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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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"Best" Portrait Lens...

I love that an Olympus 45mm f/1.8 gets 4.5 stars and a Leica 42.5 f/1.2 gets 5 stars.

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Re: "Best" Portrait Lens...

From purely an optical point of view, Olympus 45mm f1.8 and 75mm f1.8 are almost equally good. The difference would be if one wants "face only" portraits in which case the 75mm flatters the features rather better. I owned both for a few years but sold the 45mm f1.8 on because I felt that the build quality was a bit too lightweight for a portrait lens. Most of my 'people' pictures are of family and relatives and despite my tendency to protect my kit at gunpoint, I was worried about damage during hurried situations. Home dynamics are a bit like that, I'm afraid.

I replaced the 45mm f1.8 with the PanLeica Nocticron rather than the Olympus 45mm f1.2. After playing with both, I liked the Nocticron better because I felt that at full aperture its portrait images were marginally sharper.

PS: Incidentally, what is this thread doing under the 'zoom' heading? Should it not be under the Telephoto section?
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From purely an optical point of view, Olympus 45mm f1.8 and 75mm f1.8 are almost equally good. The difference would be if one wants "face only" portraits in which case the 75mm flatters the features rather better. I owned both for a few years but sold the 45mm f1.8 on because I felt that the build quality was a bit too lightweight for a portrait lens. Most of my 'people' pictures are of family and relatives and despite my tendency to protect my kit at gunpoint, I was worried about damage during hurried situations. Home dynamics are a bit like that, I'm afraid.

I replaced the 45mm f1.8 with the PanLeica Nocticron rather than the Olympus 45mm f1.2. After playing with both, I liked the Nocticron better because I felt that at full aperture its portrait images were marginally sharper.

PS: Incidentally, what is this thread doing under the 'zoom' heading? Should it not be under the Telephoto section?
With the 75 you can stand further back and still get great bokeh

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With the 75 you can stand further back and still get great bokeh

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Yes, agreed. This is probably because of its 9 aperture diaphragm blades as opposed to 7 in the Olympus 45 mm f1.8. I also found that the bokeh with the 75 mm f1.8 at 3.34 metres is better than at an equivalent subject distance 2 metres with the 45 mm f1.8.
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Yes, agreed. This is probably because of its 9 aperture diaphragm blades as opposed to 7 in the Olympus 45 mm f1.8. I also found that the bokeh with the 75 mm f1.8 at 3.34 metres is better than at an equivalent subject distance 2 metres with the 45 mm f1.8.
The number of blades is irrelevant if you shoot wide-open
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Re: "Best" Portrait Lens...

The Sigma 30/1.4 is a great option too. It's got slightly more blur potential than the 25/1.2. Not expensive either.
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The Sigma 30/1.4 is a great option too. It's got slightly more blur potential than the 25/1.2. Not expensive either.
The Sigma 30 mm f1.4 is a superb lens and one of the best value buys around. Though plastic, it has a high quality feel and optical performance is superb. Ideal lens for full length or dual (couple) portraits; at that focal length, it is a very useful "general purpose" lens too.
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Re: "Best" Portrait Lens...

While we are at the best portrait lens, what about that MF Voigtlander 25mm f0.95? Is it worth it to have?
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While we are at the best portrait lens, what about that MF Voigtlander 25mm f0.95? Is it worth it to have?
“Is it worth it?” Is always a very personal opinion. I have produced some excellent results from an old Zuiko OM 50mm f/1.4 that I used in comparison with the Zuiko FT 50mm f/2.0 Macro.

Quality wise, I have also produced an excellent portrait image with the 300mm f/4.0
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While we are at the best portrait lens, what about that MF Voigtlander 25mm f0.95? Is it worth it to have?
IMO, with a 25mm MFT lens (50mm FF equivalent) one has to get quite close to the subject to use it as a portrait lens. With an aperture of f0.95, this might narrow the DoF to the extent to make manual focusing tricky. I have heard that this is certainly true with the Voightlander 42.5mm f0.95 Nocton; the 25mm might be a wee bit more forgiving with its wider DoF but without autofocus it is still awkward.

If the new Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN turns out good reviews, then I expect it will become a lot of people's choice for a portrait lens. I expect it to be advertised at £399 to start with, which would be very competitive.
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Re: "Best" Portrait Lens...

I'd like to nominate the the 50mm F/2.
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