Best focal length for full length portraits

Started Aug 1, 2006 | Discussions thread
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Freundez Regular Member • Posts: 218
Best focal length for full length portraits

For those of you who do a lot of portrait work, particularly 3/4 and full-length portraits, what focal length do you favor? This is probably as much (if not more) a technique question over a gear question.

I've been asked to do some pro-bono work for my sister-in-law who has started her own business selling clothing for English-style horseback riding, and will be shooting some models wearing her line. Photos will be taken outdoors in a riding environment (with horses, barns, etc.), but all of the shots will be meant to emphasize the clothing (obviously).

So, being someone who primarily shoots wider angle landscapes and macros, I'm curious whether I'd be better served with something in the 85mm range, or with something in the 50mm (or wider???) range. I use my Tokina 100mm f/2.8 as a 'portrait lens' for tighter face shots, but w/ the FOV crop on digital, it seems like it will be too tight.

Any thoughts?
Thanks,
Eric
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