What's more important; wide angle lenses or telephoto lenses?

Started Jan 25, 2013 | Questions thread
hikenhi
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Re: What's more important; wide angle lenses or telephoto lenses?
In reply to Gerry Winterbourne, Jan 28, 2013

Gerry Winterbourne wrote:

hikenhi wrote:

I'm not sure if you know this but each of our eyes have about a 50mm view in FF or 35 mm in APS-C. I'd agree with you on the, "If I could have one focal legnth."

He can't know it because it's not true. Those lenses have a diagonal AOV of about 45 degrees. Our eyes each have an AOV of over 120 degrees horizontally, a bit less vertically. Both eyes together cover a horizontal AOV of about 220 degrees.

Here's an experiment I did. I put my camera on a tripod at eye level with an 8-16 lens at 8mm. I found an obvious centre target and looked at it, then without moving my head or eyes noted the extreme range of my vision each side. I took two shots with their edges at those extremes and merged them. I also noted where my upper and lower limits were and roughly how I lost resolution away from the centre. Here's the result.

2 x 8mm merged

Here's what a shot at 35mm looks like from the same point.

But that's not what I saw in crisp detail. After trying various lenses the best impression of what I really saw fully is this: portrait orientation at 70mm.



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