Strange thing, certainty: as one who earned his bread and butter as well as his Champagne from portraits, full-length, half-lengths and anything human between or beyond, I find the claims made for the 50mm to 85mm truly amazing, considering nothing in that range would have ever made it onto my tripod for such a purpose.
What do you consider the ideal lens length for portaiture, then, Rob?
Oh - I'm mistaken (you see about certainty?) -
I am never wrong. Once I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken
I did once use a 1.8/85mm on a tripod for a self-portrait in a mirror, just to see how the thing worked. It didn't, and neither did I, with it, after that.
Funny old world.
Rob, in this case, was it the lens length that caused the displeasing results, or was it the choice of subject matter?