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Sep 24, 2010 21:22 |  #1

My true passion is outdoor photography. However, I have a one year old and I have to say I can't get enough of shooting him! Now that leads me to wanting a better portrait lens. I'm currently using the 28-135 that came with my 7D. Honestly, I was surprised at this lens. It performs better than I had expected! I've read about it not being very sharp but I really like it.

Anyway, I still want a better lens for shooting my son. I am thinking about the Sigma 70-200 2.8. BUT that is a fairly sizable lens to be carrying around to the park. What do you all think are some good options?


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Sep 24, 2010 21:24 |  #2

If you want light, an 85mm 1.8 would be an excellent outdoor portrait lanes on your 7D.


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Sep 24, 2010 21:29 |  #3

I also have a 1yr old that I am constantly chasing around. While I'm shooting FF, the crop equivalent to 24-70 should be great indoors and the 70-200 would be fine at the park. I find that with my daughter the extra reach allows me to sit down near the play area and just let her do her thing while I snap away. On the other hand the 24-70 (17-55?) allows me to get good shots while being close enough to keep her in line. As far as the 70-200 being too big, I haven't run into that problem yet, but I won't take that lens unless I have my wife with me to help corral the youngster as I'm usually several yards away.


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Sep 26, 2010 05:09 |  #4

I just got a 85mm 1.8 lens and it's brilliant for taking portraits - especially on my little 8 month old girl :)
It's true potential is outdoors though, the shots come out gorgeously :)


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Sep 26, 2010 15:09 |  #5

85mm has snappy focus too. Good pairing on your 7D to track down little kids.


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Sep 26, 2010 16:06 |  #6

I use my 50 1.4 exclusively on my kids - I think a 80 would be far too long for my tastes (as would a 70-200). Yeah, sure you have distance on the playground - but how about inside?


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Sep 26, 2010 16:54 as a reply to  @ lookingforaname's post |  #7

50 would likely be too long inside. That's my finding anyway.


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Sep 26, 2010 17:32 |  #8

I use my 50 all the time indoors. He's talking about an 85 - now THAT's too long.


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Sep 26, 2010 18:18 |  #9

Yeah that's a good point, i often try using my 85mm inside but it's practically impossible at that distance as my rooms are way too short :p


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Sep 26, 2010 18:23 |  #10

OP mentioned shooting out in a park, but yes, 85 on a crop is too long indoors 50 or even a 30 would be great for that.


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Sep 26, 2010 18:39 |  #11

+1 for the 50 1.4 if it werent a crop Id pick the 85 1.8


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Sep 27, 2010 19:19 as a reply to  @ john69az's post |  #12

What about a 24-70 2.8L? This would give me a lens that would be usable indoors and still have enough reach for outdoor shots as well. Of course it's a little pricey but it might be an option. I'm also considering a 70-200 f4L. It's a little smaller than the 2.8 and easier on the wallet. I realize these are all very different lenses.

I think I might have to rent an 85 1.8 and see if I like it. Sure would be easy to carry around and much lighter on the wallet!


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Sep 27, 2010 19:59 |  #13

If you are willing to spend the cash for the 24-70 2.8, then you can also pick up a number of other lenses. The 70-200 f/4 is great for the park. Compliment that with a 50 1.4 and you'd be set, at less money than the 24-70. If you feel compelled to spend more, consider the 28 1.8 as well.


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Sep 29, 2010 14:22 as a reply to  @ SCOTTinNJ's post |  #14

The Canon 85 f/1.8 is a stellar performer, and for the price it makes it the best value Canon offers for a portrait lens out there.

If you want to get a longer focal length but are concerned about the weight/size of a 70-200 -- consider the Canon 135mm f/2.0. It's one of Canon's sharpest L series lenses and is also one of the cheapest. It's smaller and easier to carry around for a while (compared to the 70-200), and it doesn't attract attention like a 70-200 will.


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Sep 30, 2010 22:47 |  #15

85mm f1.8 and sigma 30mm f1.4.

Here is one with 85mm indoors in a avg size room. I was using 1.3x crop but this is not full frame.

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but now I am loving the sigma on my 1dmk2. One of the best purchases I made.

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