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Old 12-24-2006, 06:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone..an merry Christmas,

My question is that I got some Christmas $$$ and am lookin to obtain another lense for my Canon. Right now I have a 70-200 2.8. What would be another good lense choice for glamour portrait photography. Preferably a "L" lense..but not against other brands.

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Old 12-24-2006, 08:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have a look at the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro or 135mm f/2 lenses. Unbelievably sharp. instant manual focus override, excellent bokah, and weighs half what your 70-200 does.

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Old 12-25-2006, 12:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I concur, the 135 f/2L is incredible. But for studio shooting, if you have one of the Canon bodies with the magnification factor like the 20D, you may need to step back a bit for some shots. However, I do recommend it. Phenomenal.

Or you can try the 50 f/1.4 EF, or it's the f/1.2L ? Something like that.
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Old 12-25-2006, 12:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You know, I've heard some excellent reviews about the Canon 85mm 1.8 prime. I have the Nikkor equivalent to the L, the D series, and it has worked wonders.

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Old 12-25-2006, 04:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree completely - the 135mm f2L is magical. Can be a bit long in the studio, but produces excellent images - focuses instantly, can produce very shallow depth of field.

Oh, and it is surprisingly inexpensive...

The standard L lens to get after the 70-200 is the 24-70mm f2.8L. It's a fine lens, and probably the lens I use most, but it's not quite as magical as the 135mm And it is not cheap, either. Still, the 24-70 would be the sensible choice.

My suggestion would be to buy the 135mm f2L, and put any change leftover towards buying a 24-70mm. Christmas money doesn't have to be spent sensibly!
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For some reason I had a brain cramp and forgot to mention the 85mm f/1.8. Great portrait lens at a great price.

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Old 12-25-2006, 07:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Get the 85 mm lens. That will wind up being your work horse.
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