Rethinking focal length conventions

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jrtrent Veteran Member • Posts: 6,221
Re: 6%

Phil A Martin wrote:

jrtrent wrote:

tko wrote:

You're thinking you need a 40 mm instead of 35 mm? Of what importance is this? How did you get this conclusion? How would a 85/80 = 6% difference in FL rock your world? I don't get this at all. It would seem like you think your numbers are better since they are "more rounded off," and you want lens manufacturers to come up with new products where the focal lengths are "prettier."

You may be right about the difference between 80 and 85 mm, but apparently there's a noticeable difference around 40mm:

"40mm is the "Perfect Normal" focal length for full-frame. Unlike 50mm lenses which often are too long or 35mm lenses which are often too wide, 40mm is always just right."

And that's from Ken Rockwell himself!

He's wrong, it's 43mm is actually the perfect focal length for full frame. It corresponds to the sensor diagonal of 43.27mm.

Sorry, but if someone quotes Ken Rockwell and you respond with, "He's wrong," there's nothing left to do but place you on the ignore list. Or maybe I should go on it, too, since I believe 55mm is the perfect normal focal length--sure loved it on my first SLR (Pentax SP1000).

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