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    What is the "big lens" look ?

    I hear the term "big lens look" related to MF

    what is that ?

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    Re: What is the "big lens" look ?

    No idea. I have shot MF for most of my life and never heard the term.

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    Re: What is the "big lens" look ?

    Nor have I.
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    Re: What is the "big lens" look ?

    Anything like big hair look?
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    Re: What is the "big lens" look ?

    Quote Originally Posted by trioderob View Post
    I hear the term "big lens look" related to MF

    what is that ?
    Never heard it put that way either.

    Do you mean the Medium Format "look" where the DOF is different from smaller formats?

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    Re: What is the "big lens" look ?

    Well I have read that term a few times related to very large lens of medium format or even more old time view camera lens.

    here is a wet plate I had made with a civil war camera that had a huge lens.

    the subject is my daughter - image is about 7 years old

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    Re: What is the "big lens" look ?

    But there are a bunch of things going on with that image to give it its "look." One is the DoF. But the process and lighting are also creating the illusion. But you could take the same camera, use a different process and get a "small lens" look.

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    Re: What is the "big lens" look ?

    Lenses with huge image circles have a different look - definitely. But what do you get when you cross a "big lens" with a "fat pixel" back? :-)

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    Re: What is the "big lens" look ?

    I think you mean the smaller Dof.

    Yes; that's one of the things MF has for me. It's possible to shoot pictures with a MF + 80/2.0 or 80/1.9 which look a little bit like made with a Leica Noctilux. That's one of the areas, where MF is more favorable.

    The other thing I like with MF is that you can stop down your lenses more than with 35mm. If I could really remember the reason is the bigger image circle.
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    Re: What is the "big lens" look ?

    Never heard the term either, but can only guess (as others have done) that because medium format lenses have to be longer (in order to provide a given angle of view), and depth of field is a product of focal length (all other things being equal), that medium format tends to provide narrower depth of field on a given shot - which is characteristic of long lenses on any format. But just a guess.

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    Re: What is the "big lens" look ?

    I have heard/read of the fabled "3D Look" but never the "big lens" look.

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