50mm "Normal" Lens... Ok, but "Normal" on FF or APS-C Sensor?

Started Nov 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: 50mm "Normal" Lens... Ok, but "Normal" on FF or APS-C Sensor?

In a strict sense 43mm is a normal FOV on Full Frame.  Traditionally we've had 50mm f.18 and f.14 lenses instead ( I know of only one 43mm prime ).

On 1.5x crop frame 43mm translates to about 28mm, so that's my normal starting point for "normal" FOV on crop.  Typically we actually have 30mm and 35mm lenses at f1.8 and f1.4 for crop frame, so those are fairly good "normal" FOVs.

That said don't get too hung up on "normal" FOVs.  What matters is what you find useful, not what is notionally normal.  Personally I find 50mm on crop frame a good length for portraits, and generally a 35mm and below would be too wide for my style ( although some people love it ).

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