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    Talking What is the best prime lens for portrait shooting?

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    80mm ++.. 50mm might risk having the bignose syndrome if u go too close..
    "I'm... dreaming... of a wide... angle~
    Just like the ones I used to know~"

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    Originally posted by denizenx
    80mm ++.. 50mm might risk having the bignose syndrome if u go too close..

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    There is no single "Best" lens for any subject. You can do portraiture with a 20mm, 50mm, 85mm, 135mm, 200mm, or even 400mm. All depends on what you'd like to do with it.

    But if you want to know the most common, it's 85, 105, or 135mm.

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    my own fav. portrait lens is 105mm(135 format) & 160mm(med format)......for studio shoot ....

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    Originally posted by roti
    my own fav. portrait lens is 105mm(135 format) & 160mm(med format)......for studio shoot ....
    thanks for all the comments, especially to roti, newbie always like simple answer.

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    Originally posted by cd.


    thanks for all the comments, especially to roti, newbie always like simple answer.
    no problem la.........dun know just ask la.......i am sure ppl here can give u good answers or advise.......

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    105mm lense. Primes lense with F2.8 apeture right?

    Anyhow, how much does it cost?
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    Originally posted by Wolfgang
    105mm lense. Primes lense with F2.8 apeture right?

    Anyhow, how much does it cost?
    Prime lenses not necessarily have a f/2.8 aperture. Can be anything from f/1.0 to f/8 and possibly beyond....

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    Seen a 105mm f/2 defocus selling at prime for around 1K not too long ago..

    Not sure if 's still there.

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    Originally posted by ckiang


    Prime lenses not necessarily have a f/2.8 aperture. Can be anything from f/1.0 to f/8 and possibly beyond....

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    I see...
    So what aperture would this lense be @?
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    Originally posted by Wolfgang


    I see...
    So what aperture would this lense be @?
    105? Got a f/2 and a f/2.8 version. The f/2 version has got defocus controls, which let you control both foreground and background blur.

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    Originally posted by ckiang


    105? Got a f/2 and a f/2.8 version. The f/2 version has got defocus controls, which let you control both foreground and background blur.

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    And what would be the individual cost of either one?

    Kindly enlighten.
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    Originally posted by Wolfgang


    And what would be the individual cost of either one?

    Kindly enlighten.
    The 105/2.8 Micro is about $900+, close to $1000.
    The 105/2DC dunno. But saw it $1000+ used in Prime sometime back.

    You getting either one?

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    Personal Opinion,

    Previously use my Nikkor 105mm Macro f2.8 for portraiture shoots. Then I felt that the sharpness of this lens, works against my human portraitures. Too sharp lens, showing my models' pimples, veins etc. If I have no choice but to use the lens for portraiture, I'll be coupled it with a softer filter or soften it in PS. In addition, I think it only has 7-8 blades (can't remember), thus bolek not so nice, as compared to the 80-200mm f2.8 which has 9 blades.

    Now I use this lens mostly for marco shoots.

    Originally posted by roti
    my own fav. portrait lens is 105mm(135 format) & 160mm(med format)......for studio shoot ....
    Last edited by e_liau; 31st December 2002 at 10:34 AM.

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    Originally posted by ckiang


    The 105/2.8 Micro is about $900+, close to $1000.
    The 105/2DC dunno. But saw it $1000+ used in Prime sometime back.

    You getting either one?

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    *Cough cough* Erm, let me practise more on my 50mm first.
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    Originally posted by Wolfgang


    *Cough cough* Erm, let me practise more on my 50mm first.
    50mm might not be a good portraits lens. U need to get pretty close to the object to "fill" the fame.

    Not too good for a "head" shot... The object might feel intimidated.

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    Originally posted by Wolfgang


    *Cough cough* Erm, let me practise more on my 50mm first.
    * togu pull wolf away from ckiang....

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    Originally posted by binbeto


    50mm might not be a good portraits lens. U need to get pretty close to the object to "fill" the fame.

    Not too good for a "head" shot... The object might feel intimidated.
    This is where i beg to differ.
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    Originally posted by Wolfgang


    This is where i beg to differ.
    And, what is the reason behind that?

    A telephoto will make a person look "better" by compressing the feature.. Not too sure what you called that... Won't have "Big nose/forehead" syndrome.

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