Wide angle lenses – now with 4×5″

A while back I wrote a short article comparing wide angle lenses on various formats. This is a small update to include large format (4×5″), which I have recently bought into to overcome problems with super-wide lenses on 6×9 (or lack thereof) This diagram shows various common film formats, ranging from 4×5″ (large format viewContinue reading “Wide angle lenses – now with 4×5″”

Wide angle lenses

Since I embarked upon my Somerset Towers project, I’ve visited over a dozen churches across the country to photograph them with my Horseman 980 view camera. It’s barely made a scratch in the project, but I have learnt a lot already. View cameras are appropriate for architectural photography because they allow the photographer to captureContinue reading “Wide angle lenses”

Prime, zoom, telephoto or wide angle lens?

On photography forums I see a lot of confusion about what is meant by prime lenses, zoom lenses, and telephoto lenses in particular. A zoom lens is able to change its focal length, i.e. to zoom in and out. This does not necessarily mean that it is a telephoto lens. A prime lens has aContinue reading “Prime, zoom, telephoto or wide angle lens?”