Can someone share a history or origin of why 35mm FL was the "chosen one" in the first place?

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Craig Gillette Veteran Member • Posts: 9,461
Re: Can someone share a history or origin of why 35mm FL was the "chosen one" in the first place?

While about 50mm was common as an slr lens, the 35mm or so focal length was extremely common on many fixed lens cameras.  50mm is often a tad too long for interior shooting, common family events like holiday gatherings, birthdays, etc., interior groups.  35mm comes closer to covering those sorts of common subjects.  It's also wider than "normal" so it covers outside travel shooting well, without being so wide as to really results in a lot of perspective distortion if one moves in for a "portrait, doesn't radically keystone reasonable architecture type shots, etc.  From a practical use standpoint when one can't swap it out, it's even more useful than the 50mm on the trad. 35.. film frame.

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