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Portrait Lens for 1D IV?

 
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Apr 10, 2011 10:32 as a reply to  @ post 12193773 |  #16

Sorry, bad news! I recommend the 85L all the way as well! :D It's fantastic on my 1D4 (and 5D2). The images are wonderful. Well, you did ask! :lol:


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Apr 10, 2011 10:38 |  #17

85L I'm sure would be nice, but you mention wanting a nice BG blur. So my pick would be the 135 2.0L. I have to admit I often prefer to shoot portraits with a little more distance between camera and subject though, so take that into consideration.
Heck, I even like shooting portraits with the 200 and 300 primes.


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Apr 10, 2011 11:27 as a reply to  @ george m w's post |  #18

While i wholeheartedly agree the 85L is outstanding the versatile 70-200 MKII is no real slouch either:

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Apr 10, 2011 11:56 |  #19

Razor sharp portrait lens? Isn't that an oximoron? Sharp and portrait are not ususally in the same sentence.


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Apr 10, 2011 11:57 |  #20

I will be ordering an 85l for sure, and may pick up 50 1.2 also. Its been said already the 70-200 2.8L IS II is a fantastic lens, and is my go to lens outside, in the studio I should have some portrait lenses.


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Apr 10, 2011 12:24 |  #21

I definitely disagree. For studio work all you need is the 28-135 F4-5.6 and lights, You'll be stopped down to ~F8 with strobes, and any differences in sharpness, bokeh, autofocus, build quality, or color won't matter. In fact, in most cases you'll be taking sharpness out in PP anyway.

Edit: if you plan on taking it out of studio to some natural light/location/event shots, then by all means get the L -- it'll blow away the 28-135 for autofocus and IQ (and low light performance/bokeh), but in studio the L's advantages evaporate.


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Apr 10, 2011 12:34 |  #22

Sp1207 wrote in post #12194562 (external link)
I definitely disagree. For studio work all you need is the 28-135 F4-5.6 and lights, You'll be stopped down to ~F8 with strobes, and any differences in sharpness, bokeh, autofocus, build quality, or color won't matter. In fact, in most cases you'll be taking sharpness out in PP anyway.

Edit: if you plan on taking it out of studio to some natural light/location/event shots, then by all means get the L -- it'll blow away the 28-135 for autofocus and IQ (and low light performance/bokeh), but in studio the L's advantages evaporate.

:lol: Cant really disagree with your point since the cheap little Canon 18-55 IS at its sweetspot of 35mm /f5.6 using studio lighting gear indoors does a pretty good job for waist-up portraits on the cheap ! ;)


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Apr 11, 2011 20:54 |  #23

How about a Sigma 24-60 f2.8? Very little known, little respected lens, but for $250 (long since discontinued), it is perhaps the best bang for the buck APS-H/FF lens.

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Apr 11, 2011 21:05 |  #24

The 85 1.2 will be here tomorrow, I have looked through all the sample images and that lens is amazing. I am sure the person behind is has something to do with it but the glass is not shabby either.


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Apr 11, 2011 21:11 as a reply to  @ dennykyser's post |  #25

^^^^ +1 :rolleyes: Teamspeed !

Excellent pics on the cheap ! The 1st one really shows how the external flash when used properly can enhance just about any lens even out of the studio.


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Apr 11, 2011 21:25 |  #26

dennykyser wrote in post #12203599 (external link)
The 85 1.2 will be here tomorrow, I have looked through all the sample images and that lens is amazing. I am sure the person behind is has something to do with it but the glass is not shabby either.

Congrats man...mine will be here tomorrow too!! I'm not even waiting for "The Little Brown Truck"...I'm going right to the service center and grabbing it before it gets on the truck. I can't wait to try this beauty out on my Mark IV!!




  
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Apr 11, 2011 21:27 |  #27

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^^^^ +1 :rolleyes: Teamspeed !

Excellent pics on the cheap ! The 1st one really shows how the external flash when used properly can enhance just about any lens even out of the studio.

I am still learning flash photography, I am very weak on this. I kept blowing out images, then in the bright sun, I couldn't get the fill I wanted, etc. I think I actually may have to go out and buy a good book on this.

This lens is quite sharp out of the box at f2.8. It is light, small, and the only downside is that the AF is a bit noisy and a bit slow, and bokeh is questionable. Otherwise, there isn't a lens for the APS-H/FF that can really touch what this lens can produce for the money (or more).


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Apr 11, 2011 21:30 |  #28

dennykyser wrote in post #12203599 (external link)
The 85 1.2 will be here tomorrow, I have looked through all the sample images and that lens is amazing. I am sure the person behind is has something to do with it but the glass is not shabby either.

I actually love that thread for the quality of the strobist work I see there.


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Apr 11, 2011 21:50 |  #29

What about the sigma 85 1.4?


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Apr 11, 2011 21:55 |  #30

Starved wrote in post #12192745 (external link)
85L don't even bother looking at anything else. Works like a charm on the Mark IV.


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