Portraits


philstaff

Link Posted 17/01/2020 - 16:29
Can I ask you guys? Which is your preferred lens for portraits and why this is? If you could add the odd photo for further interest so much the better. Thanks in advance for your help.

Regards Ian

johnriley

Link Posted 17/01/2020 - 17:18
Any lens can be used for portraits, depending on the type of portrait that we want.

However, for a realistic and flattering result the preferred length would be a fast (bright) short telephoto. On full frame that would be 85mm (the classic portrait lens), 100mm (my favourite choice) or 135mm (getting a little long).
Best regards, John

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pschlute

Link Posted 17/01/2020 - 17:27
For my pooch portraits my go-to lens is the FA* 85mm 1.4. It never fails me.
Peter



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Chrism8

Link Posted 17/01/2020 - 17:30
I tend to use anything from a 45mm / 85mm F4.5 zoom ot a 150mm F2.8 on medium format or an 85mm F1.2 on full frame.
Chris

www.chrismillsphotography.co.uk

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K1 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6, Pentax FA 24 - 70 F2.8

Sigma 100-300 F4, Samyang 14mm F2.8, Sigma 70-200 F2.8,

K5iis - Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Sigma 70 - 300 F3.5/F5.6, Sigma 18 - 200 F3.6 / F4.5.

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HarisF1

Link Posted 17/01/2020 - 17:30
FA* 85 for me too. I'm an idiot for selling mine (in anticipation of the new D-FA* 85) and I'm putting the feelers out for a replacement.

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LennyBloke

Link Posted 17/01/2020 - 18:44
Pentax are masters of the portrait length lens (IMO) - the FA77, FA*85, A*85 are probably the pinnacle, but the K and M 85's are no slouches either. I have to say that since the DFA*50/1.4 arrived I tend to use this one for portraits rather a lot
LennyBloke

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HarisF1

Link Posted 17/01/2020 - 21:11
I'd also like to add that the FA77 didn't really impress me on my recent trip with the KP. It felt very challenging to use and wasn't so great in high contrast areas. It's quite long on APS-C which also reduces its usefulness.

On the K-1 it's a completely different animal and really shines on the larger format.

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Daronl

Link Posted 17/01/2020 - 22:55
It seems given the degree of perspective compression that occurs when shooting a face with a lens greater than 50mm focal length that 80-100 mm is most flattering.

So that says it all, in formal portrait photography the positive enhancement of prominent facial features is real; prominent noses and chins, for example can subtly benefit from the perspective compression of a longer focal length. Candids portraits are better taken with a medium length zoom

So I shoot portraits on primes at 80 to100 mm as a rule but will shoot up-to 200mm.on candids.

Egs in my portfolio
Daronl

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JAK

Link Posted 18/01/2020 - 01:46
Daronl wrote:
It seems given the degree of perspective compression that occurs when shooting a face with a lens greater than 50mm focal length that 80-100 mm is most flattering.

Fish-eye lenses can prove quite interesting for the opposite effect!
John K

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PRYorkshire

Link Posted 18/01/2020 - 11:50
For me it is the 50mm f1.7. On both the istd and K70 this seems to give the best results. Probably best on istd as can be a little too sharp on the K70.

Paul

philstaff

Link Posted 18/01/2020 - 14:33
PRYorkshire wrote:
For me it is the 50mm f1.7. On both the istd and K70 this seems to give the best results. Probably best on istd as can be a little too sharp on the K70.

Paul

Are you talking of the 1.7 50mm lenses the old manual focus lens?

philstaff

Link Posted 18/01/2020 - 14:34
Chrism8 wrote:
I tend to use anything from a 45mm / 85mm F4.5 zoom ot a 150mm F2.8 on medium format or an 85mm F1.2 on full frame.

Some cracking photos there thank you for sharing

ian

AndrewA

Link Posted 18/01/2020 - 16:18
The Sigma F1.4 50mm was very good when I owned one.
Andrew

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mr.mellow

Link Posted 18/01/2020 - 18:24
I often use a Sigma 70mm macro lens with good results.
The older I get the faster I was.
Dave
K-3 II, K10D, DA16-85, DA*50-135, DA12-24, DA18-55, DA 50, Sigma EX DG 70mm Macro, Sigma 70-300mm, Sigma DG 120-400mm APO HSM.
Metz 58 AF-1.

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takuman

Link Posted 18/01/2020 - 18:34
DA 70mm Limited?
Just passing thru

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