Tamron 90mm Macro as a portrait/tele lens?

Started Dec 20, 2005 | Discussions thread
Sophie Wilson Senior Member • Posts: 1,745
Re: Tamron 90mm Macro as a portrait/tele lens?

philzucker wrote:

Sophie Wilson wrote:

I don't know! Most of the time I'm using these f2.8 lenses wide
open (and when that isn't adequate, its the FA 50 f1.4...) - it
really is rarely bright enough under stage lights to stop down very
much at ISO800 (and don't talk to me about what its like when the
lighting director is going for "mood").

Yes, your experience conincide precisely with what I found at the
occasions I did stage shooting.

I can re-confirm it! - I just used the 28-75 XR Di and the FA* 85 f1.4. The widest aperture I saw in the stage lights (plus room lights - this was a rehearsal after all!) was f3.5! There's no spotlights yet (we hire spots for the performance week only).

I find the sharpness of
them fine - and I don't do much post processing beyond using
QImage's default sharpening setting - but I am only printing 6x4"
from most of my stage work (some 12x8 for publicity - they
generally look fine, too!).

That's what I wanted to know, the performance wide open. Thanks
again for your valuable input!

I didn't take many tonight, I could send them to you if you wish to examine the images for your own idea of sharpness (and depth of field: we get quite shallow like this).

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