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TOPIC: Which lens Should I Be Using For Portraits

Which lens Should I Be Using For Portraits 3 years 3 weeks ago #5305

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I was just watching the latest KSM video. Greg talks about portrait lens and he says the 50mm IS NOT a portrait lens. I only have 3 lenses: 18-55; 55-250 IS zoom: 50mm 1.8.

As you see, I having nothing real fancy, pretty much bottom line I'll go as far as saying. Out of the 3, which would you use? The 50mm seems to give me the sharpest images.
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Which lens Should I Be Using For Portraits 3 years 3 weeks ago #5306

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What Greg is saying is that the 50mm should not be classified as a "portrait" lens because its not. That doesn't mean you cant use it for portraits. I have a similar set up (18-55mm kit lens, 50-200mm f4-5.6, 50mm 1.8g) and use the 50 all the time (see my flickr).

Bottom line is use the best lens in your arsenal. What matters most is capturing the image...the moment.

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Which lens Should I Be Using For Portraits 3 years 3 weeks ago #5307

Bottom line is when doing headshots use a lens greater than 70mm, DX or FX. Any other portrait work use what fits your vision.
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Which lens Should I Be Using For Portraits 3 years 3 weeks ago #5308

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Personally I tend to use my 24-70 at the 70mm end (crop body) for portraits, and for purely head shots I would change to the 70-200. Where possible I prefer to take a step back and zoom in, obviously this isn’t always possible. While the 50mm can be used for portraits I wouldn’t ignore the benefits of using a longer focal length.

Try to think of it more along the lines of using the best lens for that particular portrait rather than sticking to a single lens.
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Which lens Should I Be Using For Portraits 3 years 3 weeks ago #5309

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Ahhh shit... you said greater than 70mm. I thought you said great than 17mm


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