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Adapted portrait lens, What do you use?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by SeveNx7, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. SeveNx7

    SeveNx7 Mu-43 Regular

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    May 20, 2012
    SeveN
    Hey guys.
    Just wondering if anyone is taking headshots with their M43 kits?
    I ordered a PL25 for some street stuff but i was wondering, Whats everyone using for headshots of just general portrait shots.
    I've been using my Nikkor 50mm 1.4.
    Any suggestions on adapted lenses? if you have pics as well show em ;)
    thanks!
     
  2. hinting

    hinting Mu-43 Rookie

    24
    Aug 13, 2012
    Between 35mm to 100mm is the range for my portiarts, equal to 70-200mm at 35mm eq.

    I like 50mm. nikkor 50 f1.2 and f1.8E, canon screw 50f1.4, old leica summitar.
    My queen doesn't like the pictures from new sharp lenses like the 45mm oly, and love the softer lenses.
     
  3. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    You know I find the Nikon 50 1.8 AIS a little sharper than the 1.4 version. At 5.6 the 50 1.4 is sharper, but at the wider apertures I find the 50 1.8 is bit better. It might be worth checking out, plus it's weighs a bit less.
     
  4. blue

    blue Mu-43 Veteran

    280
    Jun 1, 2010
    UK
    My legacy collection is Minolta MD 50mm 1.4, Minolta MD 50mm 1.7 and Fuji 55mm 1.8. All give nice portraits. I also like longer length and use 100mm end of the native Pana 100-300 as well.
     
  5. Glenn S

    Glenn S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2010
    I use an Olympus OM Zuiko 100mm f2.8, very sharp lens, fast becoming my favourite

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    P8030449.

    F11.
     
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  6. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Tom
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    Glenn, I've been looking at those on eBay recently . . . it's a small lens, right? How does it handle? Any tips on getting a good one?

    (Love your photos by the way)
     
  7. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Vassilios
    I'm interested too, since I'm considering one for use with my film OMs also.
     
  8. Glenn S

    Glenn S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2010
    Glad you like the pics. Here is the 100 on the OM-D, it isn't much bigger than the 50mm 1.8. It handles like any other manual lens, the magnification feature helps nail focus. As to how you get a good one, that can be a lottery on eBay. I guess you need to look at the pics and the seller's feedback. It really is a cracker of a lens.

    100mm.
     
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  9. Eirik

    Eirik Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 20, 2012
    Oslo, Norway
    Eirik
    For portraits I mainly use an OM Zuiko 50mm f1,4 and a Canon FD 135mm f2 if I need more reach...
     
  10. SeveNx7

    SeveNx7 Mu-43 Regular

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    May 20, 2012
    SeveN
    I love what this lens does. I'm looking on ebay as we speak ;) lol
     
  11. ante

    ante Mu-43 Regular

    65
    Jul 15, 2012
    Denmark
    My favorite lens so far is the Schneider Kreuznach 50mm f/1.9, although almost any 50mm legacy lens works fine. (see adapted lens image thread, although I do not post pictures of people)

    I also use the 100mm f/2.8 Nikon Series E lens if I want longer focal lengths. That is a very compact and sharp lens!

    [Edit] I think the Nikon lens is very similar to the OM, same weight, same size, same sharpness. But around half the price...
     
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  12. SeveNx7

    SeveNx7 Mu-43 Regular

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    May 20, 2012
    SeveN
    I looked for the 100mm nikon. i see them for about 130.00... I have a 50mm e lens as well...thats the 1.8...
     
  13. ante

    ante Mu-43 Regular

    65
    Jul 15, 2012
    Denmark
    Maybe I was optimistic, but they have completed lately on e**y UK for between 50 and 75 GBP. My point was only that it could be an alternative to the OM, they seem very alike those two lenses.
     
  14. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    USA
    100mm equivalent 35mm focal length. That's just about perfect.

