August 02 2011 - Photo Jottings

August 02 2011



I forgot to mention in the Rokinon 35/1.4 review that Rokinon’s website claims it’s ‘ideal for use as a portrait lens.’  Also for a good laugh, check out their sample pictures on the same Rokinon page, they’re awful, and won’t enlarge, but that’s probably a good thing.  If you use one of these lenses for taking someone’s portrait, make sure you charge ’em a huge amount, because it’s most likely going to be the last job you’ll ever get.  Don’t use a wide angle lens for portraits, it makes their face look messed up because of the perspective. With the wide coverage of 35mm as used on a full frame camera, you’re only going to be about 2′ (.6m) away from their face, which is way to close!  Use an 85mm on full frame, and 50mm on an APS-C camera as a starting point for good face pictures.

The Sony NEX C3 is now available with the 18-55mm kit lens.

The June homepage entries have been sent to the homepage archives, or just go to the “older entries” link at the bottom of this page.

Coming up shortly is a Rogue honeycomb 3 in 1 grid review, and a Sony HVL-F56AM flash quick review.  Also look for a Better Beamer flash X-tender review in a week or two; these goofy things really work, but do have limitations!

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