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05-12-2008, 12:32 AM   #1
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Portrait Lens and Macro

***Subject should read; Portrait Lens and Close-up

The age old question again; is 50mm (75mm) too short and is 90mm (135mm) too long? The reason I ask is I'd like to get a lens that is good for both portrait and close-up shots (not macro).

I have the Sigma 18-50 so, is the long end too short (oxymoron? ) making distortion of a face noticeable? If not then all I need is a 540 flash.

2 other lenses I have been pondering are the Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro and the Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro.

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I use the FA50mm f/1.4 for indoor portraits and close-ups.
No noticeable distortion at 50mm.

The Tamron 90mm f/2.8 is a very sharp lens, but somewhat awkward to use for portraits indoors - I use it for outdoor portraits and macro.

I suppose a reasonable compromise in one lens would be the 70mm.
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i use da40mm 2.8 limited and fa50mm 1.4..

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or 50mm k and 50mm m..

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QuoteOriginally posted by metalfab Quote
2 other lenses I have been pondering are the Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro and the Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro.
This is appropriate, as I am considering these very two lenses at the moment, and was going to start a thread on it.

I was looking at both the Pentax, 50mm & 100mm macros.

I too was thinking that the 50 could be a little too short, while the 100 could be a little too long for a general portrait lens, and then I noticed the Sigma 70 f2.8 - right in the middle!

By the way, there's a $90 rebate on the Tamron until the end of July to make it even more tempting. AF272P700 Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di 1:1 AF Macro Auto Focus Lens for Pentax AF - with 6 Year USA Warranty

I have to do more thinking and reading.

Decisions, decisions.

Mike

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only downside of the shorter more portrait friendly macro lengths like the 70mm is that they give you less working distance if you intend to shoot thinks like bugs that like to move. Otherwise I've only heard wonderful things about the 70mm. But with the rebate, I'd probably go with the 90mm tamron if I was buying new. I got the 105 sigma used cheap though.
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If Portrait lens and close up are what you are after isn't the DA 70 ltd or FA 77 ltd really what you are looking for?

Also the unreleased DA* 55.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kittykat46 Quote
I use the FA50mm f/1.4 for indoor portraits and close-ups.
No noticeable distortion at 50mm.

The Tamron 90mm f/2.8 is a very sharp lens, but somewhat awkward to use for portraits indoors - I use it for outdoor portraits and macro.

I suppose a reasonable compromise in one lens would be the 70mm.
I have the FA50 f/1.4 ... and the Tamron 90mm SP Macro lens as well.
As mentioned here ... the FA50 is used for indoors ... the 90mm is used outdoors where I can get some distance for portraits .. and also used for Macro as well.
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Does anyone own the Sigma 70 macro?

What are your thoughts on it?

I may get one this week.

Mike

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mike Bokeh Quote
Does anyone own the Sigma 70 macro?

What are your thoughts on it?

I may get one this week.

Mike
Don't have one, but the reviews are fabulous. If its a focal length you're interested in, I wouldn't hesitate.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Geekybiker Quote
Don't have one, but the reviews are fabulous. If its a focal length you're interested in, I wouldn't hesitate.
Thanks, Geekybiker.

You just might push me over the edge, and make me buy it.

While I could work with a 50mm lens (75m on digital) for portraits, I already have a Lensbaby with that focal length, and I'm very happy with it. I'd rather not duplicate focal lengths.

What I want now is a true macro which could double as a more conventional portrait lens. I'd probably shoot most of the portraits @ f2.8, and I'd use a Tiffen Soft F/X filter on it.

Hopefully, anyday now.

Mike
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QuoteOriginally posted by Geekybiker Quote
only downside of the shorter more portrait friendly macro lengths like the 70mm is that they give you less working distance if you intend to shoot thinks like bugs that like to move. Otherwise I've only heard wonderful things about the 70mm. But with the rebate, I'd probably go with the 90mm tamron if I was buying new. I got the 105 sigma used cheap though.
agree there, I was considering 70mm too, but at the end I decided on Sigma 105 for two reasons. Tamron 90 was unavailable and 105 offers biggest working distance from subject - which in your case I'm not sure is what you want

QuoteOriginally posted by Geekybiker Quote
Don't have one, but the reviews are fabulous. If its a focal length you're interested in, I wouldn't hesitate.
I agree there too, it seems to be sharp lens, with not much to be desired for

QuoteOriginally posted by Buddha Jones Quote
Tamron SP 28-75/2.8 XR Di
very good proposition, if it's really close up only that you want, and not macro, I would think about this one, it's a great lens...
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