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01-03-2012, 08:52 AM   #1
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Which would be the best lens for full body portraits?

Hello everyone,
I would like to know which lens would be good for a full length body portrait? The lenses to choose from are: the DA 15 limited, DA 21 limited, FA 35 mm, Sigma 30mm, or the DA 40 limited?

01-03-2012, 09:07 AM   #2
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You should put the FA 31mm on that list, but since it's not there, I'd say either the FA 35mm (sharper) or Sigma 30mm (faster). The 15 and 21mm lenses are too wide, IMO, and the DA 40mm is too slow for bokeh fanciness.

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Depends on how far back you can shoot from. I think the Sigma 30 or DA35 have good potential, in a smaller space though the DA21 may be required.
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I should go with the 40mm ltd !!!!! Unless you have lottsa money lol The Bokeh is quite decent anyway. The sigma.... what can i say eeeeeek lets not go ther lol.
The other alternative of course is a good zoom such as the tamron 28 to 75 F2.8.
Also.... pentax 35mm F2.4 WOW ! cheapest lens ever.... but check it out..... one of the best performers for any price ! Food for thought !!!!!

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the sigma i find annoying for full-body shots due to its field curvature and soft corners, especially when you're really filling up the frame. I'd lean more towards the DA35 or DA40 due to sharpness and nearly nonexistent barrel distortion.

with that being said, if i had the space for it, i'd just grab the longest lens i can find for full body shots
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All of these lenses are either normal or wide angle. As such they introduce perspectives that many consider unflattering for portraits unless that is your intention.

If space is available, go with a much longer focal length (50 to 135). If you are in a confined space, go to the furthest corner and, all other things being equal (image quality, Bokeh, etc), use the longest lens that will cover the model.
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As Adam said, the FA 31 is one hell of a doozy here. It's sharper than the Sigma across the frame except in the center, and much less distortion. Check out the FA 31 reviews on this site, there are some full body shots in there and they look damn good.
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+1 for the 35mm, cheap, sharp, I like the bokeh and it's surprisingly flattering for its fl.


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Depends on:
* the size of the full body
* the size of the shooting space
* how much context you want in the pic
* what kind of DOF / bokeh control you want
* and how much perspective distortion you can stand.

For more context, use the 31. For more DOF/bokeh control, use a fast 35. For a larger space and best perspective, use the 40 or even a 50/55. For flexibility, try the Tamron 28-75/2.8.
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Yes, it all depends. But note with my 16-50mm f2.8 zoom on a 1.5 crop DSLR, I could not get shallow enough DOF when focused at a distance for a full body shot at 50mm and f2.8. It would take a longer lens to get the background well OOF or a faster lens or even a FF camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
Yes, it all depends. But note with my 16-50mm f2.8 zoom on a 1.5 crop DSLR, I could not get shallow enough DOF when focused at a distance for a full body shot at 50mm and f2.8. It would take a longer lens to get the background well OOF or a faster lens or even a FF camera.
Tricks there include:

* Keep the subject light and the background dark.
* Shoot in a larger space with the BG further from the subject.
* Cheat. Screw a good 1.4x or 1.5x tele adapter onto the lens front.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Tricks there include:

* Keep the subject light and the background dark.
* Shoot in a larger space with the BG further from the subject.
* Cheat. Screw a good 1.4x or 1.5x tele adapter onto the lens front.
Much simpler to slap my 85mm f1.4 lens on to get the job done. You don't always have control over the environment. 1.x Adapters want you to stop the lens down and that practically puts you back just where you started.

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Of the options the fa35 or sig30. However of all possible options I'd choose a fa31.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
Much simpler to slap my 85mm f1.4 lens on to get the job done.
But you had only mentioned the 16-50. Cheat!

Yes, are many many solutions, all involving different levels of expense and expertise. That's why we have few simple answers. Except that photography is one field where problems CAN be solved just by throwing money at them. DOF too thick? Then just buy a 50/0.95.

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1.x Adapters want you to stop the lens down and that practically puts you back just where you started.
I get that nice one-eye-sharp-all-else-soft look with the Sony 1.4x (US$4) on my planar Yashica ML 50/1.4 (US$10), effectively 75/1.4, and DOF is almost as thin if I stop-down to f/1.7 or f/2, not so different than the Jupiter-9 85/2 wide-open. And rather cheaper.

ObTopic: Lenses in the 75+mm range aren't great for adult full-body shots except in large spaces. The Tamron 28-70/2.8 is a good full-body lens IMHO.

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Seems like OP would like to have AF lenses, then FA35/2, tamron 28-75/2.8
But if MF also an option, any 28/2, 35/2 (or faster), 50/55 f2/1.8

I just start to use the FA35 since xmas, a very good lens.
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