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17mm Portraits

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I have just purchased 17mm 1.8 lens and was wondering if anyone have used the lens for shooting portraits ?

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Re: 17mm Portraits

I'd have said it was a bit wide angle for portraits. I use a Samyang 85mm for classic portrait work and a 30mm Sigma for more informal shots. With 17mm you'll be very close to your subject.
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Re: 17mm Portraits

I've used all sorts of focal lengths, for images of people. You may not consider them "classic" compositions, but the creativity of the wider than conventional FoV can sometimes be just what is needed to produce the desired result.

This was done with the 7mm end of the 7-14

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Re: 17mm Portraits

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I am looking to photo shoot documentary style portraits or full length no close-ups

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Re: 17mm Portraits

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I am looking to photo shoot documentary style portraits or full length no close-ups

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Then of course YES .... the classic lens for documentary portraits on 35mm film was/is usually a 35mm lens, some even prefer wider such as 28mm or 24mm. My 'standard' lens on my Leica rangefinder is 35mm.

In 35mm film terms your 17mm will have a similar field-of-view as the aforementioned 35mm

For full length 'formal' portraits I would prefer to use a 25mm ( 50mm in 35mm terms ) however the 17mm will work as well.

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Re: 17mm Portraits

A 17MM will be perfect for your environmental portraits!

I'm with Simon above, on my Rangefinder I just own one lens, a 35mm. (and a 15mm but shh), It may not be the standard FOV for a 'portrait' lens, where people may argue 75 or 90mm in Leica terms because of the image compression, or even 50mm, but I prefer getting more of the background in for my photos.

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Re: 17mm Portraits

I agree with the others, the 17mm will work for environmental portraits allowing you to capture elements that reflect the sitters environment.
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Re: 17mm Portraits

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I agree with the others, the 17mm will work for environmental portraits allowing you to capture elements that reflect the sitters environment.
I agree completely.

A sort of environmental portrait taken with the 17mm at f1.8

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