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70-200 4L IS as Portrait lens?

 
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Jan 26, 2010 07:57 as a reply to  @ post 9473356 |  #16

Yes, the 70-200f4L IS is a great portrait lens.


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Jan 26, 2010 07:59 |  #17

The 70-200 f4IS is a great for portrait work. If you want a little more speed and bokeh, the 2.8 IS version is even better, especially in dark conditions. But the 70-200 on a ff camera body is wonderful.


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Jan 26, 2010 08:09 |  #18

The OP is shooting on a crop.


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Jan 26, 2010 08:10 |  #19

I use my 24-70 for portraiture more than anything else. I tend to think of portraiture as having photographer-subject interaction. That usually means closeness*. IMHO, anything else is simply candid...in which case you can use a 500mm if you really want to.


*I have very very very few portraits over 135mm.


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Jan 26, 2010 08:30 |  #20

nonick wrote in post #9471421 (external link)
I know this is not the best choice but. Do you think this lens is good for portrait purpose on a 1.6X crop body?

This is the non-IS version, but YES, it's outstanding, especially for outdoor portraits. These were taken with the 70-200 f/4L on a 300D.

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Jan 26, 2010 08:54 |  #21

I use either the 70-200 f4 and Tamron 28-75 for all my portraits.

I really like the results I get from the 70-200.


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Jan 26, 2010 09:04 |  #22

Omaru wrote in post #9472956 (external link)
Telephoto + portraiture = AWESOME.

Taken with the 2.8 version.

Not exactly the 70-200 f4 but to give you a general idea that telephoto lenses work great for portraits.

Yeap. Works real good on a 1.3x crop body. Again the f/2.8 version.


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Jan 26, 2010 09:29 |  #23

I love using this lens for portraits...
I have several other options, and they're really good as well, but I know if I were to pull out my 10 favorite portraits, the 70-200/4IS would be my most represented lens...

that lens is a great choice for portrait work... but there's more to think about before you decide which lens you're going to use for that (what's in the background, distance to background, light, working distance)


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Jan 26, 2010 17:08 |  #24

Nice brokeh for those pictures taken by f/4 version.


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Jan 26, 2010 21:12 as a reply to  @ nonick's post |  #25

The 70-200 f4 IS may not be the best portrait lens around, but it does pretty good. It’s sharp, versatile, and has decent background blur.

Here are some 7D/70-200 f4 IS at f4 and 70mm “Portrait” sample images:

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Jan 26, 2010 21:36 |  #26

bohdank wrote in post #9473460 (external link)
The OP is shooting on a crop.

The 70-200L is an awesome portrait lens on a crop too. ;)


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Jan 27, 2010 10:38 |  #27

It's my favorite (because it's about my only lens)...

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Jan 27, 2010 11:27 |  #28

Although i dont have mine any more i can only echo all the other comments that yes, its a great portrait lens.
I do prefer a 85mm or even 50mm f/1.4 though but i was very happy with what i got with my 30D and 40D.

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Jan 27, 2010 11:42 |  #29

If you can't afford the f2.8 version then the f4 L is a great lens for this kind of work. I love my non-IS version and would only get rid of it for a 2.8 version. Otherwise it's a light and very versitile lens.

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Jan 27, 2010 12:19 |  #30

District_History_Fan wrote in post #9478776 (external link)
The 70-200L is an awesome portrait lens on a crop too. ;)

Can be but not my first choice.

Here are a couple with a 40D and the 70-200/f4 IS.. you need a lot of background/foreground seperation which is not often available, such as in these shots at f4. The first one works, the second doesn't, for me.

First @ 200mm, second @ 160mm

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