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    Mamiya TLR Portrait Lens

    Whats a good lens for portraits... Is 105mm to wide? I like the idea of this lens because its a little faster and cheaper. I can get a "black" one for $150.

    Should I go a step up to a 135mm, 180mm???

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    I always thought the 80mm was the 'standard' portrait lens... What kind of look are you going for?

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    I think 70 - 80 is ideal for 35mm, but an 80 for Medium Format is more like a 50 in 35mm.... So I've heard..

    By that rationale, the 105 should be something like a 75 in 35mm, which is pretty good... And with a F3.5, I can get that nice shallow DOF. The 135mm for the Mamiya, bumps it to a F4.5...

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    I think the 105mm is a little short for a portrait lens, especially if you will be doing head and shoulder shots. The classic lens for 6x6, Hasselblad, etc., is 150mm. For my Bronica, I have a 150mm but the 180mm is used alot with the 200mm used by some. I think the 105mm is closer to a 65mm equiv. in 35mm, a little short. In 35mm, the portrait lens range usually is 85mm - 135mm. I'd look for something from 135mm to 180mm. The DOF of 135mm @ f4.5 will be close to the DOF of 105mm @ f3.5. The 105mm might be fine for waist up portraits.

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    When I used to take head & shoulder portraits with my Mamiya C220 I always found the 135mm Mamiya lens ideal. The standard 80mm lens is really too wide for this and the 105mm was sold as an alternative "standard" so probably wouldn't be a great deal different. You could use the 180mm but I think you would find you would have to move the camera back quite a bit from the sitter and this isn't always feasible.

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    My vote is for 135 or 180, depends on the area you have to work with. I use the 135, great lens for this type of shot. tim

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    Thanks for the info guys. I was afraid the 105 would be a little short...... Anyone got one for sale!!!

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    While it may not be the optimal focal length for portraits, the 105mm lens is a fantastic lens. You certainly would not be disappointed with it.

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    I have always found the 80mm to be the perfect lens for portraiture because of its lovely bokeh when shot wide open. I have also used the 180 for tight head shots, but I still favor the 80. At f2.8 the 80 lens is quite a bit softer than at other apertures and is just perfect for portraiture. I haven't seen any images that look anything like 'wide' with this lens.

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    180 SUPER

    I had the 180 Super and loved it.

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