Portrait Lens Help!!!

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  1. sdgmusic

    sdgmusic TPF Noob!

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    Hey all....I have a portrait headshot shoot this weekend and I am not sure what lens to use. I haven't got much time at the shoot to mess around so here's my list and maybe you can help me.

    Body: Sony A100

    Lenses to choose from:

    Sony 18-70 f3.5-5.6
    Minolta 50mm f 1.7
    Sigma 135-400 f4.5
    Sigma 28-135 f3.8-5.6

    Thanks, Sean
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    My choice would probably be the 50mm...but you could use any of them.
     
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    If the 50mm is anything like Canon's 50mm 1.8, I'd say go with that one. Very nice and crisp, and a lot of photographers like that focal length because it keeps all of the facial features in proper proportion.
     
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    Definitely the 50 mm prime lens!
     
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    I'd go with the 50mm. At the largest aperture you'd have some really nice DOF (subject in focus, background nice and blurry). Also, the 50mm will be a good length to keep features proportionate.
     
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    I'm no expert, but aren't 'typical' portraitlenses 85 to 135 ? To more flatten the features?




    pascal
     
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    yes....but as long as i wasn't shooting with a full frame camera, i only noticed VERY minimal distortion using a 50mm. i do however, prefer to shoot with my 85mm for portraits for that exact reason.
     
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    Without hesitation, I would use the shorter Sigma at about 80mm and shoot somewhere around f8.

    Personally, I wouldn't even explore using the others for this job.

    But, that's me and my classic training.

    Good luck!

    -Pete
     
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    Thanks for all of your help guys!
     

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