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Classical portriats with the kit zoom

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by PMCC, Apr 15, 2015.

  1. Hypilein

    Hypilein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 18, 2015
    The problem is you need real lighting skills. Your shots are very nice, but I couldn't pull this off with the kit lens. I'd need to do some learning first.
  2. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I don't know that I'd consider these classical portraits, but I agree that a standard kit lens is plenty suitable for portraiture if you mind your composition and your lighting, especially at the 42mm end.
  3. PMCC

    PMCC Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 18, 2013
    One must always pay attention to the composition and lighting, regardless of the lens :hmmm:
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  4. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    I'll mention the fly in the ointment.
    The 4/3rds sensor forces a standard zoom to have a focal length which is not good for focus separation at kit-zoom-apertures,
    APs-C kit zoom is a bit better in that department, a m4/3rds or 4/3rds bright zoom is even better,
    but spending a reasonable amount on the 45mm (or others) is much more "portraity".
  5. tkbslc

    tkbslc Super Moderator

    When using studio lighting, I have often used a kit zoom @ f5.6-8 for portraiture. But most people mean subject isolation when they speak of a portrait lens.
  6. rav

    rav Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 28, 2015
    I have clicked some potraits and street potraits with the Olympus 14-42ez , here are some OI001085-01-01-01. 2015-07-07 06.27.46 1-01. OI000200-01.
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  7. rav

    rav Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 28, 2015
    And some street potraits OI000260-01. OI000731-01.
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  8. bacil

    bacil Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 24, 2012
    Rav you rock
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  9. rav

    rav Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 28, 2015
    Thanks man
  10. Exclampt

    Exclampt Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Oct 2, 2014
    Ferguson, Missouri
    Young Amsterdam woman photographed with GX7 and Lumix 14-42 kit zoom.

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