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Portrait I know the FZ20 has a portrait setting, but can still remember from my old 35 mm SLR camera days that the best lens to use for portraits is a 135 mm lens. What would the same zoom setting be on a digital camera?

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Interesting about the 135mm lens- it was a historical oddity based on Leica M cameras as that was the highest telephoto lens their rangefinder would work accurately with. In the SLR world it is an oddity. You would actually find that 90% of professional photographers prefer portrait lenses between 85mm to 105mm (35mm equivalent) - especially as prime (non-zoom) lens. The reason being the shallower depth of field and slight telephoto compression at that focal length that is more flattering to faces than a wide angle effect taken at 50mm or wider.

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Well if 1x = 35mm, then 4x = 140mm

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