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If you could only use 1 lens to photography people---what would you use?

 
uneek78
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Dec 29, 2011 10:19 |  #61

Ferrari_Alex wrote in post #13613901 (external link)
Let me say something here.
70-200 II is the most social lens that I have ever been using and producing best results in very different situations.

Let me share some examples and my heart is completely into this lens. See why....

Super sharp wide open, phenomenal bokeh:
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I took it to ballet and you know that you have to react super fast, have a very-very reliable AF and the very effective IS system will allow you do to something like this:
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Or something like this:
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Also...for full body portraits of half body portraits - super sharp, very pleasing images, stunning IQ:

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You can find lenses that can do one type of images well....but you will not find a lens that can do everything, except for 70-200 II.

Is there a big difference between the f/4 and the f/2.8?


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Dec 29, 2011 11:18 |  #62

I'd say Canon 50L or Sigma 50 1.4. I've split it between the 35L and 85L but i still miss the FL sometimes for sheer flexibility.




  
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Dec 29, 2011 11:28 |  #63

uneek78 wrote in post #13614975 (external link)
Is there a big difference between the f/4 and the f/2.8?

You won't get the same degree of background blur, and you probably wouldn't even be able to take those ballet photos without the 2.8 aperture. At the very least you'd be at a very high ISO. That said, the f4 is smaller and lighter, so it's easier to carry on a walk around. It also uses smaller, and therefore less expensive, filters.


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Dec 29, 2011 12:31 as a reply to  @ post 13610524 |  #64

Canon should pay out some here for pimpin the 70-200mkii as hard as they do.

Its amazing how people put all their "heart" into a piece of gear. To me, this shows imaturity.

I own :
35L
50L
85L
24-70L
70-200mkii

I pick the best lens for the job simply based on the desire/need for the situation. Once you get over the red ring lust and realize its just a lens, you'll get your "heart" out of your gear and into where it belongs - your work.




  
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Dec 29, 2011 14:17 |  #65

m.shalaby wrote in post #13615637 (external link)
Canon should pay out some here for pimpin the 70-200mkii as hard as they do.

Its amazing how people put all their "heart" into a piece of gear. To me, this shows imaturity.

I own :
35L
50L
85L
24-70L
70-200mkii

I pick the best lens for the job simply based on the desire/need for the situation. Once you get over the red ring lust and realize its just a lens, you'll get your "heart" out of your gear and into where it belongs - your work.

Woooooow..............​funny!


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Dec 29, 2011 15:13 as a reply to  @ uneek78's post |  #66

Ferrari_Alex wrote in post #13609087 (external link)
This is easy....70-200 II

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Ferrari_Alex wrote in post #13613901 (external link)
Let me say something here.
70-200 II is the most social lens that I have ever been using and producing best results in very different situations.
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You can find lenses that can do one type of images well....but you will not find a lens that can do everything, except for 70-200 II.

Ok, so clearly you have a favorite here. That's fine that it works well for you, and I don't think anyone is disputing it's IQ, but this is an opinion thread so you're seeing a lot of other people's opinions.


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Dec 29, 2011 15:29 |  #67

My choice would be 135L for sure


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Dec 29, 2011 15:43 |  #68

timnosenzo wrote in post #13616459 (external link)
Ok, so clearly you have a favorite here. That's fine that it works well for you, and I don't think anyone is disputing it's IQ, but this is an opinion thread so you're seeing a lot of other people's opinions.

I'm with you.

As an "opinion" thread, chime in once with your opinion. 3 seperate post, all promoting the same lens shows you have some agenda/mission at hand.

I honestly think its just because one doesn't own any other L lenses/primes, they promote the one golded ticket they do own. If one had say a 50L, 85L, 135L, and say the beloved 70-200LmkII, you wouldn't see what we constantly see from the same individuals - and thats this continous promotion of their single best lens.




  
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Dec 29, 2011 16:15 |  #69

70-200 2.8 II
70-200 2.8 II
70-200 2.8 II

Still prefer it to my other 5 "L"s....maybe it's just lust though!

It's a stellar lens with a fair amount of flexibility. The op stated which ONE lens would you choose.....my opinion is a simple prime doesn't offer the flexibility needed except for the one focal length. And unless your shooting wide open.....then that advantage is eliminated!


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Dec 29, 2011 16:42 as a reply to  @ jcpoulin's post |  #70

Sounds quite low end, but the nifty-fifty. I can honestly say I've taken several of my best shots with this low budget lens. If it isn't broken, don't fix it, right? :) a good quality macro filter and it's a great multi purpose lens.

Other than that lens, I have a 28mm f2.8 (second hand, but in fantastic condition), and a Sigma 70-300mm (the one I probably use the least).


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Dec 29, 2011 16:45 as a reply to  @ Crimson Hikari's post |  #71

24-105 L




  
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Dec 29, 2011 16:47 |  #72

50l or 70-200 mkii. Both lenses I don't have. ;)



  
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Dec 29, 2011 21:22 |  #73

jcpoulin wrote in post #13616766 (external link)
70-200 2.8 II
70-200 2.8 II
70-200 2.8 II

Still prefer it to my other 5 "L"s....maybe it's just lust though!

It's a stellar lens with a fair amount of flexibility. The op stated which ONE lens would you choose.....my opinion is a simple prime doesn't offer the flexibility needed except for the one focal length. And unless your shooting wide open.....then that advantage is eliminated!

Perhaps its becuase 4 out of your other 5 "L"s aren't your typical portrait lenses? Your 5th is the 135L, which I would have to agree with you on, I'd prefer the 70-200 over the 135 too ;)

There was a thread similar to this, asking which "one" lens we would use, if we "had to choose" not too long ago. If you read through it, you'll realize trying to give an answer and trying to back it up is pure rubbish. Why? Because we don't have to choose. Such a question is so far from reality any attempt to give an answer will only bring into question your choice among all the other "portrait" lenses out there.




  
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Dec 29, 2011 21:26 |  #74

amfoto1 wrote in post #13609647 (external link)
It depends on camera format....

If my camera is full frame, it would be 85/1.8. I'd choose this lens even over the 85/1.2L because the f1.8 is smaller/lighter, less obtrusive, faster focusing. I just find it more versatile.

If my camera is crop, it would be 50/1.4.

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Dec 30, 2011 00:21 |  #75

Ferrari_Alex wrote in post #13613901 (external link)
Let me say something here.
70-200 II is the most social lens that I have ever been using and producing best results in very different situations.

Let me share some examples and my heart is completely into this lens. See why....

I took it to ballet and you know that you have to react super fast, have a very-very reliable AF and the very effective IS system will allow you do to something like this:
IMAGE NOT FOUND
HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO


Or something like this:
IMAGE NOT FOUND
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Also...for full body portraits of half body portraits - super sharp, very pleasing images, stunning IQ:

You can find lenses that can do one type of images well....but you will not find a lens that can do everything, except for 70-200 II.

I would prefer less motion blur and more tack sharpness from the ballet shots. Something like the 85L or the 200L f2 would give you more speed if you're going for the sharpest shots in those situations and would probably be the dream kit to have not only for portraits but for events where flash is not permitted.

And yeah there are different lenses for different styles of portraits, one cannot do everything! Even the 70-200 II, it can't do environmental WA portraits very well or give you that 3D depth you get from WA portraits.


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