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    hey guys.. wat do u all think of using macro lenses for portraits? eg canon's 100mm 2.8 macro etc.. cheers! (:

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    Default Re: using macro lenses for portraiture?

    I'm also using that for some potrait shots but still feels that I need more practice as I'm more used to using it for macro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfcry91 View Post
    hey guys.. wat do u all think of using macro lenses for portraits? eg canon's 100mm 2.8 macro etc.. cheers! (:
    why not. but if you use AF, it can be a bit slower than the EF50mm.
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    oh ok.. hmm, then wat abt stuff like IQ etc?

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    It's an excellent lens for portraits! If lighting is good, focusing speed should not be a problem. The only drawback is that it can be too sharp for portraits. Can see all the pores and stuff.

    All shot with the Canon 100mm Macro at f2.8










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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfcry91 View Post
    oh ok.. hmm, then wat abt stuff like IQ etc?
    100mm Macro is already a very sharp lens and creates nice bokeh. No worries about that.

    Read more here.
    http://www.pbase.com/cameras/canon/ef_100_28_macro_u

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/canon10...7603828356036/

    Have fun!

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    Great shots, melvin!

    Love the focus and bokehs at f/2.8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NovJoe View Post
    Great shots, melvin!

    Love the focus and bokehs at f/2.8.
    Thanks... it's a great lens for portraits as well as macro.. 2 in 1.. very value for money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m3lv1nh0 View Post
    Thanks... it's a great lens for portraits as well as macro.. 2 in 1.. very value for money!
    Yep. Too bad, I'm only so so with macro and still a learner with portraits .

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    Quote Originally Posted by NovJoe View Post
    Yep. Too bad, I'm only so so with macro and still a learner with portraits .
    No worries mate.. like me.. I just aim and shoot only..

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    cool. i didnt know macro lenses could be used for portraitures!
    maybe i should consider getting macro lenses as it can be used for both macros and portraits!
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    This has already come up several times. The main thing to worry about on macro lenses will be slower AF. So if you have a fast-moving subject, be prepared.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    This has already come up several times. The main thing to worry about on macro lenses will be slower AF. So if you have a fast-moving subject, be prepared.
    That's true. AF is generally slower by a small tad.

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    ... and please don't ever use this lens to shoot your girlfriend, wife or mother-in-law face close-up without their make-up. Everything exposed! Do some PP before they see the pictures. LOL

    As some have mentioned, it's a great lens for portraits as well as macro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NovJoe View Post
    That's true. AF is generally slower by a small tad.
    Can be improved by changing the focus range to avoid the AF going into the macro range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KY1977 View Post
    Can be improved by changing the focus range to avoid the AF going into the macro range.
    Not on dedicated macro lenses...
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    Yes, you can use macro lenses for portraiture,
    the only concern is might be too sharp, last time we add soft focus filter if needed, now simply just use photoshop
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    Default Re: using macro lenses for portraiture?

    as for slow focusing, unless you are shooting kids running around or hyperactive XMM, shouldn't be a problem for general portraiture.
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    i see, so how would be like compared to faster portraiture lenses like the 50 f1.4 or 85 f1.8? im really contemplating which to get, a macro lens or portrait lens.. :x

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfcry91 View Post
    i see, so how would be like compared to faster portraiture lenses like the 50 f1.4 or 85 f1.8? im really contemplating which to get, a macro lens or portrait lens.. :x
    A faster portraiture lens would definitely be limited in close up work, while a macro lens' main limitation is its slower focusing compared to these other primes.

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