50mm 2.5 macro - a good portrait lens?

Started Dec 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
OP Pixelhater Forum Member • Posts: 64
Re: 50mm 2.5 macro - a good portrait lens?

tkbslc wrote:

Pixelhater wrote:

tkbslc wrote:

The distortion you are describing has nothing to do with the lens design. It is pure perspective distortion. A function of being physically too close to the subject. The way to do a closeup portrait that avoids perspective distortion is to shoot with a longer telephoto from 6 feet away, not using a macro lens from 6 inches.

Yes, perspective distortion is what I mean. So the 85/1.8 or 100/2 then? Unless I want perspective distortion.

I would say more like 200mm f8. You don't want f2 for a close up portrait or you won't even be able to get all the eyelashes in focus.

After I replied I saw you mention these are for self portraits. There is just not any way to have non-distorted portraits at arms length. However if you stretch as far as you can and keep your face level with the camera, it should be minimized.

Okej, now I am confused.

What I have read countless times is that 85-100mm and f2 is the perfect portrait lens.

But l have also eyeballing on the 70-200/4 IS lens. So that would be the ideal portrait lens?

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