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Good to great lens for protraits.

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Kevin Watts

Kevin W.

ATLANTA,
United States

97 posts

Ok, so I purchased my first DSLR camera yesterday. Its a Sony Alpha-200 that I got from Wolf Camera for $370 (possibly the best price in a 50 mile radius) cause they were going out of business.

This camera is super dope and takes great pictures, I would really like to get a better lens for more protrait photography. Especially geared towards this site and other projects I'm building.

I've read that a 85-128mm is a great lens to stick with, but I'm still not sure and would like some feedback on what to look at?

What kind of lense do you use? recommendations would be most helpful!

5 years ago

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Ryan Ramsay Bennett

Ryan R.

OTTAWA,
Canada

2 posts

Basically anything above 80-85mm focal length to avoid distortion in the face and to be able to frame it easier further away, rather than having to get up really close.

0 · April 22, 2009

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Kevin Watts

Kevin W.

ATLANTA,
United States

97 posts

@Ryan R.

I heard that 50-100mm is the way to go for face and body shots? Then I also read 85-125mm is the best, It's still in question.

0 · April 22, 2009

#3
Sadie Marlowe

Sadie M.

THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE,
Canada

134 posts

Ryan B is right; no one likes having a picture taken (portrait or not) with a lens shoved up their nose. Keep a bit of distance to make your subject feel comfortable. 80mm+. That being said, a 35-50mm lens is more flexible for shooting in cramped spaces, and is generally a more flexible all-round use lens. If you have one that does 50-100mm, I'd say that's pretty useful.

0 · April 22, 2009

  

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