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bionicle
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Mar 24, 2011 14:33 |  #1

Hi All,

I’m sure this has been done to the death but just wondering what the best lens is for a 7D for portrait work, I’ve got a 70-200mm which is great for close ups / head and shoulders but for full body shots i have to stand at the back of the room.

Money wise I have around £600 ($970.00) to spend, just wondering what would be best.

Thanks in advance


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Mar 24, 2011 14:35 |  #2

bionicle wrote in post #12084651 (external link)
Hi All,

I’m sure this has been done to the death but just wondering what the best lens is for a 7D for portrait work, I’ve got a 70-200mm which is great for close ups / head and shoulders but for full body shots i have to stand at the back of the room.

Money wise I have around £600 ($970.00) to spend, just wondering what would be best.

Thanks in advance

Your 60mm should do a great job with portrait as well. If you do want something longer, I recommend a Canon 85 f/1.8. It's a great lens for about $400 brand new. I just got mine yesterday and it is amazing. If you want something longer than 85, then, go for a 100 f/2.



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Mar 24, 2011 14:36 |  #3

You probably want to look at the various incarnations of the 50mm lenses. It would allow you to work a bit closer, although you dont want to go much wider as you risk the possibility of perspective distortion. Another option within the edge of your price range might be a 24-70.




  
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Mar 24, 2011 14:36 |  #4

bionicle wrote in post #12084651 (external link)
but for full body shots i have to stand at the back of the room.

How large is the space you use for the portraits?

Have you thought of using your 18-270 to figure out a focal length that you'd be happy with?


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Mar 24, 2011 14:36 |  #5

not really sure what you are looking for. as you go wider, you are going to have more perspective distortion on your subject. Have you tried your 60 macro for portraits? If not, then you could check out the sigma 30.


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Mar 24, 2011 14:38 |  #6

Maybe I didn't understand OP's request. Are you looking for something wider than 70?



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Mar 24, 2011 14:55 |  #7

I've been using my 28 1.8 at a wedding this weekend and was very excited with the outcome (on FF though). For full body portraits, something like a medium/wide prime should work well, or maybe look into a standard zoom. Something like a 24-70L or Tamron 28-75 could offer a versatile middle range on crop.


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Mar 24, 2011 16:19 |  #8

james_in_baltimore wrote in post #12084676 (external link)
as you go wider, you are going to have more perspective distortion on your subject.

Distortion is due to the distance to the subject, not the focal length of the lens.

If you take a portrait with a 50mm lens, then shoot the same portrait from the same distance using a 28mm lens, there will not be any distortion. If you move 10 steps closer to fill the frame with the 28mm lens, then you may see some perspective distortion.


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Mar 24, 2011 17:10 |  #9

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Mar 24, 2011 17:14 |  #10

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Mar 24, 2011 17:15 |  #11

I would say 24-70 is very versatile, not sure if that is quite in your budget though.

It is my favourite portrait lens.

However...

Sometimes I find even that struggles indoors at 2.8.

Which is why the siggy 30 is in my kit, nice and fast...


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Mar 24, 2011 17:44 |  #12

Mark-B wrote in post #12085447 (external link)
Distortion is due to the distance to the subject, not the focal length of the lens.

If you take a portrait with a 50mm lens, then shoot the same portrait from the same distance using a 28mm lens, there will not be any distortion. If you move 10 steps closer to fill the frame with the 28mm lens, then you may see some perspective distortion.

Absolutely true....  :p


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Mar 24, 2011 17:47 |  #13

Sigma 50 is good for portraits on a crop, the 30 is more versatile, giving you 50mm equivalency




  
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Mar 24, 2011 18:06 as a reply to  @ Bokehlicious's post |  #14

Sigma 50mm f1.4 will give you excellent portrait results.

Or you can save up another couple hundred and snag the 50mm L.

How important is shallow DOF to you? For me, it's a signature of mine for portraits. I hardly ever do portraits above f2.4. If this is the case, go prime. If you don't care, snag a zoom. Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 is good in that case.




  
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Mar 24, 2011 18:32 as a reply to  @ HansSteinert's post |  #15

If you have large size room to work with and/or do lots of outside portrait, consider the 135L. It is one of the best portrait lens.

Other consideration will be used 85L (version 1) or 85 1.8 or any of the 50mm 1.4. Sometimes, you can get lucky and get a used 50L for around 1000-1100 and this will be the best for crop body portrait lens.




  
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