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May 16, 2009 00:58 |  #1

Hello POTN,

I'd like to know what is the best lens for shooting portraits? I have the kit lens (18-55) that came with my Rebel XTI. Would it be good to just go with 18-55 or should I look at something else? When I return to the states I'll be purchasing 2 studio lights and a backdrop. The main reason I want to shoot portraits is my wife is thinking about modeling for a online lingerie shop.

if you would please help:D


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May 16, 2009 01:05 |  #2

Try the 85 1.8, or the 50 1.8 as a good starting point...


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May 16, 2009 01:05 |  #3

Welcome to POTN.

You're just sick lucky that your wife wants to do that type of work and you will get to help.

I think your focal length is fine, the question for you is how good do need the results to be? How large will the prints be?


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May 16, 2009 01:27 as a reply to  @ S.Horton's post |  #4

Thanks guys, I'll find out what size the prints have to be, I just hope I'll be able to pull the shoot off. I've been studying shots that others have done and posted on POTN just hope i can pull it off. I have about 3 to 4 months before I return so I hope my skill level will be up to par


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May 16, 2009 02:02 |  #5

At the very least, I would suggest an 85 1.8. What is your budget?


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May 16, 2009 02:53 |  #6

lyttleviet wrote in post #7931255 (external link)
At the very least, I would suggest an 85 1.8. What is your budget?

$600.00 to $800.00 is no problem thanks to Uncle Sam and all this deployment money.;)


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May 16, 2009 04:26 |  #7

JerelXTI wrote in post #7931372 (external link)
$600.00 to $800.00 is no problem thanks to Uncle Sam and all this deployment money.;)

Maybe you can get a used 135L :)...


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May 17, 2009 08:27 as a reply to  @ lyttleviet's post |  #8

I haven't really done much portraiture, but from what I understand, 85mm and 135mm are good for shoulder and head shots on a full 35mm frame.

Now, since you are using a crop sensor, that means you should be looking at 50mm and 85mm for shoulder/head shots.

If you are trying to do lingerie shots, you will want something wider. Maybe something in the 30-50mm range.

I think 135mm would be far too long for full body shots on a 1.6 crop sensor unless you are going to stand very far back.


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May 17, 2009 17:12 |  #9

I would say a 30/50 1.4 for a crop body.

85 and 135 will be too long for indoors if you ask me.


  
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May 17, 2009 17:24 |  #10

JasonRussell wrote in post #7938951 (external link)
I would say a 30/50 1.4 for a crop body.

85 and 135 will be too long for indoors if you ask me.

Yeah I have the 85 1.8 on my xti. If you have a big room no problem, but Ive had difficulty using it indoors. Otherwise its a great sharp lense!!


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May 18, 2009 21:53 as a reply to  @ jbone's post |  #11

Thanks all. I'll tell you I love this forum. Everyone is so helpful. Again Thanks. I'll make sure when I get back and do the shoot I'll post a few pictures.


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May 19, 2009 23:09 |  #12

Most of my portrait work has been family, grand kids, and a neighbor's son who I've been doing annual shoots with for several years now as he grows so compared to others here my experience is probably limited.

For the past few years I used a Tamron 17-50 2.8 and really love this lens but last year I bought a "nifty 50" Canon 50 1.8 and really love this lens for portrait work on my 30D. The price is around $80.00 but it's legendary for it's quality and it works great on the crop body. If you do a search you'll probably find tons of favorable comments on it.

Good luck and take care of yourself over there.


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May 20, 2009 06:28 as a reply to  @ Shellback's post |  #13

The nifty fifty is a bang-for-back lens. Its cheap price may give one an impression that it can't perform well but you'll soon realize, after you have tried, that it's really a superb lens. Best of luck on your purchase.

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May 20, 2009 10:47 |  #14

JasonRussell wrote in post #7938951 (external link)
I would say a 30/50 1.4 for a crop body.

85 and 135 will be too long for indoors if you ask me.

+1. Especially if you are planning full body shots. I have a large rec room in my house that I was trying to use to learn portrait photography and it still wasn't big enough for full body shots with the 85 on my 40D - once the subject was several feet in front of the backdrop - so I ended up trading it in for the 50 1.4

Also, if you plan on buying a good/respectable 2 light setup (ex. some alien bees) it may cost you more than you think if you haven't researched that yet. So your best bet might be to buy a decent 30 or 50mm prime and put the money you have left over towards good lighting. Just my .02


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May 21, 2009 00:56 |  #15

Patriotic1 wrote in post #7956731 (external link)
+1. Especially if you are planning full body shots. I have a large rec room in my house that I was trying to use to learn portrait photography and it still wasn't big enough for full body shots with the 85 on my 40D - once the subject was several feet in front of the backdrop - so I ended up trading it in for the 50 1.4

Also, if you plan on buying a good/respectable 2 light setup (ex. some alien bees) it may cost you more than you think if you haven't researched that yet. So your best bet might be to buy a decent 30 or 50mm prime and put the money you have left over towards good lighting. Just my .02

So a 30 or 50mm would work better? More than likely my subject will be about 5 to6 feet away from me. Will a 30mm be able to get afull body shot?


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