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Dec 23, 2012 07:33 |  #31

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Yes, there is a learning curive with the 85mm when it's wide open. It took me a while to get more keepers than discards. Two or more subjects can be frustrating to get them both in focus when wide open if you don't set yourself up exactly the same distance away from both/multiple targets. The 24-70 or 70-200 are more idiot proof where you can set the camera and shoot. I find myself having to think a lot more and shoot with more hesitation when I use my 85mm. It's just the nature of the beast. One thing that helped me out is getting a free app for my droid that is a depth of field calculator for Canon lenses. I found that when I starting using this app my pic's turned out better because it provided me with raw numbers on how much depth was available for the distance I was away from my subject(s). After a while I started to remember these numbers and don't really need the app much anymore. The app does help with consistancy and provides you with a better understanding on what you have to work with on a particular setting. Have fun with the new lenses!!

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You're right. Shooting groups wide open is possible with careful consideration to keep everyone on the same plane. Wish I hadn't been so afraid to shoot primes wide open in the past.

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Dec 23, 2012 08:10 as a reply to  @ mystik610's post |  #32

Check you out! The next Chase Jarvis, I swear :mrgreen:

haha, jokes aside, looks great brother! Killin it.


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Dec 23, 2012 08:17 |  #33

I use my 135L for dang near all of my portraits unless I absolutely cannot back up far enough.


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Dec 23, 2012 12:39 |  #34

mystik610 wrote in post #15399230 (external link)
Getting the hang of shooting at 1.2

You're right. Shooting groups wide open is possible with careful consideration to keep everyone on the same plane. Wish I hadn't been so afraid to shoot primes wide open in the past.

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Dec 23, 2012 19:15 |  #35

That's a really nice shot.




  
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Dec 23, 2012 22:27 |  #36

85L.MK2 never dissapoints.also the 70-200mk2 puts out nice bokeh


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Dec 24, 2012 00:37 |  #37

my first 2 choices would be 200/f2 or 85/f1.2

Having neither, I use the 70-200/f2.8 at the long end.


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Dec 24, 2012 00:39 |  #38

[QUOTE=mystik610;15399​230]Getting the hang of shooting at 1.2

You're right. Shooting groups wide open is possible with careful consideration to keep everyone on the same plane. Wish I hadn't been so afraid to shoot primes wide open in the past.

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how the hell do you get them all in at 1.2? amazing shot

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Dec 24, 2012 00:43 |  #39

[QUOTE=linh811;1540208​6][QUOTE=mystik610;153​99230]Getting the hang of shooting at 1.2

You're right. Shooting groups wide open is possible with careful consideration to keep everyone on the same plane. Wish I hadn't been so afraid to shoot primes wide open in the past.

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how the hell do you get them all in at 1.2? amazing shot

Same question.

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Dec 24, 2012 07:07 as a reply to  @ linh811's post |  #40

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That's a really nice shot.

Thanks!

how the hell do you get them all in at 1.2? amazing shot

I told them what I was trying to do, that they needed to sit in the same focal plane, and that if I looked at them from the side, I should only be able to see one person. The girl on right had a tendency to turn her body for portraits, which I had to talk her out of.

It was a bit of an experiment to see if a group shot at 1.2 with some distance can work. I usually play it safe with group shots and shoot at f4.0 and above, which I'm starting to re-think. Its definitely worth the risk and extra effort to aim for a larger aperture.

Was also able to get two rows of people in focus at f2.0:

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I'm in love with the 85L. Made me not want to use my 24-70 MKII at all. The 24-70 is an optically great lens, but shooting at the larger apertures on the 85L has an effect that the 24-70 can't hope to capture. 70-200 f2.8 comes in today, and am not sure I'll keep it any more. Might have to return it for an 85L instead!

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Dec 24, 2012 07:36 |  #41

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Thanks!

I told them what I was trying to do, that they needed to sit in the same focal plane, and that if I looked at them from the side, I should only be able to see one person. The girl on right had a tendency to turn her body for portraits, which I had to talk her out of.

It was a bit of an experiment to see if a group shot at 1.2 with some distance can work. I usually play it safe with group shots and shoot at f4.0 and above, which I'm starting to re-think. Its definitely worth the risk and extra effort to aim for a larger aperture.

Was also able to get two rows of people in focus at f2.0:

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I'm in love with the 85L. Made me not want to use my 24-70 MKII at all. The 24-70 is an optically great lens, but shooting at the larger apertures on the 85L has an effect that the 24-70 can't hope to capture. 70-200 f2.8 comes in today, and am not sure I'll keep it any more. Might have to return it for an 85L instead!

That's what I'm talkin' about! There's a reason I don't love zooms.


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Dec 24, 2012 08:13 |  #42

First day using my 135L, just trying to get a feel for the thing/trying to nail MFA...buddy stopped for a smoke, so I decided to use him as my guinea pig...I was absolutely blown away...this is straight off the card...no PP of ANY sort!!! This lens is magic...pure freaking magic:

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Dec 24, 2012 08:56 |  #43

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I know this subject comes up a lot, but any comments on what the absolute ‘best’ lens for outdoor portraits would be? I recently picked up the 24-70 MKII, and while its great optically, I find that its not long enough, and does not have a wide enough aperture to create that ‘dreamy’ bokeh that people tend to like for portraits (unless I have a good amount of distance between the subject and background of course). I also have the 50mm 1.4, but I find that in order to really blow out the background, I have to stop down lower than I really want to, to get the desired effect (ie DOF is too narrow for the subject, and part of the subject is soft and/or out of focus). What I’d basically like to be able to create more consistently, are portraits with really nice bokeh, yet the subject is fully in focus, sharp, and ‘pops’ from the background.

I assume you mean head or head+shoulders, right?

You want the 135L and then a good distance between subject and background. Outdoors, that's easy.

I think that over time you will realize that this leads to highly consistent good looking photographs, and people will like them, but that there is something missing from closer up photography. If you are closer you have to very carefully pick your angle and you will have to arrange the background (since more will be visible and it will be more recognizable). But it can be worth it if your photo is a "study" of the victim, I mean subject. A 85mm f/1.8 will do nicely, or the Sigma.


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Dec 25, 2012 18:09 as a reply to  @ post 15390737 |  #44

200 2L IS

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Dec 25, 2012 21:41 |  #45

Man, those 200 f2L photos just completely and utterly destroy backgrounds. Fantastic subject separation. In the 3rd photo from the bottom you can really see the lens' incredible resolution in her eyelashes.


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