50mm 2.5 macro - a good portrait lens?

Started Dec 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: 50mm 2.5 macro - a good portrait lens?
In reply to Pixelhater, Dec 11, 2012

Pixelhater wrote:

tkbslc wrote:

The distortion you are describing has nothing to do with the lens design. It is pure perspective distortion. A function of being physically too close to the subject. The way to do a closeup portrait that avoids perspective distortion is to shoot with a longer telephoto from 6 feet away, not using a macro lens from 6 inches.

Yes, perspective distortion is what I mean. So the 85/1.8 or 100/2 then? Unless I want perspective distortion.

I would say more like 200mm f8.    You don't want f2 for a close up portrait or you won't even be able to get all the eyelashes in focus.

After I replied I saw you mention these are for self portraits.  There is just not any way to have non-distorted portraits at arms length.  However if you stretch as far as you can and keep your face level with the camera, it should be minimized.

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