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100mm Macro as "normal" lens

 
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Feb 23, 2018 01:05 |  #16

The 100L is my go-to lens for headshots and portraiture. I don't find f/2.8 slow at all, and I tend to shoot said images @ f/8 or f/11 anyway.


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Feb 25, 2018 11:27 |  #17

The 100mm f/2.8 Macro does a fine job for 'normal' photography, but it does tend to have rather slow focusing speed. For me, that is its greatest drawback. I do use it mostly for general photography, since I don't do very much macro photography. When I bought it, I was still learning about what I wanted to do with my photography. Live and learn.


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Mar 02, 2018 09:34 |  #18

For a couple years the 100f2.8 non L was my portrait lens, on my 7D it was my second fastest lens after my nifty fifty, and my second longest after my 70-200f4.
Some days I would head out with it as my only lens, and I did get some nice images. But for some people the equivalent 160mm is understandably too long.

If you don't mind the focal length it is a very sharp lens. And one big advantage of working with macro lenses for portraits, is that you never hit the minimum focusing distance. Get as tight as you want.


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Mar 02, 2018 09:40 |  #19

if you want to try a true very versatile macro, play with a 50mm macro. While it doesnt do well shooting bugs, the focal length is way more useful more most other things.

I no longer even own a 100mm macro as the 50 is just much more versatile. I've got 85/135 for portraits.

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Mar 02, 2018 10:08 |  #20

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If you don't mind the focal length it is a very sharp lens. And one big advantage of working with macro lenses for portraits, is that you never hit the minimum focusing distance. Get as tight as you want.
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For decades before digital, the 135 format cameras had about 100mm FL (assortment of lenses all in the 85-105mm FL range) as studio 'portrait' lens.
It gives facial perspective that others are accustomed to seeing in the subject, in everyday life, and captures it into a photo for the bookshelf/wall
It gives sufficient proximity to the subject that it is not 'a hike' to approach them and adjust pose and go back to camera position to make a shot
It permits an easily found and reasonable-sized room to be used for portrait shooting


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