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    Head and Shoulder Portrait Lens for 11x14 Camera

    Which lens is ideal for head and shoulder portrait using a 11x14 Camera? Thanks!

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    Re: Head and Shoulder Portrait Lens for 11x14 Camera

    You probably need a 24 inch lens. 19 inch lens is good for half or whole body.

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    Re: Head and Shoulder Portrait Lens for 11x14 Camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo Zhang View Post
    You probably need a 24 inch lens. 19 inch lens is good for half or whole body.

    That could get expensive.



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    Re: Head and Shoulder Portrait Lens for 11x14 Camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Two23 View Post
    That could get expensive. Kent in SD
    Ideals are always expensive. One thing to consider is if the 11x14 has the bellows draw for the ideal portrait lens and a head & shoulder image. Isn't that getting close to a 1:1 image on the ground glass?

    Other threads seem to indicate that people are using anything from 14" to 24" lenses for head&shoulder on 11x14. A 3/4 portrait with an old ~500mm lens worked nicely for me, but that is as close as I have gotten.
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    Re: Head and Shoulder Portrait Lens for 11x14 Camera

    To me it depends on 'the look' that you're after

    If the background will be rendered out of focus or verging that way, then it will (almost certainly) be expensive. If not (as much), well the cheapest route would probably be with un-shuttered barrel lenses. I bought a six element French casket set for around 300 last year, all of the elements cover 11 x 14 and if it was me, I'd start out with those. I also have a 19" f8 Dallmeyer which also does the job

    These lenses are out there, but it just depends on the look that you're after

    Good luck and regards

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    Re: Head and Shoulder Portrait Lens for 11x14 Camera

    Kinda depends on look, era, what one likes

    so many are now acclimated to cell phone selfies that expectations may vary, big noses are big

    I prefer 11X14" film in studio with vignetting, so coverage of full film is not a priority

    some examples from google here

    1890 film portraits
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    Re: Head and Shoulder Portrait Lens for 11x14 Camera

    I have a 24 in APO Artar barrel lens (not red dot) and will give it a try. Does anyone have a photo taken by this lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo Zhang View Post
    You probably need a 24 inch lens. 19 inch lens is good for half or whole body.

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    Re: Head and Shoulder Portrait Lens for 11x14 Camera

    I like this half body phot using a 19" lens!

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Ideals are always expensive. One thing to consider is if the 11x14 has the bellows draw for the ideal portrait lens and a head & shoulder image. Isn't that getting close to a 1:1 image on the ground glass?

    Other threads seem to indicate that people are using anything from 14" to 24" lenses for head&shoulder on 11x14. A 3/4 portrait with an old ~500mm lens worked nicely for me, but that is as close as I have gotten.

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    Re: Head and Shoulder Portrait Lens for 11x14 Camera

    Do you have some photo examples from the lens you use for 11x14 camera? Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Plume View Post
    To me it depends on 'the look' that you're after

    If the background will be rendered out of focus or verging that way, then it will (almost certainly) be expensive. If not (as much), well the cheapest route would probably be with un-shuttered barrel lenses. I bought a six element French casket set for around 300 last year, all of the elements cover 11 x 14 and if it was me, I'd start out with those. I also have a 19" f8 Dallmeyer which also does the job

    These lenses are out there, but it just depends on the look that you're after

    Good luck and regards

    Andrew

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    Re: Head and Shoulder Portrait Lens for 11x14 Camera

    I like those 1980 film portraits! What lens did they use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Kinda depends on look, era, what one likes

    so many are now acclimated to cell phone selfies that expectations may vary, big noses are big

    I prefer 11X14" film in studio with vignetting, so coverage of full film is not a priority

    some examples from google here

    1890 film portraits

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