Which lenses to use to produce full body bokeh


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My friend has been trying out portrait/ppl shooting. He wants to create a full body bokeh when shooting models/ppl.. Can this be done with a 50mm F1.8 or 85mm F1.8? Coz he's thinking of buying a lens specially for portrait and for shooting full body ppl pics. Can a 50mm F1.8 be able to create this effect? I know for shooting face portraits, a 50mm f1.8 can definitely produce a very nice bokeh. But if he wants full body bokeh, what lens is suitable? Hope u guys can help, he's a canon user..:)
 

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actually 50 1.8 can do that already... really ^___^
but the bg must be very very far from the object...
 

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if ur friend camera is not a full frame, and if your friend has a short working distance, and if your friend want a full body size photo instead of just a face, and if ur friend want good bokeh..

i think ur friend should consider 35mm f/2

at a working distance of abt 2-3m, on a non-full frame, a 50mm f1.8 or 85mm f1.8 can only shoot the chest and head region or at most 3/4 of body

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think use long focal length defeats the purpose, cos when use long focal length = stand further away = everything seem on same plane or using infinity... then no diff of bokeh already. just remember which focal length you would use for what type of shoot, and note the distortion.
 

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think use long focal length defeats the purpose, cos when use long focal length = stand further away = everything seem on same plane or using infinity... then no diff of bokeh already. just remember which focal length you would use for what type of shoot, and note the distortion.
I disagree... the hyperfocal distance of the telephoto lenses is very long. Telephotos like 200mm have extremely shallow depth of field. A number of fashion photographers have choosen super telephoto lens to do fashion photography. The perpective of telephoto not only flatter the subject but also compresses the background that you do not catch so much background in the frame and coupling with the shallow depth-of-field effectively issolate the subject from the background.

But note that the subject will be about 20m away using a 200mm for a full body shot. (DOF using f/2.8 at 20m is only 19.4m~20.6m).
 

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I disagree... the hyperfocal distance of the telephoto lenses is very long. Telephotos like 200mm have extremely shallow depth of field. A number of fashion photographers have choosen super telephoto lens to do fashion photography. The perpective of telephoto not only flatter the subject but also compresses the background that you do not catch so much background in the frame and coupling with the shallow depth-of-field effectively issolate the subject from the background.

But note that the subject will be about 20m away using a 200mm for a full body shot. (DOF using f/2.8 at 20m is only 19.4m~20.6m).
provided u got 20m of space to run...
 

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Try a focal length of about 135mm to 200mm. Although the shooting distance can be a little long, the shallow DOF and tele perspective will get you the effect you're looking for. Using a 35mm or 50mm will allow a closer shooting distance to shoot full length people shots but it won't be easy to get the narrow DOF needed for that soft OOF background. Secondly the perspective isn't going to be as flattering as compared to a 135mm.
 

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My friend has been trying out portrait/ppl shooting. He wants to create a full body bokeh when shooting models/ppl.. Can this be done with a 50mm F1.8 or 85mm F1.8? Coz he's thinking of buying a lens specially for portrait and for shooting full body ppl pics. Can a 50mm F1.8 be able to create this effect? I know for shooting face portraits, a 50mm f1.8 can definitely produce a very nice bokeh. But if he wants full body bokeh, what lens is suitable? Hope u guys can help, he's a canon user..:)
Switch to Nikon and get the Defocus Control AF135/2 or AF105/2. :thumbsup:
http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=233036
 

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It's not the lens but understanding what bokeh is should be your priority. As many have mentioned subject to background distance plays an important factor besides fstop used.
 

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