and as for a portrait lens...

Started Jun 21, 2010 | Discussions thread
udaman Senior Member • Posts: 2,788
Re: and as for a portrait lens...

thirdeyebrian wrote:

i say portrait, but primarily indoor shots of the kids running about with the occasional sit-down photo session with them.


Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Pentax 43mm f/1.9 limited
Pentax 50mm f/1.4

so hard to choose...what are your experiences?

Thank you,

Of your candidates above.... And if only one lens was used for all images.... the 30mm Sigma... only because having a FOV of 45mm, it will be a little challenging as a slightly wide angle lens. A 24mm would be better for candid around the house stuff. As a almost normal lens, as far as FOV, a head shoot it out of the question, but an "Environmental" portrait would work fine with it. That is: the child sitting or playing and you crop tight.

You really need 2 lenses.... a 24 (FOV 35mm) and a 50mm-105mm for a FOV from 75mm to 165mm... now a great lens to consider is the Sigma 17-70. It has both ends needed in one lens and has a good IQ to boot. It does loose a little more than 1 f/stop though.

I own the Sigma EX 24-70 f/2.8 I bought a used for $325.00 a year ago. It sells new for $570.00 at BH New York.

You may want to consider other makes. But a 24mm is good FL for indoor candid captures with kids...

What do I use with my 10 year old.....Indoors?

Leica M5 with a 35mm f/1.4 and a Olympus T32 flash and 400 film. Why, you ask, when I can use my K20d with a 24-70.... Simple... I set the flash on auto and use f/11 and set my Hyper-focus DOF scale so that 4/feet to 10/feet are in focus.
I just frame and shoot, like a very Expensive P/S

I can also shoot without flash if I have BW film, or Convert the color scans to BW. Since I have f/1.4 if needed...But, then, he has to be involved with something so I can focus and shoot without him moving around though.

No AF to worry about, no missed opportunities with focus hunting or, AF and re-compose and shoot problems.

For Portraits.... I can use either the K20d and the Sigma 105mm f/2.8, or the M5 with a 90mm f/2 Summicron...

Anyway...I don't know what your budget is.. But, it sounds like $500.00 may be a top amount you want to spend.... a Used Sigma EX DG/DF 24-70 f/2.8 can fit the bill, and the Sigma 17-70 can fit it also. But, at the long end, a flash may be need to use smaller f/stop and a lower ISO too
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