Pages: 1 [2]   Go Down

Author Topic: Hasselblad HC 210mm vs 300mm For Portraits & Headshots?  (Read 7216 times)

David Schneider

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 25
  • Portrait Studio Owner
Re: Hasselblad HC 210mm vs 300mm For Portraits & Headshots?
« Reply #20 on: December 25, 2012, 11:02:59 PM »

With a 300mm for portraits, make sure you have camera support and plenty of room.  If you have a fairly modest studio, you may not have enough room to get the subject off the background and still have room to get behind the camera. 
Logged

Gel

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 240
Re: Hasselblad HC 210mm vs 300mm For Portraits & Headshots?
« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2012, 06:26:47 PM »

I recommend the 100mm 2.2 and a 1.7x TC wholeheartedly.

3/4 to headshot in an instant.

FredBGG

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1633
Re: Hasselblad HC 210mm vs 300mm For Portraits & Headshots?
« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2012, 06:13:28 AM »

I recommend the 100mm 2.2 and a 1.7x TC wholeheartedly.

3/4 to headshot in an instant.

Why not just get a longer lens?
The 150m would be a better choice... not to mention less expensive ($ 1,500 LESS), half as many contacts to go wrong and better optical quality... less flare
and sharper as well as better bokeh...
Unusual choice and recommendation.... shooting medium format for a slight quality gain and then recommending to shoot with a teleconverter on a short focal length lens?
The 1.7 TC adds 6 more elements. Is not specifically designed or optimized for the 100mm 2.2 weighs an extra 465 grams and costs $ 1500.
Not to mention the f-stop factor that has to be calculated on every light meter reading.
« Last Edit: December 28, 2012, 06:18:43 AM by FredBGG »
Logged

Gel

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 240
Re: Hasselblad HC 210mm vs 300mm For Portraits & Headshots?
« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2012, 05:40:04 PM »

Why not just get a longer lens?
The 150m would be a better choice... not to mention less expensive ($ 1,500 LESS), half as many contacts to go wrong and better optical quality... less flare
and sharper as well as better bokeh...
Unusual choice and recommendation.... shooting medium format for a slight quality gain and then recommending to shoot with a teleconverter on a short focal length lens?
The 1.7 TC adds 6 more elements. Is not specifically designed or optimized for the 100mm 2.2 weighs an extra 465 grams and costs $ 1500.
Not to mention the f-stop factor that has to be calculated on every light meter reading.

Heh, I'll tell you why.

1. With a 2.2 and a 1.7x TC I get F3.5 wide open. Versus the 3.2 of the 150mm. A negligible difference.
2. The optics of the Hassy TC are superb, this isn't a Canon Extender of which I used the MkIII's and sold them. Unless I invest in the 150mm 'N' which is hard to find used I can't perceive any performance difference or savings.
3. 150mm is a little short for me, even on the 1DX the 85mm feels a little short as I mainly use it for headshots. I like something a bit longer.
4. I now have not just a 80 and 100mm HC lens. I also have a 136mm and a 170mm so if I travel and do landscapes I have everything covered and relatively lightweight.

Or I could have the 150mm which is a tiny bit faster and that's about it. For me this is smart money.

With regards the other points, I have not noticed any issues with flare, I shoot wide open and can't see / notice any difference in Bokeh,
The 100mm lens is considered 'the' lens for Hasselblad, a used TC 1.7x can be had on ebay for roughly $600-$700.

The following image shot on the H3DII-39, handheld, at 1/125sec, with the 80mm and 1.7x TC (135mm) is rubbish isn't it? Look at that terrible bokeh and flare.

vampire

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 123
Re: Hasselblad HC 210mm vs 300mm For Portraits & Headshots?
« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2012, 01:31:57 AM »

I completely agree. I use the 100 2.2 90% of the time. Both with and without the 1.7x. It's just a great combination. I add ext tubes when I need to get close. I use this instead of the bulky 120 macro. I did tests last year comparing this to the macro(version 1) and this was sharper than the macro.
Logged

RVB

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 58
Re: Hasselblad HC 210mm vs 300mm For Portraits & Headshots?
« Reply #25 on: December 29, 2012, 04:56:23 AM »

I have the 120mk2 and its razor sharp but it's sometimes tricky to use for portraits due to slow focus.. the 150N or 100 2.2 focus very fast..
Logged
Pages: 1 [2]   Go Up