Colin left a reply to my recent "Gone Fishing" post, I thought I would I make a blog post out of it , Colin asks :
" I notice you use the 120mm lens a lot -- I myself have the 150mm lens as my 'normal'.
Do you see a big difference between the two? It seems yours is just a tad wider but I wonder if there's an appreciable difference? "
I use the 120mm Schneider Symmar-S lens a lot, its my favourite lens for 4 x 5, so its my normal lens for myself. I do think there is difference between the 120mm and 150mm lenses, not huge but enough where I feel more comfortable with the 120mm lens. I started out with a 150mm lens years ago ( more than twenty ) when I bought my first 4 x 5 view camera, I traded it in on the 120mm after about a year later. I would say the differences between the 150mm and 120mm lens would be something like a 45mm lens and a 35mm lens on a 35mm film format camera ( or what some refer to as full frame digital today ) so I would say yes I think there is an appreciable difference between the two lenses.
I have always liked the "view" that the 120mm lens has provided me and I would say that about 90 % of my entire body of personal work has been done with this one lens. I also carry with me a 270mm Schneider G-Clarion which would be a medium telephoto on my 4 x 5 view camera.
I have somewhat of an minimalist approach when it comes to my own personal work unlike my day to day work as a newspaper photographer where I usually carry an extensive amount of equipment for my job. I have always enjoyed shooting on my days off and holidays even before I shot with large format cameras, I didn't feel I needed to take my full range of lenses and motor driven cameras and so forth with me, so what I would do is to take only the 35mm lens and my 105mm lens ( Nikon ) also with my old Nikon FM2's camera bodies I would take the motor drives off so I would not be tempted to blast away at my subjects, I wanted to be more thoughtful and try for the famous "decisive moment".
The picture posted was taken at East Sooke Park showing my 4 x 5 Tachihara with my favourite lens - 120mm Schneider Symmar-S.