Anyone multitask the 100mm macro for portrait?

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chiane
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Anyone multitask the 100mm macro for portrait?
Apr 12, 2012

For the price and for the non-professional, it would be nice to kill two birds with one stone. I know it's a little long, but anyone else doing macro and portrait type stuff with this one lens?

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I'd be interested in some examples especially from the WR variant as most macros are a touch harsh both to the Bokeh and the subject.

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Re: Anyone multitask the 100mm macro for portrait?
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Like this? K-5, DFA100 @ f/4

There's no reason why any lens can't be used for portraits as long as you have the space. Once you get shorter than about 30mm you can get odd distortions (big noses) and longer than 300mm faces might start looking a bit flat.

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awaldram wrote:

I'd be interested in some examples especially from the WR variant as most macros are a touch harsh both to the Bokeh and the subject.

This one's at f/6.7, Andrew. The background is a garish icecream van in full sun.

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Remember Keitha McCall and the 100 Macro?
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http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1022&thread=31029504&page=1

Probably my favorite here, though she's not been posting for over a year. Anyone hear from her and that she is well, or just very busy on other projects?

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Re: Anyone multitask the 100mm macro for portrait?
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Not a human portrait, but this is an example of bokeh at f.5.6.

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In reply to chiane, Apr 12, 2012

chiane wrote:

For the price and for the non-professional, it would be nice to kill two birds with one stone. I know it's a little long, but anyone else doing macro and portrait type stuff with this one lens?

All with the DFA 100mm f2.8 WR

I am really not a portrait photographer but I did do one quick shot of my youngest...

It is a very versatile lens and not JUST for macro.

I like to pair it with a K 24mm f2.8 for car shows and walk around.

Here is a slideshow of some of my shots with this lens on my K200d.
http://lloydshell.zenfolio.com/p534710327/slideshow

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Re: Anyone multitask the 100mm macro for portrait?
In reply to UtahManSir, Apr 12, 2012

UtahManSir wrote:

Here is a slideshow of some of my shots with this lens on my K200d.
http://lloydshell.zenfolio.com/p534710327/slideshow

Cheers.

Lloyd

Wow Lloyd! You have a great set of images that show how much can be accomplished with that lens! Your roses are inspiring, as well as the car details. I think I need to take mine out shooting a bit more often.

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In reply to hardpan1, Apr 13, 2012

Wow Lloyd! You have a great set of images that show how much can be accomplished with that lens! Your roses are inspiring, as well as the car details. I think I need to take mine out shooting a bit more often.

Thanks Marc! Ihave a long ways to go before I master that lens. Do take it out it is a great lens for isolating details. I love the details of life.

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IF you have the room in studio 100mm very useful I mostly used the sigma 105 2.8, Outdoors I find it much useful
both taken with the sigma 105 2.8

Have not done much with portrait with the 100WR but as far a maco I have had good success with it

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In reply to chiane, Apr 13, 2012

On an APS-C the aspect ratio is not right for good portrait work. That was the reason that dedicated portrait lenses were all in the 75-85mm range in FF/film. To get that perspective in APS-C you need to use a 50-60mm lens (and fast so you can still get thin DOF if you want it). Does not mean you can't use a 100mm lens for portrait work but the results look awkward for head shots, which is what the 85mm lenses were used for. The lens would work better as a crowd isolation lens. We used to use fast 200mm lenses (later we used 70-200/2.8 zooms) for that in the film days so a cropped lens equal to 150mm would work for that.
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