Date: 12/17/02-04:58:22 PM Z
I totally agree with you. When I lived in Germany from'77-'81 I
carried my 8x10 Deardorff with me every where I went. I photographed
everything from vineyards in France to farms in Denmark. I photographed
buildings down to shards of headstones in a stream in a vandalized Jewish
cemetary. My favorite lens was a 21 1/4" Kodak process lens in a Packard
shutter. I had a Kodak 10" Wide Field Ektar, but don't remember a negative I
made with it. I don't think my landscapes look squashed, but then I'm left
handed so who knows. As Sandy pointed out, long lenses on view cameras tend
not to be as long relatively speaking as what we see with 35mm. My bad
negatives weren't the fault of the lens. I managed that all on my own.
In a message dated 12/17/02 12:57:44 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> Shannon, your posts are great. I love the mental picture of you spying
> on the cows with your telephoto lens.
> This has been an interesting and educational thread. I didn't know, for
> instance, that people don't use telephoto lenses for landscape. I do it
> all the time, or did when I was shooting 35mm; in fact I used a 100mm
> lens as my standard everyday lens. I wouldn't consider 100mm a
> telephoto, but I'm just saying that as a rule I like to shoot longer and
> closer than what's generally considered "normal" Unfortunately my
> longest lens for the 8x10 is 16" As Sandy points out, the 8x10
> equivalent to my "normal" 100mm would be 24" and even a telephoto
> equivalent of a 200mm lens would exceed my bellows draw. So I can't
> shoot landscape in large format the way I'd like to and am still
> struggling to find a way to make the large format camera a tool that
> serves my "vision" of landscape. One interim solution I've come up with
> is to fix a pinhole to a lensboard and stretch the bellows out as far as
> it will go, which is around 30".
> I also didn't know that a landscape photograph is supposed to show a
> panoramic vista and what's more, to show proper "photographic"
> perspective and to represent "reality" accurately. Says who?
> Katharine Thayer
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