18-55mm portrait quality at 55mm 4.0

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18-55mm portrait quality at 55mm 4.0
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Has anybody got any photos with 18-55mm zoom  at 55mm F4 showing portait quality , background blur etc . i know f4 is not very fast, but ? suitable. thanks

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rft wrote:

Has anybody got any photos with 18-55mm zoom at 55mm F4 showing portait quality , background blur etc . i know f4 is not very fast, but ? suitable. thanks

Here are a few of my daughter, taken a few weeks ago in some rare sunshine ... Focal length varies, and they are just snaps, but might help.

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Try this one (heavily cropped but it's ok) - http://www.flickr.com/photos/95540165@N08/8722937321/

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Works fine, sometimes surprisingly well
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Hi,

for me the 18-55 is always a mixed bag. Sometimes the pictures are kind of .. hmm .. wired, but on the other side most of the time it delivers very well.

Especially wide open and at 55mm it can produce lovely images - however, it is no 2.4 60

Both attached pictures are at f4 and 55mm, both a casual "snapshots".

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Daniel

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Lovely images and beautiful subjects everyone

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Sorry to hijack the thread (is it really an hijacking ?), but talking about zoom lens and portrait I was considering more the 55-200. It starts at f/3.5, and if you have enough space, zooming in and going farther away from the subject might gives better bokeeh and rendering (it is just a thought).

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I would like know peoples opinions on this too. I was thinking of letting the 55-200 serve that function for me as well. Lens deal are around the corner and it could do double duty. Would love the 56 but need to make some compromises for versatility and budget.

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slowhand73 wrote:

Sorry to hijack the thread (is it really an hijacking ?), but talking about zoom lens and portrait I was considering more the 55-200. It starts at f/3.5, and if you have enough space, zooming in and going farther away from the subject might gives better bokeeh and rendering (it is just a thought).

Although bigger to hold, this is true. Also, the 55-200 is sharper at 55mm than the 18-55. It do not shoot many portraits but I do shoot flowers. It start by zooming to the long end. at longer FL the FOV is narrower so the detail in the background is far less making for a smoother background. This is also why i like longer macro lenses for nature work, first for the extra reach for subjects like bugs, but also for the narrower FOV which helps significantly with blurring background and isolating the subject from the background. Would post an example but not near my computer, just my ipad

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My mother (77)

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You know what makes a fabulous portrait lens on the X cameras? A Minolta Rokkor MD 50mm F1.4.

Just gorgeous. Not very expensive either and adapters on Ebay are very cheap. Its manual focus though.

Greg.

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Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

You know what makes a fabulous portrait lens on the X cameras? A Minolta Rokkor MD 50mm F1.4.

Just gorgeous. Not very expensive either and adapters on Ebay are very cheap. Its manual focus though.

Greg.

Tnx for the tip! I have a Fuji Manual focus 55mm lens., but I have some nagative experiences. Hard to focus. Focus ring was hard to turn. and the white manual focus assist doesn't do it for me in some situations. I have to rely on AF.

I thought the quality of the bokah was pretty decent for f4. the 60mm is tempting as well. with the prices going down.

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In reply to rft, 5 months ago

Completely non-scientific portrait examples taken a couple of minutes apart . . . . YMMV, but I think both lenses take excellent portraits at 55mm (although I slightly prefer the 55-200 for portraits).  FYI, first is 18-55 and second is 55-200.

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It's not my favorite for portraits, but it can be pressed into service.

examples in article below:

http://henrysmithscottage.com/2013/01/25/the-gear-that-i-use-the-fuji-xf-18-55mm-f2-8-4/

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In reply to tasmith88, 5 months ago

Thanks for all your photos. Although  not in the league of the 56mm 1.2 , for an all round lens, the results look good

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this was f4 and developed in Silkypix

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