The Olympus 75mm, tell me why I "need" it.

Started Oct 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
tedolf
tedolf Forum Pro • Posts: 26,482
Problem is....
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pinnacle wrote:

Dan Clark wrote:

OK, so the lens has awesome quality.  So what?  Why 75mm? For what is it useful?

75mm is effectively 150mm.  It's too long for a portrait lens and too short for a tele lens.  Every instance where that focal length would be useful, I would see a zoom as a much better option for better framing.  While a zoom may not be as sharp, if you have to crop in post to get good framing, you lose that advantage.

I don't get it.  Why 75mm fixed?

Dan, I wasn't convinced about how useful the 75mm would be until I bought one. It is most definitely not too long for great portrait work. I suggest you see if you can take a 75 on a photo trek and do some portrait captures. It opens up a lot of possibilities. The extended control of bokeh... The ability to be relatively far from a portrait subject and get more natural expression from some people who feel more comfortable at a distance.

Please just try it. You will love it!

Dan

Dan

The problem is it is too long to use indoors in a studio type setting.   You would have to be 12-15 feet away from the model for a head and shoulders shot.   Out doors, 90mm would be even better.  It's just an odd focal lenght for a 2x crop sensor.   Tedolph

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