35mm equivalent not good for portrait ?

Started Mar 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
Lisa O
Lisa O Senior Member • Posts: 2,505
Re: 35mm equivalent not good for portrait ?

35mm focal length is good for environmental portraits and perhaps small group portraits. 85mm to about 135mm is classic portrait focal length. The longer lenses compress space a bit making for a more pleasing look with no foreshortening of features you get with a wide angle lens. With a wide lens features that are closer to the lens often appear much larger, so if you ltook a head and holder port rail with a 35mm the nose or the forehead could be out of proportion.

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