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May 24, 2011 14:46 |  #1

Hi all,

Soon after I created my new website, I had a couple friends contact me to see if I could do some portraits for them. One wanted some mother/son shots for his mom's birthday and the other wanted a new set of head shots for her 6 year-old son (who has already been in a couple national ad campaigns). They are very close friends and I'm not going to charge them, but I want everything to come out as nice as possible... the better the photos, the happier they are, and the more likely that they refer me someone that I can charge for services in the future.

That said, I'm sitting here staring at my 7D and 28-135 kit lens thinking that I'd really like to have something better for this weekend. Plus... It's Memorial Day weekend! I have 3 days off of work and could have a lot of fun, outside of the portraits, if I rented a lens.

I don't have any lighting equipment (I'm rather new to photography and haven't been able to amass much of a kit yet), but we will be shooting outside and in well lit areas. Last week I picked up a 5 in 1 reflector so I can fake a secondary light source, so that should get me by.

So... Outdoor portraits in well lit areas on Memorial Day weekend with a 7D. I have a 28-135 and I might be able to borrow a friends nifty fifty. What lens should I rent?

I was thinking the 70-200 f/2.8 II or the 85 f/1.2. The 70-200 would give me more options for the rest of the weekend, but the 85 might be better for the portraits... Am I thinking along the right lines, or is there a better option?

Also, if someone could recommend a good place to rent from, local or online (I am in Corona, CA and will be shooting in Orange County), I would really appreciate it.


Thank you all in advance,


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May 24, 2011 15:28 |  #2

You should buy my Tamron 17-50 2.8 and be set.

Truthfully, a nice fast prime of some sort would do well for creating smooth background - maybe a 35 1.4.


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May 24, 2011 15:29 |  #3

85L, or 135L if you are renting. But honestly a rental will put you about a third of the way to an 85 1.8 which is a fine lens in its own right.




  
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May 24, 2011 15:31 |  #4

the 85mm is a great portrait lens, but keep in mind with a 7D, it's actually 136mm, which may be a bit too long for you, especially for portrait.

the nifty fifty, 50 1.4, 50 1.2, or Sigma variants might be better since with your 7D, they become 80mm.


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May 24, 2011 15:32 |  #5

Mikey Town wrote in post #12471073 (external link)
Also, if someone could recommend a good place to rent from, local or online (I am in Corona, CA and will be shooting in Orange County), I would really appreciate it.

You'll find a lot of good things said about http://www.lensrentals​.com (external link)
I've used them 4 times and their customer support is excellent. They ship 2 day air out of Tennessee so you'd have to decide soon what you want.

For lenses the 85L would be amazing, but be careful if you havn't shot with such a thin DOF before. It's really easy to miss focus and end up with a wasted shot.


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May 24, 2011 15:47 |  #6

Mikey Town wrote in post #12471073 (external link)
I was thinking the 70-200 f/2.8 II or the 85 f/1.2. The 70-200 would give me more options for the rest of the weekend, but the 85 might be better for the portraits... Am I thinking along the right lines, or is there a better option?

85 1.2 is an amazing lens no doubt. But if you have to rent one then no doubt 70-200 2.8 IS II will make your work much easier and with results than look stunning for a zoom..


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May 24, 2011 15:59 |  #7

gonzogolf wrote in post #12471346 (external link)
85L, or 135L if you are renting. But honestly a rental will put you about a third of the way to an 85 1.8 which is a fine lens in its own right.

I agree with gonzogolf. I would highly recommend the 85L and if not, why not just buy the 85 1.8? It's one of the best lenses for the price supposedly.


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May 24, 2011 16:23 |  #8

I shot with a 135L last week and fell in love, but it's just too tight for me indoors with my 1.3 crop. Would be much worse on your 7D. I would recommend a lens that's 85mm at most.




  
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May 24, 2011 16:30 |  #9

Go to ProPhoto in Irvine. They have a pretty good selection of rental gear for reasonable rates (and unlike Samy's they won't place a hold on your credit card for the full price of the item).
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May 24, 2011 16:36 |  #10

If you are going for narrow depth of field, any of the lenses mentioned will give you that. The 85/1.2 is certainly a great portrait lens, though any lens that fast has a learning curve.

Also, the way you position and light is going to be at least as important as the lens. You say you expect to shoot outdoors in well-lit areas. Does that mean outside in mid-day sun? That's a long way from ideal. At a minimum you will want to make use of the reflector to fill in the shadows. Watch your exposure so you don't blow skin highlights. If you can, try to shoot either in early morning or late afternoon so the light is less harsh.




  
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May 24, 2011 16:40 |  #11

Lani Kai wrote in post #12471651 (external link)
Go to ProPhoto in Irvine. They have a pretty good selection of rental gear for reasonable rates (and unlike Samy's they won't place a hold on your credit card for the full price of the item).
http://stores.prophoto​irvine.com …-template/rental/Page.b​ok (external link)

Do they require any sort of deposit? How is the condition of their equipment?

From the looks of their prices it looks like a good place to grab a lens for a day or two, but the online places are more cost effective if you are going to keep it more that 4 days or so.


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May 24, 2011 17:58 |  #12

I like to use lensrental.com.




  
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May 24, 2011 18:16 |  #13

i'ved used http://www.borrowlense​s.com/ (external link). great people


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May 24, 2011 20:00 as a reply to  @ daveyboi's post |  #14

Thanks to all for the advice so far!

85L, or 135L if you are renting. But honestly a rental will put you about a third of the way to an 85 1.8 which is a fine lens in its own right.

I thought about that... but I found a local camera shop that will do a weekend rental (they consider it a 1-day because they are closed on Sun) on an 85L for $40 and a 70-200 2.8 mk I for $30... at that price, I may rent both!

the 85mm is a great portrait lens, but keep in mind with a 7D, it's actually 136mm, which may be a bit too long for you, especially for portrait.

the nifty fifty, 50 1.4, 50 1.2, or Sigma variants might be better since with your 7D, they become 80mm.

I see how that may seem like a bit much, but since it will be all outdoor shooting, I'm not too worried about it. I shot a portrait of my lady and our dog with the nifty in a park a couple months ago and I don't think backing up a few steps would have hurt.

Go to ProPhoto in Irvine. They have a pretty good selection of rental gear for reasonable rates (and unlike Samy's they won't place a hold on your credit card for the full price of the item).
http://stores.prophoto​irvine.com/-st...ental/Page.bok (external link)

I will check them out... thank you!

f you are going for narrow depth of field, any of the lenses mentioned will give you that. The 85/1.2 is certainly a great portrait lens, though any lens that fast has a learning curve.

Also, the way you position and light is going to be at least as important as the lens. You say you expect to shoot outdoors in well-lit areas. Does that mean outside in mid-day sun? That's a long way from ideal. At a minimum you will want to make use of the reflector to fill in the shadows. Watch your exposure so you don't blow skin highlights. If you can, try to shoot either in early morning or late afternoon so the light is less harsh.

Outside... yes. Mid-day sun... no! The plan is to meet at 8:00am... Unless it's overcast, then we will push it back to 5:00ish.


Thanks again!


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May 24, 2011 20:26 |  #15

If it's natural light portraits you're going after, primes all the way!!! 50mm 1.4 or 35L would be great on a 7D


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