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Sigma 50/1.4 good for portraits?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Phillip Ino, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    I think it might be. It works out well for me because of my cramped studio space. I'm happy with how this turned out. Here's Bobbie! :smile:



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  2. awesome.... great shot..very natural expression....
    you definately captured her beauty....love how natural her smile came out...
    again....you did a great job...
     
  3. rotxlk82

    rotxlk82

    Jul 20, 2007
    UK
    Great shot Francis, the lens does very well (with your help of course). Pretty model too.
     
  4. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    How far from the subject were you? Looks like you may have some perspective distortion from being to close.

    I am keeping my eye on this lens. Seems like I am coming back around to primes only again.
     
  5. Nikkor AIS

    Nikkor AIS

    Jun 5, 2008
    Alberta
    Phillip: Great capture. Pefect lighting and expression. I really like the skin tone. Very sharp.

    Gregory
     
  6. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    Thanks, Everyone!

    :smile:

    Charles - I was about 2.5 feet away. And I was on a step ladder about 7" off the ground. So I am kind of shooting down.


    Here is another one! :biggrin:


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  7. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    I would guess that you were about 4 to 5 feet away from the subject in the second one. Am I close?
     
  8. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    That sounds about right. Not too many probably work this close?

    Here's another :smile:. More of a mischievous look.



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  9. Francis, were you at about F/3.2 or F/4 (I'm guessing here)?
     
  10. Looks great Francis, what a lovely model!!

    I prefer the colors in the second shot.

    Now all i need to know is, did you bounce the flash ?:biggrin:
     
  11. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    To close and you will get perspective distortion. The size of her forehead is what jumped out at me first. I try to shoot from the same distance and change focal length. Distance controls your perspective. You have heard people say, "the camera adds 5 pounds". Its the photographer not the camera.:wink:

    A pretty model, good lighting, and a sharp lens.
     
  12. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    5.6, Kap :smile:.
     
  13. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    LOL Paul :tongue:. I really need to start using a grey card to set my WB. It'll save me a lot of time, I assume. Thanks!
     
  14. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    Thanks for the tip Charles. :smile:
     
  15. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    100% crop

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  16. Nice series, that 100% crop, amazing!!! That lens looks really good. I am torn between the new 50 and this one. I can wait until there are some comparisons though I am looking forward to have a super fast prime to pair with the D700...
     
  17. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    Thanks, Rich. Everyone with a D700 needs a fast prime. At least one :biggrin:
     
  18. lisa_h

    lisa_h

    346
    Sep 6, 2008
    New England
    The only thing I have read about doing close up portraits w/ the 50mm was that it made the nose appear bigger and the ears smaller. I read that an 85mm, 105mm, 135mm were ideal for portraits and that a 300mm was perfect for head shots.
     
  19. lisa_h

    lisa_h

    346
    Sep 6, 2008
    New England
    Love the 2nd shot too. She is gorgeous, nice lighting and super sharp.
     
  20. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    need and MUST ..lol
    ;-)))
     
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