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

Started Oct 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
Absolutic Veteran Member • Posts: 5,520
Re: Why 75mm?

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?


why is 150 too long for portrait lens.  As I previously pointed Canon 135L is one of the most popular Canon lenses ever (and probably the sharpest canon lens but that is beside the point).    150 is close to 135.   It is great for head shots.    85 is great for full body or 3/4 portraits, but if you get very close with a 85 for a headshot, the laws of physics tell you that the face is not flatten enough yet at that length for a truly attractive shot.

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