In 4x5 large format photography, the 150mm lens is considered the normal field of view, as is 50mm in 35mm format. Agreement on what constitutes wide angle field of view in 4x5 format sees less agreement amongst practitioners. Some say a 120mm lens is wide, while others, myself included, see 90mm lenses as the beginning of true wide angle. I prefer a 75mm lens, which some see as ultra wide angle, as I find the near-far relationship that it produces to match my vision of wide angle. This was my first shot with the Fujinon f/5.6 SWD 75mm lens recently acquired used on Ebay. It matches the field of view on my 4x5 pinhole, which keeps things simple for me. I also have the Fujinon f/8.5 C300 lens (considered telephoto on 4x5) which I also find very sharp (purchased for a normal lens on my now gone 8x10). Fujinon lenses have a great reputation, but as they never really had a distribution system in the USA, they are less available on the used market here.
"The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer. " Edward R. Murrow
It took me a very long time to see the obvious...
I have been following this young man on Youtube for quite some time. While he shoots primarily with an 8x10 Ebony RW, he also shoots 4x5 and 6x17. His adventures (yes, I still use that term) are exciting for me and I appreciate his dogged adherence to fine art, rather than the ever apparent alternative-shit work. This young fellow has regularly hauled a 90lb backpack with camera, video, and camping supplies to remote locations for a week or longer, with the ultimate product of two fine art negatives. The true ideal for large format fine art work. You rock Ben!