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Old 08-12-2006, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, Maybe this is not the right place to ask this question but I did not find better one.
I want to change my Kit lens (from CanonEOS350D) with some portrait lens and indoor shooting for the main purpose. I would like that lens be fast because of low light and as sharp as possible.
I have Canon 50mm f2.8.
Considering the money I can buy something like following:

Tamron 28-75 f2.8 SP AF XR DI LD asph.IF MAcro
Tamron 17-50 f2.8 SP XR DI II LD asph IF
SIGMA 18-50 f2.8 EX DC
SIGMA 17-70 f2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Canon 17-85 IS f4-5.6 or 28-135 IS f3.5-4.5

I would appriciate your comments and SUGGESTIONS so that I'm not missguided buy the sellers......
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Re: Portrait lens issue
Old 08-12-2006, 12:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, if you really want to shoot portraits and are buying a lens for that reason, I would go with a prime. I shoot Nikon and my portrait lens of choice is the 85/1.4. Gorgeous lens - I would seriously look at Canon's equivalent.
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Re: Portrait lens issue
Old 08-12-2006, 02:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks,
but it would be too much to buy another (I have 50mm f2.8 prime lens) prime like 85mm, therefore I would buy something else.
Also, problem for me: my improvizing studio is not so big so even 50mm f2.8 prime are to "macro" as I do not have enough space to go far from the model in order to have whole figure in the frame.
Some people suggest me Tamron 28-75 f2.8 but Iwas thinking of wider one like Sigma 18-50 or Tamron 17-50.
Some friend told me that wider lens could make distorsion on the model........ Is it true??????
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Re: Portrait lens issue
Old 08-12-2006, 03:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Having done some work as a school portrait photographer (yes, I am ashamed!), I can say from experience that 1). You should never do even a head and shoulder shot with a focal length lower than 100mm or so, and 2). I have the Tamron 28-75 for my 20D, it does a respectable job, but you really have to make sure you're focused right, so you don't lose your subject due to depth of field at 2.8. Hope that helps some.
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Old 08-13-2006, 11:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Well I have almost decide to be Tamron 28-75 when a friend of mine suggest
Sigma 24-70 f2.8 EX DG DF asph.
as excellent choice for portraits.
He is no pro and that is why must ask about this lens......
Should I consider or stick with Tamron 28-75......
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Old 08-13-2006, 02:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well I have almost decide to be Tamron 28-75 when a friend of mine suggest
Sigma 24-70 f2.8 EX DG DF asph.
as excellent choice for portraits.
He is no pro and that is why must ask about this lens......
Should I consider or stick with Tamron 28-75......
Thanks
I would avoid third party lenses and stick with Canon. If you can afford it, the Canon 24-70 f2.8L is a terrific portrait lens. If this is too expensive, the Canon 85 f1.8 is an inexpensive alternative.

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Re: Portrait lens issue
Old 08-13-2006, 03:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Based on your list I think that the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 is the best choice. With the crop factor of your camera it gets you to the the 85mm-135mm sweet spot for portraits and the fact that it is a f2.8 it gives you flexibility with DOF

Of course the Canon equivalent would be better but the difference in price is significant (the reason I got the Tamron - my only non-Canon lense and I am very happy with it) and hard to justify as you seem to be just starting out and on a restricted budget.
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Old 08-15-2006, 05:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I find the Sigma 18-125 3.5-5.6 to be a very good lens for glamour shooting. I use it all the time in the studio and get great results with sharp eyes. It is very economical and I've found it fast and easy to use. You can spend thousands on a Canon lens in the same range and often that extra money is going to get you no more than 10% difference in overall quality of results. I've found that most people can't pick out which lens was used for similar glamour shots. It isn't so much which lens, but how well you use it.
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Re: Portrait lens issue
Old 08-15-2006, 06:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Tamron 28-75 f2.8 SP AF XR DI LD asph.IF MAcro

One of the best for the money!

Versatile in small spaces and a beautiful portrait lens.

Other choice for portrait would simply be an 85 prime.

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Re: Portrait lens issue
Old 08-16-2006, 04:52 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks really, I was thinking that maybe Tamron is goods choice, and fast lens too. Not expensive.
Thanks for confirming that it good choice.

I was thinking for Canon 28-135 IS f3.5-5.6 (because of IS) but some people told me that Tamron for this puprose is better.
Specially I would use them for indoor shooting.

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