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Jan 27, 2013 14:18 |  #1

Need advice please. I am a new Canon shooter and need some advice. I recently purchased the 5DM3 kit with the 24-105. I am very satisfied with the kit.

Once a month, I take head and shoulder shots at my Church. For this purpose, I also bought the 100 2.8L IS Macro. Here's my question: I've invested quite a bit in the 100L, primarily for this once per month event. I shot the 100L today. The shots were good, but not exceptional I am thinking that maybe I should return the 100L and invest in something more practical. What's your experience with the 24-105 as a portrait lens? BTW, the macro feature on the 100L is a nice-to-have, not a needed feature for me.

Your perspectives are appreciated.

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Jan 27, 2013 14:22 |  #2

I use it for studio portraits and it works well but probably not the greatest lens for creative type portraits, but in the right hands it probably can be.


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Jan 27, 2013 14:56 |  #3

^^Agree with above. I really like the 24-105 for studio portraits, which can cover full body to head/shoulder shots. I also use it for group shots, when I usually stop down.

However, if I want more background separation, I usually turn to my 85 f/1.2 L II or 70-200 f/2.8 IS II. I have used the 100 L for this purpose and it works well, but it isn't usually my first choice when I have other lenses that are better for the job.

I would keep the 100 L if you want to shoot closeup shots (think bugs, flowers, jewelry such as wedding ring shots, etc.).

If you want something to compliment the 24-105 for portraits, then either go longer (like 70-200) or faster aperture with a prime (like 85 f/1.8, 100 f/2, 85 L II) or get the 135 f/2 L and get both longer and faster.


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Jan 27, 2013 15:01 |  #4

jrscls wrote in post #15540432 (external link)
If you want something to compliment the 24-105 for portraits, then either go longer (like 70-200) or faster aperture with a prime (like 85 f/1.8, 100 f/2, 85 L II) or get the 135 f/2 L and get both longer and faster.

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The 100L only has a 1 stop advantage over the 24-105mm. The 70-200mm 2.8 also only has a 1 stop advantage but it's versatile.
Also consider the Sigma 85mm.




  
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Jan 27, 2013 15:10 as a reply to  @ jrscls's post |  #5

The 24-105 is a very useful and sufficiently sharp lens for portraits in a variety of different scenarios. Is it as good or sharp as an 85L, no. However, for the convenience (and at this price point) of having a single lens on your camera for the duration of a photo session and be able to shoot everything from head shots to head and shoulder to 3/4 to groups shots, it will serve you well. Add some speedlites and softboxes for indoors, or reflectors and diffusers for outdoors and you're set.

The 100L is a macro lens that coincidentally happens to be a very sharp portrait lens as well. It's what I use to take nice portraits of my daughter on special occasions, but other than that, I use it primarily for macro. My advice is if you don't plan on shooting macro, then there's no reason to have a lens specifically designed for macro, regardless of it's abilities as a portrait lens, especially when you already have a 24-105L.


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Jan 27, 2013 15:13 |  #6

Great feedback. Thanks to everyone.


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Jan 27, 2013 15:16 |  #7

70-200
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135mm

Unless your doing a lot of macro I wouldn't have the 100L maco.


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Jan 27, 2013 16:00 |  #8

Dump the 100 macro.

I assume you're shooting indoor with studio lights & a background? If you're doing head shots, get an 85 f/1.8 or 85L or Sigma 85 f/1.4. You'll probably be shooting at f/5.6 so I'm thinking the 85 f/1.8 would be a best-buy.

If you're shooting full-body shots then the 50 f/1.4 would be the route to take.

If you're doing groups, you may need to drop back to 35 or 28 to cover the group.

Or use the 24-105L until you figure out what weakness it has that forces you to use a different lens.


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Jan 27, 2013 16:06 |  #9

Good advice continues. Thank you.


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Jan 27, 2013 18:06 as a reply to  @ wmcy's post |  #10

It is excellent for portraits. You my want a faster lens with a wider maximum aperture for low lighting. However, it there is enough light, or you can add artificial light with bounce flash, the lens is great.




  
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