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    Default Focal Length for Portrait ?

    Hi guys,

    Other then a big aperture, may i know which Focal length of lens is BEST for portraits shot using APS-C body ?

    Thanks advance for advice

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    Default Re: Focal Length for Portrait ?

    the ideal focal length for portrait is mid tele, but portrait can be head shot only to full body length, some time will includes environment also.
    So you can use various type of focal length lens, to do portrait shots, depends on how the way you compose/pose your subject.
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    Default Re: Focal Length for Portrait ?

    i m looking for a full body portrait with a decent bokeh so which focal length will be best ?

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    Default Re: Focal Length for Portrait ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahtim78 View Post
    i m looking for a full body portrait with a decent bokeh so which focal length will be best ?
    full body length with blur background? try 200 mm and above.

    fashion photographers use 300mmf2.8 for full body length.
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    Default Re: Focal Length for Portrait ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahtim78 View Post
    i m looking for a full body portrait with a decent bokeh so which focal length will be best ?
    Depends on how far you can stand. For full body portrait usually people use 35mm or 50mm on DX (more of 35mm actually)

    By the way, bokeh is the quality of out of focus areas - not the quantity of background blur. That depends on the construction of the lens itself, not the focal length.

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    Default Re: Focal Length for Portrait ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahtim78 View Post
    Hi guys,

    Other then a big aperture, may i know which Focal length of lens is BEST for portraits shot using APS-C body ?

    Thanks advance for advice
    For outdoor (ie enough working space) full body shots, I like 85mm, but then again I do not have access to a fast telephoto lens as suggested by mod catchlights...

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    full body length with blur background? try 200 mm and above.

    fashion photographers use 300mmf2.8 for full body length.
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