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Which Prime lens for portraits?

 
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Jan 19, 2015 07:07 |  #31

135mm and 85mm are both good lenses for tight shots of one or two people. For shooting 5 or so 35mm will be your friend or a 50mm if you have them in two rows. Either way having a good coverage from wide to tight is what you need. So you have a good tight lens & your wide (24-70) is not what you are looking for.

The price of buying a good 50/35mm prime versus selling your tammy and going for the EF 24-70L II might be within reach? Lots of wedding use in that lens. Or get a good wide prime and a second camera?


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Jan 19, 2015 07:45 |  #32

Ace and Deuce wrote in post #17389395 (external link)
I don't shoot portraits, but it's something that I want to start doing (family). Is this true? If so, at 100mm, what is a good aperture to keep the eyes in focus, but still have separation? I would use a 100mm macro lens.

Sorry to ask in another's thread, but that statement really grabbed my attention.


DOF is a function of the aperture and the framing. So you can shoot a full length person at f/1.2 and get them to be within the DOF. At tight framing, like when you fill the image with just their head, the DOF is a lot thinner. I personally like to go to f/11 for a tight headshot, but f/8 can be workable.

At f/2.8 (wide open on your macro) you will get a eye in focus and note both the tip of the nose and the ears are mush.

Also, you might find 100mm to be a little short for tight headshots. You still want to be back 12 feet from the subject.


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