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POLL: "What is your most preferred portrait focal length prime lens based on full frame ?"
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Oct 08, 2010 14:21 |  #31

It is because there is no 100mm f1.4L! :)


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Oct 08, 2010 14:25 |  #32

I use my 70-200mm mostly at 70-85mm for portraits. I love the flexibility of that lens!


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Oct 08, 2010 15:45 |  #33

tkbslc wrote in post #11058597 (external link)
That's why I think 100mm is the best compromise. A touch of extra compression, but not too much vs the 85.

Along with the 135mm, I also like the 100mm focal range for portraits. I have the 100mm 2.8, but I prefer the 100mm 2.0. The faster 2.0 gives me more options and allows for a bit more creativity.




  
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Oct 08, 2010 16:05 |  #34

1.5x the normal focal length for the format.


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Oct 08, 2010 19:51 |  #35

tkbslc wrote in post #11059522 (external link)
It is because there is no 100mm f1.4L! :)

This would be ideal - and if it doesn't prove to be too much, make it with IS. :D

That said, on FF, I think it is 85mm for me. What I am not sure of is if that choice is actually a function of the focal length, or my experience when using the 85L.


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Oct 09, 2010 01:02 |  #36

Longer is better. I've chosen 135L just for faces portraits. If you wang to include more bokeh (WO) nor background, 85mm (L or not)


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Oct 09, 2010 01:58 |  #37

If this was asked in the mid 1960's-the mid 1980's, I would imagine the specter of the 105mm F 2.5 Nikkor would have swayed the results. That was considered the de facto 35mm film portrait lens of that day. 85mm used to be much more of a rangefinder camera long focus lens (90mm for Leica). I have both an 85mm and a 135mm and use them to fit the circumstance.


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Oct 09, 2010 02:07 |  #38

nightcat wrote in post #11058588 (external link)
Marloon.... Your answer is interesting because the compression (plus the bokeh of course) are the two things I like. Your right, it comes down to different strokes!

i find that when using the 135L for waist up photos, you lose the bokeh rendering because of the distance to your subject. I find the compression to be too much and i feel claustrophobic. I don't even know why i keep this lens around - for what i paid for it, I guess it's certainly not killing me to keep it.


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Oct 09, 2010 08:27 |  #39

anscochrome wrote in post #11062486 (external link)
If this was asked in the mid 1960's-the mid 1980's, I would imagine the specter of the 105mm F 2.5 Nikkor would have swayed the results. That was considered the de facto 35mm film portrait lens of that day. 85mm used to be much more of a rangefinder camera long focus lens (90mm for Leica). I have both an 85mm and a 135mm and use them to fit the circumstance.

For some reason, the f/3.5 135mm was every manufacturer's cheapest telephoto, and it was the first half-way decent lens that 3rd party manufacturers produced.

As far as I can recall, the fact that it could be gotten cheaply was the only reason 135mm got popular. It was rather long for a head-and-shoulders length and not long enough for anything requiring genuine reach.

But indeed, the 105mm Nikkor and the 90mm Leica lenses were what the pro was using back in those days. The Canon FD lenses were okay, but neither the 85mm or the 100mm achieved "legend" status of the 105mm Nikkor.

I don't think anyone in this thread has even mentioned the 100mm EF, but that's actually a quite nice lens, too.


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Oct 09, 2010 10:41 |  #40

@RDKirk-yes it is funny. The 135mm focal length was, as you stated the typical "I am a high school student shooting for the yearbook, and I have a Minolta SRT101, and I need another lens, and a 135mm is all I can afford" lens of that era. It gives me a smile to see so many people debating the merits of ALT 135mm lenses for their bokeh etc. and now people want them, when back then it was more or less a cheap throwaway lens "I'll use this until I can afford a 105mm F 2.5 Nikkor"


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Oct 09, 2010 11:07 |  #41

I love my Super Tak 135/3.5 but interestingly I haven't used as much as I want, especially for portraiture. It is a bit long a crop. I feel on a FF camera it would be perfect.

Also, about the 105/2.5 Nikkor, the AIs version can be had for $200 on KEH. I've definitely been wowed by it from what I've seen on Flickr.


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Oct 09, 2010 11:35 |  #42

Looks like everyone is picking 85mm in this poll. I find that odd because when you ask about portrait primes for a crop camera, everyone still recommends 85mm, which is more like 135 on crop.


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Oct 09, 2010 14:01 |  #43

tkbslc wrote in post #11063823 (external link)
Looks like everyone is picking 85mm in this poll. I find that odd because when you ask about portrait primes for a crop camera, everyone still recommends 85mm, which is more like 135 on crop.

Yep, you're right.

That's why I said my portrait lens is 1.5x the normal lens for the format. That worked for me with medium and large format as well.


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Oct 09, 2010 15:09 |  #44

tkbslc wrote in post #11063823 (external link)
Looks like everyone is picking 85mm in this poll. I find that odd because when you ask about portrait primes for a crop camera, everyone still recommends 85mm, which is more like 135 on crop.

+1... this.

With all the different crop factors its hard to have an equal field to really see what people prefer. I did try by putting in "based on full frame focal lengths", lol.

the poll was just for fun anyways.


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Oct 09, 2010 15:12 |  #45

I know it is not scientific or anything, but it makes me think it comes down more to the options available. There are no fast 100L's, but there is an 85 1.2, so do people prefer 85 because their is an f1.2 or because they actually like 85? On crop cameras I think the 50mm f1.4 is not as impressive optically and AF wise as the 85mm f1.8 for the same price, so do people recommend 85 for that reason or because they like the length?


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