Best Studio Lens for Full Body shots?

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    Hi all..

    I have always wondered what is the best lens for full body shots in studio? if it should be long.. what is the minimum required for both full frame and crop bodies?

    Thank you for you help.
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    I say 85mm.. but there are people who shoot with 200mm :)
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    How big is your studio.
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    is 50mm in a croped body not good?

    15x15 but I have more space to move backwords through the kitchen passage :)

    I used this sketch before in another threat, it is in Meters not feet

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    50 mm is not bad, but I think 85 would be better. You can see the distortion with 50mm (crop body or full frame). Let me try and find you this link.
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    I think 50mm looks horrible. 85 and longer is best.
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    This is really nice link.. Thanks

    I am moving next week to the new house and I ordered the paper backgrounds with the on wall hanger (works like a curtain to make the background come down). I will post some photos as soon I start taking shots there.. Thank you
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    I see you moved your lenses to sigma! so you recommend the 85 as I cant afford the 85 1.2 L. I was planning to get the 24-70 soon.
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    I wouldn't worry about the getting the 1.2; either the 1.4 or 1.8 will do nicely, and FWIW, I agree with Robin; 85 and up is best. You can use 50 on a crop-body, but it's not going to be as good for this sort of work as slightly longer glass.
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    Thank you Tirediron. I will use the kit lens on 85mm after I move and if it works I will decide on which is the next lens.
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    I think you're going to have a hard time using 85mm for a FULL BODY shot in a 15'x15' room. By the time you add a backdrop and some space between it and your model, you're gonna have 10-12' to work with with your back against the wall. On the 60D, your field of view at 12' away is only 3'2" x 2'1". Even if you had the full 15', you're only going to fit the full body of a 3'11" person in portrait orientation.

    If you drop down to 50mm, you're going to be limited to 5'5" height (portrait orientation) at 12' and 6'9" for the 15' foot length of the room. You're going to either have to get a FF camera, a larger studio, use an abnormally short focal length, or forget about doing full body shots.
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    On either crop body or full frame, the 85mm focal length is the shortest option with almost zero distortion. You can go longer than that, as many do, but if your space is limited for now, that's obviously not going to happen.

    With the space limitations you listed, you won't be able to get a full body shot at a focal length that will provide zero distortion. You'll need to shoot in a different location, or adjust your expectations to waist up shots or headshots...
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    Thats not a full body shot, so whats the value of that ?

    AFAIK the recommented full frame lenses for face are 135mm and for full body 50mm. Or, much easier to memorize: the optimal distance to the person of which you want a portrait is about 5m.

    I certainly have no problem with people on my 35mm on DX (which, thanks to the 1.5 crop factor, is about 50mm for full frame). I just keep 5m distance to my subjects and they look natural.
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    Are you just trying to be rude, or do you not understand the purpose of Robin's link was simply showing distortion caused by focal length? Distortion effects full body shots the same way as headshots, if not as obviously...

    And the OP doesn't have 5m to step away from the subjects. SMH.
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    Sad to know but it is a good reason to move to FF :)

    What is your secret ? :)

    Now it is very clear to me, to avoid distortion I need a min of 85mm. I am sorry, but will I be able to fix distortion in post if using 50mm taking in consideration the space!

    If using 35, good care has to be taken in regard of the hight and angle of the camera. right?
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    By the way, I have the 70-300 IS also.. So if by anychance the focal length worked, I will try shooting with this lens. But honestly I don't like it as I feel the images are soft.
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    Which is my point.

    There is no "distortion by focal length".

    If you check the picture that got posted - the face is always about the same size. That means the photographer moved closer and closer and closer.

    But if you keep 5m distance to your subject, you wont get distortion, no matter what focal length you use. The issue is simply how much of the person you photograph will be on the picture. At about 50mm, you get full body, while 135mm gives you the face.
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