Originally Posted by Wenge
have been experimenting to get close-ups (w/everything in focus) lately w/ various camera/lens combos, while the Fuji GFX and the 63mm @f/16 is winning at this point, but still open to other opinions. That Adams shot is stunning.
If you have the Fuji medium format digital camera, you have something that will basically equal 4x5 in quality while being MUCH easier to get good results with.
The thing with large format is that the depth of field is so narrow that you cannot simply focus on the main subject and then stop down to get everything in focus, the way people often do with 35mm or medium format.
You have to focus on the closest thing in the image that must be sharp, then note the position of the lensboard on the focusing rail. Then you focus on the furthest thing that must be sharp, and note the position of the lensboard on the focusing rail. The, move the lensboard to a place exactly halfway between the near and far focus points. Then stop down. I used to have a chart that told what aperture to use depending on the spread between the two focused distances. The system worked but is cumbersome.