tfttf504 – Compression Myth

Absolut Analog Februar 2011

Today Chris will once and for all give you the answer to the question if long focal lengths really compress perspective or if that’s just a myth. Peter wants to find out about shooting indoors, Shakeel tells us about old town Alexandria and the Washington D.C. workshop and AJ wonders how hard it is to get your feet wet in analog photography.

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4 thoughts on “tfttf504 – Compression Myth”

  1. Compression: Isn’t it not a thing of viewing angle? Wide angle lenses have a wider and tele a smaller. So, if you photograph a close subject and a (bigger) subject behind that, the relative size of both subjects will be different depending on the viewing angle. If you crop that image to the same size of the front subject you will see more or less of the far subject. This is the same effect as if the distance between this both subjects is smaller or wider at the same viewing angle.

  2. A few comments for AJ on what film equipment to start with.

    As Chris mentioned, it really depends on what you want to do with film. Specifically, it depends on what type of photography you enjoy and what kind of viewing system you like. If you are mostly into landscape photography, I would recommend looking at 2 1/4″ cameras and view cameras as well as 35mm. If you like candid/street photography take a look at a twin lens reflex such as a Yashicamat or a Rollieflex or a rangefinder camera such as an older Leica. For portraiture, a 2 1/4″ SLR is a joy to work with. All of these are going for amazingly low prices now that most pros who relied on them are going digital.

    If you are still interested in a 35mm SLR, the big question would be how important auto-focus is to you. If it is something you plan to use a lot, I would go with an EF mount Canon. If you do all manual focus work, the FD series cameras can be cheaper although they are usually heavier.

    In the U.S. you can actually find Film SLRs as low as $25-50 that work just fine on Craigslist, at rummage sales or flea markets, etc.

    To start off with I wouldn’t be too concerned with future lens compatibility but I also wouldn’t buy a bunch of lenses either. I would recommend buying just a camera with a 50mm lens and working with that for a while. If you decide that you don’t like it or want to go in a different direction, you are not out much money. But then again, if you are only buying one camera and one lens, there is no reason not to buy an EF mount system. It is probably not much more expensive. I loved my old FD mount Canon FTb but it was heavy and did not have many of the nice modern conveniences of the newer Canons. Just make sure that whatever camera you buy can easily be use in manual exposure modes. I used one of the later Rebel film cameras and it was kind of too automatic for its own good.

  3. Hi Chris,

    Been subscribing for over a year to podcast but will unsubscribe as really not into analog film. (although I grew up using that first)
    Maybe if you separated the podcast into 2 but I am sure that is more work to do.



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