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10-06-2009, 06:29 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by krypticide Quote
Depends on the FOV you want, but minimum might be 35mm on APS-C. Just my suggestion...24mm might be possible without distortion.
I find 24 distorting a bit when goinng for tight framing.
From personal experience I'd suggest between 30 annd 40 on APSC.
I find 40 to be my favourite as it let's me keep some distance. But with subject (model) comfortable ennough, 31 is great too.

10-06-2009, 11:38 AM   #17
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1)Grab a person
2)Set your kit lens @ 18mm and position yourself so you can get a full body portrait shot
3)Set the lens to 24mm and position yourself so you can get a full body portait shot (hint: you'll be walking away from the subject )
4)Repeat for ~35mm and 50mm
5)Evaluate the images, paying attention to the relationship between the subject and the background, as well as how the subject itself looks (hint: they will look fairly distorted at 18mm)

You will have learned much more from this exercise than from an entire evening of reading forum posts.
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Thanks! I will do so

In regards about kicking myself for a 50mm f2, i think its not the f2, its just rather because i would have thought i got a good deal on an 1.2. ^_^.
There is one right now in the market place for some 400 dollars!
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In portraits in general it's desirable to have a longer focal lenght to compress features and make the person appear better. IOW a short FL strengthens perspective and makes noses bigger, etc.

I consider the 31mm ideal for full body portraits. A 50mm is ok if you have the working distance. 18mm is a no-no IMHO for the reasons I stated.


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