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06-15-2009, 01:55 AM   #1
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lens for portrait photography?

among DA*55, DA 70, FA 77

which one is the best for portrait photography?

06-15-2009, 02:09 AM   #2
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They are all good, so one approach is to get the one you can afford.

The 55 is the only weather sealed one so if you need that then get that. Also the only with silent SDM so again if you need that.

The 70 and 77 are very close in Focal Length but the 55 is shorter, so that is up to your preference. Personally I tend to use 100mm or more for portraits, some like 50mm, its a matter of preference.

So there is a lot of factors that are subjective to you.

If you want one answer then I will say the 77. For the following reasons:
- its very sharp and usable wide open (not sure if I would use the 55 wide open)
- it has very nice bokeh and rendering
- it is a legend
- it is also nice for manual focus, and the build is superb
- I dont like the 55 so much because its too expensive and big for what it is, pretty much a fast 50, you can get so many good fast 50s for less money, it is also very slow to focus
- the 70 is a very nice lens but the 77 is slightly better so if you have the money then its the better choice in terms of iq (70 wins in size and af speed and also has quick shift)
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FA 77 best portrait lens for sure.

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Another portrait lens thread? The search function would help. A LOT of threads on the same topic.

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After much training and manual-reading, I've found out I can take pictures of peoples' faces with almost any lens now
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Yes, do research this forum for topics related to portrait lens choices.
My pick, 77 ltd for sure, but the 70 ltd is decent also.
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many of my best images have been made with the FA31 limited...though that was in a studio..

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Great examples there.
And there are many other appropriate options, including the DA* 16-50, many examples of which codiac2600 has posted in the forum.

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Fa 77 lid is my favorite choice

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what kind of portraits?
as digitalis proved, you can do great portrait stuff even with wider lenses.
I for one use 31 in tight spaces and if I want to show some of the surrounding. 40 for tight framing and 50/1.7 for upper body shots... I'd love to have 70-85 lens for head shots etc but can't justify it...
anyway, back to you. What kind of portraits do you want to do? Choose lens accordingly, it's no good to get lens recommended to you by people whose style is different to yours and they are using the lens differently than you'd want/you would.

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Of the three lenses you mention (I have all of them), the DA*55 gets my vote, if all I get to choose is one. It's long enough (just) to do fairly tight head shots (the 70 or 77 would be better), but still short enough to do full lengths without backing up into the next county (something in the 35mm range would be better though).
As the other posters have said, there is no "one best lens" for this, but I do believe there is one best compromise.
When we shot 35mm film, this best compromise was the 85mm focal length, with cropped sensor format DSLRs, that translates into the 55-60mm range.
As an aside, the Voigtlander Nokton 58/1.4 (I also have one of these) is a very nice portrait lens. It isn't up to the DA*55/1.4 in terms of image quality, I don't think many lenses are, but it is a heck of a lot less $$.
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Many possibilities exist, though I would say you want the opportunity to use the widest possible aperture, so long as image quality is maintained.

Therefore I recommend FA77 or FA43 if you want more of the subject (or, say, three people in head'n'shoulders crop).

Or the smc Pentax 50mm f/1.2. Any cheaper fast fifty will do in a pinch.
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FA77 is probably the best of those that you listed for portraits (IMO).

If you aren't sure about what focal length you'd like to shoot at the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 zoom is a really nice option that covers a great range for people shooting. It's IQ is excellent and really is a super lens. Just another option for you...

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have you thought about the 50-135DA* ?

other than that...the K7 has a facial that makes it a great Portrait camera!
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77 is a magic lens

50-135* is amazing for a zoom and near prime territory wrt iq

77 is a magic lens

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