Why insist on FF format?

Started Sep 22, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: OMD Vs D800
In reply to kelly15, Sep 23, 2012

kelly15 wrote:

For sure the portrait of the kid is not from a portrait lens wide open. Do you know which is the DOF of a FF 85 mm 1,8 at 1 meter? To have nose and ears in focus the f. should have been at least f. 8.0
For the other examples I do not know.

You seriously don't know what you're talking about. First of all, there's no rule that states that you have to have the nose and ears in focus. Secondly, Elgort shot most of his images of his kids with a 50mm prime on a 35mm film camera. With a 50mm prime, at f/1.8, at a distance of 4 feet, this gives a DOF of 2.64 inches, or 6.7 cm. That's fine for a headshot of a child.

And yes, you can do tight headshots at longer FL too. Steve McCurry shot his famous Afghan Girl photo with a 105mm f2.5 lens at, or near, wide open aperture on a Nikon FM2 film SLR.

And McCurry continues to do excellent portraits of children at fast apertures. So what were you saying about poor image quality at fast aperture, or only using fast aperture for night work, or fast apertures giving insufficient DOF for portraits of kids, or that award-winning photography isn't done at fast apertures?

Besides, I've definitely shot tight headshots of kids at fast apertures from much closer range. These images (below) were shot with a Canon APS-C DSLR and a Canon 35/1.4L between f/1.4 and f/2.0 from close range. Again, there's no rule that says you have to have everything from the ears to the nose sharp. And there's no rule that says you should avoid f/1.4-f/2.0, or that you should only save these apertures for night work. LOL.

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