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    Default What is a good focal length for people/portrait shots?

    My digicam has 32-96mm zoom.. what would be the 'better' focal length to take people/portrait shots? 32, 50, 75 or 96mm? heard that wider angles may have some 'proportion' issues.. but is the longer the zoom the better?

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    Anything from 20mm-600mm, depending on what result you have in mind.

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    Your assumption is right - wideangles (< 35mm) will cause distortion making near objects seems bigger (eg nose bigger than normal).

    The most flattering focal lengths are between 60-130mm, anything more than that the telephoto perspective flattening effect tends to make "pancake" faces.

    But, YSLee is partly right although he didn't elaborate - depending on what you want to portray any lense from super-wide to super-tele can be used.

    But for your digicam, the optimal focal length for portraits is between 60-96mm.

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    Thanks... will try to keep these in mind..

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    fisheye if for fun shots... aka outdoor people shots...
    "I'm... dreaming... of a wide... angle~
    Just like the ones I used to know~"

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