photo shoot lens choice

Started Nov 25, 2011 | Discussions thread
winparkman
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Re: I'd go with the 50.
In reply to plaiditude, Nov 26, 2011

They are your clients, of course, but most of the portraits I take tend to be head and shoulder shots.

plaiditude wrote:

Great! My only worry is that it will be quite difficult to back up enough to get some full body shots of the family. I guess I can just try to get as much as I can, then switch to the 18-105 if I need to at the end.

winparkman wrote:

The 50 is 75mm on a DX body. This is a nice, short telephoto; perfect for portraits. When I use a 50 for head and shoulder portraits, you need about 6 to 8 feet distance for three people. The 50 has less distortion than the your zoom and focus speed is not critical for a portrait.

Don't overlook the power of the 50mm; dollar for dollar, it is the best lens Nikon makes.

plaiditude wrote:

what camera body do you use, is it a DX size? I see FX shooters using a 50 all the time, which was why I'm hoping to eventually afford a 35mm which works out to give about the same view on a DX chip camera. Thanks!

Frida wrote:

However, I always use my 50 for shoots, whether indoors or out.

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OK, not so purely a hobby.

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OK, not so purely a hobby.

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