Photographing a Person: A test of focal lengths

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
FoolyCooly Veteran Member • Posts: 3,484
Re: [Great links] 50mm FF is necessary to avoid facial distortion

Nexu1 wrote:

FoolyCooly wrote:

007peter wrote:

Good find.  This is a much more useful comparsion.  Looking at the photo, it seem that

  • 19mm ~ 24mm produce horrific facial distortion, best avoid @all cost
  • 35mm, still suffer from unfortuante nose exaggeration
  • 50mm ~70mm look the most natural to me, like seeing the person in real life instead of a viewing an artificial person on a glamour magazine
  • 100mm ~ 300mm essentially look the same.  Its that same glamour magazine look.  Extreme telephoto can melts away the busy backdrop, but it also render the a flat 2d magazine

In theory, m43 produce exactly the same effect right?  So if I prefer

50mm ~ 70mm Portraits here, then I should be looking for 25mm ~ 35mm lens on m43?

Correct. I happen to like 50mm and 75mm as well. 100mm pushes me back a bit too far for my liking.

]FoolyCooly wrote:

I found this on the internet some time ago. I believe these were taken with a FF body but the results should be similar when shooting 35mm equivalents.

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The best camera is the one you have with you.

This is a challenge because none of us know what this person looks like in real life.

That said, as crazy as it sounds, I like the 350mm photo the best.  70mm to me looks a bit elongated with a stretched out forehead.  But hey, maybe she looks that way?

LOL, I doubt she looks like that in person... maybe if you're 4 inches from her face.

It was late and I was being lazy. I should have said that I use 50mm equivalent for half or full body portraits of 1 or 2 people. It's actually my favorite lens for engagement sessions. 75mm I'll use for half body shots of 1 person. I can use it on 2 people but one of them is going to be OOF enough to see on screen and in print. Looking back at the last set of head shots I did, 75% of them where shot at over 135mm. I used my Nikon 80-200 f2.8 for that shoot.

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