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12-13-2008, 08:27 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
Add another vote for fast 50. I'm using my F50/1.7. It's hard to beat it. If I need to go wider I use DA40ltd, and for longer Sigma 105 (but that's quite a bit on the longer side). I think Da70 and Tamron 90 would do just fine too...
Most of the time these days, I am using the A*85/1.4.
It's long for what I do, but is such an amazing lens that I'm willing to back up.
I need to explore the 70 a bit more. I really haven't used it much. It fits the length of the studio I work in a lot better.

12-13-2008, 08:37 PM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
All good advice above... I have the FA 50 and the DA 40, but for me the tamron 28-75 is the best AF portrait option. It can go wide for the group shots, go medium for the full body, and 75mm for the face shooting. The most used lens in my bag for people shootin' ---- new about 349 and used in the marketplace about 275....

Then pick up a used 50 or 85mm MF fast lens for the shallow dof artsy portrait work... I have a 20 dollar helios 44M 58mm lens that is a blast to use along with my SMC tak 50... Another fun MF option for later on is the Jupiter 9 85mm...
But as a face shooter, I long for the FA 77...

good luck
Agree with everything here.


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