Maybe this is it !!!

Started 11 months ago | Discussions thread
Sergey Borachev
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Re: Bring on a logical lens set....
In reply to Anders W, 11 months ago

Anders W wrote:

So is the series I am actually using at the moment, i.e., the same as above but with 20 replacing 17. Although I marginally prefer 17 over 20 if I think about the FL alone, none of the 17s currently available really appeal to me on other grounds . Hence, I stick with 20 as a substitute for 17.

I agree that none of the 17mm's are appealing and that 17mm is a better FL.

On the other hand, 15 would be too far towards the wide end for me to be a good substitute for 17 or 20. The point of 17 (35 mm EFL), as I see it, is that it still works as a "normal lens" (minimal perspective distortion) unless ýou go very close with it while at the same time giving you a bit more leeway than 25 (50 mm EFL) to fit things in when you can't back up any further. At 15 (30 mm EFL), however, I'd say you are really out of "normal lens" territory.

Due to the ever increasing MPs, images from modern cameras can be cropped a lot more and still retain enough quality when compared with those from decades ago, when 35mm became "normal". My understanding is that the perspective distortion in a picture is a function of subject distance and not the FL. Standing at the same distance, a 15mm and a 17mm should be identical in the amount of such distortion produced by their pictures, although the image from the wider lens has to be magnified more to match the size from the 17mm. Is that correct? I think that's what you mean by "fit things in"

My point is that there is some reason for "modernising" the traditional FL thinking. With some sacrifice in quality (which is abundant and still more than adequate, compared to the old days), the 15mm can take the place of the 17mm as the normal wide or can be accepted as the lens to carry around. The advantage is of course a wider view when needed while retaining the 17mm or even the 20mm FOV with a little penalty.

I believe this is the reason why we are seeing more fixed lens cameras with 28mm equiv lenses since the film days, e.g. the Ricoh compacts, the Sigma, the latest Nikon etc. So, a 15mm lens (30mm equiv) is not unacceptable and may become normal in time, provided it has high resolution to do the cropping trick.

Think in terms of 7.5/15/30/60 maybe for a 2x separated set, 60mm already there in the macro and 15mm in the toy lens cap lens so far - now for a real 15mm and hopefully 30mm later.

Then an even better 1.4x separated prime set would become 7.5/11/15/21/30/42/60 in rounded numbers. Nice. I might even stray from zooms if something sensible like that happens.

Regards...... Guy

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