- Apr 3, 2015
- Medium Format
Very nice case! Care to bend our ears on it?
Had to do a little digging for opinions on the 127mm . I currently have a sekor c 90mm but im curious to try something different.
Try a 50mm or 180mm. Or both.
I had both the 90mm and the 127mm, as well as several other lenses. All of mine were the C versions. I mainly used my RB67 for studio portraiture, I only rarely took it outside.
I generally used the 127 more, as it was almost perfect for mid-body shots--when shooting film, I only rarely shot full lengths. Which one was sharper? That's hard to say, I never did a critical comparison. *But* I can assure you my 90mm was *extremely* sharp. One time I shot a full-length B&W portrait of a friend who was just a little under six feet tall. I left a bit of room above his head and below his feet, so basically the image area was probably around 7.5 feet vertically, maybe just slightly less. I was shocked when I looked at the negative through a loupe to find that I was *very clearly* able to read the lettering on the button holding up his jeans. I thought it was incredible that given the small area that feature occupied on the negative, that the writing was so sharply legible. (It wasn't just stamped brass, like Levi's; the writing was engraved and paint-filled. But on the negative, it looked like it was *etched*, and every letter was clearly and fully resolved.)
I personally prefer a slightly wider "standard" lens. If I was going to walk around with an RB67, I'd likely choose the 90--and as I mentioned above, I would have no worries at all about how sharp it was. It really is hard to argue against the compact and also very good 127, though. And if you prefer a slightly longer standard lens, the 127 will probably do it for you. I don't know the strict relationship between 35mm and 6x7 focal lengths, but to me the 90 felt about like a 40mm on 35mm film, and the 127 felt more like 55-58mm.
So that's what it comes down to in your thought process: do you prefer a smaller or slightly longer/heavier lens? (Remember, the 90mm is larger and heavier than the 127, despite being a shorter focal length.) Do you prefer a wide-ish or long-ish normal lens? Those would be my only two considerations, I think the sharpness is pretty much, for all practical purposes, an absolute toss up.
|Photrio.com contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. |
To read our full affiliate disclosure statement please click Here.
PHOTRIO PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY: