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05-02-2007, 08:16 AM   #1
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Macro lens for portraits

I am considering getting a Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX macro. I don't do a lot of macro photography but every now-and-then I will. It will probably get most of it's use as a portrait lens. Has anyone ever used a macro lens for portraits? Does it work well for portraits?

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Anyone? Anyone? Anyone?
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my experience...

With my FA 100/2.8 macro - it's a GREAT portrait lens.

Hope that helps.

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I use my Kiron 105mm for portraits more than for macro. It does an amazing job.

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The conventional wisdom is that dedicated macro lenses are too "sharp" for portraiture. With most portraits, one wants a slightly soft look. However, that shouldn't stop anyone from using a dedicated macro lens for portraits. If any specific image is too sharp, it is a simple matter of "fixing" it in post processing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by volosong Quote
The conventional wisdom is that dedicated macro lenses are too "sharp" for portraiture. With most portraits, one wants a slightly soft look. However, that shouldn't stop anyone from using a dedicated macro lens for portraits. If any specific image is too sharp, it is a simple matter of "fixing" it in post processing.
Thanks everyone. I did a google search and found most people saying the same thing (too sharp). Although I don't do many macros, I do however want a 50mm really bad, and found the Sigma 50mm 2.8 for a good price.
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i've got a M50 f2 if you are interested
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why not try the russian 85/2 ??

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