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what is the best l series portrait lens for 7D

 
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Dec 17, 2010 12:11 |  #1

I am looking for recommendations for a good portrait lens form the 7D. This is my wife's camera, she currently has the kit lens, a Tamron 17-50 F/2.8, and a Canon EF 75-300 4-5.6. We are looking at stepping up to a L-Series lens and wanted some feed back and opinions. Thanks in advance for any information and advice you can part with.




  
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Dec 17, 2010 12:15 |  #2

This all depends on your shooting style for portraits. Can you give us some info on how you currently shoot portraits? Studio/Indoor with flash? Outdoor? Full body? What focal length are you usually at for portraits? These all make a difference in which sort of lens you should purchase.


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Dec 17, 2010 12:29 |  #3

Project22a wrote in post #11469526 (external link)
This all depends on your shooting style for portraits. Can you give us some info on how you currently shoot portraits? Studio/Indoor with flash? Outdoor? Full body? What focal length are you usually at for portraits? These all make a difference in which sort of lens you should purchase.

Thanks for the fast response. those are questions I will have to let her answer. She is the photographer of the family:). I do know most of her work is done with no flash. She does indoor and out door work. Most of her shots are full body. She does a lot of shots with families any where from 1 to 8 or so people.

I know she was debating on going with a prime lens or a good all purpose zoom like the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM.




  
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Dec 17, 2010 12:36 |  #4

The best portrait lens is the the focal length that you prefer. There is a reason that the 85mm-200mm focal lengths are the most popular for portraits. I use my 70-200L and 85mm for outdoor work and 17-40 & 50mm for some indoor and outdoor work.

Some popular ones are the 24L, 35L, 50L, 85L, 135L and 70-200L f2.8. Pick your favorite FL.


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Dec 17, 2010 14:54 |  #5

Go with the 70-200 2.8 IS MKII


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Dec 17, 2010 15:16 as a reply to  @ Jardiniboy's post |  #6

16-35 MK2 / 2.8L




  
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Dec 17, 2010 15:21 |  #7

Jardiniboy wrote in post #11470399 (external link)
Go with the 70-200 2.8 IS MKII

What is the difference between the MKII and the original?




  
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Dec 17, 2010 15:24 |  #8

I would say 24L or 35L if its full body or group shots, on a 7D.


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Dec 17, 2010 16:16 |  #9

Not sure what is exactly wrong with the Tamron she already has? It should make for a good portrait lens. That and a good flash and she should be good to go.


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Dec 17, 2010 16:18 |  #10

I like the flexibility my 24-70 gives me. Outside though, the 70-200 wins every time. Nothing like backing way up and zooming in to get the subjects to pop.


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Dec 17, 2010 16:48 |  #11

if you are doing groups .... 24 or 35L
if you are talking portraits/couples - small families (4/5) 50mm L or the 85mm f1.8 (seriously)
wanting a little compression .... then either 135mm L or the 70-200mm

I have the 17-50 tammy .... prefer the 85mm f1.8.
I have the 24-70mm L and it rocks but i have been moving to primes for wedding work.


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Dec 17, 2010 17:15 |  #12

The EF 24-70 is a near perfect focal length range for most portrait work on a 1.6X sensor camera like the 7D. For a single L series lens solution for portraits on a 1.6X body this is a very good choice.


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Dec 17, 2010 17:37 |  #13

85 1.8 ....



  
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Dec 17, 2010 17:46 |  #14

I'd look at the 35L, the Sigma 50/1.4 and the Sigma 85/1.4.




  
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Dec 17, 2010 20:49 as a reply to  @ Shadowblade's post |  #15
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