Lenses for photographing people...

Started Apr 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Lenses for photographing people...yes, but -- examples

richj20 wrote:

s_grins wrote:

Based on you experience, what lenses would you recommend for photographing people?

In reconsidering your question -- I didn't mean to be dismissive in my response. So, I'll go out on a limb with recommendations, based on my experiences:

  • Outdoors: Panasonic 45-150mm
  • Indoors, with tripod: Panasonic 45-150mm
  • Indoors, hand held: Panasonic 20mm f/1.7; Panasonic-Leica 45mm f/2.8

Hiya Rich

Fine example, but rather than specific lenses, I would suggest that focal lengths/apertures would be more helpful to all.

I tend to go Oly f1.8 45 for most portraits, indoors or out -- it’s the focal length that matters -- with back-up from my second (of two, the other is the Panny 14) walk around lenses -- the Oly 40-150.

Nice work on the wide angle portraits -- you show excellent control of the distortion that naturally occurs -- makes me envious.

When I use the Panny 14 or the Oly 9-18 (at or very near the 9mm end) for portraiture I am either deliberately going for the distortion or backing off a bit to get a fair bit of "environment" in.

A few examples of mine:

Oly 45

Panny 14

Oly 40-150

Oly 45

Oly 9-18


Cheers, geoff

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