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Old Jul 22, 2006, 9:52 AM   #1
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Looking for a good portrait and Micro lens and this was recommend by a friend. Anyone shoot it and like it? Anyone not like it? What about the difference between the film version and digital version - is the $60 more for Digital worth it, or at this mm does not make a difference?


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Old Jul 22, 2006, 10:43 AM   #2
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the 60 is probably not worth it.. ennaacac(tom) has this lens and has said he can't tell the doff.
this is a GREAT macro lens but may be too sharp for portraits.

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Old Jul 22, 2006, 11:30 AM   #3
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what about the Pentax 100mm macro 2.8 than better?
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Old Jul 22, 2006, 12:51 PM   #4
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My 2 cents - It just seems to me that macro and portrait don't go together. Macro lenses like the primes you are thinking about, are all really sharp - something you need in macro photography. Portrait photography is about flattering people, and you don't necessarily want a lens that is sharp enough to showskin pores and warts. If you can only afford one lens for both purposes, then get a sharpmacro, but plan on learning how to soften faces with software.

My Kiron 80-200 macro would probably work in a pinch for a portrait lens. It's a bit too soft for my tastes when it comes to macro or landscape, but probably would work well to flatter people.

It's too bad there isn't a "one-size-fits-all" lens, isn't?
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any macro true lens you get is going to be sharp. you can always blur a little in a graphics program..
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This the same lens without the digital coating, but I find it too sharp for portraits.

Get a lens that is soft from the get go for photos of people so the images look like they think they look, not like they really do.



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thanks all yout input makes sense
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I have been using FA100 2.8 for portrait besides FA50 1.4. I usually use it at wide open particularly in low light situation like this

http://www.pbase.com/danieltong/image/62327987/large

Is that still overly sharp? If it was paired with an appropriate softening filter, that should work better.

What do you guys think?

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p.s. if not I may have to get 77mm or 85mm (the latter may be more difficult to find). Either one of these two should be in my 09 budget. I have spent 08 already.





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My 2 cents - It just seems to me that macro and portrait don't go together. Macro lenses like the primes you are thinking about, are all really sharp - something you need in macro photography. Portrait photography is about flattering people, and you don't necessarily want a lens that is sharp enough to showskin pores and warts. If you can only afford one lens for both purposes, then get a sharpmacro, but plan on learning how to soften faces with software.

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