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Thread started 11 Dec 2010 (Saturday) 02:17
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Dec 11, 2010 02:17 |  #1

So im thinking about getting my GF a new lens for portraits, and occasional weddings...she uses my tammy 28-75 but i think a fast prime would be better, now what would be better to have on a xxD body?
i ask because im not much of a portrait photog so i dont know whats concidered to far or just right...

50mm or 85mm?

im looking at the ef50 1.4, sig 50 1.4, and the 85 1.8...

what do you perfer and why?
thanks in advance


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Dec 11, 2010 04:44 |  #2

50 f1.4 has excellent bokeh abilities and a good working distance on a crop. As a present you would have to go canon even if the sigma is arguably better... it might look like you went cheap.


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Dec 11, 2010 05:35 as a reply to  @ 5DamienMkII's post |  #3

Considering the fact you have 1.6 crop body EF 50 1.4 will give 80mm coverage which is nice for potrait on the other hand 85 1.8 on crop will give 136mm coverage which i think too long for indoors and will force you to step back to fill frame so get a 50mm F1.4 its the sharpest prime out there!


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Dec 11, 2010 07:06 |  #4

Also consider the Canon (or possibly Tamron) 60mm macro.


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Dec 11, 2010 07:50 |  #5

5DamienMkII wrote in post #11432560 (external link)
50 f1.4 has excellent bokeh abilities

That's about the first time I've ever heard the 50/1.4 described as having good bokeh.

Most people would suggest that the 50/1.4 is one of Canon's worst lenses for bokeh (along with the 24-105L). The 50/1.4 generates strong bright ring highlights and will generate doubling effects with repeating lines.

The lens is still a reasonable choice as a portrait lens on 1.6X...the focal length is about right and the 'bad' bokeh of the 50/1.4 is one of those things that does not show up very often. I used the lens for ~2.5 years and I never had a shot where I though the bokeh was even objectionable let alone ruined the shot.

85mm is considered 'long' by some on 1.6X for portraits, but not by me. I have always liked 135mm on FF for portrait work and so I think the 85/1.8 would be nice on 1.6X.


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Dec 11, 2010 09:22 |  #6

The 60mm f2.8 macro is a great lens for portraits. Very sharp.


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Dec 11, 2010 09:32 |  #7

On a crop body the 50/1.4 is excellent. If you had full frame I would had recommended the 85. I have been using the 50 for years with excellent results.


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Dec 11, 2010 09:32 |  #8

Having arrived here after a long time with film cameras. My portrait lens was the 135mm minolta lens the closest equivalent in digital with a crop body is the 85 mm which wonder of all wonders ends up being my favorite lens for portrait use. Not having an 85mm prime as of yet I use the Canon 55-250 for most of my portrature work. Considering getting my 60d with an 85mm lens.


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Dec 11, 2010 09:53 |  #9

50 macro is usually overlooked for bokeh. the focus is slow, but it's sharp and priced right.


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Dec 11, 2010 10:02 |  #10

on a crop body, go with the 50 which is a full frame 80mm equivalent, also the Tamy 28-75mm is at my top list for portraits so she already has a great lens for that....


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Dec 11, 2010 10:58 as a reply to  @ enrigonz's post |  #11

Agree with most others... when I was shooting portraits on my 40D, my 85 was too long in most indoor spaces I use for anything other than face/upper body. Used my 17-55 mostly for those so I would recommend the 50mm length. With my 5D on the other hand, the 85 is a great length and the 70-200 even better!


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Dec 11, 2010 11:46 |  #12

JeffreyG wrote in post #11432928 (external link)
That's about the first time I've ever heard the 50/1.4 described as having good bokeh.

Most people would suggest that the 50/1.4 is one of Canon's worst lenses for bokeh (along with the 24-105L). The 50/1.4 generates strong bright ring highlights and will generate doubling effects with repeating lines.

The lens is still a reasonable choice as a portrait lens on 1.6X...the focal length is about right and the 'bad' bokeh of the 50/1.4 is one of those things that does not show up very often. I used the lens for ~2.5 years and I never had a shot where I though the bokeh was even objectionable let alone ruined the shot.

85mm is considered 'long' by some on 1.6X for portraits, but not by me. I have always liked 135mm on FF for portrait work and so I think the 85/1.8 would be nice on 1.6X.

+1. I think that's a great focal length for portraits as well.


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Dec 11, 2010 15:43 |  #13

I would say 50mm on crop.


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Dec 11, 2010 15:50 |  #14

Andy R wrote in post #11432321 (external link)
So im thinking about getting my GF a new lens for portraits, and occasional weddings...she uses my tammy 28-75 but i think a fast prime would be better, now what would be better to have on a xxD body?
i ask because im not much of a portrait photog so i dont know whats concidered to far or just right...

50mm or 85mm?

im looking at the ef50 1.4, sig 50 1.4, and the 85 1.8...

what do you perfer and why?
thanks in advance

since you already have the 70-200 (more versatile to use) forget about the 85 instead consider the 50 1.2 if you have the $...anyways, goodluck on your choices.


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Dec 11, 2010 16:05 |  #15

The Sigma 50 1.4 is an excellent lens, very suitable for portraits on a crop, I would highly recommend this lens.


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