View Poll Results: which focal length would u choose?

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Thread: Best focal lengths 4 portraiture to give flattering resultant perspective?

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    Rashkae made a valid technical point. Nothing at all connected to racism.

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    Traditionally, and in 35 mm terms, 85mm - 110mm, as dictated by the legions of portrait shooters around the world for many decades.

    In modern times, almost anything goes, but generally what I notice happening is that many prominent (and not so prominent also) fashion, glamour and portrait shooters (in the US) are gunning for longer lengths - a 70/80-200/210 seems 'standard' these days, and also commonly used are 300 and 400. Yes, you will see two teams - photographer on one end, and model and assistant with walkie talkie on the other.

    Now, the questions is "WHY"?
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    Default Re: Best focal lengths 4 portraiture to give flattering resultant perspective?

    i find 85-100 on a crop sensor would do nicely for head shots. 300 and 400 sounds overly overkill, and pretty silly, if i may add without offending anyone.
    1 Camera Body and a couple lenses.

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    Default Re: Best focal lengths 4 portraiture to give flattering resultant perspective?

    It's more of the limited range of lens available in earlier 35mm film days... in a full frame 35mm perspective for prime lens:

    50mm is around a human eyes point of view..

    85mm, 105mm & 135mm do not have any distortion of features and can provide nice DOF and bokeh. anything above 135mm can also be used but kind of overkill...

    below 28mm, 28mm, 35mm are wide angle lens which tends to distort features especially near the edges.. these are commonly used for portraits with scenic background, etc for a different feel.

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    Since "flattering" has not been defined, and there's no option for multiple choices, I would say that a skillful photographer could get flattering portrait results with anything from 10/12 - 400 mm. Seriously.

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    Default Re: Best focal lengths 4 portraiture to give flattering resultant perspective?

    it depends on the subject
    there is no magic formula

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    Default Re: Best focal lengths 4 portraiture to give flattering resultant perspective?

    i believe 85mm on FF.

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    Personally, i would rather use a 70-200 for outdoor use to get smooth bokeh and a very creamy out-of-focus background.
    For indoor use,I would rather an 85mm f1.4 or 135mm/105mm f2 DC.
    For a limited budget, get an 85mm f1.8/2 or macro 105mm f2.8

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    Default Re: Best focal lengths 4 portraiture to give flattering resultant perspective?

    Everytime there is talk of a telephoto lens that flattens perspective I think of this

    600mm f4

    Here is the photo.net article from which the pic was lifted

    Ryan

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    Hehehe...see my description above. Man, that's an old photo! That was the photo of the 'seksi' legged photographer with his team of assistants on the other end with the model that I was referring to.

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    Ya man I read that article some yrs back. Think it left an indelible scar somewhere in me

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    Donch buff ... which did you like best? The hugging shorts, the smooth legs, cut-off tee, wrinkly smile or the flourescent neoprene shoes.

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