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Olympus 75mm ... general question about the focal length

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by jasjb, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. jasjb

    jasjb Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 28, 2014
    When using the 75mm, how many meters away from the subject would you need to be to frame a head-and-shoulders portrait shot?

    Just trying to work out how useful that focal length is to me :)

    (yes I'll be sure to try one in a shop, but they are harder to find than your typical MFT lens right now)
     
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  2. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    I get great results at about six feet distance. Please forgive my imperial units, I'm responding with my cell phone and don't have my conversion table.
    PS, obviously I'm American.
     
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  3. jasjb

    jasjb Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 28, 2014
    Feet units are fine, thanks for the reply :)

    6 feet seems really close to me! Maybe I am imagining a wider shot than just head-and-shoulders.

    My attraction to the 75mm was for more candid / unobtrusive street photography.
     
  4. sdb123

    sdb123 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 25, 2014
    Northants, UK
    Steve
    If you can't find one in a shop to try, you could always try a zoom lens at 75mm to see if you get on with the focal length. :)
     
  5. Gary5

    Gary5 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 15, 2014
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  6. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    I have been known to shoot the 75 for street stuff. Its no super spy like frame filler from a great distance, to get head and shoulders you still need to be pretty close, probably in the 6-10 foot range

    here are a range of my recent 75 candid street shots. I am not always convinced that the EXIF data accurately reflects focal distance... at least with Aperture, so the numbers are best of approximations from memory. Plus also I tend to crop most of my shots to a lesser or greater degree, but I have tried to indicate that

    30 ft (No Crop)
    15386236996_98916696d3_b.jpgP9300038 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    20ft (No crop)
    15406097361_a3baf655ac_b.jpgP9300062 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    15 ft ( 10% crop)
    15222524819_88f32a7209_b.jpgP9300060 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    15222684268_7e7bc619a0_b.jpgP9300071 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    10 ft (No crop)
    15900270172_26bb80687a_b.jpgPB230359 by kevinparis, on Flickr


    more 75mm examples here

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinparis2007/sets/72157632975120141/

    K
     
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  7. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Nice set, but I really like that first one. Interesting combination of subjects, good composition, and excellent technical quality, i.e., exposure/sharpness/bokeh, etc.
     
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  8. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2013
    Yeah, first one is fantastic!
     
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  9. MarkRyan

    MarkRyan Instagram: @MRSallee

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    May 3, 2013
    California
    This is at about 8-10 feet away.

    14559902059_0718465aa9_b.jpg
     
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  10. jasjb

    jasjb Mu-43 Regular

    52
    Mar 28, 2014
    Thanks everyone, very helpful.

    Love this little lens from what I've seen so far. Just a pity about the non-so-little price tag :)
     
  11. aks6674

    aks6674 Mu-43 Veteran

    219
    Jan 14, 2014
    2 meters will get you close for portrait, probably more like 6-8 to get full body shots. You'll find yourself looking for things to shoot with it though, it's just that good. I've been shooting indoor sports, and posted a tight cityscape on the 75 thread that I like a lot.
     
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  12. walter_j

    walter_j Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Hagwilget, B.C., Canada
    Walter
    the focus speed is somewhat slow. Sports shots are challenging with it, since there's so much lag. great lens otherwise
     
  13. Scotsman

    Scotsman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 13, 2013
    √Čtats-Unis
    Dave
    This is a very true statement! Since I received mine, I have been doing exactly that.
     
  14. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    It's a 'weird' focal length, but back in my Canon crop days I shot my Sigma 105/2.8 Macro a lot, for all kinds of different subjects. Lots of candids, great for compressed landscapes, etc. Then later the 135/2.0 (a little wider and a touch easier to work with), and was the primary reason I kept my 5DII as long as I did. The 75 is definitely on my list, waiting for a good deal on a (used) black one though. I just realised I don't really have anything portrait-y other than the 45/1.8, which is short for my taste - I get along great with 135 to 160mm for candid portraits, 85 to 90 doesn't gel quite as well with me...
     
  15. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    Great shot! Shooting at about 6 feet with camera in portrait orientation I'd get the top of the hair down to include his wrist in the frame. Just about the entire frame would be the individuals face and part of the shoulders with little background in the frame. The only minor complaint would be slow focus acquisition in very low light so I turn on focus assist light in those situations and it remedies the problem. It's the best lens I've ever owned!
     
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  16. jasjb

    jasjb Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 28, 2014
    Am a little in love with this image.

    Trying to think of a comparable lens that can pull a blurred background forward in that way?

    I'm sure some of the FF zooms with f2 or f2.8 would be comparable.

    But in terms of size, focal length and speed... this lens must almost be in a class of it's own? (well, in terms of modern lenses).

    I guess a similar image might be obtained with a shorted prime at a closer standing distance.... but you'd end up with a wider background a loose some of the 3D effect achieved here?
     
  17. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    thanks for the kinds words

    But I was in love with it first !!:)

    This image surprised me when I saw it on the computer... I obviously hit a very nice sweet spot of distance to subject, and subject to background.

    I adore the 75mm I find it a very useable focal length in many circumstances, and have always been vocal in saying that it is not to be thought of as just a 'portrait' lens.

    When I started out with micro 4/3, I had an E-P1, and a Leica shooting girlfriend who had a Leica 75/1.4 (I still have both:)). The Leica 75/1.4 is no longer made, but it was regarded by its lens designer Mandler, as being his his crowning achievement. It cost somewhere in the region of 5 times the Oly version...but thats leica for you!

    here are a few shots taken in the e-p1 with the leica 75/1.4

    5107519568_5f1c81767f_b.jpgBin Man by kevinparis, on Flickr

    5107515348_1848eff321_b.jpgEat on the Go by kevinparis, on Flickr

    5106512677_e46f9438f0_b.jpgDressed for Market by kevinparis, on Flickr

    so you can see for me that 75 on 4/3 has always worked well for me - of course your needs and wishes may be different


    K
     
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  18. tomtom

    tomtom New to Mu-43

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    Dec 9, 2014
    If unsure, one of the other posters suggested getting a zoom. I inherited a Zuiko 40-150 4/5.6 which I would have never bought because I thought it would be marginal. Well I am very pleasantly surprised! And, for $150 on sale they are a bargain. I subsequently bought the 75 because it is really my focal length. Even as amazing as it is I still use the zoom quite a bit. So if my experience is any guide you will not have wasted your money with the zoom even if you get the 75 later.
     
  19. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 10, 2010
    Southport, OzTrailEYa
    pellicle
    Hi

    If you are interested in trying the focal length but are unwilling to plop down the cash on a toe dip why not try a manual focus legacy lens and see how you go... something like a Canon FD 85mm f1.8 is about a quarter of the price. I am quite pleased with my Pentax 110 type 70mm f2.8 for just $50 too...
     
  20. JoFT

    JoFT Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 11, 2014
    Stuttgart
    Johannes
    jasjb: Please forget the price tag. The 75mm is my best lens. And I have quite a bunch of it. period. Your will never regret

    141130_GM1_0262.jpg
     
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