QuarryCat: it is good for long legs, but as not as good for small faces.no good idea to go as close to a face - you could use your smartphone instead...both are worse for head shots.
it is a perfect lens for the early and the evening hours, for dark scenses - but not for these kind of pictures!
It's not absurd at all. Getting in close to a face is great, but doing so with a wide angle can distort features if you aren't careful. Look at the portraits that StevenE linked to. Sure they are in close, but notice how they either directly face the person, or are at a right angle profile.
The lens is a tool, and if you are going for a certain look then by all means use it. You just have to be aware of its behavior in certain shooting situations, that's all.
Unfortunately Sony have missed the mark on this one. Fuji got closer with the X100 and XPro-1.
On the Sony, the body is far too small, and of course the main feature that Fuji is also missing: the elusive, fully functional optical viewfinder with rangefinder focusing. None of this EV nonsense, and ESPECIALLY none of this $599 "add on" nonsense.
I don't even care that much about the sensor size. The APS-C sensor in the X100 is fine. To paraphrase a popular saying:
"IT'S THE VIEWFINDER, STUPID!"
Maybe next time they should put a 4x5, film, a minilab, and an Epson V750 flatbed scanner on the rover.
Seriously, if this Cameron fellow wants 3d movies, he can build his own rover and send it to Mars. What is stopping him?
Reilly Diefenbach: Makes me even more glad I live in the country :^)
Yes, because if you can't see it, then it must not exist at all!
Or, you know, you could just shoot some film.