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View Poll Results: Vote for your favorite Portrait lens
EF 50mm f/1.8 710 19.12%
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM 655 17.64%
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM 628 16.91%
EF 85mm f/1.2L 737 19.84%
EF 100mm f/2 90 2.42%
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro 200 5.39%
EF 135mm f/2L 410 11.04%
EF 135mm f/2.8 Soft focus 35 0.94%
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L 361 9.72%
EF Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 XR DI 128 3.45%
200mm f/2.8L 56 1.51%
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L (IS) 431 11.60%
EFS 60mm F2.8 Macro 66 1.78%
EF 50mm f/1.2L 29 0.78%
SIGMA 30mm f/1.4 19 0.51%
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Old 18th of February 2005 (Fri)   #1
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Default -=Top 10=- Recommended Portrait Lenses

-=Top Ten=- Recommended Portrait Lenses

The second in a series of -=Top Ten=- recommended lens lists.

We move on to the best choices for portrait work (o-kay so there's twelve! )

Here in the EOS forum some of the most often asked questions are what lenses work best for a specific task.

After research into dozens of past threads and some further discussion,
...these are the lenses that were selected by our forum members as -=Top 12=- Recommended Portrait Lenses


Please vote,.. feel free to add to the thread why you like the lenses you do in the list,. and or add in an additional lens if it is not on the list and say why!

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F.Y.I. This is a Public POLL. This means that if you click on one of the numbers in the poll,. you will be able to see who voted for what lenses. This may or may not seem helpfull to you. But it may be a benefit for various reasons.

This "Thread" is a forum informational thread and subject to extreme editing and deleting. Any OT discussion, issues etc should be taken via PM or another thread.

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Old 18th of February 2005 (Fri)   #2
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Portrait Lenses

I voted for the Tamron 28-75. The other lens on that list I've had is the 50mm f1.4 but I find the Tamron zoom to be sharper, even if the prime had better colours and bokeh.
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Old 18th of February 2005 (Fri)   #3
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Portrait Lenses

I know it's long, but the 135 f/2 has created some portraits that have simply made the bottom of my chin sore from it hitting my desk.

I also had to put the 50mm f/1.8 in there because i've gotten my best portraits from this lens, and it's pocket change.
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Portrait Lenses

For me it depends,
For APS-C format the 50/1.4 wins in the studio (the 50/1.8 should be almost as good)
for FF format the 85/1.2 or 135/2 will win when I can get them and compare.

For location and until I can get the 85 and/or 135, I love my 70-200/2.8L IS as it gives me a great lens with flexability. On location you can't always pick exactly where you need to be to get that great shot. But with a zoom, where you need to be is a much larger area.

But just my opinion,

Update (19 Dec 2006): I now have the 85/1.2 and it is the best portrait lens I have producing beautiful pictures (have had for a year now)
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Portrait Lenses

I agree with Longwatcher for pretty much the same reasons but I like the 85 for studio work and the zoom for location.
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Old 18th of February 2005 (Fri)   #6
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Portrait Lenses

What about the 17-40, not so much for studio stuff, but gets a lot of use at weddings.
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Portrait Lenses

Hard to choose between 85 f1.2 L & 135 f2.

85 has the perfect distance but the AF is a bit slow, heavy, it render creamy & sharp picture.

135 is abit too long but first AF, razer sharp also render creamy picture.
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Portrait Lenses

This one is easy for me......135F2 L; yes, it's long but the sharpness, contrast, colour, and bokeh is truly amazing. I've recently started using the 85F1.8 and while it is very good, I like the length of the 135F2......to each his own I guess!! For those who don't own this lens (135F2), do yourself a BIG favour and get it!!
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Portrait Lenses

I love my EF 85mm f1.8. It is fast, quiet and not that expensive.

I've never taken a picture with it and thought, "I wish this image was sharper." It does what I need with a moderate price.
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Portrait Lenses

You can't beat the 50 f1.8 for the money, best budget portrait lens for those that are poor after buying the D-SLR.

Of course the 50 f1.4 and 85 f1.8 are great value for those that have a higher budget and want higher quality.

I don't think you can go wrong with any of the lenses in the list as long as you bear in mind the suitablility of the focal length of each lens and the slow AF on the Tamron 28-75 and the really slow AF on the Canon 85 f1.2L
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Nifty fifty. Why?
Because it's my only portrait lens and because it's a wonderful lens given the price. Period.
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Portrait Lenses

I went with the 50mm f/1.8 because it is the only one that I have. I don't really like taking portrait pictures, but the 50mm is so cheap that my wife bought it for our anniversary.
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OMG!!! NOthing beats the 85 f1.8 in terms of speed/value/sharpness/bokeh/build. If you guys have any doubt..............DONT!!! GO ahead and get it!!!

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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Portrait Lenses

I'm very happy with my 85 f/1.8 and 50 f/1.8 for portraits, given their low cost. But since price was not mentioned, I just want to add that if I needed a better portrait lens, I'd probably go with 85 f/1.2 or 135 f/2L, although the 135 might be a little long on the 20D. The portraits I see see done with those two L lens just make my jaw drop. Both are sharp as a razor and have excellent bokeh.
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If someone would like to buy me the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM, I'm sure I could find a use for it.
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