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Should I use a 100mm Macro lens as a portrait lens?

I am specifically considering using the Canon 100mm Macro as a portrait lens. If I want to have a macro in my bag, but not carry around a 70-200 2.8 due to weight, size, white color, or price if it ...
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What is the shape of the focal plane?

This is something I just realised I don't entirely know the answer to, so I'm going to ask it here as I think it's interesting. In most non-scientific writing on depth of field, diagrams generally ...
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What's the difference between a regular lens and a macro lens? [duplicate]

What is the difference between a 100mm lens and 100mm macro, or 50mm and 50mm macro? Can we use a macro lens to shot portraits? If yes, what focal length is the best? Please suggest a Canon macro ...
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What is the advantage of a lens with a curved focal plane?

In this answer it is noted that: many lenses intended specifically for portraits or fisheye lenses, are designed to have a spherical field of focus What advantages does having a spherical (or ...
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Is AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G lens good for both macro and portrait photography?

I'm thinking of buying a macro lens am considering the Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR. Is this lens really good for portraits? Where can I find sample pictures taken with this lens? Is ...
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Does a macro lens have a smaller DOF in 'real-world' distances at the same focal length and aperture as other primes, why?

This question IS about: Does a macro lens have a shallower DOF at the same settings and focal length as another prime? If so, what in the optics is responsible for this? Using a Macro lens as a ...
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Are points off-center from the lens axis out of focus? [duplicate]

If I take a picture of a flat surface perpendicular to the direction of the lens (i.e. the surface is facing directly at the camera), and I focus on the center, are the points off center in perfect ...
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What is the Advantage of a macro lens compared to a macro tube? [duplicate]

I want to do some macro photography (plants, insects...) additionally to my landscape photography and now I am looking if it is more useful to just buy a macro tube to convert my existing lenses (a 18-...
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Thoughts on using Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM for Macro photography

Is the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM a good lens to be used for Macro photography? I mostly try to photograph flowers and also insects sometimes. I will be using it with a Canon EOS 800D and ...
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What's the difference between these two 1.4f 50mm prime lenses?

I was looking if I could get some used 50mm prime lens on the cheap. Googling around, I found two extremely different lenses, but I am not sure what the practical difference is. One is Nikon 50mm f/1....
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How to capture sharp images of multiple objects on a wall?

I need to photograph a wall with multiple paintings with every painting under sharp focus. I believe depth of field doesn't play here as all the objects are at same distance. I tried with higher ...
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Lenses to buy and their uses [closed]

I am new to all this and this website, I have just bought a Canon EOS 4000D plus five lenses, plus a load of filtery bits and cards, plus hoods and a Vanguard stand. Samyang 8mm Fish-eye Canon 18-...
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Better for portrait photography: Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM vs CANON EF50mm F1.8 STM?

I have a Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens came with my Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Would the Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM be better for portrait pictures than my 24-105mm lens? I am new to photography and ...
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I need to setup a ceiling mount camera to capture manuscripts

I need guidance on a mirrorless camera, to be set-up on the ceiling of large plans. The plans cannot be hanged vertically on a wall for a technical reason. They have to be flat on a table not even ...
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Can the new Canon 35mm macro lens be used as a prime lens also?

I am new to photography and looking for a prime lens. I have a Canon rebel T3i.