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Thread started 18 Feb 2005 (Friday) 15:06
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POLL: "Vote for your favorite Portrait lens"
EF 50mm f/1.8
720
15.6%
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
659
14.3%
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
634
13.8%
EF 85mm f/1.2[color=red]L[/color]
749
16.3%
EF 100mm f/2
90
2%
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
200
4.3%
EF 135mm f/2[color=red]L[/color]
417
9.1%
EF 135mm f/2.8 Soft focus
35
0.8%
EF 24-70mm f/2.8[color=red]L[/color]
363
7.9%
EF Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 XR DI
129
2.8%
200mm f/2.8[color=red]L[/color]
56
1.2%
EF 70-200mm f/2.8[color=red]L[/color] (IS)
433
9.4%
EFS 60mm F2.8 Macro
67
1.5%
EF 50mm f/1.2L
29
0.6%
SIGMA 30mm f/1.4
21
0.5%

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Feb 18, 2005 15:06 |  #1

-=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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Feb 18, 2005 15:20 |  #2

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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Feb 18, 2005 15:29 |  #3
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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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Feb 18, 2005 16:02 as a reply to  @ timmyquest's post |  #4

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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Feb 18, 2005 16:28 |  #5

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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Feb 18, 2005 16:33 |  #6

What about the 17-40, not so much for studio stuff, but gets a lot of use at weddings.




  
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Feb 18, 2005 18:01 as a reply to  @ cactusclay's post |  #7

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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Feb 18, 2005 18:15 as a reply to  @ HKFEVER's post |  #8

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!!:lol:




  
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Feb 18, 2005 18:29 as a reply to  @ schmoelzel's post |  #9

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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Feb 18, 2005 20:40 |  #10

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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Feb 18, 2005 21:31 |  #11

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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Feb 18, 2005 21:34 as a reply to  @ Alexandre Gabriel's post |  #12

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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Feb 18, 2005 21:51 |  #13

OMG!!! NOthing beats the 85 f1.8 in terms of speed/value/sharpness/​bokeh/build. If you guys have any doubt..............DON​T!!! GO ahead and get it!!!

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Feb 18, 2005 22:05 |  #14

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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Feb 18, 2005 22:27 as a reply to  @ pcasciola's post |  #15

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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