planning at all... so being too in love with one particular focal length is perhaps not such a good thing. Just my very humble opinion.

David W
1 month ago
David W 1 month ago

Thanks for a question that everyone can give their own take on, makes for an interesting discussion.

I am more drawn to more intimate lenses, so a 50mm and down. I actually copy Emmanuel Lubezki's use of a 28mm prime lens for photography-though I use a 30mm which has a little less distortion. He's right in that you can shoot landscapes and portraits without changing lenses or zooming with a 28mm lens. You can be incredibly intimate with portraits as the distortion isn't super crazy, but it is there, so it depends if you want the feeling that comes with that.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

Personally, I am always aware of the lens when shooting portraits on anything wider than a 35mm. I usually work with a 35mm on my Leica M9.

Vlad Savin
1 month ago
Vlad Savin 1 month ago

Thanks for answers.

As I see it, we use 30-50mm. This is close to the true image. But they differ in the breadth of the viewing angle. It all depends on personal preferences.

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