18-55mm portrait quality at 55mm 4.0

Started Feb 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
Shop cameras & lenses ▾
Albert Valentino Senior Member • Posts: 5,287
Re: 18-55mm portrait quality at 55mm 4.0

slowhand73 wrote:

Sorry to hijack the thread (is it really an hijacking ?), but talking about zoom lens and portrait I was considering more the 55-200. It starts at f/3.5, and if you have enough space, zooming in and going farther away from the subject might gives better bokeeh and rendering (it is just a thought).

Although bigger to hold, this is true. Also, the 55-200 is sharper at 55mm than the 18-55. It do not shoot many portraits but I do shoot flowers. It start by zooming to the long end. at longer FL the FOV is narrower so the detail in the background is far less making for a smoother background. This is also why i like longer macro lenses for nature work, first for the extra reach for subjects like bugs, but also for the narrower FOV which helps significantly with blurring background and isolating the subject from the background. Would post an example but not near my computer, just my ipad

-- hide signature --

Fuji Silver XE1 w/14, 18-55, 55-200, Rokinon 8mm Fisheye & Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro

 Albert Valentino's gear list:Albert Valentino's gear list
Olympus E-M1 Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 II Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Epson Stylus Photo R1900 +8 more
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow