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which one you prefer for portraits 24L II or 35L

 
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Jan 19, 2014 06:04 |  #1

Hi
that my qusetion
24L f/1.4 II or 35L f/1.4 for portraits on FF bodies
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Jan 19, 2014 06:26 |  #2

moltengold wrote in post #16617719 (external link)
Hi
that my qusetion
24L f/1.4 II or 35L f/1.4 for portraits on FF bodies
Thanks

i wouldn't consider either one a 'portrait' lens.

but between the 2, 35L.


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Jan 19, 2014 06:33 |  #3
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Same here. 35mm for me.


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Jan 19, 2014 06:36 |  #4

Both are very wide. But the 35mm would be reasonable if used with a crop camera.


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Jan 19, 2014 06:46 |  #5

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Jan 19, 2014 06:49 |  #6

i will use three lenses
24-105L f/4 for general use
100L f/2.8 macro and portraits
70-200L f/2.8 IS II for portraits
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Jan 19, 2014 06:55 |  #7

I love to have both and I shoot portraits even using a fisheye but...a 85L or 135L is a better portrait lens


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Jan 19, 2014 06:56 |  #8

Sigma 35 or Sigma 50.


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Jan 19, 2014 07:00 |  #9

Mark K wrote in post #16617782 (external link)
I love to have both and I shoot portraits even using a fisheye but...a 85L or 135L is a better portrait lens

i sold the 135L to my friend :)

DarthVader wrote in post #16617784 (external link)
Sigma 35 or Sigma 50.

yes i like the sigma 50mm ;)


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Jan 19, 2014 07:07 |  #10

It's just a matter of how much background you want in the photo. The 24L II is unique in that it's the widest lens that can do f/1.4. The combination of a wide angle of view with a blurry background creates a look that no other lens can. It's great for environmental portraits where the subject it's in the center of the frame and a bit far from the lens (i.e. half body shot) so that there's no rectilinear or linear perspective distortion.




  
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Jan 19, 2014 07:22 |  #11

Thanks Chris for the info


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Jan 19, 2014 09:28 |  #12

moltengold wrote in post #16617838 (external link)
Thanks Chris for the info

I'm sure that you can look through the sample archive thread for each lens, but here's an example of the 24L in action (wide open):

IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8202/8245659894_e4f0a3579e_o.jpg



  
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Jan 19, 2014 09:43 |  #13

I love the 24. I would never say it is a portrait lens, but I sure use it and love it for shots like the above. What Chris said that makes it so awesome is it is the widest lens that does 1.4, so you can reveal your setting like only a wide angle can, but at the same time isolate the subject. So you can feel the setting(like a nice resteraunt with formal atmosphere) but it is not distracting from the couple in any way. I really like that about the lens, this same shot from further back with a 85 would look like most all portraits, people with an obliterated background. I like how at 1.4 the 24 kinda melts the background in a way that you know what it is but it is not distracting.

Now all that said, i have it for many other reasons, the cool environmental portraits is just a plus, not a reason to get the 24 IMO.


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Jan 19, 2014 09:49 as a reply to  @ Nick3434's post |  #14

24L and 35L are great environmental portrait lens. 35mm's distortion is manageable. 24L, though a great lens is just too wide for most occasions but in my honest opinion, it creates a magical perspective than any 35mm 1.4 lenses.




  
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Jan 19, 2014 09:51 |  #15

I'm a prime lover and I use primes constantly wide open for Wedding Photography and portraiture, but I'm starting to find the 24LII is not that useful. The problem is, if you photograph far away from the subject so as to avoid perspective distortion, you end up losing the value of the f/1.4 as DOF becomes so deep anyway that you may as well just use the 24-70II f/2.8

I typically use this lens for environmental portraits and group photos only (where I want a LOT of the background in the photo). The lens is also very good for fashion and Bridal photography when you want to deliberately distort the legs so that it extends the legs (e.g. in photo 2 her legs are extended making her look taller):

IMAGE: http://galleries.clartephoto.com/img/s9/v91/p91318396-4.jpg

IMAGE: http://galleries.clartephoto.com/img/s5/v124/p38839844-5.jpg

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IMAGE: http://galleries.clartephoto.com/img/s9/v96/p142022853-4.jpg

I also have a 35L but use it even less!

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