Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG for portrait Photography?

Started Apr 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
Lights Perfection
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Re: Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG for portrait Photography?

Thanks awaldram for the input. I can't wait to get my Tamron back. Right now, this the only lens I have. The LBA bug hasn't bitten me yet. I guess this gives me more time to play with it.


awaldram wrote:

Nice shots but they give no indication of what the bokeh will be like ate portrait distances.

All macro bokeh should look incredibly smooth irrelevant of the lens design due to the very shallow DoF.

OK on to your question will the 50 ex dg Macro make a good portrait lens.

It not really a yes no answer

Compared with a Zoom then it will mostly be better , compared to your Tamron I would say it'll definitely have the edge with more resolution and better CA handling but slightly edgier Bokeh due to the straight 7 aperture blades.

Compared to a dedicated 'Portrait lens' like the Sigma 50 or Pentax DA*55 then no it'll not match them.

All in all I'd not hesitate to use the Sigma Macro as a portrait lens but keep in mind that f2.8 may not allow you the subject isolation you want.

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