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What is your "Go-To" boudoir lens?

 
Buchinger
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Apr 13, 2014 07:46 |  #1

As the title suggests, what lens to you find yourself reaching for the most?




  
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Apr 15, 2014 23:14 |  #2

EF-100 mm f2.0 old school lens, not the macro.


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Apr 16, 2014 11:14 as a reply to  @ kdvincent's post |  #3

85/1.2




  
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Apr 17, 2014 19:28 |  #4

I have a Canon 85 1.8, 24-70, and a 70-200 f2.8 - I was thinking of renting either a 50 1.2 (I am not happy with my 50 1.4 - just seems very soft wide open on my 60D and my 6D, it's been to Canon and "is within spec")or an 85 1.4 just to see what they were all about. Would it be worth it? I'm happy with my 85 1.8.




  
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Apr 20, 2014 15:37 |  #5

Buchinger wrote in post #16842209 (external link)
I have a Canon 85 1.8, 24-70, and a 70-200 f2.8 - I was thinking of renting either a 50 1.2 (I am not happy with my 50 1.4 - just seems very soft wide open on my 60D and my 6D, it's been to Canon and "is within spec")or an 85 1.4 just to see what they were all about. Would it be worth it? I'm happy with my 85 1.8.

My Sigma 85mm f1.4 lens is my go-to lens for anything portrait related (as long as there's space). I'm sure the canon 85mm f1.8 is a suitable choice also if budget's an issue. Tack sharp, built like a tank (i've dropped it onto concrete from waist height :mad:), fast focusing (the canon 85mm f1.2 is dead slow with focusing).


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Apr 22, 2014 20:06 |  #6

fashionrider wrote in post #16848562 (external link)
...fast focusing (the canon 85mm f1.2 is dead slow with focusing).

Not many of our boudoir clients are running around the studio...;)




  
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Apr 22, 2014 20:08 |  #7

FeXL wrote in post #16854099 (external link)
Not many of our boudoir clients are running around the studio...;)

damnit... am I the only one who makes them run around in my studio? i knew I was doing something wrong :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Apr 22, 2014 20:12 |  #8

fashionrider wrote in post #16854102 (external link)
damnit... am I the only one who makes them run around in my studio? i knew I was doing something wrong :lol: :lol: :lol:

Pics or it didn't happen...




  
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Apr 23, 2014 17:01 |  #9

I noticed many of you refer to longer lenses for portrait shots, for those of you that use 85 or 100 mm what distance are your from the model and what is your focus? from the chin up? What would you suggest for getting full body head to toe photos? Thanks.


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Apr 23, 2014 20:00 |  #10

BlessedShots wrote in post #16856282 (external link)
I noticed many of you refer to longer lenses for portrait shots, for those of you that use 85 or 100 mm what distance are your from the model and what is your focus? from the chin up? What would you suggest for getting full body head to toe photos? Thanks.

At 85mm, shooting a headshot w/ shoulders is probably around 5 feet? Full body, about 20 feet? I'm just guessing these distances based on my living room shoots. What do you mean exactly by, 'what is your focus'? Focus point? If so, then it's always the eyes for me. You don't have to use a telephoto lens... if you're limited on space, the widest I would ever consider is 35mm but I would try to use 50mm at least. Anything below 35mm and there's heavy distortion.


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Apr 24, 2014 18:57 |  #11

BlessedShots wrote in post #16856282 (external link)
...for those of you that use 85 or 100 mm what distance are your from the model...

85mm, standing up, ~20', lying down, arms extended, as much as 25'. On a 1.3 crop (1D Mk IV).

Eyes are almost always the focus point, otherwise it's the particular body part you are trying to emphasize.




  
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Apr 24, 2014 19:22 as a reply to  @ FeXL's post |  #12

Depends. In studio mostly 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8. In natural light 35mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.2. But really depends on the situation, there are times when I have used all four of these lenses, :)


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May 07, 2014 19:14 |  #13

Cant go past my trusty 50mm 1.4 coupled with my 70-200 2.8, they never let me down.


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May 22, 2014 19:05 |  #14

85mm 1.8 Love, love, LOVE this lens! :-)

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May 28, 2014 18:51 |  #15

85 1.2 - love this lens. The 50 1.2 when I'm short on distance.




  
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