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Aaron844
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Jan 19, 2010 19:24 |  #1

I have a canon 20-35mm on my 350d right now and I really like the lens but I am wanting to get a better lens for portraits. Alot of people say I need to get the 50mm 1.8 but I was wanting to know other peoples opinions, I'm looking to spend no more then about $350.


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Jan 19, 2010 19:34 |  #2

the 50mm1.8 is a great bang for the buck lens, but thats it. If you want to step it up a notch, the 85mm1.8 is in your price range (maybe a little bit more depending on where you are). Have a look in the lens sample archive for the 85mm, I think that will give you some confidence in the purchase.


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Jan 19, 2010 19:40 |  #3

classic portrait-friendly lenses have the ability to blur the background with a wide aperture (f/2.8 or larger); and usually are sharp in the centre region to capture fine details on the face (there are exceptions like soft-focus lenses etc, however these aren't nearly as popular)

so when you're choosing a lens, look for a large maximum aperture (small f-number) and sharp focus ability. the higher priced options will usually give the background blur a better quality but amazing photos can be taken with the cheapest options too




  
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Jan 19, 2010 19:44 as a reply to  @ S-S's post |  #4

200 f2


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Jan 19, 2010 19:44 |  #5

You can't go wrong with either the 85mm f/1.8 USM or it's cousin, the 100mm f/2 USM. I had the 100mm myself and it was a wonder for the price. I only sold it because I already had the 60mm Macro and needed a real telezoom.


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Jan 19, 2010 19:47 |  #6

At $350 I;d get the Canon EF 85 1.8 =)


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Jan 19, 2010 19:47 |  #7

For a crop body camera, you may find the 85 1.8 to be a little too close. You may want to look at the 50 1.4 instead...

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Jan 19, 2010 19:49 |  #8

The 50 f1.4 may be something to consider. You may find the 85 a little too long on a 350d for many situations.




  
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Jan 19, 2010 19:49 |  #9

bps wrote in post #9429278 (external link)
For a crop body camera, you may find the 85 1.8 to be a little too close. You may want to look at the 50 1.4 instead...

Bryan

If you can somehow find a Sigma 50 1.4 for for budget, that would be amazing... the Canon one seems to frequently have AF issues.

Edit: Maybe consider a Sigma 30 1.4? It is a little less expensive than the 50 I believe.


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Jan 19, 2010 19:51 as a reply to  @ themadman's post |  #10

50 1.4 is your best bet. Sharp, and has a good focal length for a crop body.


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Jan 19, 2010 19:53 |  #11

How much room do you have and are you wanting to do full length images?
You will have to step back quite a bit with the 85mm to get full length. For head and shoulder shots the 85 mm will be great.


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Jan 19, 2010 19:55 |  #12

bps wrote in post #9429278 (external link)
For a crop body camera, you may find the 85 1.8 to be a little too close. You may want to look at the 50 1.4 instead...

Bryan

This is good advice if your portraits are indoors. For outdoors, I would suggest at least an 85mm 1.8. The 100mm 2.0 is a great choice as well.
The 50mm 1.4 or the 60mm 2.8 would do fine indoors.




  
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Jan 19, 2010 19:57 as a reply to  @ nightcat's post |  #13

You can get some real "pop" with longer focal lengths. This is why I prefer the 100mm f/2, but you need plenty of room to work with. I pulled this f/2 shot off of my facebook (I don't have the original with me at the moment).


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Jan 19, 2010 20:00 |  #14

justin240 wrote in post #9429172 (external link)
the 50mm1.8 is a great bang for the buck lens, but thats it.

If you are low on dough, the nifty fifty does work... just don't plan on using the autofocus to catch anything moving. Moving objects require prefocusing because the af on the nifty fifty is really slow and frequently inaccurate. =)


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Jan 19, 2010 20:19 |  #15

Jerobean wrote in post #9429250 (external link)
200 f2

I'm starting to like this also for my portrait lens over my 85L. I know some will say it's a little long for a portrait lens but I like the perspective it gives me. A little heavy hand held though but well balanced.



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