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JM Photo NY

Posts: 26

Edison, New Jersey, US

I'm shooting a model later next week in a abandoned factory, some of the places are very tight, about 10-15 feet working distance. I normally shoot my full length shots with a "normal" 210mm or 305mm lens, but I figured I would need to use a 150mm or even a 90mm lens for some shots. I hate using a wide angle like a 90mm, 150 is better, but still wide.

I could fudge and try to hide distortion using rear tilt and swing, but I only have an hour to shoot 10 shots.

Not all of the locations in the factory are small, just 3 of them, but they are the most interesting. Should I try to correct it in printing or just go ahead and shoot and not think to hard about this?

Mar 26 13 11:34 am Link

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AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12865

Atlanta, Georgia, US

A 90mm isn't a wide angle lens given that "normal" human field of view is closer to 50mm (or 80mm on MDF).  Given the restrictions on space you may need a couple of choices of lens and I would be prepared for the worse.

Mar 26 13 11:40 am Link

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Armando D Photography

Posts: 579

Houston, Texas, US

Have this problem all the time 85mm is the limit and distortion starts popping in, my only way of combatting this was just to use a macro lens 50mm 2.8 macro is my close portrait favorite, beause they are corrected below 85mm. What's the camera your using right now?

Mar 26 13 11:40 am Link

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tenrocK photo

Posts: 5435

New York, New York, US

You're thinking too hard about this. If anything, you will learn something shooting differently than you usually do.

Mar 26 13 11:41 am Link

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Leonard Gee Photography

Posts: 16672

Sacramento, California, US

For a Mamiya RZ67, 150 isn't very "wide" and the 110mm in the avi looks fine. But in that small space, you aren't likely to get full length with 150mm unless you can shoot just outside the door. That limits your angles.

Just be careful with the 90mm and it should be OK. Some wide angle distortion can be part of the charm....

Mar 26 13 11:44 am Link

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Mcary

Posts: 1803

Fredericksburg, Virginia, US

AJScalzitti wrote:
A 90mm isn't a wide angle lens given that "normal" human field of view is closer to 50mm.  Given the restrictions on space you may need a couple of choices of lens and I would be prepared for the worse.

Not positive but from the rest of his post it sounds like he's shooting large format.

Mar 26 13 11:44 am Link

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RKD Photographic

Posts: 3265

Iserlohn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Unless you're shooting medium format, 90mm isn't 'wide'.

This was on a Nikkor 35mm f/2 lens on a D3x... Not much distortion here...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8222/8300337930_625e76fbef_c.jpg

Mar 26 13 11:45 am Link

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SayCheeZ!

Posts: 18183

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

nm... a few others said it right before i did.

Mar 26 13 11:45 am Link

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AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12865

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Mcary wrote:
Not positive but from the rest of his post it sounds like he's shooting large format.

RKD Photographic wrote:
Unless you're shooting medium format, 90mm isn't 'wide'.

This was on a Nikkor 35mm f/2 lens on a D3x... Not much distortion here...

I thought his profile said he shoots medium format, even then 90mm isn't a wide angle.  Now if he is shooting 4x5 or larger it could be.  Large format is the wrong choice for the location by his description, no reason to blame the lens for it.

Mar 26 13 11:57 am Link

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Select Models

Posts: 36284

Upland, California, US

Wide angle lens for full body shots

Do it all the time... but I have alittle bit of fun with it... borat... lol

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/GaryAbigt/Jin3.jpg

Mar 26 13 12:22 pm Link

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JM Photo NY

Posts: 26

Edison, New Jersey, US

Yeah I forgot to include that. I'm shooting a Horseman 4x5 monorail with HP5 and Portra 400. I only chose this combination because I can push either film to 1600 if its dark. But I am taking a roll film back with some Provia.

Why not shoot the RZ? 3 shots I have planned require movements which I cannot do with my RZ.

Mar 26 13 12:52 pm Link

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Giacomo Cirrincioni

Posts: 21445

New York, New York, US

Jim Motta Photography wrote:
Yeah I forgot to include that. I'm shooting a Horseman 4x5 monorail with HP5 and Portra 400. I only chose this combination because I can push either film to 1600 if its dark. But I am taking a roll film back with some Provia.

Why not shoot the RZ? 3 shots I have planned require movements which I cannot do with my RZ.

I also shoot a horeseman 4x5 and an RZ....

You can do it with the 90, even in tight quarters.

This shot was done exactly that way and for the same reasons (without the movements, I could not have gotten this shot - ie, you wouldn't have been able to see the top of the dresser).

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120824/21/50384dc261d70.jpg

Mar 26 13 04:51 pm Link

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Robb Mann

Posts: 10887

Baltimore, Maryland, US

You shooting large format? Not sure how else 210 is 'normal' and 90 'wide'.

Mar 26 13 06:12 pm Link