    200mm equivalent is IMHO and according to conventional wisdom, too long. It flattens out people's faces. For example: The Ideal Focal Length for Portraiture: A Photographer's Experiment MCP Photography Blog

    Try this: Shoot a well-lit head shot with your 50, then back up to double the distance and shoot again. Crop/enlarge the second photo so the head is the same height as it is in the first photo. Decide which one you like better. You can do the same experiment comparing 85mm equivalent to 100mm by crowding the subject and photographing his/her head very tightly, then backing up about 20% of the distance and doing the same comparison exercise.

    I have never heard 200mm recommended as a portrait lens. In fact I am mystified by the enthusiasm for the new Oly 75mm because it is too long for portraits and too short to be a "real" telephoto. But then I never understood why anyone would buy the ubiquitous 135mm lenses for 35mm film cameras either. My "go-to" portrait lens was the Nikkor 105, though I had an opportunity to shoot the Leicaflex Elmarit R 90 once and was really impressed.
     
  15. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    Have you seen photos taken with the Oly 75? Looks pretty impressive to me.

    Your cropping experiment works for composition, but using a longer lens will give you a different look because of the higher compression. The subject isolation is much more distinct.

    I have used my Minolta 135mm f2.8 a few times for portrait, I don't think it's bad at all. If it's not so heavy I would use it all the time.
    Examples:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vftsai/7714772878/" title="P1360457-1 by Vincent-F-Tsai (Spatulaboy), on Flickr"> 7714772878_ce34ae69fa_c. "800" height="600" alt="P1360457-1"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vftsai/7653838812/" title="Aliyah by Vincent-F-Tsai (Spatulaboy), on Flickr"> 7653838812_8c9f3c47e6_c. "600" height="800" alt="Aliyah"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vftsai/7653841750/" title="Aliyah by Vincent-F-Tsai (Spatulaboy), on Flickr"> 7653841750_818bdec80c_c. "800" height="600" alt="Aliyah"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vftsai/7397776500/" title="Laura by Vincent-F-Tsai (Spatulaboy), on Flickr"> 7397776500_87324f5565_c. "600" height="800" alt="Laura"></a>
     
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  16. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    USA
    Sorry to say you're the victim of an OWT. Perspective distortion has nothing to do with the lens. It is all about the distance from the subject. There is a pretty thorough explanation here: Perspective distortion (photography) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    .
    AFIK there is no law against shooting portraits with long telephotos or, for that matter, with wide angle lenses. If those produce a look that you like, more power to you.

    In the case of the girl with the camera, IMHO a longer focal length is called for. Something in the 80-100mm range would result in the hands and the camera being slightly/disproportionally larger than the facial features.

    In the case where she's wearing the hat IMHO the flattening is less desirable, especially considering you are starting with dull flat light. But if you like it, that's the important thing.

    This one:

    Saron_Boy.

    was shot at 140mm equivalent focal length, but I was close/very tight so the perspective is probably closer to that of a 100mm lens. It is one of my favorite shots.

    This one:

    PICT0465.

    Was shot at 90mm but again very tight, so the perspective is again that of a shorter lens. You can see it in the slight exaggeration of the left cheek and nose.

    But we have the accumulated wisdom of maybe 100 years of modern photography that says the 80-100mm range produces portraits that are pleasing to most people and that's what the OP's current lens (50mm x 2) produces. So my point in responding to him was to let him know that a 200mm perspective is well outside the conventional range. There's nothing wrong with breaking rules, but I think it's good to know the what and why of the rule you're breaking.
     
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  17. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Tom
    Dammit, stop bidding that one up! LOL
     
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    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

  19. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Vassilios
    This is a good practical presentation on how various focal lengths work for portraiture:

    [ame=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRoqNx9rlVA&feature=g-user-u]How Lens Focal Length Shapes the Face & Controls Perspective: A Lighting Tutorial - YouTube[/ame]
     
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  20. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    ^ that was really interesting. I'm assuming he was talking about 135mm on full frame which would equate to the oly 75, more-so than the 45mm.