Canon 60 f/2.8 vs. 50 f/1.8

Started May 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
007peter Forum Pro • Posts: 11,475
Love the 60, but "Ultra-SHARP" is not desirable in Portrait Photography

I have the pleasure of borrowing both Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro and 60mm f/2.8 Macro to do some indepth comparison. I find Canon 60mm f/2.8 Macro   BITINGLY SHARP! Having own 19+ lens, Canon 60mm f/2.8 macro is easily sharpest lens that I ever have the pleasure of using. It is sharper than even the EF 100mm f/2.8 macro.

However, ultra-sharpness is NOT DESIRABLE in portrait photography:

  • nobody want to see their ACNE SCAR and every crevices on their face

  • nobody want to see their CROW FEET magnified with biting sharpness

  • fact is - most people are not models

  • fact is - most people don't have porcelain skin

  • fact is - most adult's face are flawed with acne, dark-spots, winkles, etc...

That is why Canon 50mm f/1.8 II is the better portrait lens. It is sharp enough wide open, but no so sharp to pickup every facial flaw on a person's face. It is useless to pit 50mm f/1.8 vs 60mm f/2.8 macro, since they are 2 different lens for 2 different purposes .

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