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

Started Nov 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
Lee Jay Forum Pro • Posts: 51,965
Re: Not the 50mm myth again. That one is tough to kill!

mgd43 wrote:

OK, but there aren't a lot of 43mm lenses on the market. The closest prime lens readily available was the 50mm so by default it became the "normal" lens, although a lot of us older photographers considered the 35mm lens a better choice.

Which had to do only with what was easiest to build (widest without going retrofocus), and had nothing to do with your eye's field of view.  And it's only "natural" for a particular viewing distance relative to print size.  In other words, it's basically meaningless.

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