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Old Aug 31, 2003, 12:34 AM   #1
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With the 1.6x factor a 50 becomes an 80. Does that make a 1.4 50 a decent portrait lens? I always preferred a 90 or more for face shots in 35mm. Does the multiplier effect the f stop also or would it be an 80mm 1.4? Thanks
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Old Sep 7, 2003, 7:43 AM   #2
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Interesting question, I'm sure some do know an answer. Maybe this should be placed in general?
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Old Sep 7, 2003, 8:06 AM   #3
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Default Yup,Yer Right!

You are correct......80mm 1.4.
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Old Sep 7, 2003, 10:11 AM   #4
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The one downside of the 50 f1.4 is that it is very sharp lens. Most people, when doing portrates like the picture a little soft. Who wants to see every imperfection and pore in their face?

But yes, I believe that the 50 f1.4 is considered a very good portrate lens.

I would read these reviews before jump in:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/s...ort=7&thecat=2

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Old Sep 7, 2003, 11:31 AM   #5
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Thanks for the NEW answers. Klaus & NHL had answered before but then the forum went down & everything went bye, bye!!!
ericS, I know what you mean. Unless you are shooting 16 year olds, too much detail can be depressing! Wonder what a "forgiving" portrait lens would be? mostly I was thinking of the 1.4 & low light which could soften things a bit, Thanks again all!!
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I have no knowledge of studio lighting, so I couldn't really say. IT might help. There are some people here who really know their studio lighting, so you might post something about that in the flash(studio) section.

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Actually this is when Photoshop becomes quite necessary... You want the lens as sharp as possible, the rest is all on post processing:
1. Create a duplicate layer of the portrait
2. Apply Gaussian blur (with 30-40% opacity)
3. Selectively go back and erase the areas you want to keep sharp, ie hair lines, eye lashes, lips, clothe lines etc... Beside there's also healing and cloning tools for other blemishes.

The skin can be as smooth as any magazine cover! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Great tip----- thanks NHL :lol:
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A program called ClearSkin that can be applied as a standalone (free) or a PS Plugin. Jascan posted a link to the site with a great example of an image after it's run through the program in this thread:
http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...ic.php?t=13937
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OK time has passed, I've read more (know more?) & here is another question. In another thread someone said that the 1.6 factor was a crop but didn't change the perspective. Soooooo, this is what I'm trying to figure out.

We all know that you don't want to use a wide angle for head shots as the face will distort. In 35mm an 80 or 90 keeps the nose from jumping out at you. So with 1.6 I would stand further back but do you get the same 50mm perspective? Would it be better to get a 1.8 85 so that the face flattens a little????? :roll:
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