35mm equivalent not good for portrait ?

Started Mar 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
slimandy Forum Pro • Posts: 17,155
Re: 35mm equivalent not good for portrait ?

For head & shoulders I would say 'yes' 35mm is too short. It won't give you a nice perspective. You'll get distorted features simply because you'll be too close to your subject.

You mention 85 as being ideal. I would put that at minimum. 105 or even 135 are the classic portrait focal length for head & shoulders. 85 is good for upper body. 35 for full body or environmental portrait.

It comes down to personal preference though, so try it and see for yourself.

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