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09-28-2014, 05:50 AM   #16
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The 35 is great for 3/4 shots, the 50 for head-and-shoulders.

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QuoteOriginally posted by manntax Quote
To be honest this might be slightly misleading. Espeically the kit lens at 50mm+ with its 5.6 speed will never give the full impression - agree about the framing and perspective and background compression , but that's about it. The real sense can come really from a fast 50
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I didn't mean to imply you'd get the same quality or function with the kit zoom, but it will let you see framing at different focal lengths. Even then it's just an approximation, but it gives a novice some idea of how they may like to compose images. Certainly old manual 50mm lenses, even the kit f2 lenses are very nice, though do require a learning curve. If someone can find an A50 for reasonable cost, they should leap at the chance.
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QuoteOriginally posted by christiantypet Quote
I heard 35mm isn't a good focal length because of distortion?
Interesting rumor that fortunately is not true. There is one consideration and one consideration only in respect to maintaining natural size relationships (perspective) with portraits and that consideration is not focal length. Perspective is driven by camera position (and angle) relative to the subject and nothing more. What focal length gives you is an appropriate field of view (FOV) so that you can frame the subject conveniently at an appropriate working distance.

A 35mm lens on APS-C will work just fine. A 50mm lens might be a little better choice. 85mm is on the long side.


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