The Best Portrait Lenses?

Started Mar 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
JVPhotography
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Re: The Best Portrait Lenses?
In reply to Dismayed, Apr 5, 2013

Simple, the lens you can connect with your subject but not smell what they had for lunch. Your own comfortable working distance is the first thing to consider.

The first hardware issue to consider is contrast. Nobody want's to see every skin pore. This is why Micro lenses are not this best pick for this type of work.

The only lenses I know of that are "designed" for portraits are the 105 DC and 135 DC. These lenses render skin and skin color especially well and are good wide open to isolate the subject from the background.

Most lenses are designed as a general purpose lenses and any of them work equally as well as long as they don't show a lot of distortion. Longer lenses are generally more flattering than wider because they compress facial features but unless they are at the extreme focal lengths it's hard to see the compression anyway.You can see the difference in a head shot done at 24mm vs 85mm but the compression between 85mm and 135mm is less noticeable.

You will take more photos at your comfortable working distance than you will at an uncomfortable working distance making the best portrait lens being the one that's right for you.

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