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    hi,

    Ive a tamron 90mm macro lens and i was wondering if its a good lens for potraiture as well? Or would buying a different lens for such potraiture work be better? Some people have been saying that it might be too sharp for potraiture though im not sure why that would be a bad thing especially if i still could achieve the bokeh effect. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by dark-serpentine View Post
    hi,

    Ive a tamron 90mm macro lens and i was wondering if its a good lens for potraiture as well? Or would buying a different lens for such potraiture work be better? Some people have been saying that it might be too sharp for potraiture though im not sure why that would be a bad thing especially if i still could achieve the bokeh effect. Thanks
    For a start, it is really good, just stick with it for a while.

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    i would think the slow af would be a bigger problem than lens sharpness.

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    Tamron 90 is a very well regarded Tamron lens that some say it is the only Tamron you need to buy. If you are already pleased with your current shots and the bokeh, I think it is all that really matters

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    i would think the slow af would be a bigger problem than lens sharpness.
    I haven't tried the Tamron 90mm Macro, so cannot comment on its slow AF performance, but I've tried both the Sony Carl Zeiss 58mm f/1.4 and Canon 85mm f/1.2L, both focus quite sluggishly as well. But for (relatively static) portrait photography, it should not be much of an issue, no?
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    i'm not 100% sure but i believe all lenses that were meant for macro photography focus pretty slow... so for non-macro use, you might find it a tad slow to AF...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mckenzy View Post
    i'm not 100% sure but i believe all lenses that were meant for macro photography focus pretty slow... so for non-macro use, you might find it a tad slow to AF...
    My Nikon 105mm micro focuses pretty fast for non macro work.

    AF is not reliable down to macro levels and hunts easily.

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    you can use the t90 for portraits. i did that before. but like what others have said before, the AF is on the slow side, especially in darker surroundings. no worries about sharpness.

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    I tink prime lens is still the best for protraits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ishou80 View Post
    I tink prime lens is still the best for protraits?
    Tamron 90mm is a prime lens

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    macro lens is really sharp so when used to shoot people, all flaws and pores will be visible which means more PP work for you. From what I read in mags.. some fashion photographer actually uses the Canon 100mm macro for their fashion shoot. And with good light, AF should not be a problem.

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    if your lens is too sharp and your subject does not want you to bring out his/her wrinkles... you have to waste time on DI.

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    Not bad. Just that the largest aperture is f2.8

    Some prefer less DOF so they get the f1.8 r f1.4's instead...
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    Oh thanks guys and yeah i agree that the Af is really slow. I love it for my macro work but had it when it comes to portraiture because i tend to shoot in horrible lighting conditions. Guess with more practice with lighting conditions it'll be ok.

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    Default Re: Macro lens for potraiture?

    Hi, newbie here. I've been playing with the tamron 90mm macro for 1 week plus. Tried some macro shots. Sharpness and slow AF as many bros mentioned. I have not tried it for portraits, but I think at 90mm, you will need alot of distance for a full body shot isnt it? (something like 5-6m or more from the model) Taking just the face and shoulders should be no prob.

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    Default Re: Macro lens for potraiture?

    Quote Originally Posted by bEnd1ck View Post
    Hi, newbie here. I've been playing with the tamron 90mm macro for 1 week plus. Tried some macro shots. Sharpness and slow AF as many bros mentioned. I have not tried it for portraits, but I think at 90mm, you will need alot of distance for a full body shot isnt it? (something like 5-6m or more from the model) Taking just the face and shoulders should be no prob.
    Yup. Especially with a cropped sensor you need to put even more distance from the subject.

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