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Old Jan 12, 2008, 5:03 PM   #9
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You can take good people photos with any lens you choose. It's all in how you use it. But the word portrait sagest something a little more formal to me. It sagest you are going to interacting with and directing your subject. You may even walk up and comb their heir for them. The medium telephoto was established as the standard portrait lens. As much because of working distance as lens properties. Much longer and you subject is too far away to take direction. Much shorter and they will feel uncomfortable with you sticking the camera in their face. But as I said in my first post, it depends on your style.
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