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Fullframe portrait photographers : what are your favorite portrait lenses ?

 
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Nov 13, 2010 08:44 |  #1

My current favorite lenses : 28-70L, 85 1.2L, 135L, 200 2.8L

I can imagine a lot of people will answer the 70-200 2.8L II
But this one is too impractically for me due to the size, weight, colour, even if it replaces 3 primes.

- Less used are my 135L & 200L, I would sell my 200 2.8L (although superb) in favour a 1.4 TC (so that I have +-200mm with my 135 2L too).
- I'm doubting also to sell my 85 1.2L for a 85 1.8 (don't find any convincing comparison pictures online to stay with the L).
- I would buy a 35L and a UWA (maybe 17-40 or better a wider prime from an alternative brand).

My new set would be a UWA (don't know which one yet), Canon 28-70L, Canon 35L, Canon 85 1.8, Canon 135L, 1.4 TC
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Nov 13, 2010 08:45 |  #2

70-200/2.8 II, as you expected.


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Nov 13, 2010 08:48 |  #3

85L and 135L. I havent decided if I'm going to add the 50L to my collection yet or not but I'm guessing it will be right up there too lol. The 85L wasn't mine when I used it but it was simply amazing to use. Right now the 85/1.8 is working within my budget hahaha


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Nov 13, 2010 08:52 |  #4

Depends on the style of portrait, but usually the 50L or 85L and sometimes the 135L.


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Nov 13, 2010 10:25 |  #5

Mostly the 85/1.8, sometimes the 135L. Depends if you are talking head and shoulder or looser framing. I have the 700-200MKII but it's not a lens I am going to drag around with me for any period of time unless I am shooting concerts, which is what I bought it for.


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Nov 13, 2010 10:48 |  #6

70-200.


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Nov 13, 2010 11:02 |  #7

I use 3 mostly......70-200 2.8 IS (mark 1), 85L, and the 50 1.4


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Nov 13, 2010 11:16 |  #8

Definitely the 70-200 f2.8 IS MK II, next up the 35 L or 100 L. The 24-105 is my studio portrait lens.


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Nov 13, 2010 12:32 |  #9

I use all my lenses for portraits. It really depends on what kind of portrait I'm after: environmental, whole body, half, head and shoulders or headshot.

Generally though I'd say that the Samyang 85/1.4 is my favorite:https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=938715


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Nov 13, 2010 13:19 |  #10

70-200 4L IS, 100 macro, 24-70L, Sigmalux.


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Nov 13, 2010 13:25 |  #11

If im working in a studio environment my 70-200 f/2.8L or my 24-70 were certainly used most often.
Otherwise i find my 50L on my camera quite often and the 135L has been seeing a lot of use on my 5D since purchasing it a few months ago.

I wouldn't trade your 85L, that lens is practically legendary. I've had the 85 f/1.8 before, and whole it's certainly a good lens for the price, the 85L is much much better.


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Nov 13, 2010 13:27 |  #12

JeffreyG wrote in post #11276589 (external link)
70-200/2.8 II, as you expected.

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Nov 13, 2010 13:39 |  #13

I don't know how the responses can have any meaning without knowing what kind of portraits are being discussed.


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Nov 13, 2010 13:52 |  #14

70-200 II, 85L, 50L with the 85L getting the majority of the portrait work.


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Nov 13, 2010 14:39 as a reply to  @ Fodowsky's post |  #15

85L and 135L


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