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    I may not be in the majority here but I really like normal to short tele for tight portraits I find lenses longer than 150 on 6x6 compress too much, I stopped using my 180 years ago because I did not appreciate the flattening out of facial features to that degree. They may be a little more forgiving than something shorter compositionally but that is a matter of taste - I like portraits that show a little depth and feel like you are close to the subject (because you are close to the subject) any more than about 3-4 feet and it starts feeling more distant.

    That being said I have had fantastic "quality" using my Zeiss 80/100/120/150 using both extension tubes and closeup attachments - as long as the attachment lenses are of decent quality. I have personally settled on tubes but would not hesitate to use a close up lens of good quality if that were the only option I had. I would say for the last 5 years or so my favorites have been the 120/150 on 6x6. Just a note you can pickup 120s and 150s for a song now. My CFi's were a ton of money when I bought them new in the late 90's/2000 to replace my aging CF's (impulse buy and I liked the handling a wee bit better) You may also give the 160 CB a whirl if you want something dirt cheap - fantastic quality - good handling and a tiny bit more distance. That lens is the red headed step child of Hasselblad people that have never used it for NO good reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bokeh Guy View Post
    I'm trying to figure out the depth of field. I shot some wide open and all that was in focus was an eyelash (subject facing 1/3 away). I'm not at my office, but will try to post a pic or two. I appreciate the help. BTW, I bought the tele because of your portraits -- good work.
    Well, now I feel some pressure to help. :-)

    You are right: At f/4 you will get one eye out of focus
    with a subject facing 1/3 away from the camera with
    this rig. I usually keep people square to the camera.
    If I am turning them to the side like that, I might stop
    down to compensate.

    If you're shooting wide-open and you know you have a
    thin focal plane, you need to focus on the eye closest
    to the camera. DOF falls off much more in front of the
    focal point than behind it; if you focus on the point of
    interest nearest to the camera, even the thinnest focal
    plane can be made to work.

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    The Proxars and Rolleinars are high-quality optics from Carl Zeiss and Rollei, respectively. I can't speak to the quality of that produced by others, but I've had no qualms about the photos from Proxars and Rolleinars.

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    Sanders,

    Thanks for the quick response. I'll have some time to experiment more tomorrow; it's nice to know your MO on your portraits. I imagine that there is no depth of field chart with this rolleinar combo, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bokeh Guy View Post
    I imagine that there is no depth of field chart
    with this rolleinar combo, huh?
    To my knowledge, no. Trial and error does it.

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