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February 9, 2014
Has it ever struck you as somewhat odd, that in the US (soon all over the world), there seems to be no upper limit for what is deemed to be a suitable focal lenght for portraits? A 200mm+ lens certainly will give you enough background blur, but also hefty compression of the perspective of the face itself (flattening not flattering). I`m new to the forum, maybe this has been discussed before and let me tell you I`m Not in the business of telling others how to frame their pictures! Any comments?
August 11, 2011
Ulf, welcome to the forum! We are happy to have you as a new member. Why would you want to put a limit on something? Photography is an art and everyone can see it different. I personally almost never use 400mm for portrait, first of all because I will be way to far from my model, unless I am a paparazzi and want to be unnoticed, lol. But If somebody likes to shoot that way and like the compress look, more power to them. Why would I want to put any limit on them?
Some people put limits on the shorter focal length, you can use, due to distortion. But there are world famous photographers, who make tons on money using wide angle for portraits.
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