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06-25-2010, 07:55 PM   #1
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question for those doing studio/portrait work using primes.

For those who shoot in studios doing portrait, glamour or whatever and using primes.

I wonder what you find yourself using most?

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FA77mm and A501.2.
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damn, I had the lenses I'd probably shoot what scorpioh does.

I like my A 50 1.7 pretty well. Out of the studio the K 135 2.5 gets the most use.
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I only have two primes and only recently got one of them. But compared to my Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 and the kit lens, I prefer to use the SMC 50mm f/1.4 -- its razor sharp and has some of that mysterious pixie dust. Almost all my shots in the PPG were taken with it. I just got the M 135mm f/3.5 for outdoor portraits (or indoor, whatever) but haven't gotten around to using it all that much. The Tamron was my goto for a long time, but that 50 just has some magic in it. I'm trying to save up for the DA 70 limited and have a feeling I would really like it.

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the DA* 55mm would be awesome for studios shoot.
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QuoteOriginally posted by alan_smithee_photos Quote
damn, I had the lenses I'd probably shoot what scorpioh does.

I like my A 50 1.7 pretty well. Out of the studio the K 135 2.5 gets the most use.
I think the 77 is a nice FL for good subject isolation. But the studio must be big enough. The A50/1.2 is also a very good lens for indoor/low light candids.
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the dfa 100mm wr seems to be a great studio prime.

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We don't have our own studio, as we are on site family photographers, however we have shot in people's homes/backyards/nearby parks many times.

For inside shots you want something that is F/2 or better (unless you are using strobes), and 50mm-30mm. We currently use FA50/1.4, FA43/1.9, Sigma 30mm, Tamron 28-75mm (non prime) is also handy.

For outside backyard/park/location shots:
FA77/1.8, FA43/1.9, Sigma 30mm are great. You specifically spoke about primes, but the DA 50-135mm is simply fabulous in this regard.

Any decent prime (i.e. FA lim's, DA lim's) in the range of 21-77mm are going to be great, the only thing being is that if you are indoors anything beyond 50mm starts to get a bit long and can be difficult to work with.

I hope this info helps.

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The 70 seems to be my goto lens.
I have the 55, 70, 77, and a couple of 85s, but for what I do, the 70 seems right more often than any other.
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I usually use either the FA 85/1.4 or the FA 28-75/2.8, set around 70-75mm. Sometimes, for upper body shots, one of the 50s, either the FA 50/1.4 or the A 50/1.2, depending on my mood

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I use in order of use (first is most popular): DA*55mm; DA40mm; FA*85mm (my studio is to small for the last one, so just for a real closu-up).
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Old school..... 85mm & 55mm M42 Taks.
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SMCP 50mm f/1.2 SMCP-FA31mm f/1.8 SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 all three lenses are optically outstanding, and I find their compact size is less intimidating to subjects. The built in lens hoods for the FA31 and FA77 are excellent especially FA77.

I personally do not like using zoom lenses in studio settings, because the corner softness they all exhibit, and zooms tend to have a distracting flare pattern.
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A50/1.2 , Sigma 70/2.8, Vivitar S1 90/2.5

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