Digital SLR focal length.


May 8, 2009
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?


Mar 17, 2006
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.