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01-18-2009, 11:36 PM   #16
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Tamron 28-75

Sharp portrait lens... The FA 50 1.4 only makes it on the camera if I am in the dark. The 28-75 is the ticket.

01-19-2009, 01:39 AM   #17
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I know you asked for a zoom but as far as the "crazy sharp" part goes why not a 70-100mm macro?
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Unless you're going to be printing large and pixel-peeping (if so, why are you pixel-peeping?), I don't think you'll see much difference between lenses at around f/5.6 and f/8.

What focal lengths do you want? You can do portraits with pretty much any focal length if you know what you want and how to use them. The wider lenses give you more environment and can give you some really dynamic shots. Longer focal lengths are more flattering but won't give you much environment, very pretty but quite boring too if you ask me.

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The 50-135mm lens should serve you well in the telephoto range.
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Nice work Diego,

the shot of the middle aged couple does not get much better than that.

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QuoteOriginally posted by wildman Quote
Nice work Diego,

the shot of the middle aged couple does not get much better than that.
Thank you, those are my parents
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One more for the Tammy... range is excellent for portraits and it is indeed crazy sharp. I couldn't believe it when I first compared mine to other lenses - I found that it's sharper than my DA 40 (may be due to FF or BF on the da, but still...)

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I think you'll be very happy with a used Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 zoom lens. It's great for portraits and landscapes. Very sharp, very versatile, and 28mm is plenty wide enough for me. You can find good used copies on the *Bay for around $200.
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Wow, Diego! All of your shots posted about are amazing. I see what you mean, too, as I really enjoyed the wider angle portraits alot, and I love the way you "added context" to your wide shots with the background.

I'll think a little more about what I really need and want out of my next lens.
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Hi,
I'd suggest 50-135. It is pricey, though.
Good luck and have fun with whatever you choose,

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For portraits, if you are willing to tolerate a slow manual lens, there are few sharper than the venerable A35~105 f/3.5

They can be had in top condition for about $125.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ScannerBrightly Quote
Wow, Diego! All of your shots posted about are amazing. I see what you mean, too, as I really enjoyed the wider angle portraits alot, and I love the way you "added context" to your wide shots with the background.

I'll think a little more about what I really need and want out of my next lens.
Thank you! Yup, while you do get less flattering photos, you get more dynamic shots especially when you push in tight. I rarely use my telephoto and normal lens nowadays, i find them nice but boring. When I look back at photos taken by them, I don't know anything about the photo: where it was, who the photo contained, what was happening.

I find the DA21 to be just about right in the compromise of letting me push in tight but not too much distortion.
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QuoteOriginally posted by soccerjoe5 Quote
Thank you, those are my parents

Diego, we need to see some portraits at 35mm, hint, hint!
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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
Diego, we need to see some portraits at 35mm, hint, hint!
Haha okay I've been struggling with the focal length actually! I find it so.. normal I keep reverting back to the DA21 so I can push in tight!

I've got to keep that DA21 out of my bag and promise myself to stick to the 35 for a whole week

Let me know when your Voigt arrives!
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I like the Pentax 77ltd. ,great sharpness. but kind of expensive and hard to find. the Tamron 28-75mm looks great too.

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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
For portraits, if you are willing to tolerate a slow manual lens, there are few sharper than the venerable A35~105 f/3.5

They can be had in top condition for about $125.
What Monochrome said!
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