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17-40L for Portraits???

 
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Apr 11, 2011 15:55 |  #1

I got a senior session coming up... and i currently have 50 1.4 and 85 1.8
originally i was going to get a 135L but i just thought... would it make sense to get a 17-40L for the shoot and shoot primarily 35-40? or no? and it would also satisfy my wideangle needs for my overall kit.

Any suggestions on what i should get? or stick to my 50/85 combo for now? i will have around 700-800 by the shoot in may...

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Apr 11, 2011 16:04 |  #2

Your profile said you are shooting with 5D, is that right? If so, 50/85 are good for protrait. 17-40 is kind of wide, and with f/4, the ability to throw out the background is lacking. If you want a more flexible protraid lens, looking those f/2.8 zoom in 2x-7x range.


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Apr 11, 2011 16:10 |  #3

Generally it isn't a portrait lens. I'd definitely use the 85 1.8 for the portraits. Still buy the 17-40L, of course, but not with the purpose of doing portraits. You'll end up leaving it in your bag most of the time.


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Apr 11, 2011 16:15 |  #4

Correct i shoot 5D and yea i was just wondering if it would make sense... would you recommend me picking up a 135L for the shoot? or just spending the money on something else... what? idk but instead of buying a 135L or should i pick up a 17-40L anyways but not for portraits?(instead of a 135L)


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Apr 11, 2011 16:20 |  #5

i don't know what's your budget. if you are looking for a wide lens that's good for portrait it's gotta be the 35L. if you want a long portrait lens either the 135L or 100 f2.


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Apr 11, 2011 16:28 |  #6

Seems like you need to figure out your needs a little bit. Your 50 and 85 will definitely work for portraits. If you're asking whether to buy a 17-40 for a UWA or a 135L for portraits....well that kinda depends on what you shoot on a regular basis. UWA and telephoto are on opposite ends of the spectrum so you need to figure out what your future needs will be.


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Apr 11, 2011 16:29 |  #7

banpreso wrote in post #12202004 (external link)
i don't know what's your budget. if you are looking for a wide lens that's good for portrait it's gotta be the 35L. if you want a long portrait lens either the 135L or 100 f2.

lol budget is 700-800 as of may... so i cant :[lol but i think ill just pick up a 135L if i even find a good one for 700-800... ahah i just looked at the 135L special thread and its :O

i just dont know if it would be too long for me... im most comfortable at 50 i feel weird @ 85 but i can work with it... idk how 135 would be D:

Bendel wrote in post #12202055 (external link)
Seems like you need to figure out your needs a little bit. Your 50 and 85 will definitely work for portraits. If you're asking whether to buy a 17-40 for a UWA or a 135L for portraits....well that kinda depends on what you shoot on a regular basis. UWA and telephoto are on opposite ends of the spectrum so you need to figure out what your future needs will be.

agreed. but idk how i would deal with the FL of 135.. and ive been feeling a slight need for UWA lately... SLIGHT. but should i just rent the 135L? and figure out?


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Apr 11, 2011 16:43 |  #8

.thach wrote in post #12202067 (external link)
agreed. but idk how i would deal with the FL of 135.. and ive been feeling a slight need for UWA lately... SLIGHT. but should i just rent the 135L? and figure out?

If you're just deciding if the lens would be of usable length for you:
A) Put your 85mm on a crop body (85x1.6=136mm)
B) Put a telephoto zoom on your 5D and dial it in to 135mm
C) Look at all the beautiful portraits taken in the 135mm thread and drool...

Like you said, you could always just rent the 135. Either beforehand to see if you'd want to buy it, or you could just rent it for the shoot(s) that you need to do.

You're in an interesting situation because you only have a 50 and an 85. That leaves A LOT of room on both the wide and telephoto end, so you're best bet might just be to rent/borrow a wider and a longer lens and see how much use each gets.


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Apr 11, 2011 16:48 |  #9

why don't you rent some lenses and figure out what you like?


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Apr 11, 2011 17:28 |  #10

17-40 works for portraits but you need to watch out when shooting below or above the model. Here are a few I shot recently with 17-40 and 5D.

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In Lui We Trust (external link) by _Tawcan (external link), on Flickr

It also works well if you're looking to get some cool effects.
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Apr 12, 2011 16:38 |  #11

very nice! thanks man.. i think ima just rent the 135L and see how it goes!


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Apr 12, 2011 16:41 |  #12

.thach wrote in post #12209034 (external link)
very nice! thanks man.. i think ima just rent the 135L and see how it goes!

Good plan. 17-40 can be used for effect, but not traditionally a portrait lens.




  
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Apr 12, 2011 16:41 |  #13
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17 mm is VERY wide, but if you kept it above 24, you might be ok if you avoid the edge of the frame.

I would probably stick with the 50mm instead of the 17-40.


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Apr 12, 2011 16:50 |  #14

Renting is more than i expected... do i have to pay to ship it back too!?


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Apr 12, 2011 17:01 |  #15

.thach wrote in post #12209110 (external link)
Renting is more than i expected... do i have to pay to ship it back too!?

does any of your local camera stores offer renting?


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