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Jun 06, 2013 18:11 |  #1

I'm not sure which would be more beneficial. 50mm f1.8 nifty plasticy. 85mm f1.8 usm or 100mm f2.8 macro

I am now a grandfather to a beautifull grandaughter and want to start doing some portraite photography of her. I wonder if the 100mm f2.8 macro would be good for portraite work. I hope everyone understands. Is there a chart somewhere that tell's me how far from the subject you need to be for a given lens length.
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Jun 06, 2013 19:06 |  #2

I've had the nifty 50, and the 85 f/1.8, don't know about the 100 macro. But I love my 85mm!


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Jun 06, 2013 19:08 |  #3

The 100mm f/2.8 Macro is a good portrait lens. I find the auto focus is a little slow for toddlers, though, but I still get by with it. Possibly a 100mm f/2 or an 85mm f/1.8 might be a better choice for little ones. They move very quickly! Still the 100mm f/2.8 Macro can give you nice results These were taken on a 5D:

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Jun 06, 2013 19:10 |  #4

Actually, either the 85/1.8 or the 100 macro would make a nice portrait lens, particularly on a crop.

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Jun 06, 2013 19:17 as a reply to  @ timbop's post |  #5

thanks for the replies. Right now i'm using a 60d with 18-200mm f3.5-5.6. So anything should be an improvement in speed and bokah.


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Jun 06, 2013 20:14 |  #6

The 85 will make a great head and midbody portrait lens. You will need quite a bit of space for full body shots.
50 is good on a crop for full to mid body shots.
The 100 f2 will give you faster focusing than the 100 macro.


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Jun 06, 2013 20:26 as a reply to  @ BrickR's post |  #7

I do baby photography with just natural window light & the 50mm/1.4 lens. See for yourself:


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Jun 06, 2013 20:38 |  #8

use your 18-200mm to see which focal length you prefer...set it to 50mm, 85mm, and 100mm...you should be able to judge just how far away you'd need to be


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Jun 06, 2013 22:24 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #9

Dre's advice will help pick the focal length for you. Personally for me, with a first or only portrait lens, I would want something between 50 and 85 on crop. So I would look at the 60 or 70mm macro lenses out there in addition to the 50/1.4 or 85/1.8 instead of the 100/2 or 100/2.8. You may find you like something different like 135 or even wider like a 30/1.4 or 40/2.8 though.


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Jun 06, 2013 22:40 |  #10

I just started into the portrait world and have fallen in love with the photos rendered using the 85L. Would think the 85 1.8 would be no slouch.


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Jun 06, 2013 23:12 |  #11

I have the 60D and it came with the same kit lens you have. My second lens that I bought was the 85 1.8, it opened up a whole new world for me and was very exciting! If you get this lens you won't be disappointed.


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Jun 06, 2013 23:48 |  #12

I vote for 85mm f/1.8 for fast focusing (kids running around), nice bokeh, and shallow DOF
I am a bit worry about the crop factor if you have a crop-sensor camera. If you have a crop-sensor camera, then 85mm focal length will be too "long" in a room. What kind of camera do you use?


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Jun 06, 2013 23:52 as a reply to  @ blueskyoveraquatic's post |  #13

Get the sigma 35 1.4 and the EF 85 1.8.

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Jun 07, 2013 06:32 |  #14

Presumably by portrait your are looking for something good for head and shoulder type portraits; if that's the case then 85 mm at 7 to 10 feet would frame exactly right.


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Jun 07, 2013 07:07 |  #15

Why would you consider the 100mm 2.8 instead of the 100mm f2?. I have both of these and the f2 is a far better portrait lens.




  
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