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    MF for close-up portraits

    Hi everyone, my name is Wojtek and this is my first post/question.
    After shooting digital exclusively for the last 10 years or so I decided to go back to film, at least for personal work.
    My new project involves shooting a lot of portraits in India and I like to fill the frame with a face and something like a Blad with 80mm won't quite do it. Not sure if a 150mm would get me any closer. Tried a 21mm ext. ring but it's very limiting. Traded the Blad for an Xpan. Love it, but not for portraits. Going to keep it, but want to do the project on film only and am not sure what to try next. Open to any suggestions. SLRs, RFs, but not TLRs.

    Cheers, Wojtek.

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    Yes, a 150mm on Hasselblad will do what you want.

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    p.s. for close-ups like that I often find a Softar 1 (or similar) to be of great value.

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    p.s. Other idea would be 90mm to 135mm on a Nikon 35mm camera. Again, some sort of softening might be advisable. I use a duto on mine

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    With MF do you mean Medium Format or Manual Focus? If you mean Medium Format, the Rollei SL66 might be a good choice. With the 80mm I can get a package of sigarets to fill the frame, if you want closer you can even reverse the lens on it! Is not the ideal travel camera though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    Yes, a 150mm on Hasselblad will do what you want.
    And even the 8mm extension will get you a bit closer. But I found the working distance to be a bit far away, might not be the best for cramped quarters.
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    True. I haven't used extensions and really should try that. The working distance with the 150 has been OK for me so far. I try to avoid cramped quarters - still expereince a bit of claustrophobia from past work experiences.

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    RZ67 with the 110mm lens... great set up for close up portraits. I made this picture in my gallery with it.

    http://www.apug.org/gallery1/showima...imageuser=2670

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    Suzanne... have you used the SF lenses on RZ? That option almost tempts me to replace Hasselblad with Mamiya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    Yes, a 150mm on Hasselblad will do what you want.
    Don't own the Blad anymore and would have to consider something cheaper.

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