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Sep 03, 2012 20:42 |  #1

Pros and cons of each lens for portraits
a) 50L
b) 85L

With the 50L on a 1.6, it ends up 80mm, but wide open, does the 50L have issues.
With the 85L, would that be too long of a lens for portraits?


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Sep 03, 2012 22:28 |  #2

Both excellent. The focus shift on the 50 takes a bit of getting used to I'm told. The CA/PF on the 85 can be offputting, but can usually be avoided or corrected. So - both are great, neither is perfect.

Decide based on the focal length you would find most useful. Hmmm - actually, since you have the 50/1.4, get the 85.

Also, the 50 does not end up at 80 on the 7D; it is 50 no matter what body it is mounted on.
Is the 85 too long? Only you can judge based on your style preferences and anticipated working room. Is your 100 too long? That could be a gauge.




  
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Sep 03, 2012 22:33 |  #3

I think your 50mm f1.4 and 100mm f2.8 are both excellent portrait lenses.


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Sep 03, 2012 22:38 |  #4
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Sep 03, 2012 22:41 |  #5

tkbslc wrote in post #14944641 (external link)
I think your 50mm f1.4 and 100mm f2.8 are both excellent portrait lenses.

Agreed. The 85 1.2 is an outstanding lens, but you can't fully exploit it until you go full-frame.

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Sep 03, 2012 23:12 |  #6

I use the 85 1.8 as, by far, my main portrait lens on my 50D. For outdoor portraits, where you have room to work, I have found this focal length to be fine--preferable, in some cases, where I can have, for example, kids or couples interact and get natural expressions because I can be far enough off to not seem intrusive. Indoors, 85 on a crop sensor can be tight sometimes, though in my anxiousness to make my 85 1.8 work whenever possible, I have been surprised the places I have been able to make it work.

The 85 1.2 is one of my dream lenses...good grief that bokeh is so buttery smooth and rich.

bps wrote in post #14944681 (external link)
Agreed. The 85 1.2 is an outstanding lens, but you can't fully exploit it until you go full-frame.

Bryan

Just curious...what is your explanation for this? I would expect that the 85 1.2 would perform exceptionally well on a 7D.


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Sep 03, 2012 23:18 |  #7

i like my 17-55 is


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Sep 03, 2012 23:27 |  #8

It really depends on the distance from which you normally shoot and how you like to frame your subjects. Only you know how you shoot. If your space is limited and you want to shoot more than head shots, the 50mm will be better on the 7D. If you have a bit more space to work with then the 85 may be better.


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Sep 04, 2012 00:26 |  #9

plawren53202 wrote in post #14944847 (external link)
Just curious...what is your explanation for this? I would expect that the 85 1.2 would perform exceptionally well on a 7D.

It would. It would just give results similar to using a 135mm f2 on full frame. So you are not getting all the buttery bokeh and thin DOF for which you are paying.


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Sep 04, 2012 05:59 as a reply to  @ tkbslc's post |  #10

The EF-S 60 mm f/2.8 macro USM works fine as a portrait lens on the 7D (any of the APS-C cameras), and of course also doubles as the macro lens it's supposed to be.


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Sep 04, 2012 07:49 |  #11

tkbslc wrote in post #14944641 (external link)
I think your 50mm f1.4 and 100mm f2.8 are both excellent portrait lenses.

The 50 1.4 is almost there. The 100 2.8 in nice, but, just isn't what I expected. That's why the question.


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Sep 04, 2012 09:13 |  #12

I find 100mm on a full frame to be perfect for portraits. So I would get the 50L between those two choices.




  
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Sep 04, 2012 12:37 |  #13

apersson850 wrote in post #14945544 (external link)
The EF-S 60 mm f/2.8 macro USM works fine as a portrait lens on the 7D (any of the APS-C cameras), and of course also doubles as the macro lens it's supposed to be.

This is a "sleeper" portrait lens on a cropper, I found that out after I bought it for macro work, a pleasant surprise.


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Sep 04, 2012 12:39 |  #14

If you want a lens to do macros, then the 60mm can do that AND good portraits. But as a primary portrait lens, I find it lacking in DOF control for more widely framed portraits. I'd prefer the 50mm f1.4 or 85mm f1.8 if portraits are your only goal.


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Sep 04, 2012 17:25 |  #15

tkbslc wrote in post #14946775 (external link)
If you want a lens to do macros, then the 60mm can do that AND good portraits. But as a primary portrait lens, I find it lacking in DOF control for more widely framed portraits. I'd prefer the 50mm f1.4 or 85mm f1.8 if portraits are your only goal.

I agree. Taking your points and the OP's following statement,

T.Hogan wrote in post #14945719 (external link)
The 50 1.4 is almost there. The 100 2.8 in nice, but, just isn't what I expected. That's why the question.

I'd also throw in the 100mm f/2 as a potential option.

Since the OP has the 100mm f/2.8 macro, I'd go the 85mm just because it is a different FL.

But if his 100 is almost there, then 100mm f/2 might be what he's looking for. Might - because he never said why he found the macro lacking (too short, too long, not enough control in DOF, other).

I don't find my 85 (f/1.8) too long inside (most of the time). Candid portraits on a 7d. 135L more often is too long inside, so it or the 70-200 are usually outside.


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