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Apr 09, 2013 20:34 |  #1

Looking for a lens for portrait shots of the grand kids. I do ok with my 70-200 but thinking I could get better looking shots with a prime. Thinking 85 1.8 or 50 1.4. Appreciate your suggestion. Lens would be used on my 5D3.


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Apr 09, 2013 20:36 |  #2

I love my 85 1.8 on my 7D, but from what I've read and seen, it's even better on a full frame body.


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Apr 09, 2013 20:41 as a reply to  @ JCH77Yanks's post |  #3

Would say ditto on the 85mm f1.8 or the 100mm f2.

The 70-200 is a pretty good portrait lens, though - I think the primary upgrade you'd be seeing is the use of a wider aperture (better bokeh at same focal lengths), or saving a lot of carrying weight (both primes are extremely light and compact). In terms of sharpness, I don't think you'll see much, if any, of an improvement.


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Apr 09, 2013 21:05 |  #4

200 F2 , 135 F2 , 85 F1.2 in that order.




  
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Apr 09, 2013 21:35 |  #5

For kids, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, and so on in that order.


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Apr 09, 2013 22:03 |  #6

For portraits on a 5D III, look no further than the 85 L f/1.2 L II. On a budget, the 85 f/1.8 would also make a good choice.


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Apr 09, 2013 22:09 |  #7

35mm

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50mm
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85mm
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135mm
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Personally I think shorter focal lengths work much better as they allow you to show the env. for the kid shots unless you shooting from far and outside.

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Apr 09, 2013 22:11 |  #8

Grandkids, outdoors 85mm, indoors 35mm.


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Apr 09, 2013 23:59 |  #9

85L or 85/1.8. If you can stand back, the 135L is even better.

35mm is great for its shorter minimum focus distance and it's a bit wider --- you can shoot at across a dining room table with it, but, it isn't a classic portrait lens (i.e., a telephoto that flatters the face and completely blow out the background.

I'm not that crazy about the 50mm focal length as a "portrait lens". Hence, my two main primes are a 35L and 85L.


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Apr 10, 2013 00:31 as a reply to  @ L.J.G.'s post |  #10
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Personally outdoor 70-200f2.8II, indoor 35/50mm.

I always feel using a short lens such as a 35mm outdoor is counter productive and brings in unwanted and unnecessary distortion.


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Apr 10, 2013 01:47 |  #11

The 85mm 1.8 or the 60mm 2.8 are both fantastic portrait lenses.


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Apr 10, 2013 03:00 |  #12

For kids I'd consider a 35 or 50 - they both have perspective distortion that is unflattering for an adult, but can give a "fun" look to kids portraits.


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Apr 10, 2013 08:14 |  #13

LostArk wrote in post #15810696 (external link)
For kids I'd consider a 35 or 50 - they both have perspective distortion that is unflattering for an adult, but can give a "fun" look to kids portraits.

Agree. Some folks here thinking shooting models instead of grand kids.:)


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Apr 10, 2013 08:37 |  #14

Although much less expensive than most of the suggestions here, I have the 135 f2.8 sf and love it. I don't use the soft focus feature, but get great shots with very nice creamy background wide open.


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Apr 10, 2013 09:38 |  #15

24 and 35 is great for environmental portaits. Downside is you have to contend with distortion, so you don't want to use this when a persons face is within a large portion of the frame.

135 and 200 are great for close ups, as its a more flattering perspective. Downside is that it takes the background/environment completely out of the context of the shot. I'm not too fond of the longer focal lengths because of this.

50 and 85 are a perfect happy medium, IMO.


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