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| p.12 #7 · Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG. WOW WOW WOW |
There're no rules in photography. Everyone knows 105 is a good focal length for head shots. But it can get boring. I have shot so many portraits at 24 and those pictures weren't any worse because they were not shot at 105.
Mark_L wroteIt is a matter of opinion, to me and I'm sure others the girl's facial featues are distorted by the short lens used. This doesn't bother some people in this thead.
I haven't taken a photo in a long time(with any lens) that I liked as much as this one.
Forgive my shameless requoting so this image sees another page. Hope you don't mind Jonathan!
To Mark, I doubt that few if any Sigma 35 fans in this thread are arguing that a short focal length can take the place of longer focal lengths for all portrait work. On the other hand, sometimes one shoots with what they have mounted by design or by accident, and certainly it is possible to make a good portrait with something shorter than an 85, 135 or 200mm lens.
Jonathan's capture of his daughter certainly makes this point - it's a pleasing portrait regardless of the gear utilized.
What is really attractive about the Sigma is its sharpness wide open and it has a pleasant rendering when used as such. Clearly many are fascinated by this, so we are seeing a lot of close in shots demonstrating the ability of the lens in this regard, and as many of us use loved ones as our first guinea pigs, we are seeing more portraits up close than we might ordinarily see. Bonus, done right, the lens is capable of flattering the subject.
I'd hoped to see more environmental portraiture, street, landscape, architectural/cityscape shots but I guess I'll have to figure that out on my own as a copy will become available to me later today.