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Romax12
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Jul 27, 2014 02:03 |  #1

hello guys.

so I want to add to my arsenal another lens, that will be mainly used for portraits (half-body, sometimes full/closeup) aswell as a walk-around when travelling.
I want a fast prime, because of the nice aperture.
I was thinking about these:
sigma 35 1.4 art
sigma 50 1.4 art
canon 35 f2 is
canon 50 1.2L
canon 85 1.2L ii - pricey!

So, what do you thing, which lens should I opt for? are there any other good alternatives?
thanks!


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Jul 27, 2014 02:18 |  #2

Find out what your the focal length is that matches your style of shooting first, that will give you a shorter list. 35 mm will be nice as a walk-around. When you really want to travel light consider the 40mm pancake.




  
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Jul 27, 2014 02:41 |  #3

Sigma 50mm f1.4 non-Art. IMO the non-Art is actually better for portraits, I like the look of it's rendering more. Sharpness isn't that important for portraits ;)


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Jul 27, 2014 02:42 |  #4

hennie wrote in post #17058583 (external link)
Find out what your the focal length is that matches your style of shooting first, that will give you a shorter list. 35 mm will be nice as a walk-around. When you really want to travel light consider the 40mm pancake.

thanks for the quick replay.
I don't mind about the weight, the 70-200 doubles each one of them and I don't find it that heavy, so weight is out of the equsion for me.
I don't really think there will be much of a differnce between the sigma's, so are they different in anything else but the focal length?
I am now leaning towardsthe sigmas, idk why cause I never looked at 3d party lenses....


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Jul 27, 2014 02:50 |  #5

85L definitely :)
About the Sigma 50, I prefer the non ART version as well, the bokeh is more pleasing in my opinion. Another very good portrait lens at a great price is the 135L, best bang for the money, along with the 200 f/2.8 on Canon.


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Jul 27, 2014 03:23 |  #6

I have the 70-200 2.8 is, so the 200 2.8 will stay im my bag, I was looking for something that will cover the wide-mid focal range, with the 85mm tops it.
I thought that sigma's art series was the succesor to the non-art series, am I wrong?


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Jul 27, 2014 03:27 |  #7

50mm is a nice focal length for portraits on a crop. You probably have the longer covered with the 70-200.


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Jul 27, 2014 03:47 |  #8

hennie wrote in post #17058583 (external link)
Find out what your the focal length is that matches your style of shooting first, that will give you a shorter list.

This!

Use your 18-135 to determine the above, also consider shooting location (indoors/outdoors) and don't dismiss the EF 85/1.8 - its CA is rarely a problem with portraits.




  
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Jul 27, 2014 04:31 as a reply to  @ agedbriar's post |  #9

Personally I chose the 50mm f1.4 canon prime, which I was enamoured with until I tried the 24-70mm f2.8 II. It hasn't left my 550d (T2i) yet in terms of portraits, or walk around lens, and I've had no inclination to use my prime since, apart from hunting the elusive southern lights!

After taking the advice others here have already mentioned, I found I favoured normal to tele focal lengths, so as a walk around lens the 24-70mm suits me. I haven't tried a canon L or sigma prime, but as you mentioned your 70-200mm, why not have a look at the other zoom which equals it!


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Jul 27, 2014 07:38 |  #10

Romax12 wrote in post #17058571 (external link)
hello guys.

so I want to add to my arsenal another lens, that will be mainly used for portraits (half-body, sometimes full/closeup) aswell as a walk-around when travelling.
I want a fast prime, because of the nice aperture.
I was thinking about these:
sigma 35 1.4 art
sigma 50 1.4 art
canon 35 f2 is
canon 50 1.2L
canon 85 1.2L ii - pricey!

So, what do you thing, which lens should I opt for? are there any other good alternatives?
thanks!


I agree with the others, for portraits I prefer a longer focal length but for "walking around" on a crop the Sigma 30 1.4 non-art is nice


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Jul 27, 2014 08:11 |  #11

I see you have the t3i listed as your camera body in your signature. With the lens options you mention and for what you say you like to shoot here is what my advice would be.

t3i is a 1.6x body without micro adjustment capabilities so.

General portraits a Canon 50mm, either the f/1.8 or f/1.4 version. Stay away from the Sigma 50 f1.4 non-art version, way to many misfocusing copies out there and with no way of at least trying to micro adjust in body you are asking for trouble. At least if you choose any Sigma Art version you could use the optional dock in trying to adjust the lens if needed.

Everday street or walk around shooting a 35mm focal length would be the preferred choice. The Canon or Sigma 35's both seem to be highly regarded so either one would suffice.

There are other options as well but keeping within the lens listed by yourself a 35 and 50 focal lengths are what I'd likely go with.

keep in mind a good sharp all around portrait and walk around setup could be had for around as low as $1200 - $1300. A 24-105 f/4 IS and a 70-200 f/4 could both be picked up in the price range I stated and you get very good optics combined with lots of versatility.


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Jul 27, 2014 09:58 |  #12

Romax12 wrote in post #17058640 (external link)
I have the 70-200 2.8 is, so the 200 2.8 will stay im my bag, I was looking for something that will cover the wide-mid focal range, with the 85mm tops it.
I thought that sigma's art series was the succesor to the non-art series, am I wrong?

You're not wrong, from a technical standpoint they're better, but the two lenses render very differently, IMO the older lens renders softer backgrounds and just generally a less harsh look which is what you want for portraits.


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Jul 27, 2014 17:56 |  #13

Supposedly 85mm on a full frame is the best focal length for portraiture in terms of perspective and rendering facial features a close to "normal".

For me that would be done with my 70-200.

If you want a really big nose get close with a wide angle lens.


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Jul 27, 2014 19:25 |  #14

EverydayGetaway wrote in post #17058610 (external link)
Sigma 50mm f1.4 non-Art. IMO the non-Art is actually better for portraits, I like the look of it's rendering more. Sharpness isn't that important for portraits ;)

Sharpness across the frame for the aperture you are using is very important for portrait lens, the head/eyes can get close to the edges of the frame.

Unless of course you always put the subject in the center of the frame :)


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Jul 27, 2014 19:34 |  #15

I see some of you guys feel that the 50mm 1.8 is decent on a crop camera like the Rebel t3i. That's what I am currently using on my rebel for portraits. Are the other lenses strictly for portraits worth the extra money for a serious hobbyist like myself who isn't selling their pics?




  
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