Since starting into photography, I've had the opinion that 85 on a crop body is just too much . . . it sort of still stands. How far back were you with your shot here?
I ask because I was going to overlook the 'professional' (in quotes because he was shooting 4-6 year olds on a tripod at 5' 4" ) photographer and take some 'getting ready' candids . . . still seemed very tight, even for how far away I was.
The 50 has been my go-to for a prime, but my 60 macro has me sort of wanting to try that as a portrait lens (heard from a few friends it was good for that).
Is this just a case of me having 'more access' (being able to get closer than you normally would) to the shot, or is there something I'm missing here? Like I said on another thread, I'm finding myself favoring the 15-85mm over my 24-105mm L just from FOV.
I was probably about 6 feet from her. I really like the 135mm (FF-equivalent) focal length for tight portraits. Apologies for posting with an off-thread lens, but here's one with the 85/1.2 on a 7D:
EOS 7D, EF 85mm f/1.2L
II USM, 1/1250 s, f/1.4, ISO 100
In fact, I like the focal length so well that after adding a 5DII to my kit, I also had to add the 135mm f/2L
I suspect there's a reason for the 'classical' focal lengths for portraits (50mm for full-body, 85mm for torso, 135mm for head/shoulders, all FF-equivalent, of course, since these date from film days). Those focal lengths allow the photographer to frame the subject at a distance of 6-8 feet, which is close enough for interaction without 'getting in their space' and more importantly, results in a flattering perspective (perspective is a function solely of the distance from the subject). A longer distance, and the subject is 'too flat' and the background too compressed, and a shorter distance exaggerates the subject's features, e.g. a close portrait with a wide angle lens means a big nose).
For a T-ball shot where you probably want the subject framed head-to-toe and maybe swinging a bat (or at least holding one), 85mm (i.e. 50-60mm on a 1.6x crop body) sounds about right - a T-ball age kid is usually about the height of an adult's torso).