Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Guest
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EF and EF-S Lenses 
Thread started 09 Jan 2007 (Tuesday) 09:24
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

For portraits: 85mm 1.8 or 100mm 2.8macro?

 
Dooner
Mostly Lurking
18 posts
Joined Sep 2006
     
Jan 09, 2007 09:24 |  #1

I'm undecided. This would be for a 1.6 crop body, both in a studio and outdoors. Any advice appreciated :)


40D, Tamron 17-50, 50mm 1.8, 85mm 1.8, willing

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)
airshaq20
Senior Member
667 posts
Joined Jul 2006
Location: East Coast, USA
     
Jan 09, 2007 09:31 |  #2

IMO, if you have a big studio and you're planning to do some macro photography (aside from portraits), then get the 100mm.

If you have limited space in your studio, you want a faster lens and you dont plan to do any macro shots, then get then 85mm.


Gear List

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Lenty007
Member
221 posts
Gallery: 5 photos
Likes: 21
Joined May 2006
Location: Ghent, Belgium
     
Jan 09, 2007 09:33 |  #3

Hello, I recently went for the 100mm macro and I can say its the best of both worlds! You won't regret it.
Greetings from Ghent, Belgium




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
AeroSmith
Goldmember
Avatar
4,546 posts
Gallery: 26 photos
Likes: 296
Joined Feb 2006
Location: Saint Petersburg, Florida
     
Jan 09, 2007 09:37 as a reply to  @ Lenty007's post |  #4

For portraits the 100 macro on your 1.6x crop body may be a touch long. I think you'd be better served by the 85/1.8. And at least for me, I like to shoot many portraits in the f/2 to f/4 range. IMHO, the 85 will perform better at those aperatures. The 50/1.4 might also be one to consider for portraits on a 1.6x crop body.


Josh Smith

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Dorman
Goldmember
Avatar
4,661 posts
Joined Feb 2006
Location: Halifax, NS
     
Jan 09, 2007 09:39 |  #5

Agree with Aerosmith on the 85 and 50. That being said I have the 100 macro and if you have enough distance it can make a wonderful portrait lens.



  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
EOS_JD
Goldmember
2,925 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Dec 2005
Location: Lanarkshire, Scotland
     
Jan 09, 2007 10:30 |  #6

The 100 is a fantastic lens and is an excellent macro lens too.
It's pretty long on a crop body and needs a lot of room to be used effectively in a studio. Not the best low light lens though. Tends to hunt a bit.

The 85mm is also a bit long for my liking in a small studio. However it's an excellent low light performer with similar IQ to the 100.

Both great lenses for portrait work though.


All My Gear
5D MkIII & 5D MKII + Grips | 24-70 f2.8L IS | 24-105 f4L IS | 70-200 f2.8L IS MkII | 50 f/1.4 | 85 f1.8 | 100 f2.8 | 1.4x MkII | Tamron 17-35 f2.8-4

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
aparmley
Senior Member
508 posts
Joined Jul 2005
Location: Near St. Louis
     
Jan 09, 2007 12:44 |  #7

85 1.8 Absolutely no doubt.


Switched to Nikon . . . Thanks to all of you that made my sale a success! Enjoy your new gear!

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Mr. ­ Clean
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
6,002 posts
Likes: 3
Joined Jul 2005
Location: Olympia, Washington
     
Jan 09, 2007 12:53 |  #8

85 1.8 without any other consideration. It's got a nicer DOF at 1.8 or 2.0 and a good focal length. Even that extra 15mm that the macro has would probably be a touch to much, even the 85 is almost too long on a crop.


Mike
some shots @ Zenfolio (external link)
Gear List

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
illy
Senior Member
Avatar
649 posts
Joined Aug 2006
Location: London
     
Jan 09, 2007 12:55 as a reply to  @ Mr. Clean's post |  #9

If you plan to do macro work then get the 60mm f/2.8 (great bokeh, reasonably fast, sharp) if not then get the 85mm f/1.8. The 100mm may be too long and big.


Flickr (external link)
600D, 17-50, 50, 60, 100, 70-200, 430EX

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
ijohnson
Goldmember
Avatar
1,646 posts
Joined Nov 2003
Location: Whiteriver, AZ
     
Jan 09, 2007 14:04 |  #10

I use the 85 1.8 on my full-frame camera. That said, I ALWAYS used the 50 1.4 when I had a crop factor cam. The 80mm that you would get would be perfect. Many would say that the 135mm you would get with the 85mm+crop factor would be too long.


www.trickoflight.net (external link)
http://www.pbase.com/i​tj12345 (external link)
Original 5D still ROCKS!!!

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Mark_Cohran
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
15,689 posts
Best ofs: 1
Likes: 1350
Joined Jul 2002
Location: Portland, Oregon
     
Jan 09, 2007 14:11 |  #11

I've used both. The 100 f2.8 macro has the advantage of working well for portraits and is an outstanding macro lens as well - but, if I were primarily shooting portraits, I'd choose the 85mm f1.8.

Mark


Mark
-----
Some primes, some zooms, some Ls, some bodies and they all play nice together.
Forty years of shooting and still learning.
My Tumblr Site (external link) (NSFW)
Follow Me on Instagram (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
anglefire
Senior Member
Avatar
495 posts
Gallery: 64 photos
Likes: 302
Joined Aug 2006
Location: Solihull, West Midlands, UK
     
Jan 09, 2007 14:27 |  #12

If you don't mind an ef-s lens then the 60mm macro is fantastic at both macro and portraits!


Mark
My Website (external link)
Gear in the gear list.

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Lester ­ Wareham
Moderator
Avatar
28,095 posts
Gallery: 3181 photos
Best ofs: 6
Likes: 15457
Joined Jul 2005
Location: Hampshire, UK
     
Jan 09, 2007 14:50 |  #13

Mark_Cohran wrote in post #2514097 (external link)
I've used both. The 100 f2.8 macro has the advantage of working well for portraits and is an outstanding macro lens as well - but, if I were primarily shooting portraits, I'd choose the 85mm f1.8.

Mark

Yes I agree, I have the macro lens because I needed a macro lens. While it is a great lens for portraits the 85mm will be better.


My Photography Home Page (external link) RSS Feed (external link)
Gear List
FAQ on UV and Clear Protective Filters
Macrophotography by LordV

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
jr_senator
Goldmember
Avatar
4,861 posts
Joined Sep 2006
     
Jan 09, 2007 15:26 |  #14

AeroSmith wrote in post #2513049 (external link)
The 50/1.4 might also be one to consider for portraits on a 1.6x crop body.

Absolutely the best choice regardless. Unless one wants macro in the same lens, then the 60mm may be good.



  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
AeroSmith
Goldmember
Avatar
4,546 posts
Gallery: 26 photos
Likes: 296
Joined Feb 2006
Location: Saint Petersburg, Florida
     
Jan 09, 2007 16:39 |  #15

jr_senator wrote in post #2514405 (external link)
Absolutely the best choice regardless. Unless one wants macro in the same lens, then the 60mm may be good.

Is the 60 an f/2.8?

If so I'd say the 50/1.4 is the best bet. There is just something about f/2 and f/2.2 and f/2.5 for portraits.


Josh Smith

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

3,858 views & 0 likes for this thread
For portraits: 85mm 1.8 or 100mm 2.8macro?
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EF and EF-S Lenses 
AAA
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Index   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset

Not a member yet?
Register to forums
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!


COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.


POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.1forum software
version 2.1 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©
for photography-on-the.net

Latest registered member is gammy13
2262 guests, 320 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 15144, that happened on Nov 22, 2018

Photography-on-the.net Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.