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DOF at 2 feet with the 35L wide open is ~1/2 inch. DOF at 6 feet with the 85L is ~1 inch and more like ~1.5 inch with the 85/1.8. I agree with Jimmy on this one. Pull out a short tele for this type of portrait. Or stop the 35L down a bit, at least. That said, I have a feeling that the boy's family would like that picture a lot.
Yakim, I think you like being on the edge of everything
Jimmy Ho wrote:
Looks like distance is the primary culprit here. A similiar composition (although different perspective) can be obtained using higher focal lengths with greater depth of field. This is probably why you haven't seen the same problems with a 50mm/85mm.
The point of using the 35/1.4 or any wider angle/larger aperture lens, in my opinion, is for low light photos where you need a wider angle, or for simply any photo where you need to include more in the photo. For your photo above, which is a closeup candid portrait, I would have reached for my 85/1.8 or 70-200 f/2.8L IS...Show more →