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Mar 29, 2011 14:33 |  #16

gonzogolf wrote in post #12117834 (external link)
On a budget, look at the 50 1.8. Its a lot of lens for the money. It could be a little better wide open, but one or two stops down and its great.

AGREED!! at around $120 its fun, compact and i see an improvement over my 18-55 IS mk I


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Mar 29, 2011 17:35 |  #17

gonzogolf wrote in post #12117834 (external link)
On a budget, look at the 50 1.8. Its a lot of lens for the money. It could be a little better wide open, but one or two stops down and its great.

I have the money now for the 85 1.8 and I've read multiple posts on here about it being hard to get a good 50. Not sure if that's true. And, since I have the money for the 85, for what I'll be using for (portraits outside), would it be in my best interest to go ahead and make the purchase of the 85?

Sorry...know this is all a little ragged. About the time I make up my mind, then I see something else that makes me question myself. Would it possibly be feasible to own both the 85 1.8 and the 50 1.8???


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Mar 29, 2011 17:38 |  #18

I really appreciate all the input. This is really going to help.

gasrocks wrote in post #12117057 (external link)
Just curious, why full body portraits?

No real reason. Why not? I don't know, like I said, this is all new to me, and full body shots just seem like something I would be taking a picture of at some point.




  
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Mar 29, 2011 18:28 |  #19

If you have the room, the Sigma 85mm f1.4 will give you amazing results for under a thousand. If money is no objection, the 85mm f1.2L...

heh. I wish I had that lens.

Even though you might have to stand back a bit for full body shots, I highly recommend shooting portraits with the 85mm length because the rendering of the face close up is very pleasing. I have a 60D as well, and try to shoot all my shoulder-head or head only shots with an 85mm or more.

If both lenses are too expensive, check out the Canon 85mm f1.8. GREAT value lens, ultra fast AF.




  
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Mar 29, 2011 20:30 |  #20

swilliams4 wrote in post #12119494 (external link)
I have the money now for the 85 1.8 and I've read multiple posts on here about it being hard to get a good 50. Not sure if that's true. And, since I have the money for the 85, for what I'll be using for (portraits outside), would it be in my best interest to go ahead and make the purchase of the 85?

Sorry...know this is all a little ragged. About the time I make up my mind, then I see something else that makes me question myself. Would it possibly be feasible to own both the 85 1.8 and the 50 1.8???

If you have enough money for an 85 1.8, then you have enough for a 50 1.4. On a crop camera the 85 is pretty long, even for outdoors if you want to do full body shots.




  
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Mar 29, 2011 20:36 |  #21

IMO 50 or 85 could very well be to long. I would suggest a good 2.8 zoom like 24-70 or the tamron 28-75 or 17-50 if your on A budget. Learn what focal length you like then consider a prime.


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Mar 30, 2011 00:28 |  #22

dmnelson wrote in post #12117497 (external link)
... if you are going to be using a 10x10 bedroom ...

You might want to take a look at the Dimensional Field of View Calculator on this page (external link).

In portrait orientation with a 60D, a full body portrait (6'9" high composition) would require that you are at least 9' away with a 30mm, 15' away with a 50mm, and 26' away with an 85mm. In a small room, you have only one choice, the 30mm.

For a head shot, say 18" high, you'd have to still be about 6' away from the subject with an 85mm, about 4' away with a 50mm, and only 2' away with the 30mm. The 85mm would give less distortion and a more comfortable working distance.

Thanks for asking the question. I learned something by looking this up.


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Mar 30, 2011 02:20 |  #23

gonzogolf wrote in post #12116296 (external link)
50mm. Either the canon 50 1.4, 1.2L, or the sigma 50.

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Mar 30, 2011 02:40 |  #24

gonzogolf wrote in post #12116296 (external link)
50mm. Either the canon 50 1.4, 1.2L, or the sigma 50.

Agreed. I love my siggy 50 1.4. Sold a canon 1.4 for it and have no regrets.




  
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Mar 30, 2011 10:30 |  #25

Because you are using a 60D the 50mm is probably a good place to start. It will be a mild telephoto on your body, perfect for portraits. The price is right for the 50 f/1.8. Also try your kit lens, for portraits ultimate sharpness is not a plus.




  
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Apr 01, 2011 10:28 as a reply to  @ robtaylor22's post |  #26

Well I have learned a lot from this thread. :) I now have talked my husband into converting part of our double car garage into a studio. I was in the position of shooting all outdoor photography, but that will soon change. My space won't be huge and I will want to be able to do full body shots as well. So, with that in mind, I'm thinking of going with the 50mm lens. Is there a huge difference in the 1.8 and the 1.4??


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Apr 01, 2011 10:40 |  #27

swilliams4 wrote in post #12137777 (external link)
Well I have learned a lot from this thread. :) I now have talked my husband into converting part of our double car garage into a studio. I was in the position of shooting all outdoor photography, but that will soon change. My space won't be huge and I will want to be able to do full body shots as well. So, with that in mind, I'm thinking of going with the 50mm lens. Is there a huge difference in the 1.8 and the 1.4??

Yes, and maybe no. There is a significant build quality difference. The 1.8 is mostly built of plastic and feels it. The focusing ring on the 1.8 might as well not exist. The 1.4 is more solidly built, has a real focusing ring, and is faster focusing and has a larger aperture. The 1.4 is sharper, but not so much that it will just amaze you.




  
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Apr 01, 2011 11:00 |  #28

swilliams4 wrote in post #12137777 (external link)
Is there a huge difference in the 1.8 and the 1.4??

Price-wise, the 50mm 1.4 is about 4 times the price of the 1.8 :)
But you should start with the Canon 1.8, and move on to the Sigma 1.4
This is my opinion for both the 50mm and the 85mm.

I use the 85mm 1.8 mostly for people photography, and like the lens very much.


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Apr 01, 2011 11:07 |  #29

I went with both the Sigma 30mm 1.4 and the Canon 60mm 2.8 macro. Both excellent on my 60D. I was afraid the 85mm might get me in too close with the crop and figured the 60mm would give me about the same look as the 85mm on a full frame which is so often recommended. Plus, it gives me some options for the macro level.




  
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Apr 01, 2011 11:10 |  #30

The difference is noteworthy... but debatable whether it's worth 4x as much. The 1.8 is so cheap that there's no harm in taking it for a test drive first. You may well find you are perfectly happy with it and don't care to upgrade.


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