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Oct 19, 2010 22:18 |  #1

What is the best portrait lens out of these three?
100mm macro (non L)
24-70mm L
70-200mm 2.8L IS I
I have all three, but I would like to know what other people tend to use.
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Oct 20, 2010 00:08 |  #2

70-200 to control distortion.

The 100mm macro is sufficient.

The 24-70 could work.

The question I need to know is.. how do you define "portrait". Tight head crop? Than the 70-200


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Oct 20, 2010 06:27 |  #3

All three are good from my personal experience, I tried all three of 'em. I also have a 50mm f/1.4 which is inexpensive and will give you really amazing results for portrait!


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Oct 20, 2010 08:40 as a reply to  @ Noonaki's post |  #4

There is no "best" when you're at that level. Just different tools.

Which is better - A screwdriver or a hammer?




  
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Oct 20, 2010 10:30 |  #5

egordon99 wrote in post #11131235 (external link)
There is no "best" when you're at that level. Just different tools.

Which is better - A screwdriver or a hammer?

Ok, what's the sharpest?




  
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Oct 20, 2010 10:31 |  #6

photaz wrote in post #11131809 (external link)
Ok, what's the sharpest?

A knife? :)




  
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Oct 20, 2010 10:32 as a reply to  @ egordon99's post |  #7

But seriously, sharpness should NOT be the deciding factor in which lens to use. Focal length, subject-camera distance, lighting, composition have much more of an impact than sharpness.




  
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Oct 20, 2010 10:35 |  #8

egordon99 wrote in post #11131818 (external link)
A knife? :)

Ain't so! I have knifes that are dull :D


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Oct 27, 2010 13:34 |  #9

My go to is my 70-200 for head shots, I've got some Stella results with it, my 24-70 would be my last choice, but is a stunning lens.




  
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Oct 27, 2010 13:36 as a reply to  @ superstes's post |  #10

What camera are you shooting these with?


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Oct 27, 2010 16:34 |  #11

Yeah, the body will help determine the better lenses for the job.


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Oct 31, 2010 09:12 |  #12

In a controlled environment I'll take the 100mm Macro. It's lighter than the other two and the extra zoom only adds to the weight and doesn't really help.


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Oct 31, 2010 09:58 |  #13

70-200mm without a doubt with the Macro prime being the sharpest.

The long focal length, IS and Zoom makes the 70-200mm a clear winner.


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Nov 02, 2010 08:23 as a reply to  @ Gel's post |  #14

The 70-200 for portraits, hands down. That is my moneymaker. Next best is the 100mm. The longer focal lengths will give you more compression in the shot as well as blow out the background more.


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Nov 02, 2010 10:51 |  #15

I agree that the 70-200 is really nice (and versatile), but I also love my 135 for headshots and to some extent, wider portraits. Which is one of the reasons I asked about the body the OP is using. Gotta love the 135 on a FF body.


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