Which lens is best for portraits?

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Uncle Frank, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. Uncle Frank

    Uncle Frank Photo Enthusiast

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    Frank
    That question pops up with regularity, and is too vague to be answered because there are so many kinds of portraits. Most of the people responding assume head & shoulder and suggest a fast telephoto lens, something in the range of 85mm to 200mm. But portraits can be taken with any lens, and proving it is the point of this thread.

    Post one of your successful portraits, and below it list the lens and the aperture used. Then change the color of the font to white, so it can only be read if it's highlighted, and put black brackets around the invisible information. Only one picture per post, please. Here's a recent casual portrait of my 2 year old granddaughter.

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    Lens info: [Oly ep5 + Panasonic 20/1.7 @ f/2.8]​
     
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  2. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Veteran

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    MJ
    Fun!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/web-betty/11611555516/" title="Untitled by Web-Betty, on Flickr"> 11611555516_d90004eb52_c. "800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a>
    [Minolta 58mm f1.4 MC.Rokkor PF]
     
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  3. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Veteran

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    MJ
    And to (hopefully) illustrate your point:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/web-betty/12096328884/" title="{ waiting for grandpa } by Web-Betty, on Flickr"> 12096328884_a79a18ff29_c. "800" height="600" alt="{ waiting for grandpa }"></a>
    [OLYMPUS M.17mm F2.8]
     
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  4. Uncle Frank

    Uncle Frank Photo Enthusiast

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    Frank
    Nicely done, MJ. Both are great!
     
  5. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Larry
    What a good idea. Mine was taken over 2 years ago in Laos at the night market in Luang Prabang. (Should be back this fall!!) This pretty little girl was also quite a good salesperson, and had some very beautiful silk. I left the white balance warm. It just look wrong when cooled off any more than this.

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    ( Panasonic 20mm @ f1.8 on E-P2 )
     
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  6. orfeo

    orfeo Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    One thing I missed most not shooting DSLR anymore is being able to use this 30€ lens and getting what I want ie creamy, dreamy portrait. It's kind of debated to death in all the directions about lens attributes, but for me it's just that I like that lens so much, I can excuse so much of its flaws!

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    (smc tak 50mm f1.4 + lens turbo)
     
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  7. Uncle Frank

    Uncle Frank Photo Enthusiast

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    Frank
    P1180078%20mr-XL.
    Lens info: [Oly ep5 & Sigma 60/2.8 @ f/2.8]​
     
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  8. quatchi

    quatchi Mu-43 Veteran

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    4.
    Through the Eyes on 500px

    Lens & exposure info:
    [E-M5 with Oly M.60mm F2.8 Macro - 1/160 * f8 * iso200 * two off camera strobes]
     
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  9. orfeo

    orfeo Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I never had a lens with that FOV before... It was my main happiness for using M4/3 in the beginning when I still haven't realized all the other goodness about this system.

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    (P7-14mm@7mm f4)
     
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  10. scott2hot

    scott2hot Mu-43 Veteran

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    scott
    no focal range is right or wrong

    Hi
    Dont beat me up over this post...as most shots from my second favorite cam system (pentax) always have a soft spot for underdog to (canikon)..this is why i now have an OLY E P5 (their most under rated cam)ONLY due to other release's...NOT ability!
    But back to focal range...i shoot mostly my child..and use many focal lengths....
    working flat out at moment to pay for upcoming florida trip in may...hopefully get a chance to use E P5 to its full potential! then.
    1.gx1....45mm
    2.pentax k5 ...50mm=75
    3.pentax k5 ...28mm=42
    4 pentax k5 ...75mm=112
    Sorry frank for not going by the rules of your thread...have to snatch time to post while at work!...so done very quickly and not liked you asked...but shows any length is good...cropping also allows better framing...my best private pics range from 28mm right upto 300mm!
    Regards
    Scott.
     
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  11. scott2hot

    scott2hot Mu-43 Veteran

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    scott
    (Pentax K5 ..sigma 18-250 @375mm equiv)
     
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  12. Uncle Frank

    Uncle Frank Photo Enthusiast

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    Frank
    A delightful collection of images, Scott. The last one is filled with joy... a remarkable capture.
     
  13. RayB

    RayB Mu-43 Regular

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    P6024191e11028.

    (E-P2, Panasonic 20/1.7)
     
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  14. scott2hot

    scott2hot Mu-43 Veteran

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    scott
    Thanks Frank
    Great to get positive feedback...still learning.....but last one was from cheapo sigma superzoom!
    I cant wait to come over to the states in may....orlando as tacky as it can be ...but I love it! and have been craving to come back...now my child is a little older...great excuse to really put my E P5 to some nice travel shots!....last time I came to vegas and florida...had a crappy point and shoot (gutted) especially at grand canyon...would have loved to have serious camera back then.
    Regards
    Scott.
     
  15. biomed

    biomed Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 22, 2013
    Seattle area
    Mike
    The classic portrait lens is a short telephoto. This type of lens is used to prevent any distortion that could result with a shorter lens. In u4/3 the range of focal lengths would be around 30mm to 60mm. However as the excellent photos posted in this thread show, you can use just about any lens you want to for portraiture. I prefer to use an adapted lens for portraits. My favorite is the Voigtländer 50/1.5 Nokton.

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    I did a Google search for u4/3 portrait lens

    Mike
     
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  16. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Veteran

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    MJ
    Thank you. I was surprised by the pic of my older son--I HATE that lens, lol.
     
  17. beanedsprout

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    info: [Rokinon 7.5 fisheye, f3.5]
     
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  18. craftysnapper

    craftysnapper Mu-43 Regular

    151149722%20.

    ( E-PL5 & m40-150 @ 150mm eq to 300mm] )
     
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  19. craftysnapper

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    148078616.

    ( E-PL3 & m45mm f1.8 )
     
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  20. craftysnapper

    craftysnapper Mu-43 Regular

    153279243.

    ( E-620 & 70-300 @ 300mm eq to 600mm )
     
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