58mm topcor from voigtlander looks to be the perfect portrait dslr lens

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by redfox, Jan 13, 2004.

  1. redfox

    redfox Guest

    hi
    at 58mm (or similar view to an 85mm lens on a dslr) and an apeture of 1.4 it
    seems to be the perect lens for portraits. anyone tried it?

    cheers
    foxy
     
    redfox, Jan 13, 2004
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    Jeremy Guest

    58mm seems a bit wide for portraits--especially head shots, where the lens
    is fairly close to the subject. (We ARE talking 58mm, not 85mm, right?) It
    might be ok for full body shots, but ears and noses might appear to be a tad
    too big if you use a 58mm lens to do just the face.
     
    Jeremy, Jan 13, 2004
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    redfox Guest

    jeremy
    58mm equates to about a similar view of an 85mm lens on a digital SLR (1.5x
    cropping) eg Nikon D1x
    so it would be the right field of view for portraits

    Foxy
     
    redfox, Jan 14, 2004
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    redfox Guest

    i meant it gives a similar field of view on a dslr (1.5x crop)to what an
    85mm lens gives on a film camera. therefore making it the ideal length for
    portraits
    does it make more sense now. there is no 85mm DSlr eqivalent with such a
    wide apeture. so i want to know if anyone uses it
     
    redfox, Jan 14, 2004
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  5. A 50mm f1.4 lens on an EOS 10D (with a 1.6x crop) is equivalent to an 80mm
    f1.4, which is going to be very close to 85mm.
    AFAIK the only DSLR you could use this lens on is the Pentax *ist D.
    Personally, as i've never seen any Voigtlander SLR lenses outside of a web
    page I'd have my reservations about buying one. Pentax and Nikon both make
    50mm f1.4 lenses currently, and this is probably as close as non-Canon AF
    DSLRs get at the moment.
     
    Martin Francis, Jan 15, 2004
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