Digital SLR focal length.

rhesse

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I have a need to do landscape simulations for a very large project under CEQA. The requirements are to shoot what is equivalent to the human eye. The accepted professional standard according to what I have read so far is a 50mm lens on a 35mm camera. I am going to use a Nikon D300 and need to determine what lens setting to use to get to the equivalent of the above setup on a 35mm film camera. I was told that I could get an 18-55mm zoom lens and set the focal length to about 32mm, which would effectively give me the right setup. Advice?
 

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Nikon D300 Focal length multiplier is 1.5 so 50/1.5 = 33.33 which is closer to 34 not 32 but it's close enough. 18-55mm lens is a good basic good lens but if you want to be sharper then the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED or AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED is way to go. If you think it's too expensive then you might want to consider renting it.

Use F-stop of F 5.6 and up is and lonf exposure best for landscape.

http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests/231-nikkor-af-s-17-55mm-f28-g-if-ed-dx-review--test-report?start=1

http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests/236-nikkor-af-s-24-70mm-f28g-ed-review--test-report?start=2
 
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