- Apr 20, 2020
- Beaumaris, Melbourne, Australia
- Real Name
- John ...
Congrats on the cuties .We had out first child about 33 days ago, some I have some fresh advice ;-). I started the adventure with my favorite Laowa 7.5mm, Panny 15mm f/1.7, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, and Sigma 56mm f/1.4. I didn't worry to much about getting the perfect lens, because I knew that what ever it was I had a very good approximation. I started as a blank slate, though I slightly expected to favor the 30mm. That expectation was resoundingly wrong, I quickly realized that nearly all the best pictures were with the 15mm. I developed a theory why.
Traditional portrait lenses emulate our perspective when viewing someone from the most flattering distance. 135mm ("FF") was traditionally the ideal perspective for a terrifyingly beautiful girl or the person at the head of the board room table. 85mm for a girl pretty enough to flirt with, or the person sitting across the boardroom table from you. 50mm for a close friend (or my wife whose face has a shape which looks less flattering at longer focal lengths). Babies? All humans have a strong instinct to get right up to even a strange baby and coo at it from mere inches away. Even strange babies. Politicians traditionally endear themselves to people by kissing babies, not waving at them from a distance. People who admire babies from a distance have not left behind many descendants. Babies fundamentally look most attractive in the 25-50mm ("FF") focal range. I realized that my longer focal lengths made him look cold and distant, the 15mm made him look close and cute. Plus, much of the PL15 sample image thread is babies and children.
Photo evidence for my claim with 15mm:
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Sometimes I'm Cute on Purpose
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Work from Home
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And longer focal lengths look more distant, which isn't always bad, but the last only works because it is a juxtaposition:
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"Warp Speed ... Engage!"
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I highly recommend Panny 15, Sigma 30, and Sigma 56. Personally if I could only choose two it would be 15 and 56, because they are amazing lenses and very compact. You could get 3 Sigmas, but have you seen the 16mm? It is HUGE! Also I dislike the enire Oly f/1.8 lineup. Normally I would follow that up by saying "but I may be biased" or something, but I actually have strong pro-Olympus bias.
Edit... I realized I rotated some of these with Microsoft Photo Viewer, which stripped the EXIF out... annoying...
I think you may have reinforced my thoughts on the 12-100 .